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04/23/08 - Caribe Cooler

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Finding Great Wine Stores

When you have a great taste for wine and want to enjoy it with your family and friends, you have to go to a wine store to look for the best wine you can have. Finding a nearest wine store where you can get all kinds of brands is something you need to do. There are so many varieties of wine available at wine stores to choose from.

In addition to that, you will also find great wine accessories to go with any kind of brand wine you love. If you are planning to give a wine basket as a gift, going to a wine store will prove to be very helpful as there will be a wide variety of wine to choose from.

Wine stores have all kinds of wine; red, white, blush and fruit wine to suit your or your friends taste. Once you step into a wine store, you are going to get an air full of wonderful and fine wine collected from the best vineyards all over the world. You can even buy wine to have a collection of your own combining different brands together.

There are many online wine stores that let you browse through their collection and buy the ones you want. Most of these websites offer special discounts and many other bonus packages that are very attractive for any wine lover. You can even customize a wine basket and have it delivered to your doorstep to enjoy your favorite wine for many days to come.

George Wood is a successful webmaster of many popular sites including Christmas and blog site. If you want to read more about wines, click over to George wine site.

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South African Wine

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Wunsch et Mann Pinot Blanc

For centuries Germany and France had quarreled over Alsace, with each believing they had the historical right to govern. While the region did change hands during a number of military conflicts, Alsace has always been French at heart. Hugh Johnson even states that "Alsatians take German grapes and makes French wine from them." What he means is the French take well known German varietals like Pinot Blanc, and add body and authority to the flowery scented grapes making the wines ideal for the table and the fine cuisine Alsace is famous for, such as Charcroute. The 2003 Pinot Blanc is perfect example of this wine making method at it combines the freshness and aromatics of a German wine but a well rounded and medium to full-bodied wine. WAB03 WAB03

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The Insider | Shamim M. Momin
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Greening the geek house
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Giveaway: House of Mondavi by Julia Flynn Siler
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April 2008 - Southern Wine

Today's Southern Wine Article

Best Kinds of Wine

People enjoy drinking wine because it's relaxing, a great meal partner, and has healthy effects on the body. Before deciding what type or brand of wine to buy, there are some things that you need to know. Always make sure that you are buying the best bottle. Here are some things that you should check before purchasing a bottle of wine.


Most wines on the market right now are made for mass consumption, therefore making it more "acceptable" to general taste. When you are out searching for a bottle, be sure to consider its brand or type. In this country, a sparkling wine is usually called "Champagne". We all know that Champagne is a place in France where great sparkling wines are made. Good sparkling wines don't carry the name Champagne on their labels. So be sure to look for descriptions of this kind before purchasing.


Most starters like sweet wine. However, as you get familiar with the taste, be sure to try different kinds. The first thing that you should consider is the wine's color. Red and white wines have different tastes, and a rose wine has a whole different kind of taste. Aside from this, various wines can be partnered with different meals too. Wines have many different tastes and it's best to try them to find your favorite.


Although this has been a debate over the years, most wine drinkers believe that the wine's terroir has a great effect on its quality. Terroir is defined as the soil and the environment where the grapes are harvested. People believe that the wine's from well known terroirs are better than most wines produced in other places. So if you want to be more sophisticated in choosing your wine bottle, make sure they come from a well known terroir.


Visit your local wine shop and ask the owner about wine types that you may like. As you try different types, make a list of the wines that you find interesting. In this way, you will have your own 'criteria' and before you know it, you'll be an expert when it comes to your own tastes buds.

There are many things to enjoy when drinking wine, just make sure that you don't drink too much at a time. Although most wines don't contain great amounts of alcohol, it is best to drink it in moderation. However, the best thing about wine is that it is far more enjoyable than the other alcoholic drinks. So join the club and start drinking wine!

Always read a wine label.

Not all merlots, shirazes, and cabernets are the same. An Australian merlot will differ from an American or French merlot. Read up on winemaking practices around the world and learn the differences between wines and their countries of origin. But apart from the country of origin, also look for information about specific regions and vineyards. The more detailed information on a wine label, the better the wine will be. Of course, the better the wine the more expensive it will be and that is the final deciding factor.

