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Elio's Wines of the Week 1/8/07-1/13/07

Posted by perle0 on 2007-01-09 12:36:29 (2471 views)

[News]
[New Orleans]
This week, Elio's Wine Warehouse is offering specials on select Fetzer and Stag's Leap wines.

And is wishing you a happy new year!

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Mass Wine Streaking Nixed in China

Posted by perle0 on 2006-12-24 21:50:13 (6262 views)

[News]
[China]
Chinese wine-makers wanted to highlight a campaign against excessive packaging with a huge "nude run" in the city of Zhengzhou, capital of Henan province on Christmas Eve (now, that's a happy holidays for you). Sadly, local authorities failed to issue a permit for what would have surely been a memorable event. Apparently, they considered the event "immoral." But hey...at least they were going to screen the runners to ensure they were easy on the eyes!

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The Latest Hot Investment: Wine

Posted by perle0 on 2006-12-18 23:25:00 (2576 views)

[News]
[USA]
A recent study by economists at the University of Wyoming found that high-end wine has been an investment with very low relative risk and reliably high returns.

Looking at red Bordeaux auction prices over a period from 1996 to 2003, they found that the average annual return on investments in Bordeaux was between 7.5 percent and 9.5 percent higher than would have been predicted by factors that account for risk, making it a better investment choice than almost any other option. The best investment found in the study was the 1966 Haut-Brion, which posted an average monthly return of about 7.5 percent during their sample period. Still, 75 wines studied were found to have average monthly returns in excess of 1 percent per month.

That's one free-flowing bottle.

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Aging Wine Electronically--You Choose

Posted by perle0 on 2006-12-11 21:17:55 (3858 views)

[News]
[Japan]
The New York Times ran an article in its Magazine section discussing the creation of Hiroshi Tanaka, a Japanese inventor. It's a machine that uses electricity to "age" wine the equivalent of years of cellaring in only a few seconds. His invention uses electricity to break up the water molecules in the wine, allowing them to bond more completely with the other molecules...the ones that make wine different from water. In theory, at least, that's also what aging can take 10 to 20 years to accomplish. Tasters say that the machine can make a noticeable difference on a young, tannic wine in need of mellowing.

But there's another way....

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The Wine Diet--No, Really!

Posted by perle0 on 2006-11-29 01:54:32 (3557 views)

[News]
[England]
A researcher in England named Roger Corder is suggesting that a healthy diet should include fresh foods, especially fruits, reasonable amounts of other foods (even fatty ones), a glass or two of red wine a day, and regular consumption of dark chocolate. Finally--a diet we can all get behind!

Despite what you might think, this diet is not the product of wish fulfillment, but rather of research into longevity in Europe. Doctors have noticed that people die younger in countries that focus on beer and liquor consumption, while the longest-lived Europeans are the French. Investigating further, Professor Corder found that people living in the mountains of Sardinia, an area with the highest concentration of centenarians in Europe, ate neither a low-fat diet nor the traditional "Mediterranean diet" of seafood and olive oil. They did, however, drink wine on a regular basis.

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Freezing Temperatures Mean Ice Wine Harvest

Posted by perle0 on 2006-11-28 12:47:20 (2851 views)

[News]
[Okanagan Valley]
Looking at temperatures of -17 C (1 F), wineries in the Okanagan Valley in Canada broke out the gloves, extra socks, and thermoses of hot coffee. The conditions are perfect for ice wine, a sweet dessert wine made from frozen grapes. Unfortunately, the conditions were not perfect for harvesting, with wind chills bringing temperatures down to -27 C (-17 F), meaning that the pickers would have a chilly night in the vineyard, risking frostbite to exposed skin. However, such hardships are the norm in the high-risk, high-reward game of ice wine.

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Want More Wine Enjoyment? Try a Bath

Posted by perle0 on 2006-11-28 11:57:33 (2784 views)

[News]
[Japan]
In Japan, they've come up with a new way to celebrate the release of the Beaujolais Nouveau...bathe in it.

A hot spring spa near Mount Fuji has decided to mark the arrival of the wine (which has become a popular fad in Japan) by pouring 12 bottles a day into one of its open-air pools. Bathers enjoy trying to catch the wine as it's being poured in for a quick slurp.

