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May 31

Wine News Round-Up

It’s a slow news week for events and such in Cincinnati, and I haven’t had any wine lately that is outstanding in one way or another, so here is a quick list of the silliness happening in the wine world outside of Cincinnati. It’s a slow week everywhere I think.

  • The concept of a code under the bottle cap has been taken to a new level by some marketers in France, desperately trying to compete with Australia. This time, you can match your code, at the bottom of your cheap wine bottle, to someone else’s code online and you may be a match made in heaven. Or drunkenness.
  • The EU has officially recognized Napa. This actually isn’t silly; it’s good. Now random wine producers in Europe can’t use the Napa name on the bottle unless the bottle actually contains at least 85% of Napa grapes. This is random trivia you can pull out of a hat at a dinner party, you know.
  • A new report states some obvious things. A minority of consumers listen to wine critics. Cult cabernets are really cultish – in other words, wine consumers stick with names they’ve heard of. Box wines are slowly catching on. Those are some of the things found in a report that probably cost a lot of money to put together. Heck, it costs $475 just to download.
  • St Helena has won another case in its 19-year war with the Wine Train. The Wine Train is officially not a public utility. Reading this, I almost feel guilty for riding the wine train on my very first trip to Napa. The thing is, I love old trains. I love wine. I stood on the back platform of the caboose with the wind in my hair and watched the vineyards go by – acres and acres of lovely green and rolling hills. It was heavenly. So I almost feel guilty, but not quite.
  • If you happen to have some extra money to spend, the e-Auction for Auction Napa Valley (that is, the end-all, be-all of wine auctions) is now open. These things aren’t cheap folks. There is a Franciscan lot listed at $5,600.00, and there are still 8 days to go.
  • Finally, true silliness. A New Zealand writer has taken the time to publish a tongue-in-cheek guide as to what wine to pair with what TV show. Enjoy!
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Posted by Michelle at 8:36 am in News | Permalink | Comments (1)

One Response to “Wine News Round-Up”

  1. Valleygirl says:

    The wine train in my opinion should simply go out of business. There are a lot of hard feelings against them for many reasons. One being that when the were starting out they ripped up people’s driveway to repair the tracks for their tourist train and then sent the bill to owners of the land! Can you believe that? Well it happened, and we haven’t forgotten about it. Not to mention that it isn’t really all that exciting. So you go up Hwy 29, the same route you take in your car and you eat dinner. It is dark on your way back so you can’t even see anything. Beyond the lack of excitment, the owner is a jack a** who does not care about the Valley, simply making a profit. Trying to claim he is a Public Utility and not a tourist trap is in my opinon simply, dumb.

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