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21/10/2010

Wines from South Africa

The first production of wine in South Africa is from February 1659. The beginnings were not easy, since the Dutch settlers had almost any knowledge of grape growing and winemaking. The salvation came from the north: between 1680 and 1690 a group of French refugees reached the Cape, the Huguenots, who brought the tradition of French wine with them, they had to get adapted to...

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17/10/2010

White grapes' aromas

Classic questions in those who approach to the world of wine tasting are on the aromas. How does this wine smell? What should you smell? The smell of one thing or another, is it good or bad? If you've ever seen in movies the classic sketch in which an expert is able to reveal the vintage, type of grape, the origin, the make and even if the keeper of the wine cellar had cached...

10/10/2010

Tasting notes

Okay, I’ve tried a wine and I want to do a more or less academic speech... How should I do that? Well, we “Uviners”, like all kind of opinions, especially those who tell favorite wine pairing,  if you decided to buy wine through Uvinum and found it  cheap, or if your bf / gf liked it more than you, because we want you to tell us your story... but if you ever find yourself in the position of...

26/08/2010

Twitter's Fledgling Wine launches

In an exciting convergence of technology, CSR, and wine, yesterday Twitter launched it's first wine, called Fledgling Wine. The 2009 vintage includes a Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, sourced from "top-flight California vineyards", crushed at San Francisco's DIY custom crush facility Crushpad, and on sale on $25 a bottle, but probably the most interesting thing about the wine is where your money...

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24/08/2010

When drinking your wine is not enough

If it is too hot this summer to comfortably enjoy your Cab, you can try it in sorbet form now thanks to Wine Cellars sorbet. Although I've seen other wine flavored ice creams and sorbets before, this was the first time I'd come across the company designed soley on this idea. The result is a range from riesling, to pinot noir, to rosé or port...all made with actual wine, though they are...

2/08/2010

Consumers stay home and drink wine

Good news for the wine industry: a recent survey shows wine has become consumers' first choice in the US, UK, and Australia when they stay at home, which itself remains a strong trend as people seem reluctant to return to their pre-Crisis levels of spending on eating and drinking out.

The bad news for upper tier wineries is that the wines chosen remain on the lower end of the price scale in...

30/07/2010

Wine and Tourism

After reading a review by Manuel Colmenero Larriba of Lluis Tolosa's new book España no es California, in which he discusses the issue of attracting tourists to Spanish wine regions, I thought of all the news I have been recieving recently about Napa- new restaurants with celebrity chefs, new state of the art wineries, luxe resort openings, and had mixed feelings on the topic. Spanish tourism...

28/07/2010

Thoughts on food and wine pairing

How to choose a wine to match your food is an never ending discussion as we continue to search for the best strategy to deal with our ever increasing options. I was recently reading Olly Smith's The Complete Summer Wine Guide, and while I found it entertaining to read and very helpful in its specificity, after reading the question still lingered- if you're having fish with a citrus, for...

26/07/2010

Icewine comes to Spain

Unlike in the New World, where appellations are still being defined (for example segmentation crazy Napa Valley, who seems to be in constant turmoil, most recently over a new proposed Mayacama Mountain range AVA), the Old World wine producing countries usually look at their wine regulations as being set in stone. For the most part, you are allowed to only grow the same grapes that were...

20/07/2010

Shipwrecked Champagne

According to a  Reuters report that will surely inspire jealousy in wine loving divers across the world, a group of Swedish divers discovered what is being called the oldest known drinkable Champagne in a shipwreck in the Baltic Sea. They believe the bottles are from the late 18th century, and they know it is drinkable because they drank it, apparently with great pleasure. The general theory...