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Feb 7, 2012

Bubbly and chocolate duet for Valentine’s day

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
together.

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.

Jan 31, 2012

Chardonnay marks 100th birthday of growth in U.S.

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.

Jan 17, 2012

Drinkers of fake Pinot Noir get a break from sour grapes

By Leslie Gevirtz

(Reuters) – Looks like E&J Gallo wines and Constellation Brands Inc, which produces Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi, will be buying more than a round this spring for lot of wine drinkers.

A California judge has tentatively approved a class-action settlement entitling many wine drinkers to a refund nearly a year after a dozen Frenchmen were convicted of selling fake Pinot Noir to the two companies, who then bottled it under various brands and sold it in the United States.

Jan 17, 2012

Wine websites get mixed reviews

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Just as Amazon revolutionized the way books are sold and Groupon has conditioned shoppers to expect daily deals on services and foods, a cluster of websites have upended the stodgy world of wine.

At least a half-dozen online websites in the United States, a few in Britain and Australia and one or two in France promote wines, sometimes for as much as 60 percent less than retail, using social media.

Jan 17, 2012

Online wine websites get mixed reviews

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Just as Amazon revolutionized the way books are sold and Groupon has conditioned shoppers to expect daily deals on services and foods, a cluster of websites have upended the stodgy world of wine.

At least a half-dozen online websites in the United States, a few in Britain and Australia and one or two in France promote wines, sometimes for as much as 60 percent less than retail, using social media.

Jan 16, 2012

Travel Postcard: 48 hours in Sao Paulo

By Leslie Gevirtz

(Reuters) – Got 48 hours to explore the vast, vibrant metropolis that is not only Brazil’s commercial centre, but its artistic and gastronomic heart?

Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help visitors get the most out of a visit to Sao Paulo, the city where trees are an integral part of the architecture and surround its museums, restaurants and shops.

Dec 27, 2011

Wine sales robust in 2011, may drop more in 2012

NEW YORK (Reuters) – It was a good year for fine wine in 2011 with auction houses reporting solid sales but the bubble has burst in the Bordeaux market and prices are expected to fall further in 2012.

Wine sales at auction house Acker Merrall & Condit topped $110 million this year. Christie’s estimated its sales would be more than $90 million, while Sotheby’s wine auctions hit $85.5 million and Bonhams finished at $17 million.

Dec 6, 2011

Sonoma Cookbook not just a diet, but a way of life

NAPA, California (Reuters) – Dietician and nutritionist Connie Guttersen proves to both chefs and home cooks that healthy eating doesn’t have to be dull.

The creator of the Sonoma Diet never planned to be a diet-guru. She was on track to becoming a professor in Texas when marriage brought her to California and the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), where she was hired to design a course in healthy cooking techniques.

Nov 22, 2011

Weak global economy fails to dampen fine wine sales

NEW YORK (Reuters) – In good times collectors buy fine wines and in bad times they buy even more, the latest wine auction figures show.

Leading wine auction houses are reporting bumper results for 2011. Christie’s sales have totaled $77.7 million globally, more than last year’s $70 million and there are auctions scheduled for Amsterdam, London and Hong Kong before the end of the year.

Nov 15, 2011

Best wine for Thanksgiving? Not one but many

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Thanksgiving, the U.S. holiday that anyone who likes to eat loves to celebrate, is just a week away and experts agree there is not one perfect wine to accompany the feast, but many.

“No other holiday celebrates the gift of wine like Thanksgiving,” said Natalie MacLean, author of the new book, “Unquenchable: A Tipsy Quest for the World’s Best Bargain Wines.”