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Correspondences: vines and anthropology – part 1
11 November 2021 18:48
Correspondences: vines and anthropology – part 1

Katia Nussbaum of San Polino in Montalcino, author of last year’s coronadiary and this stimulating discussion of biodynamics, was particularly struck by the winning article submitted by our 2021 writing competition winner Chris Howard, a researcher and anthropologist currently based in New Zealand. The result is a fascinating correspondence that we are publishing in four parts this week. The illustration is by Katia’s brother Jono Nussbaum.


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Re: Correspondences: vines and anthropology – part 1
11 November 2021 18:51
Correspondences: vines and anthropology – part 2

Katia writes This is all overwhelmingly exciting and I need to read it all calmly … con calma. Thank you so much for all your thoughts. You see, unlike you, I do not work in an academic environment so I easily wonder if I am odd in the way I see things, but no – I am obviously in the best of company! And yes, also I agree that wine and vines are the ultimate meeting ground for nature and culture, where in practice, not just in theory, the boundaries actually do, on the ground, blur and overlap and become nonsensical.


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Re: Correspondences: vines and anthropology – part 1
11 November 2021 19:00
Correspondences: vines and anthropology – part 3

Chris writes Glad to hear the harvest is going well so far. Sorry for my delayed response – been a bit touch and go lately. I’m very impressed, flattered and feeling slightly guilty that amidst all the work to do in this critical, culminating moment you engaged with my chapter on that level. I thought you might look at it once your ferments were finished and your wine put to rest for the winter. Clearly, your mind is as busy as your hands!


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French winegrowers call for an international reform of the Olympic average for crop insurance policies
12 November 2021 13:52
French winegrowers call for an international reform of the Olympic average for crop insurance policies

After a devastating series of frost, hail, mildew and drought events, the 2021 vintage has not only seen French wine production fall, but also the Olympic averages of insurance companies, in other words the average production over the last five years minus the two extreme harvests, the best and the worst. With small yields that can finally be insured (with an excess clause), “who could imagine that business managers would be stupid enough to take out an insurance policy just for the principle of being insured when it does not allow them to tackle the reality of adverse weather events”, claims Jean-Marie Fabre, chairman of the French independent winegrowers’ organisation.


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Music and wine – some reflections
22 November 2021 14:58
Music and wine – some reflections

18 November 2021 We're republishing this article to coincide with today's account of an amazing tasting of rare grape varieties, organised by its author.

25 May 2016 Robert Slotover is a classical-music agent with an abiding love of wine, particularly that made from obscure grape varieties. Here he muses on connections between his two great interests.


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World Wine Production In 2021: Almost Record Low, France Drops To Third Place
22 November 2021 15:14
World Wine Production In 2021: Almost Record Low, France Drops To Third Place

2021 was a terrible year for wine production in several of the big wine-producing countries. Global wine production hit an almost record low of around 250 million hectolitres. All three big countries, Italy, France and Spain, saw substantial declines. France dropped from second place to third place in the ranking.


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Missing Wines
03 December 2021 15:11
Missing Wines

Winemakers often are creative people who are happiest when they can experiment to see if they can improve on tradition.

Such activities, as noble and as fascinating as they are, often lead to projects that are simply not commercial. This is where wine marketing people come into play. They are typically ultra-conservative types, so-called bean counters who keep wine companies afloat by making sure that crucial funds are spent wisely.


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Wine Takes a Holiday
03 December 2021 15:45
Wine Takes a Holiday

We are smack dab in the middle of Hannukah, that time when latkes make their annual appearance on Jewish tables when debates emerge as to the proper preparation for this dish and when no wine in particular is served at the Hannukah table. And why is that? Why has no one type of wine emerged as the de rigueur pour for the Hannukah table? For that matter why has no single wine become the go-to pour for Easter, Christmas, Thanksgiving, Fathers Day, Mothers Day, the Super Bowl, Fourth of July or any other designated holiday in the U.S? The answer is we (the wine trade) just aren’t trying hard enough.


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I Say Variety, You Say Varietal, Let’s Call the Whole Thing Wine
12 December 2021 14:44
I Say Variety, You Say Varietal, Let’s Call the Whole Thing Wine

It’s become common to say varietal in place of variety. What happened?


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Apocalypse, booze and Christmas: An ancient ABC
12 December 2021 14:49
Apocalypse, booze and Christmas: An ancient ABC

For consumers of festive beverages, the news is bad: this holiday season, Guinness may not be on tap and glass for bottling wine is scarce. Climate disasters, like British Columbia’s floods, have further weakened already troubled supply chains.


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Wine: New and old vs emerging and established
12 December 2021 14:46
Wine: New and old vs emerging and established

For decades, the primary division in the world of wine was between the "Old World" of European wines and the "New World" of North America, Australia ND New Zealand, South Africa, and elsewhere. There is a need to update this for the modern age where emerging nations are creating products to compete in the global market with the old vanguard.


