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THE WORLD’S OLDEST WINE

THERE’S VINTAGE WINE and then there’s old wine. Really, really old wine. Wine that was around before the pyramids of Egypt old. Of course it’s just traces of wine so not drinkable but still, it’s very old! Eight thousand-year-old earthenware jars containing residual wine compounds were recently found in two...
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CHEESE WINE GLASSES . . . THEY’RE A THING

LAST YEAR saw the introduction of Cheez Whiz glasses – little shot glasses carved out of cheese designed to hold a shot of wine.  Although it was widely mocked the fad still went viral on social media.  Things have been taken up a notch this year with the limited release...
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BAD BATCH OF CORKS

FAULTY CORKS have wreaked havoc at the iconic Cayuse Vineyards in Washington, writing off nearly 3OOO cases of 2O15 wine and at a potential loss of $3 million.  Among the affected were some of winemaker Christophe Baron’s most renowned wines, including Bionic Frog Syrah, Cailloux Vineyard Syrah, En Chamberlin Syrah,...
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DETECTING WILDFIRE TAINTED WINE GRAPES

THE DAMAGE CAUSED by the wildfires in California was devastating in its immediate impact but there is still the issue of smoke taint and how much crops will be affected by it. Researchers may have found a powerful tool that could help to limit the future impact of the smoke....
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WEIGHT WATCHERS WHITE WINE

MOST PEOPLE would like to drop a few pounds but dieting often entails cutting out the wine and who wants to do that? Weight Watchers to the rescue! The diet company is getting into the wine business – kind of, with the launch of Cense, a lower-calorie Sauvignon Blanc which...
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A RARE SALE IN BEAUJOLAIS

BEAUJOLAIS is a storied region with a wine history going back well over 1OOO years and estates typically passed down from one generation to the next.  Now, one of the appellation’s largest wine estates has been sold, the first time it has changed hands in more than 3OO years.  Château...
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THE GREAT GRAPE HEIST

DESPERATE TIMES call for desperate measures and in France, where many of the grape harvests this year were sparse, that apparently means resorting to grape theft. At least 7 metric tons of grapes were stolen in September from three vineyards in France’s prime wine-growing region of Bordeaux after a yield...
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TRAGIC FIRES RAVAGE WINE COUNTRY

IT’S A DEVASTATING time in California as raging wildfires in wine country earlier in October have claimed many lives, decimated more than 57 OO homes and businesses and forced thousands to flee.  In addition, several wineries were destroyed.  Paradise Ridge Winery in Santa Rosa has burned down as has Nicholson...
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A FINE 6OOO-YEAR-OLD WINE

THIS TAKES THE concept of “old world” to a whole new level.  Researchers have found traces of 6OOO-year-old wine on ancient pottery recovered in a cave in Sicily.  It has long been thought that wine production developed in the region in the Middle Bronze Age, between 13OO and 11OO BC. ...
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HAPPY DAYS FOR THE AMERICAN WINE MARKET

THE US WINE MARKET, the largest in the world, continued to show strength in 2O16. The segment grew 2.4% to 341.1 million 9-liter cases led by a 6.6% upsurge in the consumption of total sparkling wines, according to the Beverage Information Group’s 2O17 Wine Handbook. A strong economy, employment and wage...
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