2023.02.09  (France)
For decades, wine producers in Bordeaux have struggled with shrinking sales of value-for-money wines. Consumption in France has dropped by more than 70% in the past 75 years. French people aren’t just drinking less, when they do drink wine, they tend to prefer expensive high-end wines.

2023.02.10  (Global)
Port, Sherry, Madeira, Marsala, Vermouth — Although today they are most often served as aperitifs or desert wines, they were originally the everyday wines of seafarers, invented by the Spanish to protect wines from going bad during the long sea voyages in the age of exploration.

2023.02.11  (Morocco)
The best Moroccan wines are based on blends of red-grape varieties: Carignan, Alicante, Syrah, Tempranillo, Grenache, Cinsaut, which are well-suited to the hot-climate. Interested in trying sometime new? Domaine des Ouled Thaleb Red Blend of Zenata [88] is a great starting point.

2023.02.12  (Canada)
Today Canada is the leading producer of a wine that was discovered purely by accident. Due to a cool summer and a very cold winter in 1794, wine producers in Franconia, Germany, by necessity, created Icewine by pressing sweet, highly-concentrated juice from their frozen grapes.

2023.02.14  (Global)
It is said that as you drink a glass of wine, your brain activates the oxytocin hormone, which encourages an increase in social bonding and reproductive tendencies. So it would seem that sharing some of your favorite wine on Valentines Day may be consequential – to say the least.

2023.02.14  (France)
Always wanted to own a vineyard in France – in Bordeaux, Côtes du Rhône or Languedoc? Well now may be a great time to do just that, provided you are far-sighted enough to create wines that are growing in demand on a global basis and are organic, natural, low and/or non-alcoholic.

2023.02.16  (Argentina)
Argentinian wine tours provide everything from stargazing among the famous vineyards of Mendoza to discovering the highest vineyards in the world in Salta and tasting elegant wines in up-and-coming Patagonia (with a quick tango lesson on the side). It’s only a matter of going!

2023.02.16  (Global)
Knowledge, like fine wine, improves with age and eventually turns into wisdom — the pursuit of which, like a truly great Burgundy, vintage Champagne or reserve Port, enhances our lives while helping us to manage, if not master, challenges that life routinely places in our path.

2023.02.28  (Indonesia)
Is it possible to grow grapes and make great wine in a tropical climate? Absolutely! Take the island of Bali for example. By combining Balinese and Italian viticulture, Cantine Balita, a local boutique winery, creates wines from the Malvasia Nera, Alphonse Lavalle and Syrah grape.

2023.02.28  (Global)
Interested in pursuing a globally-recognized viticulture/oenology degree? Here are some great options: Université de Bordeaux, University of California-Davis, Charles Sturt University, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Stellenbosch University, Hochschule Geisenheim University.

2023.02.28  (South Africa)
The roots of South African wine can be traced to explorations by the Dutch East India Company, which established a supply port in Cape Town to help sailors ward off scurvy during their voyages along the spice route. Today, South Africa is the world’s eight largest wine producer.

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