Fine wine locator for consumers

wine retailerWhen reviewing wines, some of which may not be available locally, it's useful to have a wine retail and merchant information service, to determine where a wine is available. A fine wine locator still has purpose despite the widespread use of the internet.

When I worked on a wine magazine launch many years ago we spent a considerable amount of time exercising our minds, and our telephone arms, on including wine retailers and merchants who connected to the editorial content of the magazine. We wanted to provide a service to our readers who might otherwise opine on the point of reviewing a wine when it might not be available locally, at their favourite wine merchant or even via mail order from farther afield. Even today, with the widespread use of search engines, it's not always easy to find a wine one wants to buy because not all retailers are present in some of the search engine results and, as you may have discovered, those that claim they list a wine don't always hold the stock. In any case, a fine wine locator is still a big headache largely because compiling lists of suppliers, maintaining them and cross-referencing them to the reviewed wines is very time-consuming. Until now.

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Pinot Noir in Champagne: Blanc de Noirs and pink Champagne

Pinot NoirThis article considers how Pinot Noir, a black grape, influences the taste of Champagne and its influence in making pink Champagne. There is also an example of using Pinot Meunier - a widely planted variety which hardly receives any mention. Some questions this article addresses, even if not explicitly, are: why aren't all Blanc de Noirs pink? Why isn't all Champagne made with black grapes (including those which have Pinot Meunier) pink?. Why isn't all pink Champagne made 'saignée' which is a complicated but normal part of the Champagne method, as opposed to blending red wines at their second fermentation. Wines may be made using both methods.

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