2023.03.01  (Global)
Investing in fine wine provides an excellent path to portfolio risk diversification, as the value of collectable wines is less impacted by overall economic performance. Instead, its future value often responds to factors like weather patterns, harvest yields, and consumer trends.

2023.03.02  (USA)
Snowboarding between vineyard rows? The recent snowfall in California wine country has provided a rare chance to ski and make snowmen on the usually desert-like slopes of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Good news, as the snow will fill aquifers and help keep vines dormant until spring.

2023.03.03  (France)
If a bottle of Domaine Leroy Musigny Grand Cru sells at an average retail price in excess of US$40,000., what lies at the other end of the spectrum? Perhaps a bottle of Les Vignerons de Barjac Cotes du Vivarais Rose which, at less than US$2, is even cheaper than a bottle of water.

2023.03.04  (Global)
Winemakers often seek to increase the tannins in red wine that come from the edges of grape skins and are used to add more texture and complexity. An innovative machine has recently been designed that slices, rather than just crushes, grapes – resulting in better flavor and color.

2023.03.05  (Norway)
The Lerkekåsa Vineyard near Flatdal, Norway (100km west of Oslo) prides itself in being the world's most northerly vineyard. It is located at around the same latitude as Anchorage, Alaska. The most common grape varietal grown in Flatdal is the hardy, cold-resistant Solaris grape.

2023.03.06  (China)
China is one of the largest wine-drinking countries and is also among the biggest wine-producing nations. Its oldest and largest producer, Changyu, has about 35,000 hectares of vineyards, which are planted primarily with Cabernet Gernischt, a red variety similar to Cabernet Franc.

2023.03.07  (Global)
Fine wines are made only from the very best grapes and are produced with great care – giving them the potential to age well. But ultimately, fine wines are defined by their taste, balance, length, complexity and even the terroir (climate, soil and terrain) in which the vines grow.

2023.03.08  (Australia)
Got the travel bug and two free weeks at the end of March? One of the world’s great wine festivals will be held in Melbourne, Australia from March 24. It features 250+ tastings, hundreds of wine education programs, and a chance to meet international sommeliers and wine producers.

2023.03.09  (Curaçao)
Curaçao, a tropical paradise, is not a place you would imagine as ideal for a winery, but 10 years ago one of the island’s oldest plantations, Hato Landhuis, was successfully turned into its first vineyard, which now thrives on Curaçao’s perennial sunshine and rich volcanic soil.

2023.03.10  (Global)
Want a career in wine? Here are some options worth considering: sommelier, wine festival sponsor, winemaker, wine journalist, tourism organizer, specialty wine importer, viticulturist, winebar owner, oenology researcher or academic, freelance appraiser, investment consultant, ...

2023.03.11  (Georgia)
Georgia, a former Soviet republic and home to Caucasus Mountain villages, Black Sea beaches, and the ancient wine-growing region of Kakheti, is considered to be the birthplace of wine. Archaeologists have traced the world's first known wine-making back to the Caucasus in 6,000BC.

2023.03.12  (Portugal)
A vintage port, which is aged primarily in the bottle and sealed with a traditional cork, needs to be drunk when at its best, within a day of opening. On the other hand, ports aged in barrels, like a Ruby or Tawny, are topped with resealable corks so they can be savoured over time.

2023.03.13  (Ukraine)
Despite the very real danger that war brings to the Ukraine, many local winemakers continue to operate – ensuring that the nascent Ukrainian wine industry continues to flourish – buoyed by growing demand, the recommendations of global sommeliers and a genuine sense of patriotism.

2023.03.14  (Mexico)
The Baja California wine region produces 90% of Mexican wines. Inside this region, the Valle de Guadalupe, which benefits from cooling Pacific breezes, is the heart of Mexico’s wine country. By far the most planted grape is Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan is second, and Merlot third.

2023.03.15  (England)
What is 'Claret'? First used in mid-12th century England, it is derived from the French term: Clairet, which refers to very light red wines from Bordeaux. The US–EU Wine Agreement of 2006 prevents US wineries from using ‘Claret’ in their labelling, so the term may not be dead yet.

2023.03.16  (Romania)
After a night-out on the town, one has to wonder what wine Count Dracula enjoyed once back in the castle. Turns out that the 15th-century Romanian prince, Vlad Tepes, the historic model for Bram Stoker’s novel, liked Marsecco, a semi-sparkling red wine from Italy’s Veneto region.

2023.03.17  (Greece)
Greek Retsina wine has been made for over 2,000 years. Its unique flavor comes from pine resin originally used to seal leaky wine jars. Barrels were introduced in the 3rd century, removing the need to resinate but the flavor was so popular that the style is still widespread today.

2023.03.19  (Lebanon)
Despite the many regional conflicts in the Eastern Mediterranean, Lebanon annually produces about 8,500,000 bottles of wine. The Israelite prophet, Hosea, is said to have urged his followers to return to God so that "they will blossom as the vine and be like the wines of Lebanon".

2023.03.20  (Global)
It’s no longer “business as usual” in the global wine trade. The market uncertainties of recent years lies in stark contrast to the relative stability of the preceding three decades, which saw a rising tide of trade on the back of reduced tariffs and international transport costs.

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