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Sex, drugs, and wine ...

Sex, drugs, and wine …

Intemperance comes in many flavors, and SLO Down Wines has pairings for all of them.

The California winemaker has rolled out three irreverent ads (from Harvest Films director Baker Smith and Arcade Edit’s Paul Martinez and Dean Miyahira) about how well its Sexual Chocolate wine goes with group sex, horse role playing and bong rips, respectively. There’s some light parody of insufferable wine-chat (“It’s the deep red of a … really red thing”), but they don’t spend too much time dwelling on it, and I’m glad they committed to the weird direction these ads went in. Well, except for the part where I saw Brandon Allen in a thong. I may need a glass of wine to throw in my eyes after that.
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A brave new world lies ahead!

A brave new world lies ahead!

A report has warned that climate change is likely to push viticulture into new areas with potentially “disastrous” consequences for several endangered animal species.
Credit: Conservation-International photo-by-Russell-A.-Mittermeier
Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), the study claims to be “the first ever worldwide analysis of the impacts of climate change on wine production and conservation.”

The international team of researchers led by Conservation International warned that in certain parts of the world the area suitable for wine production is due to shrink by “as much as 73% by 2050”, with particular pressure on local water resources.

A Google Earth “flyover” (see video below) compiled by the report’s authors shows a significant northerly shift for Europe’s viticultural regions, putting even areas such as Bordeaux and the Rhône under threat.

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Residents of the Mexican city of Gomez Palacio rushed to the scene after a truck carrying beer cans collided with a train at a railway crossing.

According to local media reports no-one was hurt or killed in the crash, but the accident did cause severe traffic jams. Although it is not clear whether the congestion was as a result of the crash or the looting that followed.

As well as grabbing cans that were strewn on the road the locals climbed onto the truck to claim even more beer. Plastic bags, rucksacks and even tricycles were used to carry away the cans.

 

Sunday night saw the 47th Superbowl take place at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

The Baltimore Ravens beat the San Francisco 49ers by 34-31 in a thrilling climax to the American Football season.

The commercials that are televised during the match have almost become as famous as the game itself and Sunday night’s match saw a new batch of adverts released.

As the official beer partner AB InBev is the only company to advertise beer during the Superbowl, but Budweiser, Beck’s and Bud Light all featured and here’s a look at some of the adverts that were aired this year.

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Discovery / Science Channel’s “How It’s Made” Crystal Wine Glasses episode:

The magical world of a barrel cellar.

The magical world of a barrel cellar.

 

I have often wondered why winemakers put their wines, white or red, in oak barrels and age them for sometimes months at a time.

The University of California Davis recently conducted a seminar on oak management and wine sensory issues. It looked at the use of oak barrels and oak adjuvants such as oak staves and oak powder with regard to how the oak may affect the wine’s chemical composition, aroma and flavors.

To me, the aroma of a wine is the “smell” of the specific grape varietal. But this very sensitive element can be easily influenced by the winemaking techniques and the use of oak barrels.

One obvious question is: why were oak barrels chosen to store wine in the beginning? The barrel is a perfect container to age wine in and is easily moved around manually. The answer seems to be related to the fact that oak barrels do not leak if properly coopered.

One of the most intriguing questions that was discussed at this seminar was what would have been the impact on wine tastes and wine’s appeal if a different tree had been chosen for barrel production. Has the effects of the oak barrel basically defined our tastes for different styles of wine?

Most European oak barrels are made from the Quercus petrea or Quercus robur while Quercus alba or the white oak is the main species used in American oak barrels. Today a good French oak barrel sells for around $1,000 a barrel and many of these barrels can only be used for several years before they lose their ability to enhance the flavors of the wine.

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Hollywood superstar Megan Fox has secured some great seats for next month’s Rio Carnival, after becoming a “spokesmodel” for Brazilian beer brand Brahma.
Brahma’s box at the carnival is a celebrity favourite during the festival, with Jennifer Lopez taking centre stage at last year’s extravaganza.
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Top Wine Videos of 2012

Top Wine Videos of 2012

 

Favorite clips—from the amusing to the informative—from the past year of visits with winemakers, chefs and sommeliers

 

Wine is more than a beverage in a fancy glass. It’s also about the people and the places behind the bottle. Wine Spectator’s video team has a great time bringing winemakers from around the world to your computer or tablet or smartphone. We hope the conversations and insights have increased your enjoyment of wine.

We always feel a bit nostalgic at this time of the year, and we’ve been looking back at our year in videos, the people we’ve met and the topics we’ve covered. Without fail, the Top 10 Wines countdown videos are the most popular clips each year, but we always like to check out the top views in other categories. Join us as we review the best of the vintage.
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This could or could not be you!

This could or could not be you!

 

hangover [ˈhæŋˌəʊvə]
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1. (Medicine / Pathology) the delayed aftereffects of drinking too much alcohol in a relatively short period of time, characterized by headache and sometimes nausea and dizziness

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