Wine News 29 April to 6 May 2014

Welcome to the first edition of Winetuned’s Weekly Wine News! Each week we’ll pass along a few of the things that got us talking in the last seven days.

♦ The Telegraph puts wine experts and blind tastings under the microscope: “Is everything we know about wine wrong?

We love German wines, so when the Bottlenotes team recommended some of their favorites, how could we resist? The list goes beyond Rieslings and on to some under-explored gems.

Bottlenotes also had several features related to Mexican and American Cinco de Mayo celebrations. Lovers of Mexican food won’t want to miss the article on pairing wine with Mexican and Tex-Mex food, and chances are you won’t have heard about the Mexican-American wineries in Napa and Sonoma, or about wineries in Mexico.

Improve your appreciation of wine by learning how to make your own wine aroma kit for red wines on WineFolly.

Mitch Frank enters the debate on pesticides and biodynamics winegrowing in France for Wine Spectator: “Faith and Science: By refusing to spray pesticides, is Burgundy’s Emmanuel Giboulot a hero? Or wine’s Jenny McCarthy?”

And, just because it interested us, it has been discovered that medieval chickens were not like our modern chickens (and before you ask, no, we don’t know what wine goes with medieval chicken). Thanks to @Medievalists on Twitter for this surprise.

In other news, we are planning our annual Eurovision celebrations. The semi-finals will air on the BBC tonight (Tuesday) and Thursday night, and while watching three Eurovision shows in a single week seems a bit excessive, if you skip the semi-finals, you miss some of the most jaw-dropping acts. Watching the semi-finals live also gives you a chance to pick your favorites and select a few bottles of wine to aid the celebrations on Saturday night. We’ll share our favorites, scoring system (yes, we really do deduct points for winking), and what we plan to toast the winner with. If Graham Norton is dull this year, we may also need to raise a glass in memory of the unforgettable Wogan years.

Do you watch Eurovision? What will you wash the techno-beats down with?

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