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orcalwine Fred Swan
September is California Wine Month. How Big is the California Wine Industry? #california #wine

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5 for Friday – 27/08


It’s Friday, the weekend so close! Every Friday I’m going to introduce five great award-winning wines that you shouldn’t miss to enjoy!

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App in One Hand, Wine Glass in the Other – @nytimes #app #wine

@TFMcGrath Tom McGrath

New wine created by Norwich-based firm through internet votes #wine #news

@WiNews Wine News

Wine aged under the sea? Check out this @nytimes article: ^NM

@WineLibrary Wine Library

Absolut trials new vodka and white wine product Absolut Tune through publicity …: Absolut Vodka is conducting …

@wineparadise Ian Blackford

Really bright, fresh, the 2009’s are shown power and finesse, reminds me of Mary Lou Retton – score it 90 #wine

@garyvee Gary Vaynerchuk

Drinking moderate amounts of wine will help you lose weight

@Wine_India Wine India

~ Age is just a number. It is totally irrelevant unless, of course, you happen to be a bottle of wine. ~ Joan Collins

@WineDineTv Wine Dine TV

Pizza pleasures in the park with rose or bubbly

@NatalieMacLean Natalie MacLean


@GetYourWineNews Wine Lovernews

RT @rickbakas: Mobile Strategy Ideas for #CabernetDay [love the PressPay feature!]

@luxeagent Monica Monson

Did you know… ?


…about the growing wine market in India? As the second largest wine producer in the US after California, Washington produces highly-rated wines that come with the lowest average price. For a couple of years wineries from Washington have been doing business in India now due to the market’s high potential. Read more about the wine industry in India.

…that one glass of wine (4 ounces) contains 80 to 100 calories? Lighter wine tends to have more calories than heavier wines. Read more about if wine is fattening.

that Miller is trying to buy Fosters? ABMiller has announced its intention to launch a hostile AU$9.5 billion takeover bid for Australian brewer Foster’s. Read more about Miller’s plans.

that AC/DC entered the wine business. The rock band recently launched its own wine label. Learn more about the AC/DC vintage.

…that the spicier the food the sweeter the wine you enjoy should be? There is indeed a challenge with Asian or Indian food when it comes to the right wine pairing. It is the soy sauce, ginger or the intense spiciness of the dishes – some wines just don’t go with this kind of food. The best is to select a fruity and soft wine, since it will tame heat. Read more about Pairing Wine with Asian Cuisine.

about the many great wineries in Paso Robles, California? Paso Robles, located three hours south of San Francisco “in the middle of nowhere” close to the beach with plenty of wineries and vineyards. Keep reading if you would like to know more about the excellent Californian wines.

…that the American Wine Group buys Australian Loxton? The Wine Group LLC of San Francisco just announced that it was buying Australia’s fourth largest winery Loxton, Australia’s fourth largest winery. The deal will probably be closed on August 18th. Read more about The Wine Group’s plans in Australia.

…younger people prefer sweet wine? Who are the fans of sweet red wine? People who are a little more open to trying something new, who associate the wine with fun. younger, primarily female but with a significant percentage of males, also young, adventurous and willing to try new wines. Read more about sweet wine and dry wine drinkers.

about the about the sweet pairing of dessers with wine? Whether a beautiful bowl of bright red strawberries, a creamy dish of tangy mango sorbet, or a classic grilled pound cake with peaches and cream – let the wine shine with these desserts.

…Champagne increases yields by 20% to cope with demand? The optimistic forecast says Champagne sales would grow 2% annually over the coming three years. Consequently the region’s trade body has set the harvest limit at 12,500 kg/ha compared to 10,500 kg/ha in 2010. Read more about increasing Champagne sales.

One Cabernet Sauvignon, please! – But the AC/DC vintage…


Australian band AC/DC recently launched its own wine brand. After being one of the most successful rock bands with millions of albums sold they are now trying to step into the wine industry. Together with Australian winemaker Warburn Estate they released a series of wine.

Grown in the Barossa and Coonawara region in Australia as well as Malborough in New Zealand  the varieties include Highway to Hell Cabernet, Back in Black Shiraz and two white wines You Shook me all night long Moscato and Hell Bells Sauvignon Blanc.

But the Australian rockers are not the first that has launched a wine collection. Other famous bands, like KISS, MOTÖRHEAD, SATYRICON, WHITESNAKE, QUEENSRŸCHE and WARRANT have already started their own brands.

