Most American wine lovers are familiar with the story of the 1976 Judgment of Paris in which two Napa Valley wineries won top placement in a blind-tasting of California wines verses famous French wines. However, what few people know is that the majority of the grapes that went into the top scoring chardonnay came from Sonoma County.
Shannon Ridge will be rebuilding and preserving the 1870s-era home and winery on the property. Currently there are 18 acres under vine, and Shannon Ridge plans to plant an additional 62 acres to Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Chardonnay in 2014.
The Cusumano brothers--third-generation winemakers Diego and Alberto--blend tradition and innovation, producing wines from Sicily's indigenous grapes as well as international varieties grown on estate vineyards in three prime areas on the island of Sicily
With the relatively large 2012 crop came the expectation that the 2013 grape market would be less active than last year. That has proven to be somewhat true, but only in the realm of "hyper" activity that leads to rapidly increasing prices.
Helped by the advent of critically acclaimed vintages, in particular the 2002 release, one new phenomenon in the market for Champagne is the promotion of top-end cuvées by fine wine merchants - and their enthusiastic uptake by collectors.
Negociants USA (NUSA), the leading importer of Australian and New Zealand wines for the U.S. market announced an exclusive partnership with Wirra Wirra, a historic winery known for producing high-quality wines from the coveted, premium region of McLaren Vale.
The first wines stomped and fermented in France included brews flavored with pine resins and rosemary. The additives, revealed in a new analysis of wine-making storage tools and containers dating back to 425 B.C., could have been flavoring, but also may have served a healing role.
About 7,500 people attended the Salute! wine festival on Saturday. That's a drop from the 8,000 to 8,500 people that the Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership estimated were at the event last year, but organizers are still ecstatic about this year's turnout at Salute! The North Carolina Wine Celebration.
The council plans to hold the second reading of Ordinance 2437, which would give downtown businesses the opportunity to serve wine on adjacent sidewalks. The council voted 5-3 in favor of the first reading of the ordinance at the last council meeting May 20.
The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports a Fulton special interest group known as the Concerned Citizens for Fulton's Future is currently seeking the necessary support to bring the sale of beer and light wine within the city limits to a vote.
The wine industry in China is paying more attention to less expensive brands as an increasing number of Chinese people seek more affordable imported bottles to enjoy socially rather than for business purposes.
"The Barefoot Spirit: How How Hardship, Hustle, and Heart Built America's #1 Wine Brand," which was penned by Kushman with Barefoot wine founders Michael Houlihan and Bonnie Harvey, recently reached No. 2 on the New York Times' best sellers list for "paperback business books."
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