frankenstein
frankenstein

This wine-lover may hate to dress up for Halloween (it's just not her thang!), but she does have an eye for the more frightful wine headlines of late. Check out this devil of a line up! We've talked about Chinese Tiger wines... now we may be talking about the flavor profile of wines that spent time in Chinese oak barrels. No joke, the Tonelería Magreñán coooperage in La Rioja, Spain took a little trip to China and came back glowing with the prospect of making barrels from Chinese oak, Quercus Mongolicus. More precisely, this oak comes from a forest in Mongolia that is actually two times the size of Spain. Apparently this oak is not for the faint-hearted! No one yet knows what this oak will really offer... Are you scared at the prospect? Or are you all for further advancements/changes in the wine-producing world?

Next up we have a sad, but no less frightening story of life and death. Have you ever made your own wine? If not but you are an aspiring winemaker, experience shows you must ventilate the fermentation area!  Two friends helping an amateur winemaker died recently due to Carbon Dioxide poisoning.  Check out the story for yourself here.

Our final report on this Halloween day is about dear Dr. Frankenstein, who has been at it again.  Or well, at least another celebrity wine monster has been created... Routers reported on Tuesday that "Sopranos Wines are being produced under a licensing agreement between the TV network HBO and New-York based Vesuvio Import Company. The wines will be distributed by Duggan's Distillers Products Corp." Yep! That's Vesuvio as in the name of the restaurant from the series we all came to know so well. Clever perhaps. But do you think the wine will be worth any snuff?