Roederer 2012

Palate Press Columnists Win at 2012 Roederer Awards

Palate Press was well-represented among the winners at this year's Louis Roederer International Wine Writers' Awards. Columnist Erika Szymanski was awarded the Emerging Wine Writer of the Year award and columnist Evan Dawson won the International Wine Book of the Year award for his book, Summer in a Glass: The Coming of Age of Winemaking in the Finger Lakes.
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Red Carpet Cocktails

‘Tis the season for Oscar parties. If you really want to impress your friends during this Sunday’s festivities, don your tux or gown, get behind the bar, and whip up some of these cocktails inspired by some of the nominees.
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Scientific Misconduct Muddies Waters of Red Wine Research

An investigation performed by the University of Connecticut has concluded that reseacher Dr. Dipak Das falsified data in 26 scientific publications, some of which were studies involving the controversial wine component resveratrol. Das is the head of a research lab in the Cardiovascular Research Center at the University of Connecticut Health Center. His studies include effects of resveratrol on cardiac health.
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Wine and Chocolate Taken to an Entirely New Level

Red wine and chocolate. Personally, I’ve never really found the pairing all that appealing, but I have seen many instances of people going nuts for chocolate served with a sweet red wine in a tasting room. Maybe it’s because they enjoy the supposed health benefits of both wine and chocolate. Or maybe it’s because chocolate leads to the release of brain chemicals similar to those released during sex.
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Colorado Wine Industry Aims High

From the Denver/Boulder area, the Grand Valley AVA of Colorado is past the Continental Divide on the western slope of the Rocky Mountains. The trip westward on Interstate 70, which winds through canyons that the word "pcturesque" struggles to describe, is rewarding if undertaken carefully to avoid notorious mountain traffic.
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Argumentum ad Naturam: Reviewing “Wine From Here”

Wine From Here: Natural Wine in California is a documentary film self-financed and produced by brothers Martin Carel and Matthieu Tanguay-Carel. The film focuses on interviews with California winemakers and natural wine advocates, including the wise and eloquent Paul Draper of Ridge, the zealous Tony Coturri, and the queen bee of the natural wine movement, Alice Feiring, documenting the growing natural wine movement in California.
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Authentic is the New Natural: Reviewing Authentic Wine

The debate in wine geek circles surrounding the concept of “natural wine” seems to be unending. From the uselessness of the term “natural” to hyperbolic accusations on both sides (chemical agriculture and slaves of Monsanto vs. hippies and producers of flawed wines), the arguments for and against “natural wine” have almost become trite.