NEW YORK, May 2 (Reuters) – Looking for a good bottle of
Merlot, Pinot Grigio or Bordeaux? Ratings by experts may help
narrow the choice but do they really make a difference?
Wine experts say the scores and descriptions they give a
vintage will differentiate a good bottle from a mediocre one but
in a recent study consumers who tasted fine Bordeaux rated the
wines lower than the experts.
NEW YORK, April 17 (Reuters) – The popularity of
farm-to-table restaurants and organic produce is seeping into
the wine industry as more producers adopt green practices.
But their motives for making organic, sustainable and
biodynamic wine may be more personal than business, although the
practices also improve the quality of the wines.
(Reuters) – The Dutch drank their way to victory and independence from Spain in 1648 through the taxes they paid on beer, according to a report in the April issue of the Journal of American Association of Wine Economists.
Economists Koen Deconinck of the University of Leuven and Johann Swinnen of Stanford University wrote that taxes on beer “played a crucial role in financing the revolt … (and) were the single largest revenue source” for the outnumbered and outgunned Dutch, who were facing “the mightiest empire on earth.”
NEW YORK (Reuters) – In a bid to reverse a decade-long slide in sales, some producers of Port wine have gone pink.
They have given the sweet red or amber colored Portuguese fortified wine, which is traditionally sipped as an accompaniment to the cheese course or dessert, a makeover with a lighter rosé version that is 20 percent alcohol.
(Reuters) – Like smart investors who dispose of their stocks, the government of Aland, a string of islands off the coast of Finland, is selling 11 bottles of antique Champagne from a cache of 145 found at the bottom of the Baltic Sea.
Divers from Aland stumbled across the Champagne and beer while exploring a shipwreck in July 2010. The owner of the vessel and its destination remain unknown, but the sunken craft and its cargo now belong to the government of Aland.
March 9 (Reuters) – French wineries, like over-tired
children, are kicking and screaming but slowly making their way
onto social media, a survey released this week found.
The survey of 528 wineries in the United States and France
conducted by ABLE Social Media Marketing found that while 94
percent of U.S. vintners were on Facebook, only 53 percent of
their French counterparts were.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Some U.S. pawnbrokers are taking liquid assets – literally.
Along with family jewels and fine art they will accept wines as collateral for loans to help ease cash shortages of businesses and people on all rungs of the economic ladder.
NEW YORK, Feb 22 (Reuters) – Some U.S. pawnbrokers are
taking liquid assets – literally.
Fine wines are among the items they will accept as
collateral for loans, along with family jewels and fine art, as
a practice common in Britain and France catches on across the
NEW YORK, Feb 7 (Reuters) – Champagne, sparkling wine
and chocolates are a favorite pairing to celebrate Valentine’s
Day, despite warnings from experts that the two do not go well
Sales of bubbly rise with the approach of Cupid’s big day on
Feb. 14, according to the research and data company Nielsen, so
romantics and even some winemakers are convinced that with the
right choices the two could be a winning combination.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Chardonnay, the world’s most popular white wine, dates back centuries, but it owes much of its history in the United States to a winemaker who planted the grape in California 100 years ago.
Ernest Wente, of the family-owned Wente Vineyards east of San Francisco, brought cuttings from Montpelier, France in 1912 and planted them in California.