KATIE'S COLUMN — wine

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 Look Back at the Time When the World’s Largest Producer of Wine Was … Algeria? by Katie Finn November 17th, 2020

Vine Social: A Look Back at the Time When the World’s Largest Producer of Wine Was … Algeria? by Katie Finn November 17th, 2020

Death. Famine. War. Pestilence. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are a macabre thought indeed, but the stories from our history that tell of grim times are some of the most captivating. Wine is no different. One of my favorite aspects of wine education involves the untold stories about the grapes, the regions and the people who are behind our favorite bottles of wine—and those stories, quite often, are rather grim. I was recently asked to host an educational wine-tasting featuring the unknown regions of France—the places beyond Burgundy, Bordeaux and Champagne. I love exploring this region with people, because...

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