Archive for the ‘Wine News’ Category

Feb 12, 2014

How Good Is This Wine News?

Not too long ago on this blog I wrote a spoof of so-called “natural wine” entitled, “Natural Wine Cures Cancer.” Clearly a spoof. Then, yesterday, I read this headline: Red Wine & Aspirin Could Kill Cancer Cells I read this story at Drinks Business and The Huffington Post, and saw a video concerning this news from CBSnews. Additionally, the story was carried in numerous other media outlets from around the world. I want to invite everyone to join me in…

Feb 8, 2014

The Contours of My Belly Button

Do I and others who publish their own site about wine know far too much about the contours of our navel? Have we explored its ins and outs ad infinitum? This is the gentle charge that was made in a number of ways by at least four different commentators in this recent post here at FERMENTATION about the distinction between “blogger and “journalist”. I wanted to address this charge of “blogger navel gazing” because it comes up so very often…

Jan 23, 2014

Stop What You Are Doing and Pray To the Wine Gods—NOW!

There’s very nifty golf course here in Napa called Chardonnay Golf Club. As you might imagine, there are LOTS of grapevines strewn about the property and it’s really a beautiful sight and beautiful set up. So, I’m out there playing the other day with a buddy. It’ about 11:30am and it’s 65 degrees outside. The sun is shinning. In fact, by 3pm the temperature will get up to about 71 degrees. It’s January. The dead of winter. Clearly, the Golf…

Aug 2, 2013

Wild Yeast Fermentation: “There’s No Such Thing”

Some fairly stunning information concerning the idea of “Wild” or “Indigenous” yeast is coming to light that has implications for wine marketing and wine making. How shall I put this? Let’s try this: If you think your wine went through fermentation driven by wild yeast or if you think the wine you are drinking was produced via a wild yeast fermentation, it probably wasn’t. This is the startling conclusion brought to light in a study undertaken in British Columbia and…

May 15, 2013

The Impact of Proposed Lower Blood Alcohol Content Levels on Wine Lovers

Yesterday the National Transportation Safety Board recommended lowering the legal blood alcohol level for drivers from .08 to .05, which would put the U.S. (or any states that adopted the new, lower level) in line with the standard for much of the rest of the world. The question is what impact would this change have on wine drinkers? What impact would it have on the level of fatalities caused by drunk drivers? HOW MUCH COULD YOU DRINK?Look at any of…