The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has stepped up enforcement of a law that limits wine tastings and wine dinners at restaurants that serve wine on site, surprising many restaurateurs who have been offering them for years.
Taste is mostly genetic. But appreciating a fine bottle of wine can be learned. One expert, Gary K. Beauchamp, director of the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia, which studies smell and taste and how they affect human health, offers his view of what goes on when we sip.
With 2.76 inches of rain, the Rogue Valley had its second-wettest September on record, exceeded only by 4.22 inches in 1977. But a long, hot and dry summer, followed by September's unusual weather - brief storms followed by days of warmth and wind before the next storm - created nearly ideal conditions for Southern Oregon wine grapes.
Export earnings increased 3 percent to NZ$1.2 billion ($1 billion) in the year ended June 30, while export volumes fell 5 percent to 169.6 million liters, New Zealand Winegrowers said in it annual report.
Increasingly, Latinos are not just in the fields. For the members who make up the Napa Sonoma Mexican-American Vintners Association (NSMAVA), the fruits of their labor are doubly sweet. For most of these Latino winemakers, their family roots are planted as thick as the vines that grow in their fields.
After seven years, a popular Lodi winemaker has finally opened a tasting room to the public. LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards held the grand opening for its 150-by-50-square-foot tasting room on Saturday, to open arms from the Lodi community.