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Monday, December 5, 2016

Presentation of Cork


Did you know that the historical reason the waiter or sommelier in a restaurant gives you the cork when the bottle is opened is to prevent fraud? The presentation of the cork originated to curtail fraudulent dealers from passing off a wine for something it wasn’t. Usually, the cork was stamped with the producer’s name. When it was extracted from the bottle, it was presented to the purchaser to prove it actually was the wine stated on the label that was requested. Today, the presentation of the cork continues that tradition, but goes further. If the cork looks mouldy or defective or smells bad, then the wine might be problematic. If so, address the issue with the sommelier, wait staff or owner.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Climate Change and Natural Disasters


It’s no secret that climate change is affecting our weather, changing what grapes can grow in what places. Weather is also more severe. Stronger storms (rain and snow) are damaging vineyards. This ever-changing climate seems to also be causing more earthquakes. They’re on the rise, especially in parts of the world that are prone to them. Check out the “Ring of Fire”, that part of the Pacific: the east coast of Japan and New Zealand and the west coast of North and South America. Except for North America, all of these countries have recently had earthquakes. It’s only a matter of time until the Pacific coast wine regions of N. America get hit. Even Italy’s wine regions have had several. Scary stuff!