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Vine Social: If You Think You’re Allergic to Sulfites in Wine … Well, You’re Probably Not by Katie Finn November 18th, 2019

Vine Social: If You Think You’re Allergic to Sulfites in Wine … Well, You’re Probably Not by Katie Finn November 18th, 2019

I have a love-hate relationship with pouring at wine-tasting events. On one hand, there is nothing in the world that I love more than having a platform and a captive audience with whom I get to share my passion and enthusiasm for wine. I get a thrill seeing the expression on a person’s face when they try a wine for the first time—and they love it. They didn’t even know something like this existed, and now they can’t get enough of it. I, in turn, get to “geek out,” filling their head with a ton of useless information about the...

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Vine Social: Australian Winemakers Have Spent the Last 10 Years Retooling—and Are Now Producing Some of the World’s Best by Katie Finn July 16th, 2020

Vine Social: Australian Winemakers Have Spent the Last 10 Years Retooling—and Are Now Producing Some of the World’s Best by Katie Finn July 16th, 2020

Hello? Australia, are you there? Can you hear me? I completely forgot about you and your wines! And so did a whole lot of others. In Australian wine’s heyday, stores couldn’t keep up with the demand we had for deep and inky Barossa Valley shirazes and Coonawarra cabernets. Inexpensive wines with full-throttle flavors and cheeky names sent Americans into a frenzy. It was the height of bigger-is-better wines—and Australia was at the top of the heap. And then … it all stopped. All of a sudden, no one was looking for those cute little labels with the koalas, or the...

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Vine Social: Due to the Pandemic and Government Prohibitions, the South African Wine Industry Could Use Your Support by Katie Finn August 18th, 2020

Vine Social: Due to the Pandemic and Government Prohibitions, the South African Wine Industry Could Use Your Support by Katie Finn August 18th, 2020

When the going gets tough, the tough get going—straight to the liquor store. And the not-so-tough are right behind them. If there has been one consistent thing during this pandemic, it’s alcohol consumption. While curling up with a bottle of cabernet might not be the best coping mechanism, if you’re of drinking age, you’re free to self-medicate away. But that has not been the case in South Africa for much of the pandemic: South Africa has twice banned booze, meaning all sales and consumption of alcohol were considered a crime. The first ban was put into place on March 27...

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Vine Social: A Philosophical Question—Is It Better to Only Drink What You Know You Like, or Is It Better to Try New and Unknown Things? by Katie Finn October 18th, 2020

Vine Social: A Philosophical Question—Is It Better to Only Drink What You Know You Like, or Is It Better to Try New and Unknown Things? by Katie Finn October 18th, 2020

A lot of interesting conversations happen in a wine shop when customers aren’t around. Sometimes we sit with wine-sales representatives and have a friendly game of one-upmanship regarding who had the better meal with the better bottle of wine on Saturday. Sometimes the conversation is a bit more, ahem, colorful, and we discuss politics, and tariffs, and the infuriating notion that restaurants will always get better prices than retailers. I recently had one of the most thought-provoking discussions I’ve had in years at the wine shop. An experienced wine importer and former general manager of one of the most-famous restaurants in...

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