How You Can Spot Fake Wines

Maureen Downey has brought down some of the wine industry’s most notorious counterfeiters like Hardy Rodenstock and Rudy Kurniawan. Her business, Chai Consulting, works with law enforcement to discover fake wines that make their way into people’s cellars. Downey also teaches seminars educating the public on how they, too, can spot counterfeit wine. Although one…

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The Boutique Producers Reinventing Chile’s Wine Scene

In a country with the largest average winery size in the world, where several mammoth companies pump out millions of cases annually that account for the majority of total bottle production, a vital small-winery movement has taken root in Chile over the past 20 years. Dozens of boutique operations have concentrated on production sizes of…

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10 Best Organic Alcohol Brands

Drink up! Delicious craft cocktails made with organic spirits are more sustainable and environmentally friendly than ever. Organic alcohol began with a few sour wines and bland brews, but it’s quickly evolving into a sophisticated niche market that encompasses a variety of spirits and mixers. Take a sip of these 10 organic alcoholic beverages! 1. […]

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U.S. Wine Market Grows 2.9% While World Wine Supply Shrinks

Severe weather and wildfires in Europe during the 2017 growing season have helped shrink the world supply of bulk wine, affecting not just wineries in France, Italy and Spain, but in California, too. Speakers at the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium last week predicted higher bulk wine prices for at least the immediate future and…

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Expect a Rise in Wine Sales and Prices in 2018

Finally, something Europe and the U.S. can agree upon: wine sales will rise as will prices for bottled wines, especially at higher price points, as well as bulk wines. Traditional wine shipments saw volume growth of 1.3% or about half of that of 2016, Danny Brager, senior vice president of Nielsen Company, told a crowd of vintners,…

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Crusing the Rhône River, Sipping Cru Wine


Wouldn’t it be great to take a river boat cruise down the Rhône River? There are many quaint towns with world-class restaurants and festivals happening throughout the year. Best of all, great views of the vineyards and changing topography from northern to southern Rhône.

I have written many articles about Rhône Valley wines. I have shared the rich history of the region, it is one of my favorite examples that there is no separation of church and wine. I have even provided some important statistics and grape information of the region. Today, we will go deeper into France’s second largest wine producing region. We will begin in Lyon and follow the Rhône River south to explore the crus of the Rhône Valley.

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Two Gorgeous Chilean Cabs You Must Drink


Chile is among the new world’s preeminent wine regions. Many wine consumers recognize Chile as a great source of value with wines in the $10-29 range tasting way above their price point. Furthermore, Wines of Chile has marketed Carmenere successfully to the point it is now not only a well-recognized grape but also associated with Chile. Furthermore, I think it is fair to say there are many wine consumers who recognize Chile also produces high quality Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and even some Pinot Noir and sparkling wines. However, I think many fail to consider Chile when veering beyond the $20ish range when looking for a luxury wine. That, my friends, is a mistake.

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