Want to Buy France’s Oldest Winery?

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Pull your dimes together, because it’s time to make history and buy the oldest winery in France. For those of you who have struck it rich and want something that’s actually worth spending money on, it’s time to own a real piece of history. Chateau Goulaine is looking for a new owner… By the way, this estate hasn’t been on the market for 1000 years. It is one of the oldest operating winery-chateaus in the world. In fact, it might actually be the oldest, having first...

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Napa Winemaker Throws Shade at American Oak

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Abreu winemaker Brad Grimes uses new French oak when aging Cabernet Sauvignon. He says American oak does not make for a good match. Speaking to the drinks business on a visit to the UK to promote the Abreu’s distribution in the UK through the Pol Roger Portfolio, Grimes said that American oak imparted a “dill” flavour which was not suited to Abreu’s style of Cabernet Sauvignon. “In an ideal world we would be growing our own oak forests and using everything from our own...

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America, Our Wine Drinking Game is Weak

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(Michael Austin / Chicago Tribune) America, we’ve got a lot of catching up to do. Our wine consumption per capita is ranked 39th in the world, though we are the fourth largest producer. In volume, because we are many, we are up there with the best of them. But individually, on a personal-productivity level, we are not even a factor. I’m basing this on official statistics published in the newest edition (2015) of “The Oxford Companion to Wine,” and even if there are...

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Lose Weight by Drinking a Bottle of Wine

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According to studies at Harvard and Washington State University, drinking wine before bed helps you lose weight. According to scientists, drinking at least two glasses – half a bottle a day can help beat obesity by 70%. There’s no messing around with a number like that, is there? The reason why coiffing a glass of vino in the evening is best, is because the calories help keep you full and reduce the need to late night snack, which is one of the biggest culprits when...

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Wine Sales are Skyrocketing in the USA

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U.S. wine sales total more than $2.5 billion during first month of 2016 Total U.S. wine sales in the past 12 months reached $37.8 billion and topped more than $2.5 billion in January alone. January DtC shipments increased 15% over the previous year, and off-premise sales grew by 10%. All of the wine sales metrics exhibited positive growth in the past 12 months, according to the latest report by Wines Vines Analytics. This month’s report also included the top 20 table wine...

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China Now Has A Fine Wine Region

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Plans for Ningxia wine classification system in China is revealed. More detailed plans for the first Ningxia classification system have been announced by officials in the fast emerging Chinese wine region in an effort to produce more consistent quality wines. Ningxia wine classification will go ahead Ningxia has risen to prominence in recent years as one of the premier Chinese wine regions – scooping a string of medals at the 2015 Decanter Asia Wine Awards. Now, officials...

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Will Australia Stop Making Fine Wine?

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Australian wine under threat from climate change, as grapes ripen early. Wine grapes in Australia are ripening between one and two days earlier each year due to climate change in a trend viticultural experts say could see some traditional varieties abandoned in warmer areas. The Victorian wine industry is partway through what could shape up to be its earliest vintage on record, thanks to an exceptionally warm spring and warm summer. Grape growers are also experiencing a...

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Are Old Vine Wines Worth the Money?

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Wines can get better with age. Do vineyards? The term “old vine” is one of the last unregulated terms that you’re likely to see on a wine label. Though I’ve never found an example of blatant misuse — no one is slapping “old vine” on a vineyard they planted last Tuesday — “old” is nevertheless relative. A label that says “old vine” could equally refer to 30-year-old vines (especially in a younger wine region) or to 150-year-old vines. So how old is old? Justice Potter...

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Is This the World’s First Illegal Rosé?

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A French winery is fined for illegal rosé winemaking.  France’s Vinovalie co-operative has been fined for illegally blending red and white wines and bottling the result as rosé. The tribunal in Albi, southern France, last week fined Vinovalie €10,000 for illegal rosé production, with a further €1,000 in damages. Three employees in managerial roles were separately fined between €1,000 and €5,000 for their role in the affair. Vinovalie, based in four spots across...

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