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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

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

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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


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@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…

The myths about wine

Every now and then some myths about the quality, price, tasting, and smelling of wine come across – some “traditions” in which even I used to believe at the beginning of my wine exploration.

So let’s see which stereotypes about wine are still in some wine drinkers mind.

1. A spoon or fork keeps the fizz in sparkling wine or Champagne

You’ve probably heard of it and, like me in my early wine exploring stages, even tried to put a fork or spoon upside down in an open bottle of sparkling wine to keep it fresh and fizzy. Some also might think is has to be the good sterling cutlery of your grandparents… But the truth is no matter what kind of cutlery you put in or if you just leave the bottle open and put it back into the fridge – it won’t make any difference. In reality there is no fundamental reason why a spoon or whatever object of steal or silver should stop the CO2 gas escape the bottle. But what does actually happen inside the bottle? The bubbles in sparkling wine are Carbon Dioxide, a heavy and inert gas, heavier than oxygen and nitrogen. It only takes minutes after popping the cork that CO2 forms a protective area just above the fluid level which forestalls oxidation and hold much of the remaining carbonation in liquid form – that keeps the fizz. This happens with or without the spoon!

2. Price dictates quality

Probably the biggest misnomer about wine. But you don’t have to pay a fortune to get a wine with good quality. Price doesn’t reflect quality. The price tells different things about the wine e.g. how many cases were made or how much was spent on marketing by the producer – both indicators that don’t say much about quality but have an effect on the bottle price. Prices of wine can differ due to the types of grapes used, the land of the vineyard, or price of packaging. In the end it is all about what you like. You can get a cheap wine and enjoy it while you probably wish you wouldn’t have spent that much on the expensive one…

3. Rosé is just white wine and red wine mixed together

Probably you have tried it at a party: Mix red and white wine and what do you get? Rosé? No. Typically quality rosé wine is made of red grapes. During the fermentation process the WHITE juice from the red grapes are in contact with the grapes skin and all red pigments are contained. This process can take from a few hours to a couple of days until the juice becomes its typical delightful pink colour and is then further fermented into wine.

4. Smell the cork and you know if it’s a good quality wine

Smelling the cork won’t tell you anything about the quality of wine – because cork smells…like cork! To check if the wine is corked you need to smell the wine itself, the cork won’t tell you. So, what should you do when the waiter hands you the cork of the bottle of wine you want to enjoy? Check if the cork is broken, or has any mould. Older and more expensive wine corks should have the vintage date on it which should be identical with the date on the label. Additionally the winery’s name, logo or other branding information should appear on the cork of a quality wine. Since natural corks are more and more replaced by synthetic corks or screw caps smelling the cork will probably not be seen that much anyway…

5. Screw tops are a sign of cheap wine

This leads us to the next myth: Wines with alternative closures, especially screw caps are cheap wine. False! The problem with natural cork is it makes the wine faulty. The chemical known as Cork Taint (Actually it is called Trichloroanisole) and can, if it appears in the cork, completely destroy the wine. The wine then smells and tastes dusty; like wet newspaper. If the bottle had a screw cap this wouldn’t have happened.

A big advantage of the screw cap is the ease of use. Doesn’t it go much faster? No corkscrew needed and when you don’t finish the whole bottle you can close it easily. And the wine itself has the same quality as a wine with a natural cork.

Have you heard any more interesting, funny myths about wine? Let me know!

Wine Auction follows Investor Fraud

It’s almost two years ago that the American former stock broker Bernard Madoff has been jailed for 150 years after pleading guilty with restitution of $170 billion to masterminding the biggest fraud ever seen in America. The founder of Bernard L Madoff Investment Securities was arrested in June 2009 after he ran a hedge fund which allegedly racked up $50bn of fraudulent losses – the largest investor fraud ever committed by an individual.

Instead of paying early investor’s high return with profits made from his investments he used money given to him by later investors. But the Ponzi scheme, like Madoff’s cannot go on forever. The number of new investors that must be found to keep the earlier investors paid off increased exponentially.

The Ponzi scheme defrauded thousands of investors of billions of dollars. His estimated 20,000 victims included hedge funds, executives, banks (HSBC, the Royal Bank of Scotland), foundations (Steven Spielberg’s charity the Wunderkinder Foundation, university endowments, famous (Elie Wiesel), and thousands of ordinary people whose lives were devastated.

Now Bernard Madoff’s wine collection will be auctioned. On 18 May at its Fine Wine Auctions the wine shop Morell & Co will auction up to 58 of Madoff’s wines and spirits. The value of the wines is estimated $15,000 and contains a range of Bordeaux which show his mogul life style. The proceeds from the auction will be deposited in the United States Department of Justice Asset Forfeiture Fund to compensate the victims’ of Madoff’s ‘multi-billion dollar fraud’ Morrells catalogue says.

The catalogue includes a case of 1996 Chateau Mouton-Rothschild ($3,200-3,800), six bottle of 1990 Chateau Beychevelle ($350-480), one bottle of 1964 Chateau Cheval Blanc ($500-750) and six bottles of 1997 Antinori Tignanello ($850-1,200).

Even bottles which normally wouldn’t make it into the auction and are more called “conversation pieces” will be sold at the auction due to “the unique artefacts of history”.

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