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Nov 18, 2014

Thanksgiving wines can be as varied as the meal, experts say

NEW YORK, Nov 18 (Reuters) – Thanksgiving dinner includes
more than just turkey, with ample helpings of vegetables,
stuffing and cranberries, so wine experts say there is no
perfect food-wine pairing for the traditional American feast.

But because it is a family celebration, Ed McCarthy, a
co-author of “Wine for Dummies,” said serving Champagne will
impress guests as well as complement the meal.

Nov 6, 2014

What is the best way for the U.S. to counter Russia’s natural gas threats?

Nov 6 (Reuters) – After a recent gas agreement between
Russia, Ukraine and the European Union – which made clear
Russia’s energy dominance over Europe – some have asked whether
the U.S. could use its gas reserves as a “geopolitical weapon”
to “stand up to Russian aggression,” as U.S. Speaker of the
House John Boehner said in a statement earlier this year.

But such proposals are not grounded in reality.

Moscow, of course, already uses gas as a weapon. It employs
cutoffs and pricing controls to coerce Europe and Ukraine
whenever their political and economic decisions are not aligned
with Moscow’s strategic interests.

Nov 4, 2014

Europe’s winemakers find 2014 harvest a ‘challenge’

NEW YORK, Nov 4 (Reuters) – For many of Europe’s winemakers,
the harvest of 2014 was called a “challenge” or “disappointing”
after a cold winter cracked and crippled vines, hail storms
ravaged vineyards and rain in August delayed ripening.

Yields, or the amount of grapes harvested, dropped 20
percent to 30 percent in many areas and for some winemakers,
there was no crop at all.

Sep 30, 2014

Authors cruise through California’s wine counties – one vineyard at a time

By Leslie Gevirtz

(Reuters) – Although authors Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen took two years to research their newest book “Wines of California, The Comprehensive Guide” it still was not enough time to visit all the 8,000-plus wineries that dot the state.

The door-stopper-sized book is written for consumers and wine lovers with a particular emphasis on people who are just learning about different winemaking regions.

Sep 9, 2014

New York wine makers vie with France’s top Merlot producers

NEW YORK, Sept 9 (Reuters) – Long Island wineries are
smaller, younger and have less experience than their French
counterparts, but some local vintners think the Merlot wines
they produce compare favorably with those made in Bordeaux.

Many different types of grapes flourish in island vineyards
90 miles east of New York City and are used by the area’s 56
wineries. But the one grape that is universally suited for all
of them is Merlot.

Aug 19, 2014

South Africa’s Chenin Blanc seeps onto summer stage

NEW YORK, Aug 19 (Reuters) – Chenin Blanc, the most widely
planted grape in South Africa, is a varietal once considered by
some to be “cheap and cheerful quaff,” but it is now gaining an
appreciation around the globe.

South African Chenin Blanc has found its way onto wine lists
at some of the world’s top restaurants, including Michelin
starred restaurants in New York and in Hong Kong.

Aug 12, 2014

For Euro pale lagers difference is in label, not taste – study

NEW YORK, Aug 12 (Reuters) – European pale lager comes in a
variety of brands but research shows that whatever the make of
the beer, consumers find it difficult to taste the difference
between them.

“Consumers are largely unable to distinguish between
different brands of European lagers in blind tastings,”
researchers reported in the Journal of the American Association
of Wine Economists.

Aug 5, 2014

Mezcal vies with tequila for bigger share of drink market

NEW YORK, Aug 5 (Reuters) – Mezcal, Mexico’s oldest smoky
spirit, has been gaining in popularity globally, and its much
bigger cousin, tequila, has taken notice, with one big corporate
brand returning to a centuries-old method of production.

Both drinks are made from agaves, cacti that are also known
as magueys. But at least 51 percent of tequila must consist of
steamed blue agave, while mezcal can be made from any variety
and is roasted.

Jun 10, 2014

Lone Star State makes wines with a Mediterranean touch

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Texas is known for many things: cowboys and cattle, oil and gas wells, the Alamo and a passion for college football. But wine?

Although Spanish missionaries planted vines in what is now Texas in the 1600s, the state dates its modern wine production only as far back as the 1970s.

Jun 3, 2014

China’s best-selling spirit Baijiu seeks a foothold in the West

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Just as Russia has its vodka, Mexico its tequila and Scotland its Scotch, China has its own distilled spirit, baijiu.

Baijiu is the world’s biggest-selling spirit category and represents a $23 billion market, according to research reports by McKinsey & Co and UBS.