Wine en Lengthening seasons threaten Italian wine <p> ROME &mdash; &ldquo;The future,&rdquo; said oenologist Francesco Bartoletti, &ldquo;will see vineyards move north,&rdquo; while southern European vintners in traditional wine-producing countries will suffer.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Climate Change Global Warming Wine Green Food & Drink Culture & Lifestyle Italy Science Sun, 19 Jun 2011 12:30:10 +0000 Alessandro Speciale 5652033 at Shattered dreams: A slip of the forklift destroys $1 million worth of Mollydooker shiraz wine <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Winemaker Sparky Marquis lost a third of his 2010 production, a total of 5,532 bottles of the $200-a-bottle red wine </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> News Desk </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Shattered dreams.</p> <p> That&#39;s what happened on Thursday when a forklift dropped a 12-ton container of Mollydooker Velvet Glove Shiraz, the 2010 vintage, on to the Adelaide wharf as it was being loaded onto a ship.</p> <p> All but one of a total of 462 cases was <a href="">destroyed</a>, according to the New York Times.</p> <p> As a result of the mishap, winemaker Sparky Marquis lost a third of his production, a total of 5,532 bottles of the $200-a-bottle <a href="">red wine</a>, according to Australian Associated Press.</p> <p class="rteindent1"> <span style="background-color:#d3d3d3;">&ldquo;It was unbelievable, crazy. It was not what I wanted to hear,&rdquo; Mr Marquis said.</span></p> <p class="rteindent1"> <span style="background-color:#d3d3d3;">&ldquo;When they opened up the container they said it was like a murder scene.</span></p> <p class="rteindent1"> <span style="background-color:#d3d3d3;">&ldquo;There was red everywhere.</span></p> <p class="rteindent1"> <span style="background-color:#d3d3d3;">&ldquo;But it smelled phenomenal. They were really impressed with the smell.&rdquo;</span></p> <p> The <a href="">Mollydooker</a> Velvet Glove Shiraz was to be the winery&#39;s debut in the United States market, and demand was expected to be strong, Time reported.</p> <p> The <a href="">wine</a> has gotten terrific reviews from American critics, the Wall Street Journal reported. The 2009 vintage of the Velvet Glove shiraz received a rating of 97 points from the Wine Advocate, a newsletter put out by the famous critic Robert Parker.</p> <p> Mollydooker Wines, located in the McLaren Vale region near Adelaide, South Australia, was founded by Sparky and Sarah Marquis, both of whom are left-handed, according to the New York Times. Their winery is named after that characteristic: Mollydooker is Ozzie slang for a lefty.</p> <p> Sparky Marquis said that the wine was fully insured and investigators were already on the scene, Australian Associated Press reported.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> United States United States of America Wine Business Asia-Pacific Food & Drink Culture & Lifestyle Offbeat Down Under GlobalPost Blogs Sun, 24 Jul 2011 03:02:00 +0000 News Desk 5671289 at Make wine, not war <p style="line-height: 20px; ">KATZRIN, Golan Heights&mdash; It has been a scorcher of a summer even by Israeli standards, with temperatures settling near 116 degrees Fahrenheit for much of the last month.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20px; ">But among the general hangdog reactions, Israeli vintners are quietly whispering joyfully about what might be a blow out year. An unusually long and cold winter followed by a summer with peaks of heat could be just what the winemaker ordered.</span></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Travel/Tourism Wine Conflict Zones Food & Drink War Culture & Lifestyle Israel and Palestine Middle East Sat, 11 Aug 2012 12:31:01 +0000 Noga Tarnopolsky 5714532 at Climate change threatens French wine <p><span style="line-height: 20px; ">PARIS &mdash; From rising shorelines to devastating hurricanes, the visible effects scientists say climate change is wreaking on daily life no longer surprise many people around the world.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 20px; ">The French have their own take on just how radically life may change:&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 20px; ">There are fears the changing climate is affecting the delicate balance of weather, soil and other factors that are central to the production of one of their main commodities.</span></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wine Food & Drink France Global Economy Tue, 01 Jan 2013 10:05:00 +0000 Marie Doezema 5730505 at