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This Is Where Your Wine Corks Come From

Uncorking a bottle of wine after a long day is one of the few true pleasures in life. But ever wonder where that small cork—aka the last thing standing between you and your favorite red—comes from? In Portugal, there’s a long and rich history of harvesting cork trees. Harvesters strip trees of their bark by hand, using a process that makes certain the tree remains alive and healthy. The method is so difficult that harvesters begin learning the trade from a young age, keeping up a skill passed down through…

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Amazon Will Deliver Booze To Your Door In 1 Hour If You Live In These Cities

Your Amazon Prime account is the ultimate life saver. When you need a new Korean beauty mask in two days, the ‘Zon has you covered. When you want to binge watch a show you love, you can just hop on over to Prime Video and watch whatever you want. And when you need toilet paper, you can always count on Prime Now to have it to you in no time. The only thing Amazon has been missing is selection of adult beverages, that is, until now. Amazon is delivering alcohol to select cities…

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New Zealand: thousands of bottles of allegedly fraudulent wine exported

Ministry of primary industries brings landmark case against Southern Boundary Wines under 2003 wine act Thousands of bottles of allegedly fraudulent New Zealand sauvignon blanc and pinot noir have been exported overseas in what the government believes is the countrys first significant case of wine fraud. The Ministry of Primary Industries has brought a landmark case against Southern Boundary Wines the first ever to be prosecuted under the 2003 Wine Act. MPI alleges Southern Boundary Wines of north Canterbury produced wine for their own brand and others which gave misleading…

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French winemakers deploy candles, heaters and helicopters to save vines from frost

Vineyards report temperatures plunged in Champagne, Bordeaux damaging shoots already well-developed because of earlier mild weather Sharp spring frosts are damaging production in some of Frances most famous winemaking regions, including Champagne, Bordeaux and Burgundy, posing a threat to growers incomes. Vineyards report temperatures plunged in all three regions last week, sometimes to below -7C (19F), hurting shoots already well-developed because of earlier mild weather, and growers fear a new cold snap could cause more damage. They have been using candles, heaters and even the down-draught from helicopters to try…

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