Monthly Archives: January 2009

The Washington Post’s Dave McIntyre Pairs Sherry with Chinese Cuisine

I was pleased to read in Dave McIntyre’s article on Wednesday January 21 “This Lunar New Year, Raise a Glass of Sherry” how he successfully paired Emilio Lusatu’s fino, manzanilla and amontillado sherries with Chinese dishes. In the i-WineReview’s recent … Continue reading

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Affairs of the Vine 7th Annual Pinot Noir Shoot Out

  Affairs of the Vine, the California-based wine education and corporate team building events organization, recently completed its 7th Annual Pinot Noir Shoot Out.This unique annual event brings together hundreds of Pinot Noirs from California and across the world for … Continue reading

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How Does the Sugar Get Into the Wine Bottle?

How does the sugar get into the wine bottle? — With special reference to Germany Dr. Christian G.E. SchillerMcLean, Virginia (USA) and Frankfurt am Main (Germany) Dave McIntyre has written a very nice article (“How to Put Riesling Fears to … Continue reading

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Blue Cove Wine from South Africa: Extreme Value

Blue Cove is a new label of high value wines being produced in South Africa for the mass market in that country and elsewhere. Thanks to Michael Bampfield-Duggan of Wine Concepts, I had the opportunity to taste the full portfolio … Continue reading

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The Quality of South African Wine: Whites vs. Reds

South Africa is white wine country. As recently as 1990 84% of all vineyard plantings were white wine varieties. (That percentage has decreased to 54% today.) South Africa is increasingly recognized, both in country and in Europe, for the quality … Continue reading

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New York Times: Sparkling Wine vs. Champagne Sales

The December 31, 2008, issue of the New York Times reports that consumers are moving down market in their sparkling wine purchases in response to a deteriorating economy. More specifically, consumers appear to be shying away from purchases of expensive … Continue reading

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Wine Classification Part 2: South Africa Wines of Origin (WO)

South Africa is a good example of a New World wine classification system. It defines the geographic origin of grapes but does little in terms of quality control as found in Europe. South Africa has 5 classification levels, called Wines … Continue reading

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