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Why Champagne Is good For You
Rolling Rock “33”
UNDERSTANDING KOSHER WINE
The grapes can be grown and harvested by anyone, but after harvest, everything must be done by Sabbath–observant Jews. The head winemaker, however, does not have to be Jewish as long as the Sabbath–observant staff are the only ones handling the winemaking materials and equipment.
New California AVAs to know about
As California’s wine industry matures, so does the sophistication of its regional appellations. Cathy Huyghe finds a lively quest for identity as she visits three of the most successful newer California AVAs.
7 reasons why drinking champagne is scientifically good for you
You needn’t feel guilty next time you pop the champagne cork at a wedding, christening or perhaps just a particularly indulgent breakfast.
Reconsidering the Influence of the Wine Store
Zachary Sussman on the changing influence of the wine store, and why it continues to be overlooked.
Biodynamic wines: A taste of freshness among the philosophies
Biodynamics is a beyond-organic way of farming that is based on the theories of Rudolf Steiner
The ABC’s of wine tasting
Here are a dozen terms every savvy wine-taster should know
Forget Red, White, and Rosé—Orange Wine Is What You Should Be Sipping This Fall
It refers to certain white wines
A guide to sounding like a pro when you sample beer
Here’s a guide to sounding like a pro when you sample.
BORDEAUX ON TRACK FOR ‘BEST VINTAGE SINCE 2010’
The rain that fell over much of the Bordeaux region last weekend appears to have been too little and too late to spoil what is being predicted by many Bordelais to be the best vintage since 2010
WHY MOVI, THE CHILEAN MOVEMENT OF INDEPENDENT VINTNERS, IS IMPORTANT
MOVI is a group of independent Chilean winemakers who banded together in 2009 to form a purchasing group and marketing organization
Alternative pumpkin beers are brewed with squashes and yams.
Not all pumpkin beers actually contain pumpkin and instead are merely spice beers with no pumpkin added.
Expand your enjoyment and appreciation of Champagne with Champagne Masters. By enlisting only the most authoritative sources in discussing the wines of five prominent Maisons, Champagne Masters advances the way we think about, taste and serve Champagne.
DIAGEO ADDS SERVING FACTS TO CROWN ROYAL PACKS
The first cases of Crown Royal that contain macro-nutritional information on the product and a serving facts panel are now being shipped to the US.
New Ste Michelle Wines
Ste. Michelle Wine Estates is introducing three new single-vineyard wines under its Seven Falls Cellars label. Retailing at $40 a bottle, the new entries include a GPS White Blend, Jones Vineyard; GPS Cabernet Sauvignon, Stone Tree Vineyard; and GPS Zinfandel, Jones Vineyard. The new Seven Falls offerings will be in limited on-premise distribution and also will be sold on the brand’s e-commerce site.
Providence, Rhode Island’s Narragansett Beer is adding to its specialty Lovecraft Series with the release of Reanimator Helles Lager. The third installment of the lineup honoring Providence native H.P. Lovecraft, Reanimator is made with the base of Narragansett’s Bock beer that is then dry-hopped with Czech Saaz, Hallertau and Citra hops. It follows other Lovecraft Series brews Honey Ale and Olde Ale. Reanimator Helles Lager (6.5% abv) will be available in six-packs of 16-ounce cans priced between $11.99-$12.49 throughout New England, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina and Florida.
10 wine grape varieties you’ve probably never heard of, but should try
Info on other grapes
How wine labels shifted from Old World class to social media-worthy sass
The lineage of wine label design and explores why serifed fonts and dusty mansions have been replaced by hashtags and hippos (for better or for worse)
“33”: THE MANY MYTHS BEHIND THE ROLLING ROCK LABEL
The number “33,” printed on the back of every bottle of Rolling Rock, without apparent explanation.
Italy beats France to become world largest wine producer
Italy has surpassed France to take to crown of world largest wine producer in 2015, according to European Union data.
GRATEFUL DEAD RELEASES WINE TO MARK 50 YEARS
A limited edition wine marking the 50th anniversary of rock band the Grateful Dead has been released by Wines That Rock, in partnership with California’s Mendocino Wine Company.
NAPA WINEMAKERS PRAISE 2015
According to the Napa Valley Vintners Association (NVVA) quality is likely to be high but quantities are lower than average.
Behold, the World’s First Text Message-Based Liquor Store
Drinkeasy wants to make it even easier for smartphone-fixated millennials to get drunk. Send a text message to this SMS-based liquor store and it’ll text back with information on a particular liquor; to buy it, just reply “HELL YES.”
10 Essential Tips for the Modern Wine Drinker
Where do you begin to break down a long list? How do you talk about your bottle budget without coming off cheap or tacky? Do you really need to pair your wine with your food? What’s with all these new wine apps?
JOSE CUERVO UNVEILS LIMITED EDITION ROLLING STONES BOTTLES
Jose Cuervo has launched two special edition bottles in homage to the Rolling Stones’ 1972 North American Tour.
MAKER’S MARK LAUNCHES PRIVATE BARREL PROGRAMME
The Maker’s Mark Private Select Barrel Program will kick off in November 2015, with bottled product available for sale by retail participants from March 2016.
Why the Jura is a mine of new discoveries for the discerning wine lover
From chardonnay to more obscure grapes, the Jura is a rich hunting ground for less familiar wine styles
BIG CHOICE BREWING WILL DEBUT BEER IN A NEW KIND OF RESEALABLE CAN
In late October, Big Choice will unveil a new beer packaged in 19.2-ounce cans with a resealable lid – not the twist-off kind, but one that slides back into place so that the beer can be opened one night and finished the next.
Marty’s seeks Colella’s liquor license in Hopkinton MA
The owner of Marty’s liquor stores in Newton and Brighton is hoping to open a new location in part of the former Colella’s supermarket on Main Street.
DIANE KEATON LAUNCHES ‘UNPRETENTIOUS’ WINE
Speaking to People, the 69-year-old actress said the wine is specifically produced to be served over ice, as that is the way she likes to drink wine – a habit she said picked up while living in New York in the 1970s.
Cabernet Outgrows Chardonnay Off-Premise Sales in Long Term Projection
Over the last year the volume of Cabernet Sauvignon sold off-premise grew 4.8% compared to a 0.7% growth for Chardonnay, which has been the biggest varietal wine for decades, but may now have a serious threat to its dominance.
Calories in Red Wine: Do They Really Matter?
Will red wine make you fat? The answer to this question and why calories in red wine aren’t really the problem. In fact, the only thing you should be worried about is in your head…
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Not Your Father’s Wine 101-an unconventional approach to wine education
Thursday, October 15, 2015; 7-8:30pm
Cost: $25 per person, please register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Love to drink wine but think you “don’t know enough about it?” Join us for an evening of wine education like no other. Bring all your wine questions to a casual learning environment where we’ll taste 6 wines and engage in great conversation. You’ll discover what styles and flavors you like best and leave with more wine-buying confidence.
Thanksgiving Wines Class Thursday, November 19, 2015 7pm
When it comes to serving wine for Thanksgiving, did you know it’s more about matching the wine to the side dishes than to the turkey? We’ll taste through a variety of whites and reds, all of which would make a great addition to your Thanksgiving Day table. Cheese and crackers will be provided.
Great Holiday Gift Wines Class Thursday, December 3, 2015 7pm
Are you thinking of buying a bottle of wine as a holiday gift for that wine lover on your list? We can help! We’ll taste through six wines in different styles, all of which will make fantastic, stress-free gift giving. We’ll also explore other wine-related gift giving ideas. Cheese and crackers will be provided.
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