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Domaine Clarence Dillon - Bordeaux

The region's winemakers have spearheaded the reinvigoration of their land and city.

Winemakers and wine professionals in Bordeaux routinely begin the history of this year’s harvest with an anecdote from a few hundred years ago. Speaking of this season’s grapes, they gesture toward the past while planning for their future vintages.

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Chinese wine-tasters have won a taste test in France, in what organisers call "a thunderbolt in the wine world".

Chinese wine-tasters have won a taste test in France, in what organisers call "a thunderbolt in the wine world".

They came first out of 21 teams by identifying details of six white wines and six red wines without seeing the bottle or label.

The French team came second and the US team came third, while former champions Spain slipped into 10th place and the UK only managed 11th.

The Chinese competitors put their success down to knowledge and luck.

But they did say competition was fierce to get on the team.

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Hotel Castello di Casole - The experience ends with a DiVino Massage, which uses properties of grapeseed and essential oils to sooth and soften the skin.

The things we do for beauty...

Spas are relaxing. Spas are indulgent. Spas are luxurious. But a spa in a castle near Relais La Suvera, Tuscany that offers wine-inspired treatments? Downright awesome - and totally real. Earlier this year, Castello di Casole - A Timbers Resort combined three of the most beloved indulgent things (spas, castles, and wine, oh my!) to create vino-based beauty services set in a former wine cellar on an estate surrounded by vineyards.

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J Vineyards & Winery: Bubbles and Truffles

J Vineyards & Winery: Bubbles and Truffles

In the past, food at winery tasting rooms was meager - a little bread, some cheese and charcuterie. That’s changing rapidly, and among the best of the new gastronomic options is the decadent five-course food-and-wine pairing in J Vineyards & Winery’s Bubble Room. Chef Carl Shelton pairs ambitious dishes like parsnip gnocchi and white truffles with J’s 2010 Vintage Brut; the winery calls it 
a “tasting experience,” but we call it an excellent lunch.

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Wine to Serve with your Thanksgiving Feast?

Thanksgiving is upon us, and with it the annual stress over what food to serve, what wines to pair, who to invite (and who to avoid!).

Let’s make one part of this easy on you — the wine! Below are what I like to call the “Thanksgiving benchmarks” for wine pairings: wines that please a crowd and pair well with traditional Thanksgiving foods, including all those leftover turkey sandwiches that you’ll eat.

I generally like to offer four styles of wine at Thanksgiving: a sparkling, a white, a red, and a dessert wine. This gives your guests some options and accommodates the variety of foods on the table.

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On wine: The difference between Port and Port-styled wines

I’m sure that the phrase, “Any port in a storm,” refers to a maritime crisis solution, and thus the P in port isn’t capitalized.

But it is capitalized when it comes to the after-dinner dessert wine that seems most apropos during storms or any cold weather.

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Why is there so much emphasis on smelling wine?

Going to any social gathering involving alcohol inevitably clues you in to who is the sommelier and who is the amateur.

And if the latter happens to fit your description, have no fear. Here's a handy guide to 14 of your slightly embarrassing and nerdy questions about wine that will increase your wine expertise.

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China Liquor Brewing Industry Overview, 2011-2020

China Liquor Increased Yearly, From 10.258 Million Kiloliters In 2011 To 13.128 Million Kiloliters In 2015 - Research and Markets

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "China Liquor Brewing Industry Overview, 2011-2020" report to their offering.

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25 Lebanese Wine Producers Showcased World Class Wines in New York City to Raise Awareness of Lebanon’s Booming Wine Industry
NEW YORK, NEW YORK (PRWEB) DECEMBER 01, 2016 Lebanese Wine Day, organized by Lebanon’s Ministry of Agriculture, concluded its first U.S. event in New York City on November 17, 2016. The event, held at the renowned Astor Center, celebrated wines from Lebanon’s top producers and the great winemaking heritage from this historical wine producing nation in the Eastern Mediterranean.

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Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation introduces Volume 1, a pop-up dinner series with a twist, to the Emerald Coast on January 21

MIRAMAR BEACH, FL (PRWEB) DECEMBER 01, 2016: Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (DCWAF), one of the nation’s premier fundraising organizations, is bringing a new event to the Emerald Coast on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in Miramar Beach. Inspired by Jacksonville, Florida’s Legend Series, DCWAF will present Volume 1, the first in a series of pop-up dinners.

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vineyard-in-stanthorpe

A vineyard with a difference plans to study grape varieties to help reduce the impact of climate change on crops in the future.

The Vineyard of the Future project is a collaboration between the Queensland College of Wine Tourism (QCWT), Queensland Wine Industry Association and Wine Australia.

The project was established after the Granite Belt — Queensland's main winemaking region — experienced little to no frost and above-average temperatures this winter.

More than 100 grape varieties from across the globe, including Spain, Portugal and Italy, will be planted at QCWT in Stanthorpe. Viticulturalist Mike Hayes said they would be monitored closely to see how changing weather patterns impacted growth.

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Drought-affected vines.

Climate change is not an uncontroversial subject, with a spectrum of opinions which range from whether or not we are still living in a period of global warming, to the possible causes, and to whether or not it is within our power to do anything about it. The extreme denialists (of which I am not one) argue that global warming peaked in 1998 and that the 2015 sudden reversal of the cooling trend was the result of the El Nino of that year. Others accept that despite the cooler landmass pattern (2015 excepted) since 1998 the additional heat is discernible in the rising temperature of the oceans (rather than on the surface of the planet). This, they maintain, is driving the more extreme weather patterns and is as important as the rising land/surface temperature patterns recorded in the second half of the 20th century.

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