Serving Beverages on Thanksgiving

Pairing wine with your Thanksgiving dinner, whether it be traditional fare or your own twist, is always a challenge. Roasted turkey is straightforward enough but the table is often filled with a wide range of flavors. Do yourself a favor and skip considering the sickening sweet dishes that find their way to the table when considering wine pairings. Nothing will pair well with candied...

The 2016 Port Vintage Declared

The majority of the great old Port houses of the Douro have spoken and 2016 is indeed a vintage. The declaration of a vintage year in the world of Port is still a marking of an achievement and by extension cause for celebration. Rightly so the collective Port producers have been judicious with their declarations naming it a vintage year three to four times...

The Lovely and Unheralded Wines from Offida

Offida is a modest commune in the southwest portion of the Marche region of Italy. Offida is home to fewer than 6,000 residents and roughly 450 hectares (1,112 acres) of vines that comprise the Offida DOCG. The area has been settled since at least the 7th century BC and it is unclear if this area produced wines of any significance during the time of...

Wine Gift Recommendations – 2017

Where do we start with wine recommendations and just as important – where does it end? Wine, like food, is a matter of taste. Luckily we have so many wines to choose from made in a wide array of styles and offered at prices from modest to absurd. Do yourself a favor and take on pass on the absurdly prices wines. This year I...

Six New Grape Varieties Approved For Designating American Wine

Source: TTB November 24, 2017 We recently granted administrative approval for the use of six new grape variety names on American wine labels. The variety names are as follows: Sauvignon Kretos, Merlot Kanthus, Fleurtai, Sauvignon Rytos, Cabernet Volos, and Soreli. Wine bottlers may use these names, as well as others granted administrative approval, to label American wines pending the results of our next rulemaking...

157TH HOSPICES SALE HITS £12M RECORD

Source: the drinks business by Rupert Millar 20th November, 2017 This year’s Hospices de Beaune auction raised the highest total in its history, while the ‘Pièce des Présidents’ charity barrel was the second most expensive ever sold. In total, the sale held over the weekend realised ?13,529,301 (£12,041,078/US$15,964,575) and was 100% sold by lot and well exceeded the pre-sale estimate. With 787 barrels in...
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