It seems to be a very lucrative business – and great marketing in the first place.

So let’s see when the wines hit shelves in UK and Ireland…

Bubbles All Over The World

Sparkling wine, Prosecco, Cava, Champagne and now the English come and invent their „Britagne“ (pronounced “Brit-an-ye“ off course and not like the ending in Champagne). It makes it all even more confusing. So let’s see what actually the difference is between all these sparkling wines and why is Champagne more expensive than the rest.

As a sparkling lover I’m going to explain all differences between the various bubblies. All Champagnes and Sparkling wines come as Extra Brut, Brut (most popular style) Extra Dry, Sec and Demi-Sec depending on their sugar levels. Brut describes a dry natural wine that no sweetness was added to.

Most importantly: anything that is not produced within the French region of Champagne needs to be given another name. In the European Union it is even illegal to call any sparkling “Champagne” when it is not made in this particular region.

But why is Champagne more expensive than other bubblies? The territory of making the wine and the circumstances around the wine making, such as production method or weather are factors that need to be considered.

The method used to produce Champagne is called “the methodé champenoise” and involves a lot of costs, time and labour. Regular wine is put into a bottle and fermented again which produces all these bubbles. After an aging process of at least 15 months the by-products of fermentation (dead yeast cells) must be carefully extracted from the bottle. The pressure inside this bottle is equivalent to that in a car tire. The long storage period and the compound of blends from different years (some may be 8-10 years) also cause additional costs.

The second point is that the Champagne region has relatively cool temperatures that make growing and ripening of wine grapes more difficult. Spring frosts and lack of sunshine mean that some grapes never ripen. So you do not only pay for the grapes that made it into the bottle but also for the ones that didn’t. The process of winemaking itself is expensive and you pay the price. Another problem with this area is it needs to provide countries around the world with its Champagne and although every acre is planted with vines the rarity raises the price.

Italy’s flagship in regards to bubbly is Prosecco made of Italian’s grapes (the Italian wine, region and grape is called Prosecco). It is a fun fruity bubbly, lighter and slightly sweeter than Champagne and the procedure of producing Prosecco differs from the “the methodé champenoise.” Instead the “Charmat” method is used. The wine goes through the second fermentation in pressurised tanks and not in individualised bottles. This tank fermentation preserves the freshness of Prosecco and flavour of the grapes. This procedure is not as complex as for Champagne which allows the lower price.

Since it is a light-bodied, off-dry fizz with slight aromas of peach it is great for making cocktails. Mixed with peach juice Prosecco becomes a Bellini or combined with Aperol and a splash of seltzer it makes a great Aperol Spritz both very popular refreshing drinks in Italy. Two Italian terms describe the type of Prosecco; Spumante is used for fully sparkling wines and Frizzante for lightly sparkling.The name Prosecco can only be applied to sparkling wines that are made of grapes grown in the north-east of Italy. All Prosecco-producing regions are awarded the DOC designation – “Denominazione di origine controllata”, the Italian equivalent of France’s “Appellation d’origine contrôlée” and the first 15 designated regions were elevated to the highest status DOCG.

Winemakers in countries like Austria, Germany, Australia and Brazil that grow Prosecco grape are no longer allowed to call their sparkling wines Prosecco. Instead they will have to use the word “glera” – an alternative name for this grape. Other Italian sparklers are Franciacorta from Lombardy, Asti from Piedmont and Lambrusco from Emilia.

The Spanish Cava resembles Champagne more than the Italian Prosecco. Cava is Spain’s signature sparkling wine mostly made of grapes from the Catalonia hills. Cava is exclusively made of Spanish grapes while the production method used is the same as for Champagne. Cava is softer than Champagne and has aromas of honey, green apple and dried herbs. A good quality Cava will start at a price of €11 which seems a very interesting budget option.

New world countries will surprise you with good sparkling wines as well. Try Australia’s Jacob’s Creek or Wolf Blass which are the ones that rival Champagne the most or go with Cloudy Bay from New Zealand.

Argentina and Chile offer very drinkable sparkling wines for an affordable price. Still relatively new on the world wine market Brazil seems to be on a catch up race and surprises with refreshing and very tasty sparklings such as Aurora Sparkling or Miolo’s Millesime Brut.

Have a look at our range of Champagnes, Proseccos, Cavas and other sparkling wines at

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