238-Year-Old Wine Sells for $49K

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According to Decanter.com, a 1774 bottle of vin jaune was purchased by an anonymous French buyer for US$49,343 on May 15th. Christie’s Geneva conducted the auction. The bottle was part of a batch which had been kept intact for eight generations by a family of winemakers in a vaulted underground cellar. The bottle comes from…

Flower Wine

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Wine isn’t only made from grapes. It’s also made from vegetables, berries, fruits, herbs and even flowers…all kinds of flowers, including dandelions, lavender, roses, honeysuckle and marigolds, to name just a few. Basically, any edible flower can be used to make wine, but only the petals/flower heads tend to be used because other parts of the…

Wine in a Box

In the wine industry where tradition matters almost as much as the product itself, seeing wine in a box can be jarring. However, economic and environmental concerns have led to the development of new packaging options. It’s not surprising—glass bottles aren’t very easy to recycle, their weight makes them expensive to transport, and producing them…

Wine in Ancient Greece

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Ancient Greece is one of the oldest and most important wine-producing civilizations, with evidence of production dating back 6,500 years. The climate, terroir and native vine stocks of the Greek islands enabled the production of a wide variety of superior quality wine. Not only did the Greeks export wine throughout Europe, but they also established…

The Role of Oak in Winemaking

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Do you want to know more about oak and winemaking? Here are the answers to some common questions… Why is oak the preferred wood for making wine barrels in which wine is aged? Oak is preferred because it is easily bent, strong enough to withstand wear and tear, slightly porous (which is desirable for aging wines…

Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

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If you’re unfamiliar with Oregon Pinot Noirs, it can be tempting to approach them with California in mind—and in fact, there are similarities. Both California and Oregon are younger Pinot-producing regions where innovative winemakers have found their stride, and both states now produce not only some of the best examples of Pinot Noir, but the…

Wine in Ancient Egypt

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When someone mentions Egypt’s King Tut, most of us think of his dazzling god mask. But did you know that his tomb also held an impressive stash of wine? Here’s more on the cultural significance of wine in ancient Egypt. In ancient Egypt, wine, referred to as irp, was enjoyed almost exclusively by kings and…

Grape Fun Facts

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Grapes are VINE TALK’s favorite fruit because of all the wonderful wines produced from their juice. We thought it would be fun to find out a little more about this fabulous fruit, so we did a little research and came up with these interesting facts we thought you might enjoy… •Grapes are berries. A cluster…

An Overview of the Australian Wine Industry

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Australia is one of the world’s most prolific wine-producing nations, exporting more than 400 million liters per year.  Britain and the United States are major importers, but many other countries, including India and countries in South Asia, also import Australian wines.  Australians consume more than 600 million bottles of their own wine annually. There are…

6,000 Year Old Winery Discovered

The earliest evidence of sophisticated, organized wine production was recently discovered by an international team of archaeologists excavating a site in Armenia. In January of 2011, the group reported having unearthed a beautifully preserved wine press from the Copper Age in a cave near the mountain village of Areni. The wine press was connected to…