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Danger, Will Robinson--That Cheese Doesn't Match

Posted by perle0 on 2006-11-23 23:59:07 (2589 views)

[News]
[Japan]
Researchers in Japan have developed a robot wine sommelier. This nifty gadget can "taste" a wine, identify it by brand and type, and suggest a good cheese or hors d'oevre to accompany it. The robot, a prototype, would currently cost as much as a car and can only be programmed to identify a few dozen wines, but that's still more than many humans can manage. It can be personalized to suit an owner's taste in wines, and can also perform other useful analysis, like determining the relative sweetness of a piece of fruit.

There are a few kinks to be worked out, though. The robot becomes less accurate once a wine has had a chance to breathe, since that process changes its chemistry somewhat. It also has an odd habit of identifying humans as prosciutto or bacon. (I suppose chemically, we're not too different, especially if we've been sweating a bit so we're nice and salty.)

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Study: Red Wine Negates Health Effects of Being Fat

Posted by perle0 on 2006-11-14 22:35:25 (3121 views)

[News]
[USA]
A new study published in Nature magazine shows that resveratrol, a substance found naturally in red wine (and to a lesser extent, white) may help the overweight to avoid some of the most common ill effects associated with excess pounds. You may still get fat, but at least you'll be fat and healthy (or sufficiently tipsy that you won't care either way).

In the study, three groups of mice were given different diets. One group ate a healthy, low-fat diet. Not surprisingly, these mice were trim and healthy.

A second group ate a high-fat diet with plenty of calories. Again not surprisingly, these mice got fat. They also suffered from many of the same ailments that obese humans are prone to, including diabetes and heart disease.

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NY Wine and Liquor Suppliers Pay Big for Payoffs

Posted by perle0 on 2006-10-31 12:37:20 (3420 views)

[News]
[New York]
A group of 15 national suppliers of wine and liquor have paid $2.3 million to settle a New York investigation into illegal use of incentives to get retailers and restaurants to favor their beverages. Apparently, these alcohol mavens geve out $9 million in rebates, gifts, etc. between 2003 and 2005 alone to encourage stocking their beverages instead of someone else's. (That's $3 million a year, folks! And you wondered why you find the same wines no matter where you shop!)

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Paris Wine Collection Raises Top Dollar at Auction

Posted by perle0 on 2006-10-24 22:03:46 (3388 views)

[News]
[France]
You heard it here first: we reported in July that the Socialist mayor of Paris, Bertrand Delanoe, was planning to auction off much of city hall's collection wine of fine and rare French wines. The collection, amassed between 1977 and 1995 during the mayoral term of later French President Jacques Chirac, was expected to earn around 650,000 eurosInstead, it raised 961,030 euros ($1.2 million) for the French capital's coffers, as bidding between English and Chinese wine merchants drove up the prices by over 75%.

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Dan Aykroyd Becomes Latest Celebrity Winemaker

Posted by perle0 on 2006-10-02 17:50:25 (3582 views)

[News]
[Canada]
Canadian acting legend Dan Aykroyd and Diamond Estates Wines & Spirits will launch a new line of Dan Aykroyd-labeled wines in 2007, announced Murray Marshall, President & CEO of Diamond Estates Wines & Spirits Ltd.

Less than one year after announcing his $1 million investment into the four wineries owned by Diamond Estates – Lakeview Cellars, EastDell Estates, Birchwood Estates and Thomas & Vaughan – Aykroyd will further solidify his position in the Canadian wine business by launching two ranges of Canadian wines, the Dan Aykroyd Signature Reserve Series of super-premium offerings and the Dan Aykroyd Discovery Series of mid-priced wines.

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Wine Discussed at Chemical Conference

Posted by perle0 on 2006-09-12 14:11:06 (3245 views)

[News]
[California]
At the 232nd annual meeting of the American Chemical Society in San Francisco, some attendees spent Sunday afternoon examining the prospects of making better wine through chemistry.

Using chemical analysis to improve wine, by adjusting elements during fermentation or simply using it as a tool to decide when to harvest grapes, could be the wave of the future. But there's some concern that the result could be wines that all taste the same.

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Congress Recognizes Wine Anniversary; Katrina Who?

