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01.2009

Massachusetts Beverage Business

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Wine's Evolving Flavors

Article by: Bill Nesto, MW - Over the last thirty years the perception of what is quality wine has evolved significantly.  For the benefit, particularly of junior members of the beverage trades, it is important that the present sensory profile of wine be seen as an evolution of what has come before.  If we could go back in a time machine to taste newly released Bordeaux and California wines from the 197O vintages, it could be that we might not identify [...] Read More »

Jim Collins at Fres Brothers

Article by: Harvey Finkel - And we are better for it. He is director of coastal winegrowing for E&J Gallo’s premium divisions which means he’s the man in charge of 5OOO spread out acres of vines stretching from Santa Yvez to Sonoma.One might also call him a go-between. On one hand he’s acutely conscious of the need to fit the grape variety to the terroir and of the obligation to nurture the land and the environment. Gallo has [...] Read More »

Spain's Navarra Region

Article by: Jonathon Alsop - “This wine is too good for toast-drinking my dear.you don’t want to mix emotions upwith a wine like that.you lose the taste.”  –Ernest HemingwayThe Spanish region of Navarra was introduced to us Americans by icon Ernest Hemingway in his novel The Sun Also Rises but we did not know it. His vivid descriptions of simultaneous beauty and violence at the Festival of San Fermin – now [...] Read More »

Frans Smit on South Africa and Spier Wines

Article by: Fred Bouchard - Capetown 2OOO South Africa’s wine world, like the country itself, is just getting back on its feet after Apartheid’s end (1994), Nelson Mandela’s mandate, and the promise of black partnership in reviving the economy. Business infrastructure is rebuilding, and wineries are gaining confidence and ground, with home market consumption rising and recognition with the home front. The annual Capetown tasting competition attracts attention beyond the already on-board Britain and Netherlands (i.e.: US and Europe). This [...] Read More »

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