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New: The Wine Bar at Cork & Bottle

Posted by perle0 on 2007-11-02 17:31:18 (4370 views)

[News]
[Baton Rouge]
Cork & Bottle in Baton Rouge is proud to introduce The Wine Bar @ Cork & Bottle, a fully functional wine bar featuring wine tastings, wines by the glass, wine flights, classes and much, much more.

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"Celebrate the Grape" Contest

Posted by perle0 on 2007-10-01 16:29:37 (3870 views)

[News]
[Europe - other]
The Center for Wine Origins is sponsoring a sweepstakes offering 3 trips to a European wine center.

Three grand-prize winners will win a getaway for two to Champagne, France; Porto, Portugal; or Jerez, Spain.

Simply take their little quiz on the wines of these three famous regions to enter the contest. (Looks like you don't have to be right to win.)

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Wine Store Shuffle in BR Revives Marcello's

Posted by perle0 on 2007-09-21 14:48:20 (6746 views)

[News]
[Baton Rouge]
If you think back to the days before Katrina, you may remember Marcello's Wine Market, or maybe even Marcello's Wine Warehouse, which closed down first. Well...they're baa-aack! Or at least, they're on their way.

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Elio's Sale Ongoing While Supplies Last

Posted by perle0 on 2007-09-21 14:09:36 (3896 views)

[News]
[New Orleans]
Some very nice wines are being offered at Elio's Wine Warehouse at reduced prices, starting September 21 and lasting as long as the wines do....

Beringer Private Reserve
Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, 2002
Retail: $99.99
Sale: 79.99/750ml
450.00 case of 6

And more below....

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Some French AOC Wines a Sham?

Posted by perle0 on 2007-09-07 16:11:56 (3867 views)

[News]
[France]
According to a French consumer group, roughly one in three of all wines marketed under France's regional appellation system do not deserve it. In France's wine classification system, wines from some 470 regions are recognised as an "appellation d'origine controlee" (AOC).

These appellations are supposed to ensure that regional wines follow strict standards, such as using grapes from specific areas or only using specific grape varieties. The AOCs are intended to be marks of quality and traditional wine-making.

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Disney Dumps Rat Wine

Posted by perle0 on 2007-07-31 19:22:15 (4880 views)

[News]
[USA]
Our old pals at Disney...they're always good for being a little bit uneasy about wine, when they're not sponsoring huge tasting events themselves. So what made them think that it would be a good idea to make a wine linked to its latest animated film, Ratatouille?

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Awesome Power of Great Wine Foils Robbery

Posted by perle0 on 2007-07-16 17:28:53 (3746 views)

[News]
[USA]
So what do you do when your dinner party is winding down, and you've just broken out a very special bottle of Bordeaux for those last few close friends, and a hooded man sneaks into your back yard and puts a gun to the head of your 14-year-old daughter and threatens to shoot her unless you hand over some cash?

Why, you offer him a glass of wine, of course.

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Stay Sharp--Have a Glass!

Posted by perle0 on 2007-06-11 19:27:33 (3500 views)

[News]
[Italy]
Add one more study to the ranks showing that moderate wine-drinking is good for you. But you already knew that, didn't you? This time, a study in Italy showed that light to moderate daily wine use helps to delay the onset of dementia, that milder form of forgetfulness and confusion that can continue down into Alzheimer's.

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Wine Glasses for Sharing

Posted by perle0 on 2007-04-23 20:29:10 (3711 views)

[News]
[England]
It's always nice to share a couple of glasses of wine with a friend. But how much can you really share? Designer Jim Rokos has come up with a pair of wine glasses that ensure that you and your drinking partner truly appreciate the wonders of sharing.

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You Can't Handle the Cheese!

Posted by perle0 on 2007-04-03 00:39:48 (4068 views)

[News]
[England]
Oh, you've seen live webcams. Some of them weren't even porn...there were baby pandas to watch, Swiss Alps to check weather conditions on, even live executions in dangerous parts of the world that you really wish you hadn't seen. But you've never seen this kind of live webcam before. It's so suspenseful...so shocking...that you might just not be able to handle this much excitement.

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Martin Wine Cellar Offering Burgundy Futures

Posted by perle0 on 2007-04-03 00:03:28 (3892 views)

[News]
[New Orleans]
If it's Burgundy you're after, Martin's can help you to scratch that itch.
"Our Burgundy offer is early this year, but the excitement about the vintage was such we could not wait any longer. The wine press is already calling 2005 the greatest vintage in the modern era of Burgundy. Quantities however on many wines are very small, but our offer this year is more extensive than in the past. A salesperson at one of the stores will be happy to assist you in placing your order."

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Slimy Wet Dresses Made from Wine? Magnifique!

Posted by perle0 on 2007-03-19 14:30:22 (7271 views)

[News]
[Australia]
Yes, in case you were wondering when the armageddon would hit, here's a sign that it will soon arrive: seamless dresses created by fermenting wine. The only drawback: for now, you have to keep these garments wet, or they'll tear. That, and they look like they're made from exactly what they're made from: a bacteria-created film found collecting at the top of wine vats.

