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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.

Nov 9, 2010

Mr. Pinot Noir becomes wine packaging’s prince

By Leslie Gevirtz

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) – Jean-Charles Boisset, scion of Burgundy’s largest wine empire, has been called Mr. Pinot Noir for his enthusiasm for the grape that he tends on both sides of the Atlantic.

The 41-year-old, who spent much of his youth in California soaking up sun, surf and a business degree, lives his life by a few rules he learned as a child.

Nov 2, 2010

Corrected: Portuguese wine family saves the grapes

(Corrects spelling in 3rd paragraph to Alentejo)

By Leslie Gevirtz

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) – Climate change has a serious impact on all kinds of crops, including grapes, but one Portuguese wine family is trying to save some of the country’s seldom-used varieties from global warming.

Portugal has about 258 indigenous varieties of grapes but many are no longer used to make wine.

Nov 2, 2010

Portuguese wine family saves the grapes

By Leslie Gevirtz

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) – Climate change has a serious impact on all kinds of crops, including grapes, but one Portuguese wine family is trying to save some of the country’s seldom-used varieties from global warming.

Portugal has about 258 indigenous varieties of grapes but many are no longer used to make wine.

Oct 26, 2010

Italian coffee brand takes up Brunello wine

By Leslie Gevirtz

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) – Coffee, tea, chocolate or wine? Italy’s illycaffe has branched out from coffee beans, tea leaves and cocoa to produce some of the country’s most iconic wines.

Riccardo Illy, 55-year-old chairman of Gruppo illy S.p.A., is a former ski instructor, politician and author. Two years ago, just as the economic turmoil began, he decided to become a vintner.

Oct 19, 2010

Amarone wine producers fight to maintain quality

By Leslie Gevirtz

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) – Amarone is one of Italy’s iconic wines and a dozen family producers of the pricey, opulent red have banded together to ensure it stays that way.

The Amarone Families are dismayed that their fabled wine is becoming almost mass-produced, which they say has resulted in a drop in price and quality.

Sep 21, 2010

No wine cellar? Sotheby’s opens retail wine shop

NEW YORK, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Always wanted a wine cellar,
but never had the room? Sotheby’s auction house has a solution.
It opened a retail wine shop.

Sotheby’s (BID.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), which is holding wine auctions this week
in London and New York and four more in Hong Kong next month,
is usually associated with top growth Bordeaux and first rate
Burgundies that fetch thousands of dollars a case.