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No Refills Needed With Costco's 4-Foot Wine Glass

'I can literally drink my height in wine'

(Newser) - If this Amy Schumer skit left you dreaming of owning your own massive wine glass, Costco has you covered. In time for the holidays, the retailer is hawking a 46-inch-tall wine glass with an in-store price of $79.99, or $99.99 with shipping. Though the packaging shows the glass... More »

Grape-Harvesting Accident Claims Napa Worker's Life

Leon Marcelo Lua was 49

(Newser) - A grim work-related death out of California's Wine Country, where a Napa man working at Beaucanon Winery's Deconinck Vineyards got pulled into a grape harvesting machine with fatal results. KTVU identifies the victim as Leon Marcelo Lua, 49. The San Francisco Chronicle reports his clothing got caught in... More »

You're Drunk, Go Home: Someone Paid $558K for Bottle of Wine

Sotheby's unloads bottle of 1945 Romanee-Conti for more than 17 times the upper limit, shattering record

(Newser) - It's the furthest cry possible from Three Buck Chuck: A bottle of a 1945 Romanee-Conti, one of just 600 bottles produced that year by the maker of what's considered France's best Burgundy, has sold for an eye-popping $558,000 in New York on Saturday. The wine was... More »

Cheating Scandal Rocks Elite World of Master Sommeliers

23 must retake grueling exam they thought they'd passed

(Newser) - The exam to become a master sommelier is notoriously difficult. The years, even decades, of study required to conquer the three-part test of wine knowledge—broken down into theory, table service, and tasting—mean that fewer than 300 people have managed it over 49 years. Now 23 sommeliers who thought... More »

LeBron James: My 11- and 14-Year-Olds Drink Wine

'That's how mature they are,' NBA player says

(Newser) - LeBron James' sons are apparently older than their years—much older—in some ways. "I got very mature 14- and 11-year-olds. My 14- and 11-year-olds drink wine. That's how mature they are," the Los Angeles Lakers star and wine connoisseur said after practice Tuesday, per USA Today ... More »

Tragic End for Man Accused of Stealing Goldman Sachs Exec's Wine

Former personal assistant to David Solomon jumped to his death same day he was due in court

(Newser) - The former Goldman Sachs personal assistant accused of stealing $1.2 million worth of wine from his boss leaped to his death from a Manhattan hotel Tuesday, the New York Times reports. Nicolas De-Meyer had been scheduled to appear in federal court at 2:30pm that day on a criminal... More »

Thieves Pull Off Remarkable Vineyard Heist

A vineyard in southern Germany loses all its grapes

(Newser) - Brazen thieves have swept into southern Germany and stolen 3,527 pounds of grapes—leaving an entire vineyard stripped bare, Newsweek reports. A police report issued Monday says the perpetrators used a professional harvesting machine to gather up $9,200 of grapes used to make Riesling wine. Amazingly, the vineyard... More »

Winery Owner Wishes 'Painful Death' on Grape Thieves

Virginia's Firefly Hill Vineyards say nearly its entire harvest was stolen overnight Monday

(Newser) - A family-run Virginia winery is indefinitely closed and in the "grieving process" after a theft that stripped it of nearly all its grapes. Allison Dunkenberger, co-owner of Firefly Hill Vineyards in Elliston, tells the Roanoke Times that someone she thinks "knew something about the winery's operations" came... More »

Radioactive Particles Found in California Wine

Researchers believe bottles produced after 2011 bear signature of Fukushima fallout

(Newser) - Researchers say remnants of Japan's Fukushima nuclear reactor meltdown have been detected in California wine. Per CNN , bottles of rosé and Cabernet sauvignon were tested for the radioactive isotope cesium-137, a byproduct of the fission of uranium-235, one of the substances in fuel rods used at the plant when... More »

So Much for That Handmaid's Tale Wine

Line of wines canceled after backlash

(Newser) - Well, that didn't take long. On Tuesday, a line of Handmaid's Tale-themed wines was announced. On Wednesday, it was canceled. Wine curator Lot18 planned to sell the three wines—two reds named after handmaids in the show, Offred and Ofglen, plus a white named after commander's wife... More »

