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Wines on a Plane

As anyone who has done any traveling over the past dozen or so years already knows, flying on domestic airlines ranks somewhere between catching  dengue fever and being beaten with a two-by-four on the scale of pleasurable activities. A glass (or two or three) of wine can help sooth jangled nerves and relieve the frustration of endless lines, crowded airports…

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Wine Oracles Look Into Their Crystal Balls for 2018

Predicting the future of anything can be a fool’s game. Just ask the political pundits still smarting over the results of the last presidential election. Of course, that doesn’t stop people from trying. Or people asking them. Or people believing them. So we paged through the predictions of a raft of assorted wine sages, oracles and soothsayers to discover what…

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Skip the Flu Shot, Drink Wine

It’s getting to be that time of year again, time for fever, chills, headaches, stomach upset, and general feeling like crap, aka, the flu. You could get a flu shot, load up on Vitamin C or encase yourself in bubble wrap, hide under your bed and not come out until springtime. Or, according to researchers at the Washington University School…

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Great Wine… It Really Is All in Your Head

What is it that makes expensive wine taste better? Is it the lovingly grown grapes, planted in gold-plated vineyards and kissed by the breath of virgins in the glistening dew of morning? Is it the sheer brilliance of the winemaker, an alchemist who possesses an enological Midas touch that turns mere grapes into Chateau Lafite Rothschild? Or is it the…

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New Technology Promises Instant Aging, No Hangover

“Time flies,” as the saying goes. Except when you’re waiting in line at the DMV, on hold with your favorite cable TV provider, and aging wine and spirits. Well, California-based Cavitation Technologies can’t help you with the first two. But giving wine and hard liquor the benefits of years of patient aging in a couple minutes? They think they’re on…

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Vintners Keeping Their Fingers Crossed After California Fires

After October’s devastating fires that ravaged the Northern California wine country, vintners, growers and most wine industry analysts are cautiously optimistic about the health of the 2017 vintage. More than 20 wineries in Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties were impacted by the fires, everything from total destruction to minor cosmetic damage. No estimates on the number of vineyard acres that…

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