Bomb Squad Destroys Pre-WWII Wine Collection

Decanter reports that a pre-World War II wine collection was recently discovered in a British garden—but, sadly, it was blown up by the bomb squad a short time later. Here’s what happened… Tim Woodall told Decanter that he was recently digging in his garden in Suffolk, England when he found a metal cylinder. Thinking it…

Fun Facts: Thomas Jefferson and Wine

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Thomas Jefferson’s fondness for wine is well known. Here are some fun facts on his lifelong interest from Thomas Jefferson on Wine by John Hailman. •Thomas Jefferson was interested in wine from an early age. It is believed he was first introduced to fine wines by the royal governor of Virginia, Francis Fauquier, who Jefferson…

Climate’s Impact on Wine

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Climate has a major impact on the quality of a wine because is the most important factor influencing the yield and quality of grapes. The best wine growing regions in the world tend to lie between the 30° and 50° latitude on both sides of the equator.  Wine producing areas are divided into two climactic types,…

“VINE TALK is…” Contest Winner

Thanks to everybody who participated in the “VINE TALK is…” Contest — both the contestants who submitted great phrases which we have all enjoyed, and to the many, many fans who voted for their favorite! All the votes have been counted, and we have a winner! Congratulations to Rich K. for his winning entry: “VINE TALK is…

Phylloxera: Tiny Pest, Huge Impact

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      In the late 19th century, an insect commonly referred to as phylloxera, spread throughout Europe destroying every vineyard in its path, and then made its way to South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, continuing its rampage. At the time it was thought to be the biggest disaster in the history of wine,…

Pairing Wine with Chips and Dip

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Wine is not only for special occasions. It can be enjoyed all the time with all kinds of food! You may be surprised by the number of easy, versatile pairings involving popular nibbles and wine. Corn Chips and Salsa: Two things come to mind. First, a dry Riesling from Germany, Australia, or even the Finger…