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After a Year in Space, Wine Returning to Bordeaux

The 12 bottles of vino will be studied—and sampled

(Newser) - The International Space Station bid adieu Tuesday to 12 bottles of French Bordeaux wine and hundreds of snippets of grapevines that spent a year orbiting the world in the name of science. SpaceX’s Dragon cargo capsule undocked with the wine and vines—and thousands of pounds of other gear...

Thieves Pelt Police With Bottles of Fine Wine

French hotel has been robbed of $700K worth of wine

(Newser) - The owner of the Relais Château hotel in France’s Burgundy region has plenty of reason to whine: The five-star hotel’s cellar has been raided twice in the last couple of days, the Guardian reports, with thieves making off with total of nearly $700,000 worth of fine...

Illegal Winery Discovered at Unlikely Spot

Cops busted it at a municipal sewage plant in Alabama

(Newser) - Sheriff's officials say they've busted an illegal winery that was operating at a municipal sewage plant in a small Alabama town. The DeKalb County Sheriff's Office said in a statement that it received an anonymous tip about an alcohol operation at a municipal building in the town...

Oaky Wines Are Fine. Ashy, Not So Much

This year's crop could be a disaster

(Newser) - Smoke from the West Coast wildfires has tainted grapes in some of the nation's most celebrated wine regions with an ashy flavor that could spell disaster for the 2020 vintage, per the AP . Wineries in California, Oregon, and Washington have survived severe wildfires before, but the smoke from this...

Taco Bell's Newest Menu Item Is Simply Intoxicating

Chain's Canadian outpost to offer 'Jalapeno Noir' red wine for $20 a bottle

(Newser) - Starting five years ago, Taco Bell crossed over into boozy beverages, offering liquor-spiked Mountain Dews and punches , margaritas, and even its first branded lager , which seem to make sense with such fare. Now the fast-food chain has an alcohol addition that's slightly more upscale (and "democratizing," per...

Vineyards Race to Save Grapes From Fire, Smoke

Lack of tourists also causes problems in California's wine country

(Newser) - With an early harvest already underway, a wildfire a few miles west of John Bucher's ranch added new urgency to getting his pinot noir grapes off the vine. If flames didn't do any damage to the delicate fruit, ash and smoke certainly could. Bucher hired an extra crew,...

Americans Are Drinking More, and Here's Why

Seems there's a cultural change, and no 'policy response to match it'

(Newser) - Americans are drinking more now than when Prohibition was enacted. What's more, it's been rising for two decades, and it's not clear when it will fall again. That’s the picture painted by federal health statistics, which show a rise in per-person consumption and increases in emergency...

Wine Consumption Slips as Millennials Turn Elsewhere

Baby boomers had kept sales flowing until now

(Newser) - In another what-is-it-with-millennials moment, they've been found to be drinking less wine than their elders. Consumption fell last year in the US for the first time since 1994, a 0.9% drop, the Wall Street Journal reports. An industry researcher said baby boomers had driven the good years. "...

Doctor's Clever Plan to Free Boy's Stuck Tongue: a Wine Hack

Anesthesiologist recalled long-ago method to free 7-year-old's tongue from grape juice bottle

(Newser) - A 7-year-old boy too eager to suck down all of his grape juice is lucky Dr. Christoph Eich drinks wine—or at least knows how to open a wine bottle without a corkscrew. NBC News reports on this odd injury out of Germany, a case documented this week in the...

Red- and White-Wine Drinkers Are Very Different

A poll of 2K adult Americans tells you the details

(Newser) - Clearly white-wine drinkers prefer punk music and red-wine lean toward jazz—didn't you know? As part of National Wine Day, a poll is out revealing the self-proclaimed personality traits and wine preferences of 2,000 Americans over the age of 21, per the New York Post . Conducted by One...

A Diner Ordered a $333 Bottle of Wine. That's Not What Came

Restaurant's message to server who accidentally brought out $5K bottle: 'We love you anyway'

(Newser) - A diner ordered a $333 bottle of wine at a UK steakhouse on Wednesday and instead received a "mythical" Bordeaux worth about 17 times as much. It's unclear if the customer dining at Hawksmoor Manchester realized their good fortune. It was only after the meal that a manager...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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