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Visionary tractor concept is as entrancing as the wine it helps create
12 December 2021 14:59
Visionary tractor concept is as entrancing as the wine it helps create

Farm machinery specialist New Holland Agriculture has teamed with the automotive design mavericks at Pininfarina to present a concept that's sexier than a tractor should be. Designed to improve upon the way premium specialty grapes are tended to, the pod-like Straddle Tractor Concept navigates multiple rows through steep, narrow hillside vineyards to do its part in bringing the most luscious, aromatic reds and whites to dinner tables and cocktail hours the world over.


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The new entrants in the 2021 Power 100
17 December 2021 14:12
The new entrants in the 2021 Power 100

The new entrants in the 2021 Power 100 came from Burgundy, Piedmont, the Mosel, Champagne and California.
Among them, Sylvain Cathiard ranked the highest, in 21st place.
Emmanuel Rouget made the biggest jump of 205 places.


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WINE INTELLIGENCE’S INDUSTRY PREDICTIONS FOR 2022
17 December 2021 14:14
WINE INTELLIGENCE’S INDUSTRY PREDICTIONS FOR 2022

The festive season comes with many traditions, one of which is the Wine Intelligence annual predictions for the wine industry in the coming year. Our predictions in December 2020 could be judged as reasonably insightful without being fully clairvoyant, and this year’s crop will bear some similar themes to those of 12 months ago.


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Wine Was a Better Investment This Year Than Gold... or Even the Dow Jones
20 December 2021 14:05
Wine Was a Better Investment This Year Than Gold... or Even the Dow Jones

After a record-breaking 2020, the growth in the fine wine market was even stronger in 2021.


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Get to Know Sweet Red Wines
22 December 2021 14:27
Get to Know Sweet Red Wines

There’s more to red wine than just big, bold, and dry


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Mom stunned over 5-year-old son’s first written sentence — ‘I like wine’
28 December 2021 14:17
Mom stunned over 5-year-old son’s first written sentence — ‘I like wine’

Mom Kirsty Jordan-Smith was in stitches when her five-year-old son’s teacher took her to one side to reveal his first written sentence — “I like wine”.


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THE JAMESSUCKLING.COM ‘SURPRISE WINES’ OF 2021
03 January 2022 19:01
THE JAMESSUCKLING.COM ‘SURPRISE WINES’ OF 2021

Out of the more than 25,000 wines the JamesSuckling.com Tasting Team rated during 2021, there were several stunners, many standouts, much excellence and more than a few misses. You can read all about our highest-rated bottles from the year in Our Top 100 Wines of 2021 report, and also choose your own favorites from each country by catching up on our Top 100 reports from France, Spain, Argentina, the USA, Italy, Australia and more.


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The Worst Things In Wine in 2021
03 January 2022 19:05
The Worst Things In Wine in 2021

I look back at 2021 and see a year of progress in the wine industry. Granted, this isn’t a difficult position to take if we are comparing this year to 2020. Still, 2021 looks like a year of recovery, and there were positive moves in the regulatory and legal spheres.

That said, I wouldn’t want to be accused of being a pollyanna. There are things going on in wine in 2021 that were not so great.

These are the worst things in wine in 2021.


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Full Belly Files: Diving Into Underwater Wine
03 January 2022 19:23
Full Belly Files: Diving Into Underwater Wine

From Shipwrecked Wine to Seaside Dives


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Developments in Poisoned Riesling case
03 January 2022 19:30
Developments in Poisoned Riesling case

It's a brand new year but with all the celebrations it's easy to miss what happened in the last few weeks of 2021, here's a quick recap.


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Need wine advice? Put down the app and ask your local shop.
10 January 2022 15:17
Need wine advice? Put down the app and ask your local shop.

Who do you trust for wine advice? A friend or relative with whom you’ve shared a few bottles? The Internet? An app that claims to know the perfect wine for you based on whether you take milk in your coffee?


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WHY WE STILL NEED APPELLATIONS
11 January 2022 19:10
WHY WE STILL NEED APPELLATIONS

James Lawrence in Wine Searcher makes several important points in his argument that appellations have outlived their usefulness. I think there is an important perspective missing from his post, but first it’s worth reviewing why we have appellations.


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Are There Any Good Non-Alcoholic Wines?
11 January 2022 19:14
Are There Any Good Non-Alcoholic Wines?

The options are expanding for health-conscious consumers looking to cut back on alcohol and calories. But a tasting suggests these alternative beverages aren't quite ready for prime time


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Sip Me Baby One More Time
11 January 2022 19:19
Sip Me Baby One More Time

Pop icon Britney Spears has her first wine in a decade, and more news.


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