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Buying French Wine

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$60 Gift Certificate

Wine Gift Certificates

Wine gift certificates online are our most popular gift item for last minute wine gifts. Buy a wine gift certificate online and we can deliver it instantly via email or on any date you choose in the future. Or you can have it delivered through the postal service. Wine gift certificates work just like cash on our site and can be applied against all charges including sales tax and shipping. If you’re having a hard time deciding which wine gift to buy, make it simple. Give your friends and family the luxury of choosing anything on our site. It’s the easiest way to send wine gifts regardless of personal taste. Online wine gift certificates make shopping a snap. Send one today! GC0060

Price: 60.00 USD

Southern Wine in the news

Transgaming November 13, 2007 Development Status is smoke and mirrors!

Mon, 19 Nov 2007 06:55:32 PST
Transgaming November 13, 2007 Development Status says they are collaborating with the Wine project and giving back as they have taken. in reality this is a just a smoke and mirrors development report. and this post shows just how much collaboration in reality is really taking place between the Wine project and Transgaming these days.

plantatree&trade wine

Wed, 28 Nov 2007 16:01:22 PST
I have been working on the website for plantatree™ with Janet for the last few weeks. This is a new brand that my father developed in partnership with Tree Canada in order to help battle global warming. This wine is going to plant millions of trees, which is what our world needs in order to help battle deforestation and reduce carbon in our atmosph

In The News: Res-(veratrol)-ervations Part II

Thu, 29 Nov 2007 18:36:00 PST
NPR.org has posted the audio for a story aired this morning on the on-going scientific study of 'miracle' health compounds found in wine. A well-covered story, and a fascinating development that has promising health (and fiscal) payoffs.

World’s Hardest Drinking Countries

Mon, 03 Dec 2007 03:31:12 PST
Where do people drink the most booze? According to the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development, Europe dominates the list of heaviest drinking nations. Here are the 15 "wettest" countries, ranked in order of annual per capita consumption of liters of pure alcohol, derived through beer, wine and spirits. We've also added a separate li

China's Wine Industry Development and Import Analysis

Mon, 17 Dec 2007 20:50:29 PST
China's wine industry is still in its infancy. The current per capita wine consumption is 0.38L, while urban per capita consumption is 0.7 L, which is far behind the global per capita consumption of 6L. In terms of China’s beverage consumption mix, wine is only 1.5% of total annual alcohol consumption.

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April 23, 2008 - Chardonnay Grape

A Featured Chardonnay Grape Article

Father of the California Wine Industry

Father of California Wine Industry

?Hungarian nobleman leaves indelible mark?

Agoston Haraszthy made an impression wherever he went. After serving as a member of the Royal Hungarian Guards of Francis I, Emperor of Austria-Hungary in 1830, he was forced to flee Europe for fear of being branded a revolutionist.
In 1842, he returned to Hungary and convinced his father to liquidate their considerable holdings so the entire family could immigrate to America. When they arrived in Sauk City, Wisconsin, they were among the best-capitalized immigrants of the 19th century.
Along with his other entrepreneurial investments, Haraszthy began agricultural experiments and achieved considerable success in sheep raising and growing hops.
Even with his considerable success, he was still disappointed at not being able to establish the high quality vineyards of his native Hungary. The tug of the western frontier pulled at the Haraszthy family, and they headed, by wagon train, to California in 1848.
Agoston was the wagon master of the train, which included about sixty immigrants. Without serious incident, the wagon train arrived at Warner Hot Springs, in San Diego County.
Colonel Jonathan Warner, a former militiaman who established Warner Hot Springs in 1844, apprised Haraszthy about the agriculture and the politics in the San Diego area. A scant 650 people, mainly vaqueros, Yankee sailors who had jumped ship, and a few Mormon soldiers from the Mormon Battalion populated San Diego.

Haraszthy?s family now included his wife, six children, his father and stepmother, and Thomas W. Sutherland, former U.S. Attorney for Wisconsin Territory, who was now Haraszthy?s stepbrother.
The Polish immigrant purchased a plot of land adjacent to San Luis Rey Mission, and, with his sons, Attila and Arpad, first planted a large fruit orchard. He later bought 160 acres more in Mission Valley and planted peach and cherry trees sent to him from New York State.
Haraszthy never ceased his investment activity as well as his interest in community politics. With Don Juan Bandini, Haraszthy set up the first regularly scheduled omnibus transit system and established a livery stable. He established a very profitable butcher shop.
With other real estate speculators, he helped establish the subdivision of Middletown. Haraszthy Street existed there until the early 1960s when it was wiped from the map by the construction of Interstate 5.

