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Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

The Real Winemakers

Forget terroir, forget enology school graduates—the true wine heroes are single-cell fungi

Posted: September 24, 2013  By Mitch Frank

I spent much of the summer writing about people who produce some of the world's greatest wines, but the other day I realized something—I haven't written anything about the true winemakers. I'm talking about the ones who get dirty, turning grape juice into the complex beverage we all love. They're even ready to sacrifice their lives. I'm talking about yeast.

Aug. 31, 2013 Issue  :  News

Guess Executives Buy Los Angeles Retailer Wally’s Wine & Spirits

Posted: August 31, 2013  By Mitch Frank

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

How Would You Stop a Vineyard Apocalypse?

If grapes were being wiped out, genetically modified vines could be the solution—if people are willing to open their minds

Posted: August 13, 2013  By Mitch Frank

Imagine a bacterial scourge that was silently spreading from vineyard to vineyard, striking down grapevines in their prime, bankrupting wineries and threatening to turn even the most basic of wines into a rare luxury. Take a deep breath—it's fiction, for now. But it's a horrible reality for farmers who produce another of our favorite beverages—orange juice. Since 2005, bacteria has been spreading through orange groves from Florida to California, inflicting a disease called citrus greening. Infected trees produce small, sour oranges.

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

Who's Afraid of China?

The People's Republic has embraced wine—particularly French—in the past decade; not everyone is pleased by the hug

Posted: July 11, 2013  By Mitch Frank

Is there a China backlash in France's wine regions?

China's growing thirst for wine, particularly French wine, has been a favorite topic in wine circles for several years. Our fascination is understandable—the People's Republic of China has engineered a spectacular economic story during the past two decades, growing from 2 percent of global GDP to 16 percent, according to International Monetary Fund data. As China's wealth has soared and an upper class has arisen, wine sales have grown dramatically.

But anytime a new group joins an industry as tradition-minded as wine, some people are going to grumble. The three men in Hostens may be just isolated criminals, but they might also have given voice to an underlying tension: Some wine people may not welcome the planet's newest big spenders.

June 30, 2013 Issue  :  People

Bordeaux’s Secret Weapon

With his humble, thoughtful style, Eric Boissenot consults for 200 wineries, including all four Médoc first-growths

Posted: June 30, 2013  By Mitch Frank

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

The Battle Against Vinegar

Wine is a gift from nature, but it's mankind's job to safeguard it

Posted: June 18, 2013  By Mitch Frank

Every third day, I play my version of wine roulette, uncorking a bottle I first opened two days earlier and seeing if the last one or two glasses worth of wine at the bottom still taste good. Most recently it was a bottle of RdV Vineyards Lost Mountain Red, a lovely Bordeaux blend from Virginia's emerging Middleburg area. (RdV employs Eric Boissenot, a Bordeaux winemaking consultant I profiled in our June 30 issue.)

When faced with an unfinished bottle, I shove the cork back into place and put the bottle in the fridge. I know, I could pour the leftover wine into a smaller bottle or try some fancy inert-gas device; some of my colleagues have been known to freeze leftover wine. But I've settled on the cork-it-and-cool-it technique, and it works most of the time if I drink the wine within three days. Sadly, this time it failed. The RdV was bright at first, but the finish held a touch of vinegar. It wasn't the wine's fault—it was probably too much air and not enough wine.

News & Features  :  News

Guess Executives Buy Top Los Angeles Retailer Wally's Wine & Spirits

Co-owner Christian Navarro and Marciano brothers buy store from founder Steve Wallace; sources say possible national expansion in the works

Posted: June 18, 2013  By Mitch Frank

June 15, 2013 Issue  :  News

In Memoriam: Franco Biondi Santi of Montalcino Dies

Posted: June 15, 2013  By Mitch Frank, Bruce Sanderson

Collecting  :  Collecting News

Wine Collectors Accuse Charlie Trotter of Fraud; Chef Denies Allegations

Brothers allege in federal lawsuit that they bought phony magnum of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti from restaurant

Posted: June 14, 2013  By Mitch Frank

May 31, 2013 Issue  :  Features

Sake's True Believers

Thanks to a hardcore group of fans, more high quality sake is available than ever before

Posted: May 31, 2013  By Mitch Frank

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