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    Tasting Report: Rosso Montefalco and Montefalco Sagrantino, 2014 Releases

    Welcome to Montefalco, “the balcony of Umbria” in the backyard of Tuscany. Montefalco is a relatively little-known wine region in the U.S., known primarily as the birthplace and home of Sagrantino, a grape that thrives in the hills of this area. Sagrantino (from “sacrament,” called thusly because dried Sagrantino grapes have been used by monks to produce raisin-based wines fo ...

    6 readers - By Christopher Null/ Drinkhacker.com

    Must a wine be true to or representative of its type?

    Lettie Teague’s 10/23/14 Wall Street Journal article on Pinot Grigio—specifically the high quality, northern Italian producers—brought to mind an experience I had some time ago with a California version of Pinot Grigio. After swirling, sniffing and sipping, I quickly checked the label to verify what I just tasted.

    5 readers - By TomBarrasWineCommentary

      Are Genetically Modified grape vines ever going to be good for wine?

      Wine Blog - - 5 readers - Let’s consider if Genetically Modified grape vines are ever going to be good for us… In order to do that, we have to look at studies that are being done independently, many of which are happening outside of the United States, as regards other crops. It’s also important to note that a study handed off to a university through a grant program by a corporation might as well rea ...

      Wine of the Week 22 – Croatian specialities

      Quentin Sadler's Wine Page - - 5 readers - Dubrovnil from the south. Earlier in the year I was judging in a wine competition in Dubrovnik. I have been meaning to write about it ever since as the whole experience was quite wonderful. The place itself completely lives up to expectations and fully deserves its reputation as one of the great destinations.

      New Jersey Wineries Are Bringing Home The Bling.

      winesnark.com - - 4 readers - New Jersey Wineries Are Bringing Home The Bling. The Monthly Wine Writing Challenge #MWWC12 theme is “local” which inspired me to check out the New Jersey wine scene. You can read all of the entries and cast your vote at mwwcblog.wordpress.com/ from October 14th through the 20th. Alba Vineyard in Milford New Jersey.

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      Is the Cannon Closed Or What Does it Take for New Crosses to Become Classic Varieties?

      … of Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc likely sometime in the 17th century. It took close to 400 years for Cabernet to become the king that it is. That’s not exactly a rapid rise to fame but if one was to graph acres planted over those 400 years, the exponential growth that Cab has seen over the past 50 year probably made the previous 350 look like a flat…

      5 readers - By Nova Cadamatre

      Are Genetically Modified grape vines ever going to be good for wine?

      … that while we don’t know each other terribly well you are one of my favorite Facebook friends because everything you post is either beautiful, informative, or thought-provoking. Thanks for never clogging up my wall with useless crap.” Another view from someone who comments every time I write about genetically modified crops: “Judging from your last comment…

      5 readers - By Jo Diaz/ Wine Blog

      Wine of the Week 22 – Croatian specialities

      … or overworked about this, the merest hint of raisins shows we are tasting a wine from somewhere with lots of sunshine and there is plenty of seductive spice as well as dark cherry fruit and touches of chocolate. At just 12.5% alcohol the wine is very easy to drink, but has good depth of flavour and a very Mediterranean feel. It would be brilliant…

      5 readers - By Quentin Sadler's Wine Page

      Must a wine be true to or representative of its type?

      …, Pinot Grigio is typically an inexpensive, simple, light-bodied, crisp, faintly aromatic quaff that ranges from avoidable to enjoyable. In the main, most Grigio drinkers are not in search of or expect structure and complexity; a slight hint of being vinous or “wine-like” is all they ask of it. It’s a wildly popular style of wine, and its sales have…

      5 readers - By TomBarrasWineCommentary

      Yeast odd-balls: Trying to understand flor

      … the subject of 34 studies published in the American Journal of Enology and Viticulture. Even still, how and why flor come and go isn’t something we understand well, and neither is what exactly makes flor yeast flor in the first place. Wine microbiology research is often very local: researchers study the vineyards and wines near them (they’re convenient…

      4 readers - By The Wine-o-scope

      New Jersey Wineries Are Bringing Home The Bling.

      … New Jersey Wineries Are Bringing Home The Bling. The Monthly Wine Writing Challenge #MWWC12 theme is “local” which inspired me to check out the New Jersey wine scene. You can read all of the entries and cast your vote at mwwcblog.wordpress.com/ from October 14th through the 20th. Alba Vineyard in Milford New Jersey. I recently picked up…

      4 readers - By Don Carter/ winesnark.com

      DNA tests don’t do anything, or, how to read wine science news

      … general knowledge of how genetic testing works because the article spent its remaining 29 sentences describing how this technology fits into maintaining the cultural superiority of French oak over Hungarian oak. I’ve put it that way for a reason. The DNA test itself might (maybe, in a very limited way) be value-neutral. But the way the test…

      4 readers - By The Wine-o-scope

      Review: Glenfiddich Excellence 26 Years Old

      … Review: Glenfiddich Excellence 26 Years Old 2014’s autumn of whiskey releases continues with this new release from Speyside’s Glenfiddich, a permanent addition to the distillery’s portfolio. Nothing fancy here: Glenfiddich Excellence 26 Years Old is aged entirely in American oak ex-bourbon casks, with no finishing. It’s actually the first…

      6 readers - By Christopher Null/ Drinkhacker.com

      Forza Friuli!

      … by necessity to increase their export share to offset a dramatic decline in domestic consumption over the last five years or so. It’s not uncommon to come across bottles from Friuli in wine stores or on restaurant lists, such as the two we’re focusing on. The tale of Ribolla Gialla is similar to that of many of Italy’s “native’ grapes, related to or DNA…

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      Do You Have a ‘Common Palate’ for Wine?

      …-like flavors. Savory wines, on the other hand, taste of herbs, olive, tomato, bell pepper, cedar, tobacco, smoke and even bacon fat. If you generally avoid sweets, you might prefer this style of wine. FRUIT-FORWARD WINES: Warm Climate wine regions tend to produce more fruit-forward wines. Also, certain varieties such as Zinfandel, Merlot and Grenache…

      2 readers - By Madeline Puckette/ Wine Folly

      Grapevine Red Blotch Disease Threatens Pinot Noir & Other Grapes

      … and Mike Anderson, a UC Davis viticulture researcher, first discovered the disease in 2008 at UC Davis’ Oakville Experiment Station in Napa Valley. Cabernet Sauvignon vines grown there showed leaf changes that resembled those caused by leafroll virus, but the vines tested negative for that virus. The GRBaV virus has probably been present in California…

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