Tasting Challenge: Italian Prosecco | Wine Folly

In any given time or place, if a person’s reaching for a sparkling wine, the odds are that they’re grabbing a Prosecco. Some would say this has everything to do with price, but Prosecco is about way more than just cheap bubbles. During this week’s challenge, we’ll be tasting Prosecco, talking about how it’s made, […]

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2017 Due Mari Sangiovese I.G.T., Puglia, Italy. 12.5% ABV.

Through a Groupon deal, I paid $54 for a 15-bottle case of red wines from Wine Insiders, plus shipping ($29.95). At an average of $5.60 per bottle including shipping, I expected some “weeknight wines” among the mix, but I didn’t expect a wine as extraordinary as this Sangiovese. With a color of dark but clear magenta, […]

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Wine maps are all the rage

“Wine is geography in a glass,” Hugh Johnson said recently. He and Jancis Robinson were in town to promote the new edition of the World Atlas of Wine. He said that back in 1970, the publisher was unsure if a book of wine maps would really fly. So he had to impress upon the publisher […]

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Bracing for 100% Champagne tariffs

Late yesterday, the US Trade Representative unsheathed a champagne saber. But it wasn’t for sabering champagne in celebration; rather, it was for dealing it a blow by threatening tariffs of 100%. French sparkling wine (not still wine) as well as cheese, handbags, makeup and enamelware would be affected. (See the whole list here.) While that […]

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European wines face a potential 100% tariff

Another day, another wine tariff post… Last week, news trickled out that the US Trade Representative might raise the tariff on European wine to 100%. Oh, and the tariff on 31-pages of other items. Unsatisfied with progress in the aircraft dispute with Airbus, which was the cause of the 25% tariff imposed on some European […]

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