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Vending Machine Wine? We're Close!

Posted by perle0 on 2007-03-12 10:48:51 (5047 views)

[News]
[England]
Maybe you enjoy a nice glass of wine. But the hassle! Opening the bottle (screw cap for ease, of course), preparing the glassware, all that strenuous pouring...it's exhausting. Well now, if you live in the UK, you can skip all of that and go straight to drinking your low-level wine!

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The Language of Wine

Posted by perle0 on 2007-03-06 13:10:28 (3430 views)

[News]
[USA]
An article in The Capital Times of Madison, WI explores the difficulties of communicating about wine without a truly shared vocabulary. An example:

One of the biggest challenges facing wine drinkers is adequately describing the "texture" or "body" of the wine they enjoy. A wine that's medium-bodied will seem heavy to some drinkers, and light to others. For the sake of convenience, Dahl often equates the body of a specific wine with the way milk feels in the mouth.

"A light-bodied wine will feel like skim milk," she says, "while a medium-bodied wine feel more like two-percent. Wines with a heavier body are more like whole milk."

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Nanotechnology Looms: Wine Programming and More

Posted by perle0 on 2007-02-26 19:00:43 (3630 views)

[News]
[England]
Imagine the wine purchase of the future: you hand over your money (or your credit card, or your bar code tattoo), and receive a bottle of clear, tasteless, odorless liquid. When you're ready to drink it, you program the elements you want in your beverage, and wave your microwave transmitter over the bottle. Instantly, infinitesimallly small nano-capsules filled with a variety of substances release their contents into the water, creating a made-to-order wine with exactly 13.7% alcohol, the flavor of red wine but the color of white (to prevent stains), and the perfect mix of flavors you prefer in wine. They even release substances to create the perfect nose and ratchet up the levels of healthy polyphenols.

Welcome to the brave new world of nanotechnology.

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Mmmm....Chicken Wine!

Posted by perle0 on 2007-02-26 19:00:24 (3336 views)

[News]
[India]
Okay, it's not really wine. But it really does have real chicken in it!

To make this Indian traditional "chicken wine," they take a dressed chicken, remove the legs and head, make a slit in the middle and empty out the liver, intestine and the stomach. Ghee and garam masala are stuffed into it before wrapping it a fine cloth. It is then brewed in a special container called Fonshi, which is otherwise used to brew Rakhsi, the local beverage.

Half the container is filled with Janr (millet beer) and tightly closed. The contraption is then heated by placing it on a wooden fire. The Janr evaporates and condenses once it hits the upper part of the Fonshi. The condensed liquid collects inside another vessel called Odhan. This distilled fermented liquid soaks in the chicken and more Janr is added. The chiken wine or Kukhra-ko-Rakshi is ready.

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Ozone Preservative Has Multiple Benefits

Posted by perle0 on 2007-02-13 13:46:05 (3418 views)

[News]
[Spain]
Researchers in Spain have found that exposing grapes to ozone was 90% as effective as sulphur dioxide in preventing decay. This could benefit wine-drinkers who are allergic to the sulphites currently used for this purpose.

Ozone-treated grapes also contained up to four times more antioxidants, the team said in a peer-reviewed article in the Journal of the Science and Food of Agriculture.

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Sports Fans and Wine: A Natural Combo?

Posted by perle0 on 2007-02-12 12:46:17 (2879 views)

[News]
[USA]
With wine consumption steadily rising in the U.S., sports fans are doing their part to support the trend. A study by market researcher Nielsen found wine consumption among U.S. sports fans increased to $81.40 per household in 2006, which was up $14.60 from 2005.

But the increase in wine consumption wasn't evenly distributed across sports. Some sports, it seems, are more wine-friendly than others. Which sports are the wine-drinkingest of them all?

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Huge Wine Heist in CA a Sign of the Times?

Posted by perle0 on 2007-02-01 15:24:46 (4489 views)

[News]
[California]
In the affluent Silicon Valley town of Atherton, one of the most wealthiest areas in the country, a single theft of over $100,000' worth of rare and expensive wines taken from a private home has wine-lovers abuzz. Even the New York Times has taken notice.

The thieves ignored electronics, jewelry, and lesser wines to hit the basement wine cellar and zero in on the good stuff: the average value of each stolen bottle was $3000. The haul included a magnum of '59 Petrus with an estimated value of $11,000. Because of their focus on high-value bottles, it's clear that the thieves knew their wine.

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United States Drinks Itself Out of Wine Glut

Posted by perle0 on 2007-01-30 19:02:51 (2498 views)

[News]
[USA]
By consuming a record-setting 300 million cases of wine in 2006, U.S. wine-drinkers have helped to remedy a six-year glut of excessive wine supplies. This return to a more normal equilibrium of supply and demand should be good for wine-makers, but could mean slightly higher prices for wine-drinkers.

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