Too Much Wine…

As an avid collector and consumer of wines, I can definitely understand the concept of wine hording. I have a collection of “will some day drink” wines, and keep a regular stash of daily drinkers along side them in the cellar. Whenever I’m out buying a few cases for my daily consumption stash, I try to pick up at least one or two good bottles of wine to add to my collection. While this may seem a bit on the side of borderline alcoholism, one Japanese diplomat makes my vino addiction look like tea-toddling.

According to a recent article on Japan Today, an audit into properties owned by the Foreign Ministry found that an official residence of an ambassador to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in a Parisian suburb contained a collection of nearly 8,000 bottles of wine. [Read more...]

Australia Is The Often Forgotten Land of Wine

Australia may not be a region that comes to mind when thinking of great wine, but the land from down under is the world’s fourth largest exporter of wine, ahead of the United States, and for good reason as this country continues to build on the success it showed in the 1970’s and 1980’s.

Australians have also become very knowledgeable about wine as the country consumes twice as much wine per capita as the U.S. A wide variety of grapes are grown in this country, but Grange is often considered the best. Produced by the Penfolds winery, Grange first came onto the scene in 1952. However, Grange production does not meet its world-wide demand, so the wine is often expensive and at times hard to get. Recently, a bottle of the pre-release 1951 Grange sold at auction for $50,000, according to the New York Times. [Read more...]

Wine On Tap The Next Big Thing?

Its a growing fad that is making a splash in wine-centric cities like San Francisco and New York but wine on tap may become the next big thing in the world of wine.

A recent San Francisco Chronicle article highlighted the growing movement of restaurants serving wine from a tap.  “Wine on tap is taking flight in Bay Area restaurants and bars as a cheaper, greener and fresher alternative to bottled wines served by the glass,” the article says.  “No more tossing out half-used bottles.”

In a similar fashion to draft beer, the wine is stored in kegs that can hold the equivalent to nearly 25 bottles of wine.  While tapped beers use high-powered carbon dioxide the wine kegs uses a low pressure of nitrogen to push the wine out.  This process keeps wine fresher and fights against oxidation.

In addition to producing less waste and cutting down on production costs, kegging wine allows restaurants to produce wine that particularly pairs with their own food.  Wines can also more easily be served by the glass, opening up more expensive and high-quality wines to more consumers.

The Chronicle reports there are several restaurants on both costs that are using the new method but plans are in the works for wine on tap to be offered in markets such as Portland, Atlanta and Chicago in the near future.  Most wines offered on tap are priced between $4 and $8 per glass, but there are some offerings as high as $17 per glass, which is still much less than its bottle equivalent.

Mexican Wines Gaining Popularity

One of the hottest culinary scenes in the world is Mexico where a new generation of residents are demanding more creativity and quality from its restaurants. That spirit has created an emerging restaurant community and in turn has inspired a renewed commitment to wine.

A growing interest in wine and all things local has resulted in new attention on Mexico’s wine producers who are quickly making a name for themselves in the world of wine. Mexican wines have not always been considered to be high quality, but strong showings in numerous wine festivals and awards have brought new attention to wine produced south of the border. [Read more...]

Odd Wine Names Aim To Inspire And Tell A Story

The true measure of wine has always been its taste but the aspects of design and branding have always played a major role in the wine experience. Picking a bottle of wine simply because of its label and name may not result in an inspiring wine collection but many wine producers are attempting to catch the eye (or ear) of customers through unique titles. [Read more...]

Going Outside the Box When it Comes to Wine Packaging

Boxed wine has often been viewed as the tacky cousin within the larger wine family.  Bottled wines are seen as offering better quality and design but it appears that boxed wines are making a comeback thanks to some new packaging techniques and increased advertising. [Read more...]

Mobile Matcher… My new best friend?

Mobile Matcher
Natalie MacLean’s Mobile Matcher

I am not usually susceptible to marketing gimmicks. In fact, the more “new and exciting” wine paraphernalia I am exposed to the more numb I grow to them. I pour through dozens of catalogs and magazines each month (pun intended) and probably drink close to 20 bottles of wine in a month. It’s all a part of the job.

The Wine Fugitive is synonymous with a lack of bull in an industry quite full of it, and to this day the only wine paraphernalia I own is a compact wine cellar, an old-fashioned corkscrew and a cooler for outings. Today, though, there’s been a new addition to the family. [Read more...]

Increase Your Wine Knowledge and Your Fun

Throwing a themed wine party
The world or wine can appear to be intimidating but in reality its one that is based on individual tastes which makes it the perfect hobby for even the most novice of wine drinkers. There is no need to get a Ph.D. in wine-ology, but you can have fun increasing your knowledge and improving your palate. [Read more...]

Growing number of wine apps give shoppers a helping hand

Do you find yourself standing in front of your local grocer’s wine offerings and wondering which bottle would be the perfect pairing for tonight’s dinner party? The answer might be in the palm of your hand.

In a world where there is an app for nearly everything, owners of smartphones like the iPhone, Blackberry or Droid have an increasing number of phone applications designed to make wine buying a less risky adventure. [Read more...]