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The damage of a massive earthquake that rocked the southern island of New Zealand last November has finally been assessed

The damage of a massive earthquake that rocked the southern island of New Zealand last November has finally been assessed, and it’s shocking. A whopping 5 million liters of wine has been lost.

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Vineyards in drought-stricken California, like this one in Guerneville in the Russian River Valley, could actually benefit from record rains this winter

Unusual weather throughout much of the United States this winter has been the subject of speculation, consternation, and obsession across the country. Springlike heat in the Mid-Atlantic and flooding rains in the West have wreaked havoc across a wide range of industries. In the past two months, both the Napa River and the Russian River, the latter in Sonoma County, hit flood levels.

How, then, is this weather affecting the great wine regions of California? And what will the impact be for the 2017 vintage?

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Red wine poured in a glass at the Hope on Hopkins distillery in Salt Riveron, in Cape Town

Enrico Bernardo became the youngest world champion sommelier when he achieved the title in 2004 at the age of 27. I have recently been lucky enough to meet Enrico at La Pizza Fresca Ristorante in New York City, through a small gathering after a wine auction. Late at night, the restaurant was quiet, and only a charming bartender and the owner of the restaurant (who would lock himself in a super packed basement wine cellar, working for hours on end) were there.

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Tens of millions of people are signed up to TripAdvisor-style wine apps, so who cares what sommeliers have to say?

Tens of millions of people are signed up to TripAdvisor-style wine apps, so who cares what sommeliers have to say?

Wine has long been one of the ultimate markers of class and taste. It separates those who poke their finger at the second cheapest bottle on the wine menu to avoid pronouncing "sauvignon blanc" incorrectly and saying “oh, that’s lovely!” when asked to test the wine rather than simply confirming it isn’t corked.

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Syrah grapes at the world famous Hermitage vineyard in southern France

Until the Islamic revolution, Iran had a tradition of wine-making which stretched back centuries. It centred on the ancient city of Shiraz - but is there a connection between the place and the wine of the same name now produced and drunk across the world?

"I remember my father bringing in the grapes and putting them in a big clay vat," says California-based wine-maker Darioush Khaledi, recalling his childhood in pre-revolutionary Iran.

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 ‘Mount Etna’s wines are the best known of those grown in volcanic soil.’

There are more wines grown in volcanic soils than you may imagine.

There’s not much innovation in wine publishing. Having judged two awards in the last 12 months (the Louis Roederer and Andre Simon), I get the impression that publishers think wine-lovers want only beginners’ guides and outsize volumes on the world’s poshest wine regions. So credit to Jacqui Small for publishing our Andre Simon drink book winner, the refreshingly original Volcanic Wines, by Canadian sommelier John Szabo.

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The lots were made up of a cornucopia of donated ‘goodies’ – from cases of special wine to holidays in California, France, Switzerland, London and Croatia as well as safaris.

Mike Ratcliffe, managing director of the Warwick winery in Stellenbosch, dreamt up the concept of the Cape Wine Auction four years ago after being influenced by a similar initiative in the Napa Valley that subsidises health costs.

This year’s auction raised 22.3 million rand (£1.3m) for charity at the Anthonij Rupert Wine Estate in Franschhoek. The funds will go towards the laudable cause of supporting education in South Africa’s winelands, with 22 projects selected for aid.

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2016 U.S. Wine Sales Give UPS And FedEx Reason To Smile.

Nearly 4% of U.S. wine sales in 2016 ($2.33 billion) was not handled by traditional wholesaling and retailing channels. Instead, the wines were sold by and delivered from wine producers direct to consumers (DtC).

Gathered by ShipCompliant and Wines Vines Analytics, the data was presented at the recent Direct to Consumer Wine Symposium by Kent Nowlin, general manager of Sovos Compliant.

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LUX Wines, an importer and purveyor of fine wines within an independent division of the E. & J. Gallo Winery (Gallo), announced today that it has been awarded the exclusive rights to distribute Italy's Argiano wines in the United States, beginning June 1, 2017.

MODESTO, Calif., Feb. 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/

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Wine Social Inc., Opens its Beta Platform to the Public

Wine Social Inc., Opens its Beta Platform to the Public

WineSocial.co, the Digital Ecosystem for the business of Wine, is now in public beta and already growing its user base.

New York – Feb. 7, 2017 — Wine Social Inc., announced the release of its beta platform WineSocial.co, a networking website dedicated to connecting professionals in the global Wine industry.

 

“The Wine industry is still extremely fragmented,” said Simone Tarantino, Executive Director at Wine Social Inc., “and most of the players, especially the more local ones, are looking for tools to compete and grow their business. Our platform will offer to them, and to the industry at large, a new way to do business, growing it at a global level”.

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Startup Cambrian Innovation has a new approach that seems to be catching on.

About 50 miles north of San Francisco, a brewery is quietly using a new type of technology, originally created to be used on a space station, to clean 50,000 gallons of dirty wastewater a day and generate energy in the process.

At the back of the brewery of Lagunitas Brewing Company, in Petaluma, Calif., three large shipping containers house an unusual design of electrically charged microbes that consume pollutants in beer wastewater and generate usable biogas. The technology was created by an MIT spinout called Cambrian Innovation, which is beginning to grow its customer list considerably in Northern California.

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The Cunco reservoir, courtesy Viña Montes and Feast PR

Despite those who deny or are skeptical, a large majority of climate scientists tell us climate change isn’t only here, it borders on irreversible. The biggest threat may be in the fresh water supply, through a combination of persistent drought conditions and rising saltwater levels.

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