$1.2M in Wine Allegedly Stolen by Someone Exec Trusted

Indictment alleges personal assistant swiped wine from Goldman Sachs' co-president

(Newser) - It sounds like a good gig: working as the personal assistant for—and managing the stunning wine collection of—the No. 2 man at Goldman Sachs. But as the New York Times reports, Nicolas De-Meyer allegedly turned a good thing bad. Per an indictment unsealed Wednesday in Manhattan federal court,... More »

Man Drives Tank Into Store, Steals Bottle of Wine

Witnesses note he seemed drunk

(Newser) - On Wednesday morning in a Russian town just south of the Arctic Circle, a tank rumbled through the snowy streets before crashing into a convenience store, the Independent reports. Reuters notes that witnesses at the scene "did not seem particularly disturbed by the incident." It all started when... More »

Yes, Your Wine Glass Keeps Getting Bigger

Modern wine glasses are 7 times bigger than those of 1700s

(Newser) - If you drink wine, there's a good chance you measure intake by the glass. Here's why that's problematic: Modern wine glasses are seven times larger than those of centuries ago—and notably bigger than glasses that are just two decades old, according to a new study. Researchers... More »

On 8K-Year-Old Shards, Proof of Ancient 'Social Lubricant'

Scientists believe they've found proof of production of 'world's oldest' grape wine in nation of Georgia

(Newser) - Wine has been used as a "social lubricant, mind-altering substance, and highly valued commodity" throughout the ages. Now, a discovery just south of Tbilisi details just how far back through the ages the beverage has existed, the BBC reports. Per a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy ... More »

Bilked Out of $400K, Koch Bro Spends $35M to Investigate

Meet Bill Koch, the brother more interested in fine wine and art than politics

(Newser) - Bill Koch might not be the biggest name among his brothers, but he's got a pretty interesting claim to fame: The collector of fine wine and art discovered he'd bought $400,000 worth of wine that had once belonged to Thomas Jefferson that had, well, never really belonged... More »

Merlot May Have Finally Stomped Its Bad Rap

Sales of the medium-bodied red wines are on the rise

(Newser) - Hearing a lot of buzz about merlot? It's not just because October is International Merlot Month. Sales of the "luxury" medium-bodied red wines made from merlot grapes have increased 5% over the past year, while sales of merlots of $100 or more are up 8% in restaurants, reports... More »

Thieves Drill Through Paris Catacombs, Steal $300K of Wine

More than 300 bottles stolen from cellar near Luxembourg Gardens

(Newser) - The catacombs 65 feet under Paris are home to the bones of 6 million people, tours, illegal parties, secret film festivals, and—on one recent night—thieves making off with nearly $300,000 worth of fancy wine. The Guardian reports thieves drilled into a cellar belonging to an apartment near... More »

Target Rolling Out $5 Wine

Chain's California Roots will be available next week

(Newser) - It's not quite as cheap as Two Buck Chuck at Trader Joe's, but Target is rolling out some cheap wine of its own. Starting Sept. 3, the chain will be selling $5 bottles of a brand it calls California Roots, reports the Orange County Register . Customers will choose... More »

Donate to Political Cause, You Could Win Date With J-Law

She's raffling off a wine-tasting date

(Newser) - If drinking wine with Jennifer Lawrence sounds like a dream come true, the experience could be yours if you donate to an organization aiming to "fix America's broken political system." The actress, a board member for Represent.Us, is asking fans to donate to the organization (which... More »

Museum Finds Cases of 221-Year-Old Wine in Its Cellar

Cases of wine found in cellar are almost as old as the United States

(Newser) - A restoration project at a New Jersey museum unearthed cases of wine nearly as old as the United States. The Liberty Hall Museum in Union says it discovered almost three full cases of Madeira wine, a fortified wine, dating to 1796 while restoring its wine cellar. NJ.com reports the... More »

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