24 April 2014

Bottle Juice

Topic

Age.

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On Daily Wine News 12 months ago.
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…investment portfolio sank by nearly $ 50 million. Previously, De Bortoli's sharemarket plays had been a wind in its sails, with profits from its stock trading eclipsing wine earnings in 2011, but a series of poor investment decisions, including a huge exposure to collapsed North Queensland mining giant Kagara, has shunted the Griffith-based wine group deep into the red, reports The Age.

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By steve of STEVE HEIMOFF| WINE BLOG 29 days ago.
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I don't think one can say precisely when this Age of Surfeit started, but for me it was 2011 when the launch of Saison signaled that something was up. A few months later, Josh Sens, the restaurant writer at San Francisco magazine, wrote this glowing review of the $498-per person chef's 22-course, 18-wine menu. (Confession: at that time the restaurant invited me for a full dinner. It was very, very, very good!) Josh wrote about the "hyperdevoted food …

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On Daily Wine News 1 year ago.
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Australia's biggest winemaker, Accolade Wines, has jumped on board the low-calorie bandwagon to launch its own skinny wines in the US and will link in with Weight Watchers to sell its product. The move comes after rival Treasury Wine Estates, owner of Penfolds, Wolf Blass and Rosemount Estate, released its own low-calorie wines in the US in January, reportedly selling 100,000 cases already, reports The Age.

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By Melinda Wenner of Slate Articles 1 month ago.
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In a recent Huffington Post piece that has now been shared on Facebook more than 345,000 times, pediatric occupational therapist Cris Rowan cites " 10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12 ." She uses studies to back up her stance, but there's a problem: The research she highlights, and her characterizations of the findings, make the issue seem far more clear-cut than it really is. Under the guise of "science," …

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By David Driscoll of Blog almost 2 years ago.
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…splashed on the front cover " New Zealand Pinot Noir Comes of Age." In general I am not a fan of the 100 point system or large publications having such a rampant impact on the success or failure of wines, wineries, regions, even countries. However, when one of these industry " Super Powers" puts its considerable weight behind a wine by bestowing it with a 90+ point rating, or as in this case, many 90+ ratings, behind a whole category, New Zealand Pinot Noir, …

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There was a bit of a flap in social media circles a couple of weeks ago when Ad Age broke the story that Facebook would be reducing the organic reach of pages and requiring those pages that wanted to reach a significant percentage of their fans to advertise to do so. A Facebook sales presentation sent to its partners last month makes it clear: "We expect organic distribution of an individual page's posts to gradually decline over time as we continually work to make sure …

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Americans on a diet. Sourcing grapes from its northern Californian vineyards to produce a wine that contains up to one-third fewer calories than standard wines, Treasury Wine Estate's new Skinny Vine label has reportedly sold 100,000 cases since its launch in January. It is seeking to break into a multibillion-dollar market segment typically populated by women who enjoy a drink but are watching their weight, reports The Age.

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" Age appears to be best in four things; old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read. "

-- Francis Bacon

I have returned with another volume in my fun series: Authors, Alcohol & Accolades . Please check Volume 1 for links to all of the prior installments. Each installment showcases some of my favorite authors, and I have returned to highlight more, and to delve into their drinks of choice. I have found this to …

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On Daily Wine News 1 year ago.
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It's a $ 4.3 billion industry employing around 52,000 people, and on any given day 30 million glasses of Australian wine are consumed worldwide, according to Wine Australia. But among those figures about Australia's iconic wine industry, one is missing: the number of women working in it. The few figures that are available are rough, but they do suggest women are making significant inroads in this traditionally male-dominated field, reports The Age.

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By steve of STEVE HEIMOFF| WINE BLOG 1 year ago.
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…new generation mostly in their twenties hasn't really digested the role and importance of critics, and has real questions about what we do, and about how they should behave with respect to us. Are we dinosaurs in the Age of Twitter, or are we experts worth heeding? I look forward to enlightening them on these points. As for "is it okay to buy bad wine if you like it?" , Wow. Where to begin? That could be the topic of an entire class.

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