How California wine took over the world

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  • September 23, 2018
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John Briscoe’s Crush: The Triumph of California Wine(University of Nevada Press) offers a comprehensive history of how the California wine industry came into being, found its way through a couple of centuries, and proliferated into the enormous field it is today, embracing tastes and wallets that run from “Two-Buck Chuck” (a steal at $1.99 when it was introduced in 2002, if you could keep it down) to, say, an imperial (equivalent to eight bottles) of Screaming Eagle that was auctioned for a half-million dollars in 2000.

At Petaluma Gap, California’s newest American Viticultural Area, wind defines the wine

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  • September 23, 2018
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It’s 4 p.m. on a warm summer afternoon, in a vineyard a few miles east of Petaluma. In a few surreal minutes, blustery winds sweep across the site, turning the vines’ leaves nearly inside out as they defend against the force. Chilling fog soon follows and lingers overnight and until the next morning.

Wine picks: With a multitude of grapes, it’s time to focus on 10 biggies

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  • September 23, 2018
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The “Ten Grapes to Know” by Catherine Fallis, just released this month, is a great book for those who are just beginning to explore the world of wine.

How to show China’s wine lovers a good time

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  • September 22, 2018
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With the mainland set to become the world’s second-largest market by 2020, the East is set to be red, white and rosé, opening up a host of opportunities for vendors and importers.

Spoiler: You’re Probably Storing Your Wine Wrong

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  • September 21, 2018
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If you love wine, you should invest in a wine rack. No, not because of the space-saving potential or how good it will look in your kitchen. It will make your wine last longer and taste better.

This is the world’s first flat wine bottle

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  • September 21, 2018
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If you’ve ever wanted to stack your wine or store it like books on a shelf, you need to see the world’s first flat wine bottle. Garçon Wines has made a full-size wine bottle that is thin like a flask and features a convenient screw-cap – no cork necessary.

Why wine and chocolate could help you live longer, science says

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  • September 21, 2018
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If you’ve lived by the mantra that a daily piece of dark chocolate is good for your health, you’re in luck. Another reliable source is backing that up.

Wine Press: 6 Rose Wines Perfect To Drink Year Round

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  • September 10, 2018
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Some wine drinkers have so many rules. White wine with fish. Red wine with meat. Champagne on odd-numbered days. I made the last one up, but you get my point.

Does Soil Really Affect Wine’s Flavour?

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  • July 8, 2018
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“Soil, not grapes, is the latest must-know when choosing a wine,” Bloomberg has proclaimed. Meanwhile, wine writer Alice Feiring has published a book which helps drinkers choose their tipple by “looking at the source: the ground in which it grows.”

Napa Valley’s Wine Trolley whisks you on a daylong winery adventure

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  • July 8, 2018
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Hopping from winery to winery in the Napa Valley for tastings and tours is a bucket-list dream for the rest of the world, but it’s a convenient day trip or overnighter for us Northern Californians.