Archive for the ‘Wine News’ Category

Jan 19, 2005

Am I Just Paranoid?

Ok…So I have a suspicious mind. Sometimes I see links that aren’t there. Sometimes I extrapolate when I needn’t. So, as you read this post keep that in mind. Also, ask yourself, does this post have anything to do with "Fermentations" mission of writing about wine, wine marketing, wine PR and the wine industry. In an opinion piece in today’s San Francisco Chronicle, Michele Simon, a public health attorney and director of the "Center for Informed Food Choices", writes a…

Jan 18, 2005

Wines In the White House

Korbel Champagne Cellars has, once again, been chosen by the White House to provide the an Inaugural Cuvee for tomorrow’s big swearing in event and the parties that follow. It’s not the first time Korbel nailed this honor. In fact, it’s the sixth consecutive inauguration that Korbel has delivered the suds. The history of wine in the white house is actually pretty fascinating. It doesn’t begin and end with Thomas Jefferson’s famous taste for wine.   -Kennedy favored Bordeaux at…

Jan 17, 2005

Study Confirms….the obvious?

So, according to a study, consumers can’t tell the difference between wines closed with screwcaps or natural cork. Apparently, consumers blinding tasted the same wine, but with different closures. No difference. Well, isn’t that the point those using screwcaps are making? Isn’t their use of screwcaps considered acceptable because the screwcap doesn’t affect the wine? I wonder if any of the wines the consumers in this study sampled were corked? I don’t think so. If any were, consumers would surely…

Jan 11, 2005

“Sonoma VALLEY” vs “Sonoma COUNTY”

As noted in the post directly above this one, a study unveiled today demonstrates that far more consumers are familiar with "Sonoma County" as a wine region of quality, than they are any of its sub appellations such as "Dry Creek Valley", "Russian River Valley" or "Carneros". The study looked at consumer awareness of wine regions around the world and found that awareness broke down like this: Napa County: 95 percent Sonoma County: 86 percent Bordeaux, France: 72 percent Dry…

Jan 6, 2005

“I’m sad…I hate this wine!”

Why is it that some people enjoy certain aromas, while others don’t? Some people enjoy that hint of barnyard in wine resulting from Bret, while others can’t abide it. With older German rieslings I love that smell of petroleum. Others, however, detest it. Researchers at Brown University have concluded the following:  "When an odour is paired with an emotional event, perception of that odour was altered to fit that association." This leads to the conclusions that: "As humans, we’re not…