Wine Intelligence admits Bias, Ulterior Motives in “Wine Blogger Distrust” Release

Last week Wine Intelligence, the self-proclaimed “leading research-led strategy consultancy serving the global wine industry,” released the following: Consumers wary of blogger recommendations, according to research Independent bloggers are one of the least trusted wine information sources in the UK, USA and France, according to research published today, despite the growing importance of the Internet as a source of information about wine. In a post yesterday on their own site they begin to backpedal: Arguably […]

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Fabulous Valentine Gifts for the Wine Lover

You’ve been racking your brain for the perfect Valentine gift for your wine lover and are all out of ideas? We found two fabulous gifts for the man or woman who has everything. The Durand for vintage cork removal If you tend to collect and age wine, you’ll find that sometimes a traditional corkscrew just won’t do the trick. Even with newer bottles, those with composite corks sometimes break while you’re trying to remove them. […]

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Organic Wine Immersion at Millésime Bio 2011

We were among the 3200 attendees at Millésime Bio 2011 last week in Montpellier, South of France, sponsored by Sud de France and organized by our hosts the AIVB-LR (Association Interprofessionnelle des Vins Biologiques de Languedoc-Roussillon). Now in its 18th year, this international trade fair is devoted exclusively to wines made from organically grown grapes in accordance with current European regulations. Up 18% from last year’s attendance of 2700, the event allowed professionals to sample […]

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Back in the USA tasting notes in hand

At the end of Living in the U.S.A. Steve Miller yells, “Somebody give me a cheeseburger!” and tomorrow that is probably exactly what I will be thinking as I head for lunch. Today however, I feel like I am still half in France and half back home. It is sunnier and warmer here in Houston than it was in Montpellier, if only the weather is taken into consideration. But I already miss France and the […]

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Day 1 in France

Early Friday morning Amy and I drove to the airport and boarded a flight to Atlanta. Once in Atlanta we hastily made our way to the very furthest end of this behemoth of an airfield to catch our connecting flight to Paris. After landing at Charles de Gaulle we made a mad dash to the terminal that a very pleasant and seemingly efficient young woman had directed us to. Once clearing customs, another very pleasant […]

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Glen Ellen 2007 Petite Sirah

Show a little faith there’s magic in the night You ain’t a beauty but hey you’re alright Oh and that’s alright with me – Bruce Springsteen, Thunder Road I did not expect to write this review. Glen Ellen? Don’t they make bum wine? I can’t even imagine what they will do to one of my favorite grapes. See? This is why I am not a wine expert, and usually attempt to shrug it off when […]

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Wines of the Loire Valley: Muscadet

There is a wine from the oft called “Garden of France” that is the perfect pairing for fresh seafood. So much so that whenever I reach into the wine chiller and suggest it, Joe chastises me, “No, that’s for when we have good seafood.” Thank goodness last night’s dinner menu included sauteed shrimp and mussels, so that we could finally open the bottle of Muscadet that had been languishing for a few months. When is […]

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We’re Celebrating Rootstock!

Today we’re joining our friends at TasteLive! while they celebrate The Rootstock Festival – from the Santa Rosa Vintners Square. An annual celebration produced by Joel Quigley and Cailyn McCauley of Creative Furnace (and TasteLive!), the festival brings together “all that is hot in the world of culinary entertainment” combining fine wine tasting, gourmet street food, a Best Bites Invitational Competition, live music from the main stage, FUSE’s DJ lounge and TasteLive! Streaming. That’s where […]

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Wineries Invited to Donate Wine for Scholarships

How can you get your wines in front of 8,000 potential wine lovers with significant discretionary income? By donating wine for a Wine Pull as part of The Houston CPA Society’s 2011 Scholarship Extravaganza set for Friday, February 18, 2011. The largest chapter in the state of Texas with 8,000 members, the Houston CPA Society hosts an annual “Scholarship Extravaganza” to raise money for college students interested in a career in accounting and to help […]

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