Wine in China Fun Facts

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Here are some fun facts on Chinese wine consumption and production… • Wine consumption in China has increased considerably. Since 2006, the market has experienced annualized growth in excess of 20%, and according to consulting firm International Wine Spirit Research, China was the seventh-largest consumer of wine by volume in 2011. China has the potential…

Athletes in Wine, Part II

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Following up on our previous post “Athletes in Wine, Part I”, here are a few more top athletes who have turned to winemaking as an outlet for their creative drive after retiring from the racetrack, golf course, and gridiron… Mario Andretti Mario Andretti, the only racecar driver in the world to win the Indy 500,…

Tips on Storing ‘Leftover’ Wine

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As soon as you uncork a bottle, and wine is exposed to air, a process known as oxidation begins, which causes the wine to eventually lose its flavors, colors and aromas. So, what can you do after your dinner party guests have left, and you find yourself with partially consumed bottles of wine? First, to…

The Origin of “The Toast”

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“Salud!” “Cheers!” and “Here’s to you!” Phrases that we’ve often heard, and said ourselves, but what is the history behind these traditional toasts? Mythology maintains that the custom of the toast started in ancient Grecian times as a way to ensure that someone hosting a gathering had not poisoned the wine he was serving attendees….

Mulled Wine

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Mulled wine is a winter tradition popular around the world, especially during Halloween and Christmas. In Scandinavia, it is called glögg (pronounced “glug”), which simply means “heated up.” In Germany, it is known as Glühwein, “glow[ing] wine.” In Poland, it is grzane wino or “heated wine,” and in Italy, vin brulé, “burnt wine.” The French…

An Introduction to Italian Wine Classifications

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Currently Italy’s wine classification system has four categories. In descending “quality” order they are: DOCG (e.g. Controlled and Guaranteed Origin Denomination), DOC (Controlled Origin Denomination), IGT (Protected Geographic Indication), and vino da tavola (table wine). On August 1, 2009, new EU regulations went into effect that created a three tiered “quality structure” for wines, and…

Sparkling Wine Options

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Nothing embodies celebration more than a spectacular pop, followed by an effusive gush of cheerful bubbles! No wonder sparkling wines are a favorite for holidays and special occasions. Champagne, the grand dame of sparkling wines, is so famous that some people use the term Champagne “generically” when referring to any sparkling wine. However, there are…

Henry VIII’s Wine Fountain Recreated

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How’d you like to drink out of Henry VIII’s wine fountain? If the answer is yes, you are in luck. In 2010, Henry’s Hampton Court Palace wine fountain was recreated. Most of the time it has water, but on select days it serves red and white wine for £3.50 per glass. According to the press…

2011 Thanksgiving Wine Picks

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Thanksgiving is a holiday that revolves around tradition. Perhaps your family’s Thanksgiving couldn’t possibly be complete without a slice of straight-from-the-can cranberry jelly…or maybe you spend all year dreaming about your grandmother’s chestnut stuffing…or maybe you like to scour cooking sites and magazines looking for a new twist to put on the classics. Everyone’s got…

Vine Talk 2011 Halloween Contest Winners

  Box o’ Wine Roman Wine Gods Thanks to everybody who participated in the VINE TALK Halloween Costume Contest! Thanks to the contestants who submitted great costumes which we have all enjoyed, and thanks to the many, many fans who voted for their favorite “wine themed” costume. All the votes have been counted, and we…