A Medieval Grape Is Still Used to Make Wine

SARAH ZHANG – The Atlantic It’s been genetically unchanged for at least 900 years. In a medieval cesspit in central France, archaeologists dug up a small, hard grape seed. They believed it to be 900 years old, based on the artifacts found nearby. When geneticists crushed up the grape seed, extracted its DNA, and compared with modern grapes, they found a perfect genetic match...

National Wine Day

May 25, 2019, is National Wine Day. This is not to be confused with National Drink Wine Day that took place in February. The two “National Days” seem to share a purpose while the February date does include a call to action with the word “drink” in the title. Do not despair or become overcome with confusion as we at BevX are calling for...

Umbria’s Rare and Delicious Sagrantino Wines

If many wine publications are to be believed, Sagrantino is “probably Italy’s most tannic red wine.” This is a heavy burden for any varietal to bear. We find Sagrantino to be one of Italy’s most nuanced, while undeniably intense, wine grapes with chewy but well-polished tannins and gorgeous red and black fruit flavors. Sagrantino, like many native Italian grapes has an uncertain history. It’s...

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...
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