What Do American Wine Consumers Want?

Winemaking and grapegrowing are passions, but they’re also businesses. Every winemaker wants to know what consumers are looking for in a bottle. To try to answer that question, Sonoma State University and the Wine Business Institute conducted their second-annual survey of American wine-consumer preferences, releasing the results this week. They found that when it comes…

What are Wine Scores?

A wine score is the quickest, simplest way for a wine critic to communicate their opinion about the quality of a wine. Wine scores appear in newspapers, magazines and wine guides, in print and online, and even on wine bottles. They help consumers, collectors and investors to decide which wine to buy, collect or invest…

16 Italian in the Top 100 di Wine Spectator

After launching release in fits and starts on the top ten most anticipated by manufacturers, retailers and wine lovers , the drafting of Wine Spectator has unveiled the wine judged best of the year , Spain’s La Rioja Imperial Gran Reserva 2004 Cune , with a score of 95 / 100 , priced $ 63…

Map of Italian Wine Regions

Italian wine is one of the most difficult regions to get to know. Why? Well for one, the Italians use an esoteric wine labeling system, like the French. But that’s not even the biggest problem. The hardest part is learning all the different grape varieties. At the moment, there are about 350 official Italian wine varieties….

Barolo Docg Prapo’ 2009 – Schiavenza

#94 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2013  Grape:  100% Nebbiolo Vineyard: Prapò hamlet of the village of Serrralunga d’Alba Altitude 350 metres a.s.l. south-east exposure Calcareous and tuffaceous ground – guyot growing system Densitiy 4.000 plants per hectare – surface 5.000 mq Grape-harvest: Tardy, manual, – period half/end October Wine-making: Fermentation in vitrifield cisterns for 15-20 days at 25-30…

Radici Taurasi Riserva Docg 2006 – Mastroberardino

#91 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2013 APPELLATION : Taurasi Riserva DOCG ALCOHOL 13.5% GRAPE VARIETY : Aglianico 100% VINEYARD : Montemarano VINES PER HECTARE : 4.000 vines per hectare TRAINING SYSTEM : Shoulder with cordon spur pruning system AGE OF VINEYARD : About 12 years VINIFICATION : Vinification with long skins maceration at controlled                …