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Op Ed: Wine Consumer Preferences Are a Reflection of the Industry

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Consumers are not stupid. There, that's the crux of this entire op-ed. Although I do have something to add: If consumers are stupid, it's only...

As Restaurants Reopen, Sommeliers Re-Envision Wine Lists

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What producers need to know to get their wines into the hospitality sector. —Melanie Young Restaurants closed throughout much of 2020 when the novel coronavirus caused...

Opinion: Minerality in Terms of Terroir

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Terroir as like a tree falling in a forest. Just because you don't hear it, it doesn’t mean it didn't fall. —Randy Caparoso I think that...

Op Ed: Dear Sommeliers, It’s OK to Like Zinfandel

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This op is written from a sommelier's perspective. I know a lot of them because I was a sommelier who worked in restaurants for...

In Defense of Terroir

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—Randy Caparoso Does wine-related terroir exist anymore? This is a valid question, even if a silly one. Of course, terroir exists. If it doesn’t, entire belief...

Redefining the Definition of Balanced Wine

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And eliminating high-alcohol cancel culture —Randy Caparoso Talking about “balanced wine” used to be perfectly acceptable—until about ten years ago, when the term suddenly became politicized....

Effects of Umami in Wines and Foods

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What is umami and why should wine lovers care? Haven't foods and wines become complicated enough without having to understand one more odd sounding...

Christina Walther of Jeffrey’s of Austin Named Best Sommelier at 15th...

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Three Austin Sommeliers win the 2019 TEXSOM Best Sommelier Competition Irving, Texas (August 21, 2019) – TEXSOM co-founders and Master Sommeliers Drew Hendricks and James Tidwell...

Afternoon Brief, March 6

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How Wine Businesses Are Using Emerging Technologies: Technology plays a vital role in all aspects of our lives, but with the speed of new developments, the choice of what tech to use and how to use it can be dizzying. At the "Emerging Technologies in the Wines and Spirits Industry" panel held at Vinexpo in New York City on Monday, wine industry professionals discussed the latest platforms and services they're using to help optimize their businesses...

Afternoon Brief, November 29

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Is Copper Safe for Wine? : It's a top tool of organic grapegrowers. But is copper sulfate truly safe for vineyards...

Afternoon Brief, November 15

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Smokey Summers a Winner for Wine Critics: California's ongoing worst wildfires ever will not affect the 2018 vintage, which is now in tanks and barrels. In fact, California's wines are better off than its people, as the inside of a stainless-steel tank might be the only place in the Golden State where you could breathe easily right now...

Afternoon Brief, October 18

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Constellation Brands Names Bill Newlands Next CEO: Constellation Brands, Inc., a leading beverage alcohol company, today announced Bill Newlands will assume the role of president and chief executive officer (CEO), succeeding current CEO Rob Sands, on March 1, 2019...

Afternoon Brief, October 8

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Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Wine & Spirits Magazine's Top 100 2018 Congratulations to wine & spirits' 2018 top 100 wineries ... Today's News: New...
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