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A Brazilian company has designed a glass that only stands upright when it is rested on a mobile phone.

Designed by Fischer & Friends, the “Offline Glass” has part of its base cut away which means it can only stand when supported by a mobile phone.

The new chopp glass (traditional Brazilian beer serving) is meant to discourage drinkers from looking at their phones when they should be enjoying spending time with their friends.
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Yes, it’s true. Two of China’s wines have won silver in this year’s Decanter World Wine Awards, Jing Daily reports.

The wines are the Great Wall Terrior 2006 from Shandong and Domaine Helan Mountain Special Reserve Chardonnay 2011 from Ningxia.

A total of 20 wines from China were recognized this year by Decanter out of a total 49 entries.

In 2011, Helan Qing Xue’s Jia Bei Lan Cabernet Dry Red 2009 received the top prize from Decanter, drawing much skepticism and controversy.

While China does not have a great reputation for its wine (real or otherwise), there are domestic vineyards producing quality wines.

 

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Supermarket wines did good at the IWC.

Supermarket wines did good at the IWC.

 

Thirty supermarket own-brand wines have won gold medals in the International Wine Challenge.

 

Marks & Spencer picked up the most, with 13 gold medals across various styles including red, white, dessert wines, marsala and Port. Sainsbury’s collected six golds, and Tesco and Waitrose received five gold medals each for their own-label ranges. The Co-operative picked up two sparkling golds and an Extra Special Champagne from ASDA (available from June) which will retail for less than £20, picked up the only gold for the supermarket chain.

 

Thirteen of the gold medal wines retail for less than £10 and, according to the IWC, this highlights “the rise of excellent supermarket wines marking a shift in the consumer habits of discerning shoppers who want high quality and good value”.
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Around four million adults in the UK currently brew their own beer or wine at home, according to the financial advice website, http://www.allaboutmoney.com/.
The research found that around 8% of us either regularly or occasionally make our own beer or wine, and another 24% have done so in the past. According to All About Money the practice of home brewing can cost drinkers less than a tenth of the price of a pint down the pub.

Ian Williams of All About Money commented: “When you’re looking for ways to save money, a nice pint after work is probably the last thing you want to give up. But our research shows you can have that pint and save money, and you might just have fun doing it too.

“There’s no substitute for a good pint in your favourite pub or restaurant, but there’s a lot to be said for enjoying something you’ve put your own time and effort into making.”

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Chinese wine industry could endanger Panda's habitat.

Chinese wine industry could endanger Panda’s habitat.

The habitats of endangered giant pandas are being threatened by planned vineyard plantings in the Chinese provinces of Shaanxi and Sichuan.
According to the South China Morning Post, authorities in Shaanxi plan to plant 18,000 hectares of vineyards, and similar schemes are in the pipeline for Sichuan, putting the 1,600 wild giant pandas that inhabit the provinces at risk.

While the Chinese government has set up reserves for giant pandas, the animals don’t always remain inside them.

“Vineyards around a panda reserve can definitely affect the animals.

“Pandas move outside of reserves, so the forest outside is an important habitat. If forest is cleared to plant grapes, there may be direct loss of panda habitat,” climate change specialist Dr. Lee Hannah said in a study of the impacts of climate change on wine production and conservation.
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How to behave at a wine fest.

How to behave at a wine fest.

 

A bit of advice from Hedges Family Estate, Red Mountain, Washington:

