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Mixed Case

December 2017

Luigi Veronelli: Looking Back at an Italian Visionary
Wine producers pay tribute to the journalist and activist during a tasting of grand old bottles from his cellar
Posted: Dec 22, 2017 10:00am ET
By Aleks Zecevic
Luigi "Gino" Veronelli (1926-2004) was an Italian wine and food journalist, philosopher and activist who made a profound impact on his country's restaurateurs and winemakers, inspiring them to embrace tradition and grow local grape varieties. In November 2017, journalists, sommeliers and wine professionals gathered in New York to sample selections from Veronelli's cellar and learn more about him from members of the family and the wine producers he influenced.
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Corks Won the Closure War. You Lost
Science shows that we like wines sealed with corks because they sound better, which is fine, except when the wine tastes like soggy cardboard
Posted: Dec 15, 2017 11:50am ET
By Mitch Frank

"Sales dropped. It was a disaster," the winery owner told me. Last year, I asked an Italian vintner if she had ever considered using screwcaps. That was the disaster. The winery had tried out screwcaps on its entry-level Valpolicella. Customers rejected the change; the decline was dramatic. After two vintages, the winery waved the white flag and switched back to corks.

To me, it was clear: The battle over how we seal our wines was finished. Corks won. And that means you and I lost.

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Inaugural Reboule du Rhône Raises $300,000 for No Kid Hungry
The charity event brought winemakers, chefs, sommeliers and Northern Rhône wine lovers together for a good cause
Posted: Dec 1, 2017 3:30pm ET
By Emma Balter
There's a new region-specific wine extravaganza to add to your social calendar: Reboule du Rhône. Named for the traditional harvest fest in the French region, the inaugural U.S. event, held in New York from Nov. 17 to 19, celebrated the wines of the Northern Rhône in a benefit for Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign.
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