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On the tip of my tongue..

On the tip of my tongue..

Length and Finish are words often used by wine tasters. What do they mean? And what words might you use to describe them? Length is a tasting term to describe how long the taste of a wine persists or lingers on your palate after you have swallowed (or spit, if tasting professionally) the wine...Length is essentially, as it implies, a measure. A wine's length may be described as long, moderate or short. In general, a long length is considered a sign of high quality.A wine's length differs from its finish (although the terms are often used interchangeably), in that, in the authors opinion, the finish is a more of a descriptive term. It describe...

Davet Pichette - avatar Davet Pichette Apr 03 2012

Wine Counterfeiting for Dummies

Wine Counterfeiting for Dummies

Last week the FBI arrested a 35-year-old millionaire wine dealer suspected of trying to sell $1.3 million in counterfeit wine. The high-profile case is just the latest illustration of a fraud that has spread to every corner of the wine world in the past few decades, from the booming Chinese market to the international auction circuit.Given the pr...

Leo Fiorentino - avatar Leo Fiorentino Mar 14 2012

Abandoned luncheonette? Maybe, but the wine gets finished.

Abandoned luncheonette? Maybe, but the wine gets finished.

For more than four decades, Daryl Hall has been half of Hall & Oates, the most successful pop music duo of all time according to the Recording Industry Association of America. A Philadelphia-area native who grew up in the 1960s soul music scene, Hall joined with his friend John Oates in 1972 and went on to release a series of chart-topping si...

Leo Fiorentino - avatar Leo Fiorentino Feb 09 2011

Wine Train

Wine Train

As lead guitarist for San Francisco–based pop group Train, Jimmy Stafford has spent over a decade on the road in support of the Grammy Award–winning band’s hit albums and songs, including “Meet Virginia,” “Calling All Angels” and “Soul Sister.” Along the way, Stafford developed a passion for wine, blogging about his finds and connecting with fans...

Ryan Antonieff - avatar Ryan Antonieff Feb 09 2011

The House of Mandela

The House of Mandela

Opportunities for fine dining may have been somewhat limited within the confines of Victor Verster prison in Paarl, but Nelson Mandela always enjoyed a small glass of semi-sweet Nederberg wine with his Sunday lunch during his incarceration. Today, Mandela’s legacy is set to become entwined with South Africa’s R20 billion (£1.75bn) wine industry.A...

Ryan Antonieff - avatar Ryan Antonieff Jan 28 2011

Keeping it local

Keeping it local

The 100-mile diet has become a byword across the continent for sustainable eating. At the very least, the 2007 book of the same name that spawned the concept — written by Vancouver journalists Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon — got people talking about local produce, let alone considering it as a viable option at the store. One thing that's often p...

Leo Fiorentino - avatar Leo Fiorentino Jan 25 2011

Blowing the horn for South African wine

Blowing the horn for South African wine

While watching the World Cup, why not kick back and hoist a cupful of wine from the host country? South Africa makes some delicious wines, especially whites, and can make a case for producing some of the world's best chenin blancs. Chenin blanc is an under-appreciated wine grape variety, a fact that vexes many sommeliers who love its minerality,...

Leo Fiorentino - avatar Leo Fiorentino Jun 24 2010

CIC Discord Rumbles On

CIC Discord Rumbles On

Wine importers are upset that the British Columbia Liquor Distribution Branch (BCLDB) gives “cellared-in- Canada” wines, which are made from 100% foreign grape juice, what they say is preferential treatment over equivalent-grade imported wines. Critics have eliminated some of the advantages of cellared-in-Canada (CIC) wines, but they remain angry ...

Davet Pichette - avatar Davet Pichette May 18 2010

Wedding Wine Tips

Wedding Wine Tips

No single occasion integrates anxiety, anticipation, happiness and expense more exquisitely than a wedding. The average cost of what is theoretically a once-in-a-lifetime experience runs about $30,000 (or about $10,000 more than the average divorce). The ring, the dress and the flowers are all a big part of the price. And the wine? Not so much. In ...

Cathy Alvarez - avatar Cathy Alvarez May 18 2010

Containers Can Alter Wine Composition

Containers Can Alter Wine Composition

Whether it's red wine or white wine, the composition of wines can change becasue of the containers they're stored in, says a new study. The first major scientific study into the storage of wine in different forms of packaging has revealed that the bag-in-box®, single-layer PET and small multi-layer PET altered the character of the white wines when...

Ryan Antonieff - avatar Ryan Antonieff May 14 2010