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Feb 1, 2011

Ales vie with beers for Super Bowl top brew

By Leslie Gevirtz

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) – With about 100 million Americans expected to watch the Super Bowl on Sunday a big decision for many fans will be what type of beer to drink during the four-hour television broadcast.

Gene Muller, the owner of the Flying Fish Brewing Company in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, said the choice of lager or ale for the game between the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers could depend on whether or not you’re a football fan.

Jan 18, 2011

Nature, economics and fraud hit icewine producers

By Leslie Gevirtz

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) – Fraud, Mother Nature and economics have caused havoc for icewine producers, reducing quantities and increasing prices for the sweet wines that Germans created and Canadians perfected.

“This year’s amount of icewine will be below average … Not many vintners took the risk,” said Monika Reule, the managing director of Deutsche Weininstitut, in Mainz, Germany, adding that the overall 2010 wine harvest in the country was smaller than average.

Dec 29, 2010

Champagne anyone? Wine auction sales fizz

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Auction houses sold more than $350 million worth of wine worldwide in 2010, an amount roughly in line with or exceeding their pre-recession levels of 2007.

And all of them credited their sales in Hong Kong or Asian buyers for the spike in sales figures.

Dec 28, 2010

Wine auction sales top $350 million

By Leslie Gevirtz

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) – Auction houses sold more than $350 million worth of wine worldwide in 2010, an amount roughly in line with or exceeding their pre-recession levels of 2007.

And all of them credited their sales in Hong Kong or Asian buyers for the spike in sales figures.

Dec 28, 2010

Wine auction sales top $350 mln; Champagne anyone?

By Leslie Gevirtz

NEW YORK, Dec 28 (Reuters Life!) – Auction houses sold more
than $350 million worth of wine worldwide in 2010, an amount
roughly in line with or exceeding their pre-recession levels of
2007.

And all of them credited their sales in Hong Kong or Asian
buyers for the spike in sales figures.

Dec 16, 2010

Christie’s wine sales top $71 million for 2010

By Leslie Gevirtz

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) – In another sign that the world economy is in the midst of a recovery, Christie’s auction house reported global wine sales topped $71 million for 2010, or about what they were in 2007 before the recession began.

“Recession? Not in the wine business,” Charles Curtis, head of Christie’s wines said on Wednesday. “Wine sales were sort of trending up throughout the year” and kept getting stronger.

Dec 10, 2010

Sparkling wine — pouring style without draining your wallet

Earlier this week, I wrote about alternatives to non-vintage and cuvee Champagnes that can lend a festive atmosphere to any occasion. Below is a list of the wines that I mentioned, some alternatives and their suggested U.S. retail prices. Domaine Ste. Michelle Cuvee Brut  $12 Santa Margherita Prosecco Di Valdobbiadene Brut  $17 Freixenet Cordon Rosado $10 Domaine Tselepos Amalia Brut $24 Gruet $14 Dom Perignon $125-$150
Bollinger RD 1997 $130-$150 Krug Brut Grande Cuvee 1998 $180-$200 Giulio Ferrari 1997 $100

There are many other sparklers that didn’t make it into the story such as:  Lucien Albrecht ($19), Nino Franco Rustico Prosecco ($19) and The Chook, a sparkling Shiraz from Australia ($17).

Dec 7, 2010

Sparkling wines a cheaper alternative to Champagne

By Leslie Gevirtz

NEW YORK, Dec 7 (Reuters Life) – Champagne can only be produced in the French region that bears its name, but the joy that comes from hearing a cork pop can come from any number of other sparkling wines – at a fraction of the cost.

“The central problem is that wine pricing is almost completely arbitrary … the price of a wine does not significantly correlate to the pleasure it brings,” said Robin Goldstein, editor of “The Wine Trials,” an annual guide to wines under $15 a bottle that beat wines costing $50-plus a bottle in blind tastings.

Nov 30, 2010

Greek winemaker’s winning ways in vineyards and politics

By Leslie Gevirtz

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) – While Yiannis Boutaris was campaigning earlier this month to be the next mayor of Thessaloniki, in Greece his older son was waging his own campaign in North America to win recognition for Greek wines.

“My father is really the patriarch or the pope of Greek wines,” said Stellios Boutaris, who was in New York to showcase his family’s wines from their Kir-Yianni Estate.

Nov 16, 2010

Choices are varied for Thanksgiving wines

By Leslie Gevirtz

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) – Wondering what wine to serve with turkey? Wine experts agree that a good Pinot Noir is always a safe bet but there are many other choices that go well with a Thanksgiving feast.

Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan, who holds the title Master of Wine, suggests a rich California Chardonnay would be perfect to accompany butternut squash for the traditional American meal but if chestnut stuffing is on the menu she suggests a Norton.