Season’s Greetings from VINE TALK!

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As the year draws to a close, we wish you a wonderful holiday season with your friends and family! Thanks to our fans for making 2014 a memorable year. Your enthusiasm for VINE TALK has meant a lot to us. Happy Holidays and Cheers! The VINE TALK Team

Champagne Fun Facts

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Champagne, the King of Wines and the Wine of Kings. Whether or not you personally enjoy drinking Champagne, it’s hard to deny that this wine has a special mystique.  Here are some fun facts about Champagne that you might find interesting… • Dom Pérignon did not invent sparkling Champagne. Its fizzy quality was actually an “accident” of nature. The Champagne region…

Researchers Profile the Online Wine Buyer

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A recent study by a team of researchers from California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) in San Luis Obispo, CA found that the typical US online wine buyer is an older, married man, with higher income than wine consumers who do not purchase wine online. The study was conducted by a team led by Dr….

Rebuilding the US Wine Industry after Prohibition

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National Prohibition had a profound impact upon the US wine industry. Not only did it have a major effect on wine producers and consumers during the 13-year period when it was in force, but the consequences linger to this day—nearly 81 years after Repeal. To learn more about this seminal event in the history of…

Why It’s Complicated for Wineries to Ship Direct: Part I

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Although Direct to Consumer (DTC) shipments by US wineries have been growing at an impressive pace, the regulations that govern DTC make the process complicated for wineries and at times frustrating for consumers. To get a better understanding of the complexities associated with DTC, VINE TALK interviewed Jeff Carroll, Vice President of Compliance and Strategy…

Climate Change May Be Cause of Poor Cork Quality

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Portuguese researchers recently discovered that rising temperatures and increased exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light brought on by climate change may be the cause of declining cork quality. The research, which was recently published in the Journal of Experimental Botany and reported by Live Science, was performed by a team led by Dr. Rita Teixeira from…

Wine-Infused Foods

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Combining wine with food can yield delectable results, such as beef bourguignon, wine-poached pears, mussels in white wine sauce and sherry wine cake. And if you enjoy spending time in the kitchen, there are an endless number of recipes you can try. However, if you don’t have the time or inclination to cook, there are…

The US Wine Industry During Prohibition

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National Prohibition had a profound impact upon the US wine industry. Not only did it have a major effect on wine producers and consumers during the 13-year period when it was in force, but the consequences linger to this day—nearly 81 years after Repeal. To learn more about this seminal event in the history of…

Red Wine May Prevent Cavities

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A new study by a team of scientists from Madrid’s Research Institute for Food Science and the University of Zürich, found that red wine and grape seed extract are effective at removing the bacteria which cause cavities and tooth loss. The study, led by M. Victoria Moreno-Arribas, was recently published in the Journal of Agricultural…

Ancient Wine Fun Facts

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Mankind has been making wine from grapes for thousands of years. Here are some fun facts about wine in the ancient world: • The oldest evidence of grape wine comes from six vessels found in Iran which contain the residue of 7,000-year-old wine. The oldest known winery, which is located in southern Armenia, is about 6,000…