Gramona does three takes on Xarel·lo

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Stalwart producer of DO Penedès and DO Cava, Gramona has brought out a line of three wine whites all based around the grape, Xarel·lo. For those who might be unfamiliar with the name, it’s a key part to the blends that go in to Cava and it’s a …read more

BAROSSA GETS A REAL GOOD WET WINTER

Winter’s good and wet (perhaps the best real winter in many years) and pruning’s continuing apace (read as gradually as usual) in the Barossa, where I’ve just tasted away a couple of days swimming in tight ‘twelves. Above, at Greenock Creek, olives and the beginnings of an installation for the …read more

Summer Sippers: Caprese Cocktail

Revered for its timeless craft cocktails, intimate Hollywood ease and ode to local flavors, Portland’s Driftwood Room at Hotel deLuxe returns this summer with a bill of new cocktails embellished with fresh herbs from Hotel deLuxe’s rooftop garden and olive oil and lavender harvested from Oregon’s adored Red Ridge Farms. …read more

Vinography Images: The Blue Berry

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The Blue Berry
Inside the orbit of a single Pinot Noir berry, the world collapses to shades of green and blue.

INSTRUCTIONS:
Download this image by right-clicking on the image and selecting “save link as” or “save target as” and then select the desired location on your computer to save the image. Mac …read more

Counterfeit wine scandal: who are the real victims?

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Above: we see through a glass bottle but darkly.

More than seven months have passed since Rudy Kurniawan became the first person to be convicted of wine fraud in the U.S.

The story first broke in December 2009, when my friends and colleagues Peter Hellman and Mitch Frank began reporting it for …read more

How to Open Champagne Safely (Pics & Video)

step 1: how to open champagne and other sparkling wine

Get confident opening Champagne –so confident that you can even shake it beforehand! Check out these secrets on how to open Champagne safely – every time. No spills. No unplanned explosions.

2 Secrets to Opening Champagne:
  1. Loosen the cage (metal part over the cork) but don’t remove it.
  2. Continue …read more

A Midsummer Night’s Scream

“You’re either going up or you’re going down,” an old political saying goes. And while it was meant for worlds larger than ours, here we are in the middle of summer and where are we going? I don’t really know. Perhaps this is where two weeks on the beach is …read more

Friday Feature Photo: Slow Food Spain

Snails

Photographer: Ryan Opaz

Capture Date: 2007

Location: Spain

About: Live in Catalunya long enough and you’ll encounter flocks of residents spread across the green landscapes after a rain in search of the elusive snail. Snails are gastronomic specialties in Catalonia, served in a variety of ways depending on the restaurant or one’s mother. …read more

Rosés of Summer – Tribute to Grace Grenache Rosé

Angela Osbourne is a special woman, with a long history obsession with Grenache. A native of New Zealand, she now makes her home in the Santa Barbara Wine Country, where she sources unique vineyards for her variations on the beauty that is, Grenache.

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