Monthly Archives: July 2014

Cuvaison’s Commitment to the Environment Shines Through in the Bottle

Among the first Chardonnays I tasted and really liked was one made by Cuvaison, a winery located in the far southern sector of the Napa Valley in the cool-climate Carneros district. I honestly don’t recall the vintage, but it more

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Posted in Wine and the Environment

Taste (Bleepin’) Merlot on the 10th Anniversary of ‘Sideways’

Hard to believe, but it has been 10 years since the movie Sideways turned the wine industry on its ear, briefly derailing sales of Merlot and provoking widespread planting of Pinot Noir vines. As fans of the movie will recall,

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Posted in Wine Buzz

‘Ratatouille’ Revisited: Should Wine Bottles Depict Cartoon Characters?

In the world of advertising, imagery can be a powerful tool. Just take a look at the photo that accompanies this story from the United Kingdom’s Daily Mail, and you’ll see what I mean. If you’re even just a casual

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Posted in Editor's Journal

Sips and Swirls Between the Songs: Where to Find Great Wine Near This Year’s Biggest Music Festivals

Rare is the wine festival that does not include some sort of music. The type of music doesn’t seem to matter; the wine-drinking experience just seems to be enhanced by melodic sounds. We’re now deep into America’s music festival season,

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Posted in Wine Buzz

Updates on World Wine Rankings, Japan and Reno

Let’s close out this week with a few updates on recent blogs… On Wednesday, we shared the news that the United States had surpassed France as the No. 1 consumer of wine in the world. We also shared the speculation

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The Best North American Wine Destination

In late 2009, we counted down the Top 10 North American Wine Destinations on this blog. And the winner was (drum roll, please) the Rutherford district of California’s Napa Valley. The list was maybe 1% objective and 99% subjective. We

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Posted in Wine Region Profiles

No. 1 in Wine Consumption… But for How Long?

Simply by virtue of its sheer size and massive population, the United States leads the world in consumption of a lot of things. But through the years, France has led the U.S. — and all other nations — in wine

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Posted in The Wine Business

Spain’s Bodegas Muga: Even the Barrels Are Made On-Site

There are countless wineries around the world that grow their own grapes, thus controlling the process from vineyard to bottle. But Bodegas Muga, situated in the famed Rioja Alta region of Spain, takes things a step further. It actually has

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Posted in Wineries of Distinction

Extending the Weekend With Grilled Chicken Breasts and Pinot Noir

I woke up this morning with the blahs. Not the blues… the blahs. I’m not a doctor, but I have nonetheless diagnosed my condition even more specifically: I have the Monday Morning Blahs. This affliction tends to occur following a

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Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

Dining Decadence, Italian Style, in the Windy City

I lived in Chicago for 14 years, leaving in late October of 2013 after completing an all-consuming, sleep-depriving special project in the publishing industry — editing (and writing much of) a 300-page magazine. I got out just in time, too,

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Posted in Editor's Journal
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