Tasting Corner

Tasting Corner: Portugal Aims for America

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Shifting Their Target Audience, Importers Make Progress For decades, Portuguese table wines that it to the U.S. were mostly bought by two groups of people: a few curious wine geeks, and a lot of Portuguese-Americans. Things have changed in the last seven years. Portugal exported 50% more table wine to the U.S. in 2011 than ... read more>

Tasting Corner: Germany’s New Face in Wines

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Surprises are Coming in the Form of Dry Riesling and (Gasp) Pinot Noir. Germany has had a difficult time changing its wine image. Most wine drinkers—including myself, until I made a recent visit—regarded Germany as the home of fine Rieslngs, but believed that the great ones were sweet. As for Pinot Noirs, the thinking among ... read more>

Port Tries to Turn the Corner: Tawnies Lead Comeback Effort, As the Category Continues to Evolve

Friday, February 24th, 2012

When your business hasn’t been going that great, even a modest 3.2% uptick in sales growth can look awfully good. At least that’s the thinking these days in the tradition-laden Douro Valley of Portugal, where the last few years, while not the worst of times, have certainly been quite lean. Production of its primary product—Port—has ... read more>

More Than Malbec: Argentina Looks to Torrontés, Bonarda and Beyond

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

You might not realize it from scanning the Argentina sections of American wine shops, but only a third of Argentina’s red wine grape plantings are Malbec. Indeed, Malbec has the hot hand; exports to the U.S. have been rising consistently for the past several years, accounting for almost 60% of their wine exports (red and ... read more>

Young Sport: Blending is the New Game in South Africa

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

Blending is the name of the game in South African wine.  With more than 350 years of winemaking under their belts, it’s easy to suppose that South Africans’ predilection for blending had old roots, perhaps stemming to the Huguenots arrival from France in the late 17th century. In fact, Constantia, the South African dessert wine ... read more>
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