Early US Wine Fun Facts

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Here are some fun facts about the early days of the US wine industry from noted historian Thomas Pinney’s A History of Wine in America. • It is believed that Spaniards in Santa Elena, South Carolina made the first wine in the continental US around 1568. The oldest continuous tradition of winemaking in the US dates…

The Enduring Legacy of 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—81 years after Repeal. To learn more about this seminal event in the history of the…

How to Host a Wine and Chocolate Pairing

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By Jeff Goodman Wine and chocolate. Both are so enjoyable in their own right, and when you find the right pairing, the results can be fantastic! But everyone’s palate is different, so a wine that is perfect for one person might be only moderately enjoyable for the next person. The same holds true for chocolate….

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

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To get a better understanding of the complexities associated with direct-to-consumer (DTC) wine shipments, VINE TALK interviewed Jeff Carroll, Vice President of Compliance and Strategy for ShipCompliant, a company whose products and services help wineries manage the intricacies involved with DTC shipments. The first part of our conversation, Why It’s Complicated for Wineries to Ship Direct:…

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 might be of interest… • Dom Pérignon did not invent sparkling Champagne. Its fizzy quality was actually an “accident” of nature. The Champagne region originally…

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…