Posted by perle0 on 2006-08-22 01:26:43 (2632 views)

[News]
[USA]
In August 2006, the U.S. Senate unanimously agreed to a House resolution introduced by Congressman Mike Thompson (D-Napa Valley), passing the resolution recognizing the significance of the Napa Valley victory at the 1976 Paris Wine Tasting, 30 years ago. House Concurrent Resolution 399 recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of those who created the winning wines and the many successes of the California wine industry in the intervening thirty years.

A similar resolution to acknowledge the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's landfall failed to pass the House of Representatives--perhaps because it contained language suggesting that the government was committed to rebuilding New Orleans, only a year too late for most residents and business owners. (Better late than never, right? But then again, the non-binding resolution didn't pass.)

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Allergy Warnings Coming to Wine Labels

Posted by perle0 on 2006-08-08 01:10:56 (2930 views)

[News]
[USA]
Let's say you're allergic to eggs. Deathly allergic, even. The smallest hint of eggs leads to salivating, stomach cramps, flushing of skin and eyes, lightheadedness, vomiting, diarrhea, and in extreme cases, even death. But at least you can relax with a glass of wine while you ponder which menu items might hide some wiley trace of egg.

Not so much. Egg whites are often used in the fining process during winemaking, which helps to remove sediments and clarify the wine prior to bottling. For other allergy sufferers, fining can also be performed with milk proteins or isinglass, a substance derived from fish. For anyone with severe allergies to these substances, sipping the wrong wine can produce a nasty reaction. The solution? Labeling.

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Quelle Horreur! French Wine with Cutesy Labels

Posted by perle0 on 2006-08-03 14:04:54 (3207 views)

[News]
[France]
Let's be frank...the French make some damned good wine. But sales, especially in the lower end of the market, have been slumping; everyone wants a first-cru Bordeaux, but not everyone wants a vin de table that's the Gallic equivalent of Gallo Hearty Burgundy.

Some French winemakers think they may have the solution: instead of snobby names of obscure French regions and vinyards, give your wine a funny name and a whimsical label, to appeal to supermarket shoppers in far-away lands who don't speak French and wouldn't know a Burgundy from a Barsac, and won't pay more than $10/bottle for a wine under most circumstances.

You may already be familiar with Red Bicyclette (it's available at a Wal-Mart near me!), but how about Arrogant Frog--a label that has a little fun with the French stereotype and ethnic nickname?

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Global Warming Threatens US Wine Market

Posted by perle0 on 2006-07-10 21:25:05 (2767 views)

[News]
[USA]
Bad news--a new scientific study predicts that global warming will have devastating effects on the US wine industry. (Use your imagination to figure out how it will affect regions like Australia.) The United States is the world's fourth-largest producer of wine.

It seems that the problem for grapes is not average temperature, but the number of days temperatures rise above 95 degrees. The hardiest grape varieties can only take about 14 such days, but the predictions for the coming century are that most of the US grape-growing regions will see 30 to 60 such days per season. The report will appear online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and could have multibillion-dollar implications for the U.S. wine industry.

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Germans Worried about World Cup Beer Supplies

Posted by perle0 on 2006-07-05 19:25:06 (3300 views)

[News]
[Germany]
It's almost too ironic to be believed: Germany, the nation most associated with beer drinking, may be in danger of running out of the frothy brew before the World Cup soccer finals roll around. And it's not even the German fans who are causing the drought--it's the English fans drinking the local braureien dry. Even the German bartenders, who see some beer drunk on an average day, are astonished by the capacity of the English.

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Paris Mayor's Wine Collection Up for Auction

Posted by perle0 on 2006-07-03 16:27:47 (3349 views)

[News]
[France]
Thousands of bottles of vintage wine amassed by Jacques Chirac during his lavish two-decade reign as mayor of Paris are to be auctioned off from the town hall's vast cellar.

The majority of the cellar's 5,000 most prestigious bottles, including several 1990 Château Pétrus, worth more than $1800 each, are due to be sold in the autumn.

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Long Meadow Ranch to Raise Heirloom Hogs

Posted by perle0 on 2006-06-27 16:15:13 (8745 views)

[News]
[Rutherford]
Yes, in honor of a program to preserve traditional hog breeds that are tasty and delicious--but not raised in today's factory farms--Long Meadow Ranch in Rutherford, CA, will be raising and breeding two Red Wattle hogs from piglets. This organic farm and winery will celebrate by participating in a benefit featuring tail-to-snout cuts of Red Wattle pork.

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