That is fine for water and juice, but it is not a good way to drink wine. Fortunately, a young designer, Octave de Gaulle, got curious about drinking wine in space and spent a lot of time, studying the problem. According to him:
Nowadays drinking in space is no longer a technical problem. However if you drink alcohol from the existing plastic bags, you ruin everything beautiful and good in wine.You just have ...
Next week thousands of journalists will be in Bordeaux to celebrate the 2015 vintage, but just a few months after that thousands of people who love Bordeaux will be in town for what is absolutely the best wine tasting event of the year.
Union des Grands Grus de Bordeaux will hold its 11th annual Le Week-End des Grands Crus on June 4th and 5th this year. This is an incredible tasting of 120 Bordeaux wines and a chance to chat with the Château owners and winemakers.
But, what makes the event special for me is the chance to have dinner at various Château. These dinners are always an amazing experience, and one of the hostesses this year is Sophie Schyler Thierry, the charming Director of Communication at Château Kirwan who will show off their completely redesigned cellar.
This really is an amazing experience, you will find the many things to do ...
In 2014 I wrote about the potential creation of the .WINE and .VIN domains thought domain registry Donuts. Well, you can officially register your own .wine and .vin domains through one of the Donuts-affiliated Registrars!
In fact, one at least one Virginia Winery is already on-board, Stephen Mackey at Notaviva Vineyards has already registered notaviva.wine and NotavivaVineyards.wine. I asked him why he did it so quickly:
It's too soon to tell if having a .WINE Generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) will actually boost your search engine rankings, as Google has indicated that the gTLD does not inform your score. However, other studies from respected search engine experts do seem to indicate that having keyword-rich domain names does in fact boost your SEO scores. Though the story still seems to be unfolding, it is Mesh Omnimedia's recommendation that the potential benefits of making the minimal investment required to secure ...
The latest James Bond film, Spectre, has a number of famous stars including a bottle of 2005 Château Angélus. This is the second Bond film in which Château Angélus has made an appearance, a bottle also appeared in the 2006 Bond film Casino Royale. The bottle appears in an action-packed train scene featuring James Bond (Daniel Craig and Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux).
If you would like to drink like Bond you can pick up a bottle of 2005 Château Angélus from Zachys in New York for $439. That being said, even though it is starting to open up I would wait a few more years to drink it.
Joaquin has been upgraded from a tropical storm to a hurricane and is heading up the east coast toward Virginia. In fact most of Virginia is expecting heavy rains between now and Tuesday. This could be a disastrous ending to what has been, to this point, a potentially excellent vintage for Virginia wineries.
Most whites and many reds have already been harvested in Virginia, but there are still late harvest grapes, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, still waiting to be picked. A deluge of rain at this point can damage grapes. It can also cause bloat in the grapes, leading to a thin wine.
Here is hoping to a quick and successful end to harvest for Virginia wineries, and if you have time check with your local winery to see if they need help harvesting over the next couple of days.
Photo courtesy National Weather Service.
Once again, my favorite time of the year in Virginia Wine is here. The (visible) start of the growing season has arrived with budbreak occurring throughout the state.
Here are some pictures from two Loudoun County wineries (pictures taken May 1st, 2015).
First up, Fabbioli Cellars:
Next up, Lost Creek Vineyard & Winery:
I admit it, I love books about wine. It is always a lot of fun to see the perspective that different wine writers bring to their long form writing projects and the best wine books, like the best wine, always have a compelling story.
That was why I was so excited about Oz Clarke's new book: The History of Wine in 100 Bottles. Released on the 28th of April, the book is a fascinating look at how wine has changed (and sometimes remained the same) over millennia of history. The book starts in 6000 B.C. and continues right up to 2014.
I am only about halfway through the book (full disclosure: I purchased my own copy), but I am already being drawn into the narrative that Oz Clarke weaves from chapter to chapter.
Don't forget, in addition to being a great wine writer, Oz Clarke is also a fan ...
Basically you are holding us hostage with a list of demands that, if agreed to, would severely limit our ability to use our brand. Demands like, never use the color red, silver or blue; never use red with any bovine term or image; and never produce soft drinks. Do you own the color red? What about fuchsia, scarlet, crimson, or mauve? Are you planting your flag in the color wheel and claiming those shades for Red Bull? Do you claim exclusive rights to all things bovine? Do you plan to herd all heifers, cows, yaks, buffalo, bison, and steer into your intellectual property corral, too?It is hard enough starting a brewery, even in a state like Virginia where there is an exciting brewery culture forming. Why on Earth would a multi-million dollar company like Red Bull try to take down a startup company in a completely different category?
- Sauvignon Blanc
- Vidal Blanc
- Petit Verdot
- Sauvignon Blanc
That was an easy start, next over to Breaux Vineyards, where we can add:
- Seyval Blanc
- Muscat Giallo
- Muscat Orange
- Muscat Canelli
- Cabernet Franc
Our next stop is Doukenie Winery where we can add:
Wow, three wineries and we are 1/5 of the way there. Next we visit our favorite Rhone Ranger, Jordan Harris at Tarara Winery where we can add:
- Pinot Gris
- Touriga Naciona
- Pinot Noir
If we stop at Fabbioli Cellars we can add:
Now, it is starting to get tougher. The good news is that our friends at Casanel Vineyards can add:
- Carmenère (coming soon)
The always inventive Lew Parker at Willowcroft can add:
- Cabernet Blanc
to our list, while our German friends at Otium Cellars allow us to add:
Next we back track a bit to Hillsborough Vineyards, where we can try their Ruby which adds::
- Fer Servadou
Heading out to Warrenton, Granite Heights Winery we can add:
- Petit Mensing
Nice and easy, we managed to get 31 different wines in just one part of Virginia.
So, we are almost a 1/3 of the way there, and now I am going to turn it over to you readers, leave a comment with any varieties I may have missed. Let's see how close, collectively, we can get to the Century Club without leaving Virginia.
Virginia has a large number of microclimates throughout the state. Some grapes grow very well in Northern Virginia, but not in Southern Virginia or in the Northern Neck. While there are some grapes, like Cabernet Franc, that seem to grow well all over the state the variety of wine available throughout the state is pretty amazing. This led me to wonder: Could a Virginia wine lover reach the Century Club without leaving the state?
For those of you who don't know. The Century Club is a club for wine drinker who have tasted at least 100 different varietals. Their members track the wines they have tasted and can upload the results for the world to see. It is surprisingly difficult to hit that number, and even more difficult to do it with wines from a specific region/state.
For this test, I am using information available at the Virginia Wine website (plus my own knowledge of Virginia Wineries and I am including varietals that are used in blends, so the wine does not have to a stand alone varietal to be included. I honestly don't know how far I will get, so let's see what happens.
I am going to start in Northern Virginia and begin with 8 Chains North, that winery gets us: