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Wines and Spirits

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Australian Shiraz Wins Top Award At Vinexpo

More than 1200 wines from over 30 countries were entered into the Citadelle du Vin awards with more than 75 per cent of them coming from outside of France.

Burgundy and Champagne Vineyards Named World Heritage Sites

The United Nations cultural arm has added historic vineyards and champagne houses in France to its list of world heritage sites.

Raise Your Glass to Champagne

With June weddings on the horizon, here are a few simple tips and pairing suggestions for serving Champagne at pre-nuptial events and wedding receptions.

Earliest-Known Winery Found in Armenian Cave

Researchers unearth a 6,100-year-old wine-making facility, complete with wine press, storage jars, drinking vessels, and remnants of grape seeds and vines. Also, a book tip and red Burgundy wine picks.

Lalique Decanter Sells for $460,000 in Charity Auction

Lalique set a record for the most expensive crystal decanter ever sold of which all proceeds will be donated to charity: water.

Boxed In: The Inevitability of Wine in a Carton

A loaf of bread, a box of wine and thou? It may be fresher, more economical and more environmentally friendly, but for most wine enthusiasts, wine from a box remains hard to swallow.

Autumn Fine Wine Sales 2009 in New York and Hong Kong

A 6-Liter Methusaleh of 1993 Romane-Conti, 28 vintages of Château d'Yquem from 1921 to 2001, a selection of Chateau Margaux from 1934 to 1999, and a collection from Spanish winemaker Bodegas Vega Sicilia are among the lots on auction at Sotheby's New York and Hong Kong.

Twelve Collector Italian Red Wines Defy Economic Crisis

It is still true that luxury knows no limits, so that even very high end wines are unlikely to feel the negative effects of the current economic crisis.

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Cachaça: Holiday Cheer with a Tropical Twist

To celebrate the holiday season, one of Miami’s top mixologists, David Ortiz, has offered a few of his favorite cocktails made with Boca Loca Cachaça, a twenty-year-old artisan, premium cachaça from Brazil.


Organic Wines: The Latest News

Sales of wines made with organic grapes reached $80 million in 2005, a 28 percent increase over the previous year. Popular brands include Bonterra, Ceago, Frey and LaRocca.
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