Riedel has some competition. Meet Ravenscroft’s Amplifier glass, similar in shape to the vinum extreme series, but $10 less and also made of crystal. They produce other glasses to combat the rest of the Riedel line.
Wine exports pass $250m for first time, but with a low crop yield for 2003 and problems with the rise of the New Zealand dollar, meeting profit expectations is a struggle.
If you’re going to smoke, make sure you’ve got a bottle of Napa Valley’s finest next to you. New studies show two glasses of red wine counteract the effects of smoking one cigerette on your heart. But the best part of the article can be found in this statement:
However, smokers have been warned against drinking gallons of red wine in an effort to protect themselves.
Hawke’s Bay winery owner accused of forgery says he never meant the mock-ups of wine analysis certificates he sent to an export company to be used as the “real McCoy”.
The europeans are at it again, now you can’t say the word champagne without paying a fine. O.K. it isn’t that bad.
Riedel (pronounced Ree-dull) — the wine glass with a brain. Skepticâ€™s scoff at the idea that a glass can change the way a wine is perceived. Many dismiss the idea as hogwash, until they take the side-by-side test. Drink a wine from your typical glass goblet then try it out of the Riedel designed for that specific wine. The majority of people will notice a huge difference, as the aroma and flavors of the wine are accentuated. The Chronicle has an interesting piece on fine stemware, it’s worth a read.
Walter Schug worked wonders with Syrah and Riesling in the ’70s (and even worked with phelps in developing Insignia), but entering his 50th harvest, his heart is set on Pinot Noir.
( I’m actually a very big pinot fan myself.)
Decision clears way for Texans to buy mail-order wine from other states, but some counties are wet and some are dry. Have fun figuring out which are safe Fedex!
Celebrate Memorial day with this great value Cabernet.
Paringa Cabernet 2002
89 WE 88 WS
Someone actually made a business out of selling bagged wine kits for all your blind tasting needs.