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This page highlights particular publications.  Articles here are those not covered by NDAs.

Brooklyn Oenology: Showcasing New York As A Wine Producing Destination | Winedom
“Brooklyn Oenology is a true New York brand – keeping everything within a state that has often been passed over by wine enthusiasts. From the grapes to the labels, everything is New York based. The space, located in the hip neighborhood of Williamsburg, does not have room for on site winemaking. Instead, Shaper sources grapes from two areas of New York: the North Fork of Long Island and the Finger Lakes region in Central New York (home to her alma mater). “I choose the region from where I want to obtain each grape variety according to its best expression. I select the vineyards and grapes for our productions. Some of the growers I’ve worked with for many years; in other years, I will try out a variety I haven’t worked with before, or work with a vineyard from which I haven’t bought grapes before.” She looks for a site that yields grapes that are “a good representation of that variety, produces a balanced wine, and has a distinct terroir.” So far, Shaper has worked with sixteen unique growers.”

Keep Drinking Your Favorite California Wine | Winedom
“BeverageGrades’ FAQ includes one interesting question and answer. Probably the most telling in this scandal:

The second question asks if BeverageGrades is “a party to” the lawsuit that is all over the headlines. The answer is a flat no. But is it the truth? Technically yes.

Under the American justice system one is “a party to” a lawsuit if they are on either side: a plaintiff or defendant. In this suit, which is a class action, there are four plaintiffs – one of them is Kevin Hicks. Kevin Hicks of BeverageGrades. BeverageGrades is not, under the law, a party to the lawsuit but the answer, while technically correct, is misleading.

And that is the biggest red flag of all: the simple answer of “no”.”

Climate Change and Changing Tastes | Winedom
“Naked Wines looked at the buying and rating trends of wine drinkers over the last seven years and found that consumers seem to be leaning toward lush and rounded fruit flavors, high alcohol content and low acidity. All of these are qualities of warm climate wines. While it could be a simple change in trends, the more likely explanation is changing global climate. An indicator of this is isolating vintages of traditionally cool climate wines (wines from cool climates embodying the characteristics of cool climate wines) and finding qualities of warmer climate wines.

People should be careful when trying to do this because there are micro-climates within climate areas. Within a region that is mostly warm there could be a pocket that is a cool climate, for example at a higher elevation, that will distinctly impact the terroir.”

Tips To Find The Best Cheap Wine | Wine Turtle
“For example, if you like Cabernet, you’ll notice that North Coast California Cabernets were exceptional during the 2001 Vintage. You’re likely to only find these bottles for over $90 and for some you may have to get them at an auction. But, we know that 2001 was a really good year for that region and varietal so we can look for other varietals from the same region and discover that good options include the 2002 Cellar No. 8 for about $11. Going into the wine shop armed with great varietal, region and vintage information will help you, or the shop staff, find the best cheap wines.”

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