World-class wine-tasting event coming to Ningxia in 2021

“This is the second time that this kind of international wine event has been held in China. After Beijing, we are heading for Ningxia, China’s most promising wine region, which most certainly has some amazing surprises in store for us,” said Thomas Costenoble, CEO of the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles.

Wine’s diversity issue starts with the way we talk about the taste of wine

It’s not surprising that French words dominate the American wine imagination; most of this country’s wine tradition is imported from France. But these terms carry considerable class baggage with them. Some of the most common wine descriptors refer specifically to food preparations from the annals of classical French gastronomy: pate de fruit (a jellied fruit […]

Everything you need to know about Mendocino wine

This week we unveiled a big project that’s been in the work for many months: our total, all-encompassing guide to the wineries of Mendocino County on The Press. For those of you who haven’t yet visited The Press, it’s the other arm of The Chronicle’s wine content, a digital, interactive guide to visiting California wine […]

Is Napa growing too much wine? Residents seek to preserve treasured land

The measure is the culmination of years-long battle – one that’s involved knocking on doors, gathering thousands of signatures, and fighting an opposition which, according to a private newsletter seen by the Guardian, plans to spend nearly $1m to defeat it. Wilson’s side, by contrast, has raised just over $160,000. The effort has consumed his […]

Winemakers are worrying about smoke taint, but wine drinkers should not

More to the point, you are highly unlikely to ever taste a smoke-tainted wine, because wineries are bending over backwards right now to ensure that no compromised liquid enters a bottle. They are spending thousands of dollars on lab testing, considering cutting back on their production and investigating ways to mitigate any smoke exposure that […]

Iron Horse is the perfect tasting room for sparkling wine

INSIDE INFO: On Sundays from April to October, Iron Horse hosts the Tomales Bay Oyster Girls, a roving, all-female band of shuckers, from noon to 4 p.m. It rivals the actual Tomales Bay experience — especially because you can reserve a picnic table in Iron Horse’s redwood gazebo ($35 rental fee, plus minimum one bottle […]

Wine Country Grape Growers Fear Significant Damage From Wildfire Smoke

It’s a dilemma facing a lot of Bay Area grape growers right now: whether or not to harvest at all. Smoke damage, called “taint,” can affect the taste and aroma of wine and the industry doesn’t want to do anything to degrade the region’s reputation for quality.

Particpants get taste of Italian culinary culture in HCMC

At the “True Italian Taste – Cheese & Wine Masterclass” held in HCMC on September 9, participants sampled a variety of cheese and wines from Italy and learned about the history, manufacturing process and skills required to produce them in addition to the best combinations between Italian cheese and wine.

Squirrel beer, ant gin and poop wine are served up in Disgusting Food Museum’s new exhibit

“I have long been fascinated by why we humans force ourselves to overcome our dislike for ‘acquired taste’ alcohols” — drinks that can be intensely bitter, pungent or otherwise unpleasant, Ahrens told Live Science in an email. “This exhibit is a deep dive into why we drink and how we started our strange relationship with […]

Wine expert Helena Nicklin gives her verdict on boxed plonk from well-known brands

If you fancy yourself as a bit of a wine buff and want to upgrade your plonk while still keeping the convenience and cost savings of carton wine, I suggest this from the BIB Wine Company (BIB stands for bag in a box).