Make Your Own Rhubarb Wine

Blueberries, pomegranates, black cherries and grapes aren’t the only wine varieties. Sometimes a vegetable will work too. Rhubarb might not be the first thing you”d think of for wine, but this sweet plant is perfect for it. And Here We are has a delicious-sounding, easy-to-follow recipe right here: Rhubarb Wine

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What does it mean when a wine is “Reserve”?

Sounds like it’s the good and fancy stuff, right? Not exactly, says Anthony Giglio of Details magazine.

When a wine has ‘Reserve” on the label, it might mean that the wine has been aged a specific amount of time depending on the regulations of the wine region. Many wineries added the term to the label if they had produced cheaper wines. However, nowadays “Reserve” is usually just a marketing ploy.

Giglio explains that only Old World, or European, wine regions regulate what can go on wine bottles.   New World regions such as the United States, South America, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa do not have systems for those rules and regulations.

Says Giglio: The term is so misused on American bottles that most of the wine critics and sommeliers ignore it unless we know that the producer has a sense of integrity.

 

Details: Ask the Wine Guy: Does “Reserve” Really Signify a Superior Wine Bottle?

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Ordering Wine

So, what’s your strategy for ordering wine when you go out to eat? Do you pick the cheapest bottle on the menu, or do you aim to impress with the most expensive?

Choose neither of those options, says sommelier Gerald Morgan, Jr. of Simplified Wine. Morgan advises picking the second cheapest wine on the menu. The next cheapest wine is often the best value — it costs the restaurant at least twice as much as the cheapest bottle.

Also consider choosing a wine from a good region. Morgan suggests Argentina, Chile and Washington state. Although, we would add a Finger Lakes wine to that list.

Pick the Second Cheapest Wine at a Restaurant for the Best Value –Lifehacker

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More Award-winning Wine from Lakeland Winery!

Our wines got top awards at the 2014 New York State Fair Wine Competition. This year Sweet Spot got the Double Gold, and Silvers went to our Honey Wine and Fresh Blueberry Wine. Mon Cheri, our diamond grape wine, took home a Bronze medal.

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Finger Lakes Wineries Make Awesome Rieslings and Good Value Wines

The New York Cork Report just released a really great breakdown on the Finger Lakes wine industry. They collected their data on more  than 100 wineries and almost 2,000 wines from Finger Lakes wine- industry-related websites. The Cork Report admits it’s not the most scientific method, but the info is still pretty interesting about what’s being made and what’s being sold in the region.  Some highlights:

  • The average price of a bottle of wine from the Finger Lakes is $16.15. This makes it one of the better value regions in the country, considering that the average cost of a bottle of wine in the U.S. was $37.62, according to a 2013 study from Wines & Vines quoted by the Cork Report.
  • Riesling is the top wine in the region. Finger Lakes rieslings have earned plenty of buzz, even from the New York Times. According to the Cork Report, 88 percent of Finger Lakes wineries in their sample produce at least one riesling.

 

 

 

 

So, About Wine and its Health Benefits…

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Royalty Free/Corbis

Remember all that moderate wine drinking you’re supposed to do? Those one or two glasses a day you’re supposed to drink to prevent disease?  Yeah, well, a new study suggests that resveratrol, the compound found in with all the purported health benefits, is just a lot of hype.

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, concluded there’s little evidence that resveratrol has beneficial effects on a number of health issues. They found no association between  , and less cardiovascular disease, inflammation, cancer and increases in longevity.

The study authors do say that other substances found in red wine and other foods, such as dark chocolate and berries, may still have small, positive health effects, so there’s reason to keep drinking.

And, there are these reasons too:  A nice glass of wine can bring a smile to your face, lets you unwind after a long day, and, of course, adds to a good laugh with good friends. All secrets to a happy life, if you ask me.

Check out this article from Johns Hopkins for more information about the study.

 

We’re Number 1! U.S. Now the World’s Largest Wine Market

The United States is the world’s largest market for wine, as U.S. consumers bought 29.1 million hectoliters of wine in 2013. This is the first time the U.S. beat out as the biggest consumer of wine in the world, according to a report from Reuters.

But, even though the U.S. might be the biggest market for wine, we’re still not the world’s biggest wine drinkers per capita.  That honor still goes to France, where the average person imbibes 1.2 bottles per week — 6 times more than Americans. Guess we need to step it up, American wine lovers.

Interestingly, however, wine consumption in European countries has fallen overall, even if they still drink more than Americans.

In countries such as France, Italy and Spain, people used to drink a lot of wine, but consumption habits are changing,” OIV director general Jean-Marie Aurand said on the sidelines of a news conference in Paris.

“We drink less wine by volume, more quality wine. And there is also competition from other drinks such as beer

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Germany’s Wine Revolution is Just Getting Started

Germany’s Wine Revolution is Just Getting Started

The Mosel region used to produce some of the premier European wine. But vine disease, war, and bad laws changed all that. Now, a new crop of vintners are trying to bring the area back.

The world’s most ethereal wines are produced in a small region in northwestern Germany, where the Mosel River flows northward in tight hairpin curves beneath steep fractured-slate hillsides dotted with century-old Riesling vines. Too few people know these wines.

The Mosel region is arguably the most storied, least-understood wine region in the world. Romans first cultivated vines there in the 2nd century B.C., and viticulture flourished. By the late 19th century, wines from the Mosel had become widely sought-after, commanding international acclaim and some of the highest prices in the world, matching and eclipsing wines from Champagne and Bordeaux.

via Germany’s Wine Revolution Is Just Getting Started – The Daily Beast.

New gadget invented that turns water into wine

New gadget invented that turns water into wine

A new gadget to turn water into wine? Apparently so:

The Miracle Machine essentially works like a Soda Stream by turning water, grape concentrate and yeast into wine via a mobile phone app supported by iOS and Android.

The device has a fermentation chamber that “uses an array of electrical sensors, transducers, heaters and pumps to provide a controlled environment for fermentation.”

A digital refractometer measures the sugar content of the wine during the fermentation process, while a ceramic air-diffuser pumps filtered air under a regulated micro-oxygenated environment in order to soften the tannins.

At the same time, an ultrasonic transducer directly underneath the chamber resonates and speeds up the flavour development of the wine.

Customers can choose the type of wine they want to make, from “Napa” Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay to “Oregon” Pinot Noir and a “Tuscan” red blend.

via Gadget invented that turns water into wine.

Spring Cleaning Sale

Spring Cleaning Sale

Spring BoGoMaybe it doesn’t feel like spring quite yet, but we can feel it coming, and we’re getting ready for blooms and blossoms with a little cleaning.

Right now we’re having a buy one, get one free special on some of our semi-dry wines. Stock up on wines in honor of the coming spring.