When San Diego County was chartered in 1850, Haraszthy was elected the first City Marshall, while his father, Charles, was elected Magistrate and Land Commissioner. His stepbrother, Tom Sutherland, became San Diego?s first City Attorney.
In 1851, he was elected to the State Assembly and resigned his other offices. While in the legislature, then meeting in Vallejo, Haraszthy succeeded in getting funding for the expansion of San Diego Harbor and the county?s first public hospital.
He was the first legislator to introduce legislation to divide California into two states; North and South. Because of powerful political interest in Northern California, that bill died.
All the while, Haraszthy continued searching for land more suitable for agriculture than San Diego?s subtropical desert land offered. Early in 1852, he purchased 210 acres near San Francisco?s Mission Dolores. He moved the entire family there at the end of the Assembly Session.
Haraszthy?s noteworthy accomplishments didn?t stop. He introduced the ?Zinfandel? red wine grape and the ?Muscat of Alexandria? raisin grape to California.
He invented an efficient gold refining process, and was founding partner in the Eureka Gold and Silver Refining Company. The firm became one of the major contract refiners for the San Francisco Mint.

Because of his reputation for fairness and honesty, Haraszthy was appointed Assayer of the Mint in 1855.
He developed the first large, high-quality grape vineyard at Crystal Springs in San Mateo County. At this new ranch, Haraszthy designed and laid out a nursery and horticultural garden, which he named Los Flores.
With his son?s help, he planted fruit trees and shrubs imported from the east. At about this same time, he received a shipment of six choice rooted vines and 160 cuttings from Hungary.
In the shipment were two small bundles. One was the Muscat of Alexandria and the other was said to be the famous mystery grape, the Zinfandel. Today the Zinfandel is the most widely planted wine grape in California.
In 1857, while visiting General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo at the General?s Lachrima Montis estate, Haraszthy was introduced to the Sonoma Valley. This valley especially appealed to him because its weather, topography and soil were so similar to his Hungarian homeland?s high quality vineyards.
In Sonoma, he established the Szeptaj Estate (Buena Vista). That Buena Vista Winery is today a state park and historical site.

In 1861, He was appointed to a California commission to improve agricultural methods and to collect vines and fruit tree stocks in Europe. During a European tour with his son, Arpad, he purchased, with his own money, 100,000 grapevines representing 1,400 varieties, along with small selected lots of planting stock for olives, almonds, pomegranates, oranges, lemons and chestnuts.
When he returned, Harper & Brothers, of New York, published Haraszthy?s report, ?Grape Culture, Wines and Wine Making upon Agriculture and Horticulture. It remained the winemaking classic authority in the English language until well into the 20th century.
The Haraszthy family planted vineyards for European immigrant friends and wine growers, including Charles Krug, Emile Dreser and Jacob Grundlach.
In 1863, Agoston?s sons Attila and Arpad Haraszthy were married in a double ceremony to the twin daughters of General Vallejo.
Later, after one of his wine cellars containing vintages of two years was destroyed by fire, Haraszthy traveled to Nicaragua where he bought a sugar plantation. There, he wife contacted yellow fever and died.
Agoston Haraszthy died July 6, 1869, near his estate, Hacienda San Antonio, at Corinto, Nicaragua, while trying to cross a crocodile infested rive.. His family believed that he fell into a river while attempting to cross and was dragged away by an alligator. His body was never found.

(Alton Pryor has been a writer for magazines, newspapers, and wire services. He worked for United Press International in their Sacramento Bureau, handling both printed press as well as radio news. He traveled the state as a field editor for California Farmer Magazine for 27 years. He is now the author of 10 books, primarily on California and western history. His books can be seen at www.stagecoachpublishing.com. Readers can email him at stagecoach@surewest.net.)

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Torciano Super Tuscan IL Cavaliere

Wow...this is a gorgeous wine from the estate of Tenuta Torciano. Pierluigi Giachi has been very busy with his enologist, Giovanni Capelli. Signore Capelli works with wineries in Piemonte, Veneto, Abruzzi, Toscana, and Lazio, and is helping Pierluigi to expand his wine ventures to include other regions as well as his native Tuscany. His practice for special wines like the IL Cavaliere is to keep various proportions of the wine in tank,large casks,and small barriques of oak and chestnut, allowing him to customize the final blends for different styles. This Super Tuscan is 70% Sangiovese and 30% Merlot primarily from oak barriques. This Italy wine from Chianti is a truly delicious and full-bodied wine with a deep and well-rounded structure. A blockbuster. ILC98 ILC98

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Chardonnay Grape in the news

2006 Clos Lapeyre Jurançon Sec - Los Angeles Times

2006 Clos Lapeyre Jurançon Sec
Los Angeles Times, CA - 8 hours ago
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Easy drinking gems available at the LCBO - Welland Tribune

Easy drinking gems available at the LCBO
Welland Tribune, Canada - 7 hours ago
... Label chardonnay (CPSC No. 708305), $19.95, is a luscious white produced in Monterey, Calif., where the cool climate is ideal for this grape variety. ...

