Celebrate Food Sovereignty Day: Miguel Altieri (Video)

    After attending a panel on afro-ecology hosted at Berkeley's Brower Center recently, I've started auditing the agro-ecology class at U.C. Berkeley starting this week. If we believe that wine is food - a concept traditionally embraced in Europe - we can think more about how wine production fits into the broader food production system.

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    Empty Glasses at Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

    Empty Glasses at Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande I’m packing. Another trip into Europe for some vineyard exploration and tasting but just enough time between stuffing rolled socks into shoes and failing dismally at folding shirts as they do in the shops to post a Sunday Wine Shot photo. This was taken during the incredibly fun and interesting Bordeaux trip from last June.

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      Daily Wine News: Insanity

      Terroirist: A Daily Wine Blog - - 7 readers - Officials at the New York State Liquor Authority have gone completely insane. In the New York Times, Eric Asimov finds 10 Manhattan restaurants that “cherish” $40 to $60 wines. “At 80 she has the energy and enthusiasm of someone two decades younger. She’s off to Macchu Picchu this month and has a passion for white water rafting.

      Schiller’s Favorite Restaurants, Brasseries, Bistros, Cafes and Wine Bars in Paris, France

      schiller-wine - - 6 readers - Pictures: Morning Coffee in Paris (Brasserie Terminus Nord) According to a Forbes survey, Paris is the best city in the world in terms of eating well, ahead of Rome and Tokyo. I lived in Paris between 2005 and 2008, for 3 years, on the right bank in the 8th arrondissement. Naturally, my list of favorites reflects that to a certain extent, although the Paris Metro takes you v ...

      When losers become winners: How a bad appellation can make you a cult wine

      STEVE HEIMOFF - - 6 readers - When I was a working wine critic, people said I possessed a certain amount of power. Maybe so, but I never was in a position to dictate to a winery what appellation they were entitled to use on the label! If I had been an official taster with the Institut national de l’origine et de la qualité, the French quasi-governmental agency that regulates the appellation contrôlée syst ...

      Fall Creek Vineyards: A Wonderful New Venture in Driftwood, Texas

      Vintage Texas Blog - - 6 readers - Fall Creek Vineyards: A Wonderful New Venture in Driftwood, Texas The biggest news that I’ve heard is some time started with an email out of the blue from Susan Auler that said, “Just wanted to let you know about our wonderful new venture.” The details that followed were about a new Fall Creek Vineyards location in Driftwood, Texas.

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      Weekly Interview: Heidi Seifried

      … growth of wine production in the South Island that followed in the last four decades since they first established vineyards and made wine there. Further back in New Zealand’s history reveals more family traditions of winemaking and grapegrowing which was bought from Europe. I have had a bit to do with several very old European family producers which…

      By Albert Pak/ Terroirist: A Daily Wine Blog

      Apothic Dark

      … century Europe, Apothic blends fuse Old World intrigue with modern sophistication. Winemaker Boyd Morrison lets the character and flavor of each varietal guide the shape of his blends. Winemaker Debbie Juergenson crafts Apothic wines by blending distinctive California grapes, allowing the characteristics of each varietal to give shape to the wine…

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      #ThrowbackThursday: Hemingway

      … “In Europe then we thought of wine as something as healthy and normal as food and also as a great giver of happiness and well being and delight. Drinking wine was not a snobbism nor a sign of sophistication nor a cult; it was as natural as eating and to me as necessary, and I would not have thought of eating a meal without drinking either wine…

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      Wine of the Week; 2013 Copain P2

      … by the traditions and practices of French winemaking, not to mention the European attitude that wine is an essential part of life. Guthrie started the winery with an old friend, and named it Copain, which means ‘friend” in French. Copain is focused on Chardonnay, Pinot Noir,and Syrah. They offer three lines of wines, the entry-level “Tous Ensembles…

      By Martin Redmond/ ENOFYLZ Wine Blog

      When losers become winners: How a bad appellation can make you a cult wine

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      6 readers - By STEVE HEIMOFF


      …. You don't need to be a millionaire, but you better have a great many friends otherwise. It's easy to make a lot of wine, especially inferior or bad wine, but selling it is another thing. It takes a village to make a great wine. That's what Europe has been trying to teach us for years. You need time. It will not happen over night. You will not make…

      By Carlo De Vito/ East Coast Wineries

      UK wine merchant rejects suspect 1947 Burgundy

      … Corney & Barrow has raised the alarm after being offered suspicious bottles of a rare Burgundy wine that has previously fetched thousands of pounds at auction. Domaine Comte Georges de Vogue A trader recently tried to sell Corney & Barrow 12 bottles of Domaine Comte Georges de Vogue's Musigny Vieilles Vignes 1947 vintage…

      2 readers - By Decanter

      Italian Winemakers Discover Global Warming Secret Weapon (VIDEO)

      … for inviting me on this trip and making it possible for me to share what I learned with all of you! Monique is the Founder and Host of Wine Oh TV and has a certification from the Court of Master Sommeliers. Monique is an experienced broadcast journalist and has worked at various television stations across the country and most recently at KPIX-TV/CBS 5 and KSEE-TV/NBC 24 More Posts - Twitter - LinkedIn - Google Plus …

      1 readers - By Monique Soltani/ Wine Oh TV

      Daily Wine News: Esoteric Grapes

      … Vare Vineyard Ribolla Gialla. “In a landscape where most consumers are buying chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon, what prompts a California winemaker to produce wines from cinsault, ribolla gialla or chenin blanc?” Laurie Daniel explores this question in the Mercury News. In Wine Spectator, Harvey Steiman pays tribute to Eric Dunham, a pioneer…

      3 readers - By David White/ Terroirist: A Daily Wine Blog
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      Best hamburger recipe (ever?) and rocking show @BrothersPontiak #Brescia

      … caught their super-packed show. I don’t know how they do it but they tour with Steve Albini’s backline while in Europe. How cool is that? They have a huge following in Italy and the show was awesome. That’s all I have time for this morning. Stay tuned… Like this: Like Loading... Related This entry was posted in de vino. Bookmark the permalink.…

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      Four Hungarian Sparklers

      … during his French interlude. His winery grew quickly, and by the turn of the 20th century was supplying royalty in Europe and le bon ton everywhere. Today, Törley endures as one of Hungary’s oldest sparkling wineries, producing over 12 million bottles of traditional, transfer, and Charmat method wines per year from 800 hectares of estate vineyards…

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