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$300K in Stolen Wine Found on Opposite Coast

Stash from California's French Laundry recovered in North Carolina

(Newser) - Nearly 80 bottles of wine valued at least $300,000 made it clear across the country after being stolen from a posh California restaurant, but the vino is back in safe hands now. The Napa County Sheriff's Department says wine stolen from the world-renowned French Laundry in Yountville, Calif.... More »

Ancient Greek Drinking Game Is Reborn

Kottabos involves hurling your wine at a target

(Newser) - What better place to re-create an ancient drinking game than a college campus? A teacher at West Chester University in Pennsylvania and her students kept up an ancient Greek tradition by playing kottabos, a game that involves hurling one's wine from a glass onto a target at the center... More »

Thieves Grab $300K in Wine From Famed Restaurant

Renowned California restaurant 'The French Laundry' is hit

(Newser) - Burglars who knew their wine made off with nearly 80 bottles from a high-end California restaurant. How high-end? Figure at least $300,000 worth of vino, reports the Los Angeles Times . The break-in occurred Christmas Day at the Michelin-starred French Laundry in the Napa region, and some of the bottles... More »

Waitress's Wine Recommendation Ends Very Badly

Diners say server at Borgata restaurant didn't make $3,750 price clear

(Newser) - A group of Atlantic City diners got a very pricey lesson recently on how to order wine. It all started when Joe Lentini, while at a business dinner at Bobby Flay Steak at the Borgata hotel and casino last week, decided to split a bottle of wine with two others... More »

California Drought Perk: Better Wine

A vintage 'for the ages': winemaker

(Newser) - The long drought in California is, of course, bad news for most in the agriculture business—but winemakers are seeing some real benefits. The lack of rain is actually leading to some of the best wine Napa and Sonoma counties have seen in a while, the Wall Street Journal reports.... More »

Scientist Trying to Resurrect King David's Wine

3K-year-old grapes could help Elyashiv Drori succeed in his quest

(Newser) - If a scientist in Israel is successful, we could someday taste the wine described in the Bible. In 2011, Elyashiv Drori sent students throughout Israel in search of wild grapes, which were tough to find in an area that saw alcohol banned for centuries under past Muslim rulers, the BBC... More »

5 Stars With Their Own Booze Brands

You know you want some George Clooney tequila

(Newser) - You know you've really made it when you have your own brand of alcohol—as do these celebrities rounded up by ETOnline :
  • George Clooney: Helped develop Casamigos tequila after a trip to Mexico with friends Rande Gerber and Mike Meldman; the ad features Clooney waking up next to Cindy
... More »

Yum? World's First Coffee Wine Is Here

Available in red or white, in a can

(Newser) - You never knew you wanted it, but it's here anyway. The "wine in a can specialists" at Friends Fun Wine have come up with the world's first coffee-flavored wine—a combination of "the world's most popular Day Drink with the world's most popular Night... More »

Suspect Arrested in $400K Wine Heist

Some 4.2K bottles went missing last month

(Newser) - Police have arrested a warehouse worker in Napa Valley they say stole more than $400,000 worth of wine. Jose Pina, 31, was an employee of the Valley Wine Warehouse storage facility, and police told KTXL that meant he had unlimited access to the entire building. The warehouse stored bottles... More »

Vatican City Beats Every Country—at Drinking Wine

Consumes more wine per capita than any other country

(Newser) - If you're a big fan of wine and would like to be surrounded by apparently like-minded people, consider moving to Vatican City. Despite its small size, or perhaps because of it, it manages to consume more wine per capita than any other country, according to the Wine Institute. How... More »

The Next Big Wine Region: Uruguay?

The region's tannat grapes have been building buzz

(Newser) - When you think of the great wine producing countries, Uruguay probably doesn't leap to mind. But buzz has been steadily building around the country's wines, particularly its dominant tannat grape, which is becoming to the country what malbec is to Argentina. This week Edward Deitch at Today speculated... More »

Meet the First Convicted Counterfeiter of ... Wine

Rudy Kurniawan faces up to 40 years in prison on fraud charges

(Newser) - Rudy Kurniawan wanted to be a big name in the world of wine, and on Wednesday he achieved that dream: He became the first person ever convicted in the US of concocting and selling counterfeit wine, reports Wine Spectator . The 37-year-old native of Indonesia duped scores of millionaires—including Bill... More »

Elaborate Wine Heist Unravels

Seattle police track down 2.5K bottles of stolen wine

(Newser) - Give thanks, oenophiles: An "elaborate" Thanksgiving Day wine heist has met its end, after Seattle police on Tuesday recovered most if not all of the 2,500 stolen bottles, valued at $648,000. Kindly, the thieves apparently kept the 200 cases safe in a "temperature controlled environment" at... More »

Behold: World's Oldest Wine Cellar

Archeologists find jars that predate the Bible in what is now Israel

(Newser) - Archeologists have found what they think is the oldest wine cellar on record—a 3,700-year-old collection of jars in the ruins of ancient Canaanite place in modern Israel, reports Bloomberg . They found about 40 ceramic jars, broken and empty but with the unmistakable residue of wine. Chemical analysis revealed... More »

World Running Short on Wine

Production can't keep up with demand on a global level

(Newser) - A worldwide wine shortage? Technically speaking, it's already happened, reports Quartz . And what's more, things are on track to get worse. Stats compiled by Morgan Stanley Research show that the world fell 300 million cases short of demand last year, the biggest in-the-red number in half a century.... More »

Scientists Figure Out Why Bad Wine Smells Bad

Yes, it's a tainted cork, but for a strange scientific reason

(Newser) - Those fluent in wine-speak sometimes refer to a wine being "corked"—meaning it has a nasty, musty smell upon being opened and doesn't taste so hot, either. Scientists have long identified the culprit as a chemical in the cork known as TCA, but new research from Japanese... More »

Superstorm's 'Strangest Story' a Tale of Wine, Ruin

WineCare's high-profile clients still don't know if their tony bottles are OK

(Newser) - The New York Times today shares what it's calling "one of the strangest stories to emerge from" Superstorm Sandy: that of WineCare, a tony Manhattan wine storage facility that has been all but mum in the eight months since it was flooded in the storm. The players in... More »

This Exists: Cola-Flavored Wine

The French are selling it ... but you can make your own

(Newser) - Quelle horreur! A French producer is attempting to woo the "Pepsi generation" by giving red wine a cola flavor. The segment of Châteaux en Bordeaux that has introduced the drink is keeping things pretty youthful, from the price tag (less than $4 a bottle) to the name (Rouge... More »

French Wine Is Actually Rooted in ... Italy?

Ancient containers point to surprising origins

(Newser) - Sorry, France: It seems your much-lauded winemaking techniques may have originated in Italy. Researchers investigated 13 different 2,500-year-old amphoras—containers found in Lattara, on the French coast. They also looked at a limestone object that appeared to be a wine press, Scientific American reports. Chemical assessment suggested the amphoras,... More »

Venezuela: Churches Running Out of Wine

Consecrated bread makers hike prices

(Newser) - The Catholic Church in Venezuela could use the services of somebody who can turn water into wine: Its only supplier has stopped selling wine to the church and priests are in danger of running out of supplies with which to celebrate Mass, the BBC reports. The country's only wine... More »

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