Unusually cold temperatures wreak havoc with North Coast vineyards ... - Santa Rosa Press Democrat

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Santa Rosa Press Democrat, CA - 4 hours ago
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Chardonnay doesn't need all the oak, sugar - Statesman Journal

Chardonnay doesn't need all the oak, sugar
Statesman Journal, OR - 6 hours ago
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Featured Wine Columnists - Napa Valley Chardonnay

Tue, 09 Jan 2007 21:57:48 PST
Chardonnay has emerged as the premier white wine in California. Originating from Burgundy, France, the Chardonnay grape has enabled vintners from the Golden State to produce opulent white wines with crisp, bold flavors. A well made Chardonnay can be enjoyed in a wide array of situations; from celebrations to a quiet night in front ....

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04/23/08 - Wine Advertisement

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Elegant White Wines of California

California produces more wine than any other state in the US. California vineyards are collectively trending towards growing more red grapes, and thus producing more red wine varieties. This means that white wines from California will be slightly harder to find as time goes on. However, the demand for elegant white wines of California will probably never diminish, so they are likely to stay on your store shelves for many years to come.

Wines of California come from varietals of white grapes. The most widely planted varietal that produces elegant white wines of California is chardonnay. This varietal grows well in coastal regions and is appealing because of its fruity flavors. The trend of chardonnay growers has been to produce a more delicate chardonnay to improve sales of the wine. French Colombard varietal is most common in inexpensive wines. Sauvignon blanc is another type of varietal that is known for its tartness. Some connoisseurs say that this varietal has a "grassy" or "herbaceous" taste.

California white wines can also be table wines. A cheap table wine known as chenin blanc is grown mostly in the flat, expansive Central Valley. Chenin blanc is also produced on the coast to vintners who want to expand their selection of varietals. This wine has a delicate taste that some would describe as refreshing. One of the most elegant white wines of California is pinot gris, also known as pinot grigio.

This wine has a fruitier taste and is considered very flavorful. Sparkling wines produced in California use similar techniques to those used in the Champagne region of France. Perfect growing conditions for these wines exist in the cooler areas of California. These wines use pinot noir and chardonnay grape varietals in their manufacture.

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Cleavage Creek Wine Raising Funds for Breast Cancer Research

Tue, 09 Oct 2007 07:26:28 PDT
A new wine label from California's Napa Valley is dedicated to funding breast cancer research. Winemaker Budge Brown is introducing Cleavage Creek Winery with the pledge to donate 10 percent of gross sales to fight the disease.

Safeway expanding into online wine sales

Tue, 09 Oct 2007 17:40:32 PDT
A little noticed news item in The Napa Valley Register on September 30, 2007 would seem to signal an expansion of online wine sales by the major grocery chain, Safeway.

Ten Years Later, ScrewCap Fairs Well with PlumpJack

Sat, 13 Oct 2007 22:45:10 PDT
In 1997, Plumpjack, a 10,000 case Napa winery producing ultra-premium Cabernet Sauvignon bottled half of its 1997 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon with screw caps. You might ask why they would so such a thing. According to PlumpJack, six to seven percent of all wines are corked and this is not a statistic that PlumpJack ....

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Mon, 15 Oct 2007 20:12:15 PDT
A journey into the Himalayas to the plantations of Darjeeling proves to be a teetotaler’s version of a Napa Valley wine tour, but a lot less crowded.

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Mon, 22 Oct 2007 04:03:15 PDT
While California’s Napa and Sonoma valleys have attained status rivaling that of France’s Bordeaux and Italy’s Tuscany regions, other vineyard-rich areas have quietly gone about the business of building their reputations and are emerging as serious contenders in the competition for awards and tourists. Globally, they include Switzerland and Ta ...

Napa Valley Register | Price + quality + ratings = value .... or does it?

Mon, 22 Oct 2007 10:35:10 PDT
Quick way to find best wine values, even for high-end wines. This is an article about WineBlueBook that tells you how to get a free copy.

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