The wine world – particularly in Europe – has been hit hard by the painful blows struck to the international economy. Producers and sellers have had to deal with increased competition, changes in consumer behavior and deleterious farming factors caused by global warming. As a result, France is overhauling several regulations governing its wine production.
Some of the revisions can be seen as a positive step toward updating the country’s rigid and slightly antiquated rules. For example, in 2009, vin de table wines – the bastard bottlings sitting at the bottom of the French viticultural totem pole – were granted permission to list both vintage and grape variety on their labels. See the full post »
For more than two decades, Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards has remained a mystery to the public. But not any more. For the first time in its history, Russian River Valley visitors and residents will be allowed to enter Sonoma-Cutrer’s newly renovated tasting room. Guests will also be given the opportunity to tour the winery and see first-hand how its grapes are grown and crafted into renowned Burgundian-style wines. See the full post »
While San Francisco has been busy banning products from vending machines, Pennsylvania (of all places) has been trying to find ways to increase their vending machine offerings.
Pennsylvania’s Liquor Control Board recently introduced “wine kiosks” in two Harrisburg grocery stores. In order to purchase wine from the machines, customers must swipe their ID, blow into a breathalyzer, and then look into the security camera. A state employee in Harrisburg then remotely verifies that the buyer isn’t drunk and matches the photo ID. If everything checks out, the customer is approved to buy wine. See the full post »
Arch-Nemesis No More! Steve Heimoff Goes From Foe to Friend of the Mutineer: A Retrospective
If this were a comic book series, this would be “Steve Heimoff #20″, because a quick search on the Mutineer Blog will bring up no less than 19 posts involving Steve Heimoff.
But this post is different. This post is the epic installment that marks the moment that The Mutineer and Steve Heimoff cease to be arch-nemesis and become allies…or that moment happened sometime last week I think, but it is today that we chronicle the event on the Mutineer Blog. See the full post »
Sedlescombe Organic Vineyard – Inga Keck energising the biodynamic cow manure preparation
England’s first organic wine producer Roy Cook, owner and wine maker at Sedlescombe Organic Vineyard, has made the conscientious decision to take his winery to the next level of sustainability by adopting the biodynamic cultivation method and philosophy. Through the introduction of additional procedures above and beyond the normal organic rules, Cook has become the first producer of biodynamic wines in England’s history. See the full post »
Beer • Spirits • Wine
In addition to all the fine beverage news we posted on our blog this week, several other noteworthy things happened over the past few days. We have summarized them into a weekly roundup:
Winners of the First Heineken’s Young Scientist Award Were Announced
“The idea of rewarding young researchers is entirely in keeping with the vision and aims of the Foundation.” — Mrs Charlène de Carvalho-Heineken, chairwoman of the Alfred Heineken Fondsen Foundation, which makes the awards possible. “The awards emphasise the relevance of research to society and represent an important addition to the Heineken Prizes, which are among the most prestigious science awards in the world.”
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Once upon a time, there was a small spot in Northern Santa Barbara County where locals would go to get illegal moonshine. They referred to the area as “Happy Canyon.” Some 76 years after the end of Prohibition, on Thursday, October 8, 2009, winemakers in that tiny little section of the Santa Ynez Valley won a proposal to have the valley registered as an official AVA: Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara. The new AVA currently consists of 23,941 acres, 492 of which are planted for six vineyards and three wineries. See the full post »
Comedian Ben Morrison co-hosts the 2010 Wine Blog Awards on the big screen with Alan Kropf, who enjoyed some absinthe during the ceremony, at the Wine Bloggers’ Conference in Walla Walla, Washington.
Things got truly epic in Walla Walla this last weekend at the Wine Bloggers’ Conference with the 2010 Wine Blog Awards, presented by yours truly. Riedel Crystal sponsored the trophies, and Mutineer Magazine sponsored the epicness.
Here is a list of the nominees and winners: See the full post »