Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July, everyone! I wish you great fun and good memories with family and friends, good BBQ, and great wine! The Academic Wino will be taking an extra day off to in celebration of America’s birthday, but we…

Who’s Your Daddy?: Chardonnay

The subject of today’s “Who’s Your Daddy” post is one of the most widely recognized and most popular wines in the world:  Chardonnay! http://drinknectar.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/Chardonnay.jpg Chardonnay is relatively easy to grow and can readily adapt to different environments, and therefore can…

Oak Barrels vs. Oak Chips: The Showdown

http://www.precisionmonitoring.com/images/BarrelCellar.jpg One major cost associated with producing wine is the cost of the barrel in which it is fermented and/or aged.  A brand new American oak barrel in 2011 costs roughly $400, while a brand new French oak barrel in…

Wine Law 101: Silly Alcohol Laws Edition

Every state has its own laws regarding the sale and consumption of wine and other alcohol.  Some may be legit, but others are just plain silly!  Today’s post is a light-hearted break from the heavier scientific reviews, and highlights just…

China: The Next Leader in the Wine Industry?

A French Bordeaux…an Oregon Pinot…an Argentinean Malbec…a Chinese Merlot? When you think of top wine producing and consuming nations, you think of France, Italy, the United States, etc.  European history is steeped in wine, as is the United States, South…

Does Raising Taxes on Alcohol Save Lives?

Today’s review post is a fascinating study regarding alcohol consumption, implementation of excise taxes, and effects on alcohol-related death trends in the United States.  It is relatively lengthy, but it was so chock full of facts that I was unaware…