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News & Features  :  Wine & Health Q&A

Is organic wine better for you than regular wine?

Posted: July 20, 2011  By Margaret Raber

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Would Hotter Summers Hurt Wine Quality?

Stanford scientists take a stab at what could happen by 2040

Posted: July 13, 2011  By Harvey Steiman

It's a standing joke, though a somewhat nervous one, among winegrowers when the subject of global climate change comes up. "Well, I guess they'll be growing Cabernet in Burgundy," someone is sure to remark, "because it will be too hot to grow Pinot Noir there anymore."

But how true is that idea? Is it likely that whole regions will get too hot for what they currently grow? That would change the dynamics of wine profoundly. Noah Diffenbaugh, a fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University, enlisted colleagues at Utah State and Southern Oregon universities and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory to plug in conservative climate models and analyze what would happen region by region in California, Oregon and Washington if those models come true.

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

New Jersey Wineries on the Brink

Plus, former Dallas Cowboys coach Barry Switzer opens a winery, Bordeaux's strange new neighbors, counterfeit white Zinfandel of all things, and more

Posted: June 30, 2011  

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

How Big Is Your Wine Bottle?

Big Canadian wine buyer puts a limit on bottle weights

Posted: June 13, 2011  By Harvey Steiman

James Laube and I have a standing joke. In our blind tastings, whenever we pour ourselves a sample from a bottle that feels heavy for its size, one of us is bound to mutter, "It must be a great wine. I can hardly lift it."

Of course, the rule of compensatory judgment suggests that we probably make it tougher on those wines, because it's almost like the wine is bragging. Nobody likes a showoff. Well, apparently, consumers do, because wineries use extra-heavy bottles to send exactly that message—that the wine must be really good, otherwise why would the vintner spend so much on a fancy container?

News & Features  :  News

Mosel Bridge Divides

Winemakers are fighting construction that could damage some of the world’s most famous Riesling vineyards

Posted: June 13, 2011  By Ben O'Donnell

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Wineries Give Back to Mother Nature on Earth Day

The wine industry pitches in to keep planet earth green

Posted: April 21, 2011  

News & Features  :  Wine & Health Q&A

Can chemicals on the posts in the vineyards get into my wine?

Posted: March 17, 2011  By Christina Zapel

News & Features  :  News

High-Voltage Towers Anger Rioja Wine Industry

Producers complain that the towers are an eyesore and a threat to tourism

Posted: March 10, 2011  By Chris Fleming

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Will Donald Trump Rescue a Virginia Winery?

Plus, Annika Sorenstam returns to television—as a wine lover, and Burgundy’s Labouré-Roi aims to plant 100,000 more trees

Posted: February 24, 2011  

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Moët Serves the Golden Globes

Plus, Bordeaux goes organic and China’s domestic wine industry faces fraud accusations

Posted: January 13, 2011  

News & Features  :  Wine Talk

A Designer Vineyard in Italy

Alberto Alessi plans to make world-class Chardonnay

Posted: November 30, 2010  By Jennifer Fiedler

News & Features  :  News

Biking Through the Vines

Napa Valley is building a 44-mile path for cyclists and hikers through the heart of America's top wine region

Posted: November 24, 2010  By Lynn Alley

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Siduri Goes High Fashion

Plus, chef Madhur Jaffrey stars in the newest foodie film, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello cellar has been restored (and restocked), and a new type of solar power system in Sonoma

Posted: November 18, 2010  

News & Features  :  News

Oregon Grapegrowers Hope to Preserve Farmland

Two court decisions back a state law restricting development in agricultural areas

Posted: November 9, 2010  By Lynn Alley

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Wine Country Cheers on the San Francisco Giants

Plus, Rusty Staub’s charity auction earns over $1 million, more wineries come to the aid of the Gulf, and two winery foreclosures in Virginia

Posted: November 4, 2010  

News & Features  :  News

Russian River Rules

As government officials argue over water use in Sonoma and Mendocino, grapegrowers worry their crop will freeze

Posted: November 3, 2010  By Harris Meyer

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

A Sit-Down with Alfred Tesseron

The experienced owner of Château Pontet-Canet feels he is still learning his vineyard

Posted: November 1, 2010  By James Molesworth

As the owner of the well-respected Château Pontet-Canet, Alfred Tesseron has been around the block. I sat down with him here at my office today to talk about his latest efforts at the Pauillac property. After 30-plus years at the helm of Pontet-Canet, Tesseron is raising eyebrows with his conversion to biodynamic farming.

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Bode Miller's Winemaking Retirement Plans

Plus, elephants lend a foot at an Oregon Riesling crush, and Sonoma’s St. Francis winery creates a Whale of a Chardonnay for a Gulf charity

Posted: October 28, 2010  

News & Features  :  News

America's Leading Winemaking School Goes Platinum

A new, high-tech green winery changes the flavor of education and research at UC Davis

Posted: October 27, 2010  By Dana Nigro

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Sparkling Wine for Sparkling Seas

Plus, Cave de Tain tags a graffiti artist for a new label and ecofriendly Napa Valley harvest tourism

Posted: October 21, 2010  

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