Counterfeit wine scandal: who are the real victims?

italian wine scandal

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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2011 Vina Montes Kaiken Ultra Malbec

Wine Review: Vina Montes Kaiken Ultra Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina The team at Vina Montes seems to be able to do magic with this Kaiken Ultra Malbec when it comes to consistently delivering a well-made exciting and tasty wine. Vintage after vintage with very little variance for whatever growing conditions nature …read more

Everybody wants that younger demographic

Like King Arthur seeking the Holy Grail, wine marketers turn a covetuous eye toward Millennials, or Gen Y, as the answer to their (sales) prayers. Nothing surprising about that—marketing people always are looking to attract buyers–but what’s downright bizarre is that many of them are changing their previous marketing …read more

Everybody wants that younger demographic

Like King Arthur seeking the Holy Grail, wine marketers turn a covetuous eye toward Millennials, or Gen Y, as the answer to their (sales) prayers. Nothing surprising about that—marketing people always are looking to attract buyers–but what’s downright bizarre is that many of them are changing their previous marketing …read more