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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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Spanish Winery Has the Blues. . . Literally

So you’re in your local wine shop, trying to decide what to buy. . . Red, white or rosé? How about blue? At least that’s what GIK winery is hoping. Yes, in the interest of attracting the segment of the all-important Millennials who believe that three colors of wine just aren’t enough, the Spanish producer is expected to introduce its…

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Too-Hearty Party Costs Winery Its License

Cork dorks since the time of Bacchus have rhapsodized over the lush sensuality of wine, but a winery in upstate New York has learned that too many lushes and too much sensuality can cost a winemaker his or her business. Vineyard 48 in Long Island had its license suspended by the New York State Liquor Authority last month after years…

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Wine Thieves Target Burgundy Grapes, Vines

Given the worldwide cachet and stratospheric prices of great Burgundy, it’s no surprise that light-fingered cork dorks might try to pinch a few bottles from their local wine shop. But six tons (!) of grapes? And 500 vines, ripped right out of the ground in the dead of night? Ouch! That’s what’s happening in the regions of Pomerol and St….

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