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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 »

Arsenic Found in Hundreds of Beer Samples

But experts say not to worry

(Newser) - The filtering process may make your beer look nice and clear—but it may also be adding traces of arsenic to your booze. Researchers found arsenic in hundreds of samples of the stuff; some had more than 25 parts per billion, more than twice the US standard for water, NPR... More »

Brangelina Wine Sells Out in 5 Hours

Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie see names appear on back of Miraval Rose

(Newser) - Nine little letters on the back of the bottle set this rose wine apart from other fruits of the Provence grape harvest: Jolie-Pitt. The Miraval Rose 2012 was produced at the southern French estate of Chateau Miraval—property of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. It's the first Miraval vintage... More »

Brangelina's New Venture: Wine

Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie will be selling wine soon

(Newser) - Because the Jolie-Pitts aren't successful enough already , Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are embarking on a new venture: wine-making. Next month, they'll release a rosé called Miraval, named after their 1,000-acre estate in France, Chateau Miraval. The wine, which was formerly named Pink Floyd, will also feature... More »

Disgruntled Employee Dumped $8M in Pricy Wine

Andrea di Gisi poured 16K gallons of wine down drain: police

(Newser) - At least the criminals who stole $18 million in maple syrup were in it for the money. The Italian man who allegedly destroyed nearly $8 million in Brunello di Montalcino wine in early December was just pissed off. Italian police say Andrea di Gisi, a disgruntled employee at the Case... More »

Now on Amazon: Wine

But only residents of 12 states can buy it

(Newser) - This wine has subtle earth tones and a hint of online shopping. Amazon launched its wine market yesterday, featuring bottles from more than 1,000 domestic brands, ready to ship to a dozen states and Washington, DC, reports the Los Angeles Times . It breaks down the "unusual addition" to... More »

What You Get When You Buy a $168K Bottle of Wine

...more than just the wine

(Newser) - Last year, Australia's Penfolds released a wine that cost a hair over $1,000 . That's chump change compared to the going rate for its latest luxury offering, a 2004 Kalimna Block 42 Cabernet Sauvignon priced at $168,000. What makes the wine worthy of such a lofty price... More »

Get Ready for Wine From ... Tomatoes

Canadian 'vintner' says he's perfected his grandfather's recipe

(Newser) - Might wine from tomatoes someday rival the stuff from grapes? One Canadian "vintner" hopes so, according to AFP . Pascal Miche says he has perfected his grandfather's family recipe and is the first to successfully sell a commercial product. Miche has been selling his "Omerto" wine for three... More »

Wasps: The Wine Lover's Best Friend?

The insects leave behind yeast from their guts

(Newser) - Wasps: What are they good for, again? Wine-making, for one thing. Scientists say that wine drinkers can thank wasps and hornets for the complex aroma and taste of their favorite vino, NPR reports. The insects help by biting grapes on the vine and leaving behind yeast from their guts that... More »

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