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Study Shows (Wine) Words Matter

What does it take to make the average (and even above average) wine lover drink swill? And pay more for it? Not as much as you may think. According to a study done by Australia’s University of Adelaide, it might be as little as a cleverly (and floridly) written label. The study, conducted by the university’s School of Agriculture, Food…

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Grape Harvesting Is Becoming Woman’s Work

Citing increased competition from newly legal marijuana farms and stricter immigration enforcement by the federal government, California grape growers are increasingly complaining about the difficulty of finding workers willing to take on the hot, sweaty, backbreaking and often-dangerous job of harvesting grapes. Some growers, though, have found a secret weapon. Women. Yes, the so-called “weaker sex” (hah!) is more and…

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Millennials Choosing Grapes Over Hops

It’s been an article of faith – or at least marketing – that Millennials were born not only with a smartphone in their hands but a bottle of craft beer in their mouths. Studies have indicated that almost two-thirds of weekly craft beer drinkers are members of the Millennial generation, typically defined as Americans born between 1980 and 2000. Then,…

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Honey, I Froze the Wine!

We’ve all been there – had the bright idea of popping a bottle of white into the freezer just before guests arrive and forgetting about it… You suddenly remember it’s there and dash to the freezer to find not a ship in a bottle, but an iceberg. What’s worse is that some may have leaked out of the screw cap…

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Know Your Sake!

If you’ve ever looked at a sake list, you’ll probably have had no real idea about what it all meant. Some lists have dozens on, with fanciful names and maybe the region they’re from, which leaves you none the wiser. However, with even a slight grasp of the vocabulary, you can soon find your way round that list and even…

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What a Healthy Vineyard Looks Like

A healthy vineyard isn’t a uniform thing – they all look different. Zinfandel vines are stocky and almost tree-like, while Riesling vines are more slender and wispy looking. The ground doesn’t always look the same either, and nor do the leaves; it doesn’t have to look good, either. That doesn’t mean it takes a doctor or scientist to tell if…

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