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Key Moments in US Wine History

The first wine Wine has been a part of American life since the 16th century when the first European explorers landed. The chances are that the first wine to reach American shores was Sherry, brought along from Spain with Pedro Menéndez de Avilés when he landed in what we now know as Florida in September 1565. Acte 12 – plant…

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When Good Grapes Go Red

Probably the most important event in the calendar of a grapevine is the point at which the grapes start to turn from green to red and begin to ripen and sweeten. This process is known, in French, as veraison. Veraison happens in white grapes as well, but instead of turning red, they tend to become more translucent instead. This process…

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Which Red Wines Are Good for You?

It was great news for wine fans when we found out that their favourite drink has some beneficial compounds in. Even committed white drinkers were persuaded to try reds as there are more health benefits to be had there. Not all reds are the same, though, with some having more of the good stuff than others. Of course, all the…

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Are Unfiltered Wines Better?

Wine does tend to invite and divide opinion, among both producers and drinkers. Trends come and go (although some actually stay…), and one recent topic of discussion is unfiltered wines. Some producers and oenophiles see unfiltered as the purest expression of the grape, whereas others can’t get past the dodgy homebrew images that haunt them (maybe after some dodgy homebrew)….

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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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