Category Archives: Cork Taint

Impressions from the 2012 Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition

I spent the weekend as one of 20 judges evaluating 495 wines produced in 17 states along the U.S Atlantic seaboard. The results will be announced in a few days (I know a few, including Best of Show, but those are under embargo until the winners are notified), but here are some impressions I jotted down during the tastings. Continue reading

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Virginia Viognier Twitter Tasting

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The new rage in wine marketing is the “Twitter Tasting” – and the first such exploration of Virginia viognier took place yesterday evening, July 14. What in tarnation is a “Twitter Tasting,” I hear you ask. Well, it’s a virtual … Continue reading

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Wine Follies and Cheap Wine Hall of Fame

Who thinks these things up? Elin McCoy of Bloomberg News reports on an Oregon winery that recruited an elephant to stomp grapes as part of a fund raiser for a wildlife park. Talk about €œnatural wine€! Winery owner Stephen Reustle … Continue reading

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NostraWINEus predicts 2010 …

What’s up for wine lovers in 2010? Here are a few prognostications … An increasing emphasis on value over stature as the recession maintains its downward pressure on wine prices. Consumers will continue to “drink down” and look for wines … Continue reading

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Wine Bores and the Great Cork Taint Conspiracy

I was having dinner the other night with a winery rep and another wine writer when I ventured the opinion that not only are natural corks better today than they were just a few years ago, but that the cork … Continue reading

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