– Don’t tether your wine glass to your neck
– Don’t pinch your fingers and say, “Just a little.” Dump it if you don’t want to finish it, but I’m going to pour as much as I damn well please
– Don’t violently lift your glass mid-pour and say, “That’s enough.” Same deal as above.
– Don’t say, “Give me the biggest thing you have.” This isn’t NASCAR.
– Let “smooth” take the day off from your vocabulary… the whole day
– Don’t shove. I mean… really
– Don’t say you hate Merlot. We all saw Sideways. Guess what: Miles didn’t want to drink Merlot because it reminded him of his ex-wife. That bottle he drank in the end—his most precious bottle—had a ton of Merlot in it. 
– Don’t tell every winemaker about the winery that was down the street while you lived in Lodi
– Don’t ask how the wine scored… ever. 
– Do wear a “Wine’er, Dine’er, 69’er T-shirt
– If you are going to wear one of the those little food trays that has a cutout for your glass, you better be damn sure you are cool enough to wear it. Note: no one is that cool
– Over-buff late thirties guy: Don’t try to impress your date by contradicting me. You’re going to fail. Yeah, try me
– Don’t lick your glass… pig
– Don’t talk about your sulfite allergy. There is a good chance you have no idea what you’re talking about
– Don’t dump into the water pitcher. And always look before you drink out of it
– Practice spitting at home; it will come in handy
– Don’t talk about the legs after you swirl the glass. Here’s a tip: the legs don’t matter.
– Don’t take your heels off and puke in the lobby
– Don’t ask what the most expensive wine on the table is
– Keep the rim of your glass food free
– If you proclaim that you don’t like white or rose, we will make fun of you when you walk away
– NO Perfume! And go light on the lipstick, honey

We are serving beer at the dinner table tonight!

We are serving beer at the dinner table tonight!

Now with over 2,000 breweries operating across the country that produce a wide variety of beer – more people are choosing a craft beer while enjoying a nice meal –over a bottle of wine or a mixed cocktail.

In the mood for a steak? Instead of a Cabernet Sauvignon for your rib eye, try a brown ale like Moose Drool Brown Ale. Think white wine is the only thing that goes with fish? Try a Belgian Witbier or Belgian White beer instead.

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“I think just the flavors and all the uniqueness of all the craft beers that are out there just provide a lot of value for the customers,” said Raul Gonzalez, owner and executive chef of Rulis’ International Kitchen in El Paso, Texas. “With the way the economy’s been, people are looking out. They are trying to get bang for their buck,” said Gonzalez.
A craft beer costs someone $4 or 5 for a pint or bottle, whereas a glass of wine can be as much as $15, with even moderately-priced bottles starting at $25. Gonzalez said his customers generally aren’t as intimated by ordering a bottle of beer, as they are when picking wine.
“I think wine for the longest time, people assumed it’s only for the rich, only for the knowledgeable,” said Gonzalez. “Beer is so much easier to access,” he added.
Adrian Perez, a craft brands manager with L&F Distributing in El Paso, said he’s seen many wine drinkers make the transition to beer. “When they hear ‘hops,’ ‘malty’, ‘bitter,’ ‘sweet’ – they’re curious to see how it is so they break that old niche they had,” said Perez.
In Gonzalez’s restaurant the wine list is getting shorter while the beer list has expanded –a trend that those the hospitality business say extends to wine and beer stores in El Paso.
“The craft beer sales are off the chart here in El Paso. Compared to five, maybe seven years ago we had maybe a dozen labels, now we’re in the hundreds,” said Perez.

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Please, don't leave us!

Please, don’t leave us!

 

An English producer that saw its wines served to the Queen during last year’s Jubilee celebrations has gone into administration.
Wickham Vineyard in Hampshire, which produces about 80,000 bottles a year, ceased trading just before Christmas with the loss of around 24 jobs.

Having established its first vineyards in 1984, the estate had since expanded plantings to around 20 acres of 10 different grape varieties. Three Wickham Vineyard wines were served at a lunch in London that was attended by the Queen and Prince Philip to mark her Diamond Jubilee.

Although the UK downturn had made trading difficult over the last year, with future prospects dampened by the disastrous 2012 vintage, which saw fellow producer Nyetimber abandon its entire harvest, Wickham Vineyard’s main issue is thought to have stemmed from its high street wine retail business.

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Get a full wine tasting kit from Decanter.com

 

How to host your own tasting plus how to taste wines like and expert and write notes

Decanter.com have put together a quick and easy guide to setting up and hosting your own wine tasting for friends and family.

The kit contains all you the information you need, from tips on which kind of tasting to run to a list of popular grape varieties and their characteristics. The kit also tackles the approaches to wine tasting (including judging appearance, smell and taste) and assessment. It explains the methodology behind writing tasting notes and provides an aroma chart to aid you in recognising wine aromas.

They have also included a Decanter tasting sheet for you to make your notes.

 

Decanter full tasting kit (PDF)

Decanter Wine tasting Sheet (PDF)