Savage storm stripped leaves and pelted grapes in Beaujolais and Burgundy....

A violent storm struck parts of Beaujolais and Burgundy July 10, lashing vines in several of the Beaujolais region's top cru vineyards with hail and high winds. Vignerons in Régnié, Morgon, Chiroubles, Chénas and, in particular, Fleurie and Moulin-à-Vent reported heavy damage. At one point, a tornado touched down in Moulin-à-Vent Click right - Read more...

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How Aluminum Screw Caps are made?

A screw cap is a metal cap that screws onto threads on the neck of a bottle, generally with a metal skirt down the neck to resemble the traditional wine capsule ("foil"). A layer of plastic (often PVDC), cork, rubber, or other soft material is used as wad to make a seal with the mouth of the bottle. Read On.....

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Rioja introduces ‘single vineyard’ category...

The Consejo Regulador of Rioja has announced plans to introduce a ‘Vinedos Singulares’ single (or more exactly singular) vineyard designation – but some producers question whether it goes far enough... Push the button on the right to Read More.....

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What makes wine smell better?

A fungal infection in grapes known as ‘bunch rot’ improves the aroma of wine, providing it increased levels of fruity and vanilla notes, scientists say. On the other hand, another fungal infection known as powdery mildew can negatively affect the taste and aroma of wine, according to the study. Read on ......

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Michelin Buys 40 Percent Stake in Robert Parker Wine Guide Firm

PARIS — Michelin, the tyre giant and owner of the Michelin gourmet restaurant guide, has bought a 40 percent stake in the Robert Parker Wine Advocate - the fine wine guide of influential critic Robert Parker. Read more.....

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BEAUJOLAIS CLOSES IN ON ‘CLIMAT’ RECOGNITION

Beaujolais is closing in on officially recognised ‘climats’ as it continues to pursue geological and terroir studies, which the regional interprofession hopes will lead to ‘premier cru’ designations in the near future. Read More.....

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Producing Wine in Space Is ‘Possible,’ Says NASA Scientist

As humanity expands to become a multi-planetary species, some important questions must be considered: Can we bring cats? What about dogs? Also, can we make wine in space? Thankfully, some scientists are hard at work answering the first two questions — and now, a scientist from NASA's Vegetable Production System called "Veggie" says space viticulture might be possible with the right technology and a lot of patience. Veggie grows a variety of salad-type crops aboard the International Space...

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An Italian entrepreneur plans to launch a leather made from wine extracts in Milan later this year....

“We have created and patented an innovative manufacturing process – says Tessitore, founder of Vegea srl and Wineleather's inventor – that turns the fibers and vegetable oils present in grape pomace into an eco-friendly material with the same functional, esthetic and sensory characteristics as leather.” Read On.....

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Wine label descriptions influence consumers more than shop staff, awards....

Australian consumers pay more attention to the flavour descriptions on the back of a wine bottle than to shop staff recommendations, according to a report by global market research firm Wine Intelligence. Read On.....

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BEING A SOMM IS ABOUT SERVICE, NOT STARDOM.....

Brahm Callahan is used to being the most knowledgeable wine professional in the room. Thirty-two years old with a face that looks 10 years younger, Callahan is one of only 149 Master Sommeliers in the United States. Read On.....

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