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LOOKING AND SEEING ARE NOT THE SAME
10 February 2021 19:48
LOOKING AND SEEING ARE NOT THE SAME

(Two views of Tintin and Snowy)

(A book you should know about)

(Preview of exciting things to come)

I have a picture of Tintin and his dog that has moved me since the first moment I saw it. I don’t recall where or when that took place any more; it wasn’t at one of the “official” Tintin merch shops, because that stuff is all trademarked. This drawing wasn’t made by Hergé.


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John

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THE ETYMOLOGICAL ORIGINS OF THE WORLD’S BIGGEST GRAPES
16 February 2021 19:38
THE ETYMOLOGICAL ORIGINS OF THE WORLD’S BIGGEST GRAPES

More often than not a grape gets its name from the place in which it was discovered, or the person who identified or crossbred it. But it’s not always so straight forward.


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Kiwi Malbec? Signature Wines & the Dutch Disease Effect
16 February 2021 19:44
Kiwi Malbec? Signature Wines & the Dutch Disease Effect

Some people like to define wine regions by their signature grape varieties. New Zealand = Sauvignon Blanc. Argentina = Malbec. You know what I am talking about. So what should you think of a Kiwi Malbec like the one shown here? Read on to find out.


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CHANGING VARIETIES IN VINEYARDS
16 February 2021 19:41
CHANGING VARIETIES IN VINEYARDS

In winegrape vineyards, variety is among the most important factors affecting economic success. And, after all the time and effort we dedicate to selecting a clone, rootstock, and spacing-training-trellising-pruning system to optimize the performance of a scion variety, we are loath to change it. Sometimes, however, due to market circumstances beyond our control, changing varieties may be the best or only option for a vineyard to remain profitable.


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John

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Why Do So Many Wines Cost So Much?
19 February 2021 19:40
Why Do So Many Wines Cost So Much?

The wine industry’s term for a “premium wine” is one that costs about $15, which may come as a surprise to those who peruse their wine shop shelves and find that few wines not bottled in jugs by the largest commercial wineries come close to that low price. Of course, there are a few really, really cheap wines for under ten bucks and there are some very good wines that run from $15 to $25, which, quite candidly, is a lot of money for the average wine drinker to shell out for a casual dinner several nights a week. And from there things go askew, with wines that for no reason at all sell for $50 to $100, and then way upwards of there. Many Napa Valley Cabernets now sell for in excess of $200. Since all wine is nothing more than fermented grape juice, what could possibly make wines cost so much?


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Accelerated substantial shift towards online wine buying during 2020, including in lower online-usage markets such as Canada and Germany

Look out for our upcoming report, E-commerce and Online Shopper Multimarket Report 2021 publishing February 2021, which will focus on Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, Singapore, the US and the UK. For more information on the report, or to pre-order, please email reports-shop@wineintelligence.com.


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Luxury Bandits
24 February 2021 21:23
Luxury Bandits

Many qualifications have rocks and reefs rousing calm surfaces. Learner drivers are undone by parallel parking. Philosophy undergraduates discover The Spice-Box of Life isn’t a primer for formal logic. The sensibilities that steer life down a particular path may also threaten its undoing.


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John

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The Life and Times of “Pizza Wine”
24 February 2021 21:25
The Life and Times of “Pizza Wine”

To consider the evolution of the term “pizza wine” in the United States, first consider the “fiasco,” the straw basket–wrapped Chianti bottles filled with plonk that took root in Italian-American restaurants in the 1950s and ’60s. The double meaning of “fiasco,” of course, is a huge catastrophe. “The whole situation of wine being poured into something and sold as something [else] was a huge fiasco,” says Shelley Lindgren, co-owner and wine director of San Francisco’s A16.


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Do different wine critics agree on value for money?
02 March 2021 11:29
Do different wine critics agree on value for money?

There are only two things I really need to know about a bottle of wine that I am thinking of buying: 1. Is it good value for money? 2. When should I drink it? Let's look at the first question in this post. (Other features, such as possible food pairings, I can work out later.)


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The True Chameleon: An Introduction to Muscat
05 March 2021 18:55
The True Chameleon: An Introduction to Muscat

Wine lovers often marvel at the tremendous versatility of Chardonnay. Ever the chameleon, Chardonnay gives us such disparate entities as Montrachet and Champagne; steely Chablis and buttery California examples; hordes of supermarket bottlings and a handful of botrytized Ruster Ausbruchs. What other grape offers so many wildly diverse expressions? I’ll name one: Muscat.


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MOUTHFEEL IN MOTION: DEFINING A WINE’S RHYTHM
09 March 2021 14:58
MOUTHFEEL IN MOTION: DEFINING A WINE’S RHYTHM

If there is a single, standard, canonical aide to wine education, it is probably the aroma wheel, originally developed by UC Davis Professor Anne Nobel in 1984. It’s safe to say that anyone who has taken classes from one of the major wine education organizations spent some time studying it.


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John

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How Good and Bad Weather Affect Your Wine
10 March 2021 15:15
How Good and Bad Weather Affect Your Wine

Champagne lovers hail  2002  as one of the best Champagne vintages in a century but say 2012 was a horrible vintage for Bordeaux yet an excellent year in Champagne. What does this mean exactly?


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Initiative to support world’s oldest vines launches
12 March 2021 11:09
Initiative to support world’s oldest vines launches

An initiative to support the global group of winemakers and viticulturists engaged with the world’s oldest vines has been launched by Leo Austin, Sarah Abbott MW and Alun Griffiths MW.

The Old Vine Conference is a non-profit organisation seeking to highlight the work of old vine pioneers, advocate the scientific and oenological case for old vines, help build old vine wines into a recognised category amongst consumers and slow the loss of important old-vine vineyards worldwide.


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Steven Spurrier blew up the wine world with the Judgment of Paris. His legacy lives on.
22 March 2021 19:10
Steven Spurrier blew up the wine world with the Judgment of Paris. His legacy lives on.

How and what we now drink is, in no small part, Spurrier’s influence


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Chasing Crush: Hollywood's Next Great Wine Country Film?
24 March 2021 19:14
Chasing Crush: Hollywood's Next Great Wine Country Film?

Jersey Boys producer and Sonoma vintner Kevin Kinsella is making a Napa-set drama with winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown and Hollywood veterans Gene Kirkwood and George Gallo. And Brown made a real-life canned Cabernet to pair with it


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The aesthetics of wine
25 March 2021 19:12
The aesthetics of wine

25 March 2021 Ferran reminded me about this article the other day as he wants to include a Spanish translation of it in the latest giant wine book he is producing in Barcelona for Bullipedia. I thought I would give it another Throwback Thursday airing and have updated some of the statistics. Aerial view of central Oxford by Sidharth Bhatia via Unsplash.com.


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Fancy a deep red? The rise of underwater wineries
29 March 2021 14:23
Fancy a deep red? The rise of underwater wineries

After bottles were recovered in top shape from a first world war shipwreck, winemakers have started to exploit the sea’s cool, dark environment


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