Category Archives: Wine Business

CRU – S CONTROL – 10 GEMS FROM BEAUJOLAIS

  Crus’ing to New Prominence CRU GAMAYS GAIN RESPECT   By David Lincoln Ross A perfect storm of positive marketplace trends is boosting the 10 crus of Beaujolais to new prominence and popularity. Merchants, restaurateurs and somms, together with customers, are … Continue reading

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Immigrant Retailers Add Spice on Main Street

  Immigrant Retailers Add Spice on Main Street An American Tradition Lives On with Mom-and-Pop Merchants from Six Continents From colonial times to the present, America has welcomed immigrants. The words inscribed on the plaque at the foot of the … Continue reading

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VINEXPO 2013 – US MERCHANTS GAUGE GLOBAL WINE TRENDS

Vinexpo 2013: Bordeaux’s Global Wine Fair   On one of the few sunny days in Bordeaux during Vinexpo 2013. by David Lincoln Ross Amid steady rains, the rare rainbow or two and cool temperatures across lush vineyards and celebrated chateaus from … Continue reading

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AZURE IS THE NEW ROSÉ- SACHA LICHINE’S CHATEAU d’ESCLANS

Sacha Lichine of Château d’Esclans / Photo Courtesy of Château d’Esclans Rosy Outlook for Sacha Lichine’s Château d’Esclans and Whispering Angel  It’s difficult enough to build a brand in one country, let alone globally.  But channeling his late father Alexis Lichine’s legendary sales … Continue reading

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6 Outstanding 2013 Wine, Spirits and Beer Books

If you or a fellow zythophile (beer lover), enophile (wine lover), or liquorphile  (ok, you get it now!) happen to be thirsty for a good read, here’s a roundup of half-a-dozen super stocking-stuffers published in 2013.   Here’s to your … Continue reading

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Jancis Robinson’s Wine Grapes Book Review in SAVEUR

SAVEUR, December 2012 Issue Here’s a copy of my recent and short book review of Wine Grapes by Jancis Robinson and her co-authors in SAVEUR’s December 2012 issue. Roots Matter: Wine Grapes by Jancis Robinson, Julie Harding and José Vouillamoz … Continue reading

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UNDER THE RADAR REDS – 3 Reasons To Love Cabernet Franc, Petite Sirah & Tannat

1. Food-friendliness, 2. Robust Character, and 3. Ample Flavors Just because these grapes may be unfamiliar, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try one of a trio of robust reds for your next cassoulet, spaghetti and meatballs or roasted pork-loin accompanied … Continue reading

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The World’s Most Endangered Wine Region: Portugal’s Colares Appellation

The deep roots of the Ramisco grape almost literally reach right back to the very establishment of Portugal as an independent kingdom on the Iberian peninsula.  Noted in documents written more than five centuries ago, the wines of Colares (pronounced ko-larsh) … Continue reading

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In The ZIN Zone

ROSY or RED, ZINFANDEL REMAINS A WINE TO BE RECKONED WITH…. by David Lincoln Ross Zinfandel enjoys a colorful if complicated identity. It’s red (though deep purple might be more precise). It’s white (though actually pink when labeled “white”). It … Continue reading

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Chill Out with White Port & Tonic – A Portuguese Cocktail of Outstanding Freshness

Deep in Douro River Valley in north-central Portugal, in the heart of Port country, cocktail hour at renowned properties like Quinta do Noval, near Pinhão, invariably begins with a most refreshing, and amazingly simple-to-concoct, drink, the White Port Tonic. Served … Continue reading

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