Big oaky monsters, imports, burcak, medals – sipped and spit

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SPIT: big oaky monsters
Wine importer Kermit Lynch: “I think we have two kinds of wine markets today. One of them is what I like to call the pop wines…You’ve got your big oaky monsters trying to get 100 points. Then you have a winemaker trying to express his idea of what beauty is. Yeah, the pendulum has really swung back. For instance, a year ago we ran a sampler case of low alcohol wine. The response was enormous. I was shocked. There’s a real backlash to those oaky monsters going on.” [FT.com]

SPIT: Canadian wine from Canada
Canadian wines can contain 70% imported wine and still say “cellared in Canada” on the label. Big companies are for the practice according to The Economist, who calls it “Blended deceit from the nanny state.”

SIPPED: pre-wine!
The Burcak is flowing in Prague. The cloudy proto-wine grape drink (pictured above) is a pre-fermentation wine that revelers delight in drinking. Legend has it that the Burcak continues to ferment in your stomach, leaving a lasting buzz, er, impression. [Globespotters]

SPIT: imports
Beverage Information Group reports that overall wine consumption in the U.S. rose 0.9 percent in 2008 to 294.7 million 9-liter cases. In a reversal of a recent trend, they report that imported wines dropped 1.8 %, while domestics rose 1.9%. Their culprit: the weak dollar.

SIPPED: Stomp!
The WSJ has a round-up of wine festivals around the world that include many grape-stomping opportunities.

Alert Hodgson!
A Fresno State student wine wins “record” 49 medals. [Collegian]

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3 Responses to “Big oaky monsters, imports, burcak, medals – sipped and spit”


  1. hey that Canadian Wine Crap only happens with the Big Companies like Vincor (owned by Constation Brands) Mission Hill. Pellar Estate. Make there cheap ass wine.

    That being said a couple of there wiens they do import cellars in canada is the “official Wine of the Olympics and it ain’t even from Canada! HAH”


  2. Our vineyard was not one of those grape-stomping places. It’s amazing how much impact that episode from I Love Lucy still has on the general perception of the wine process. When I visited back home after my time at Tin Cross the number one question was, “Oh, did you stomp any grapes?” I’m afraid we’ve traded that in for a bladder press.


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