Wine News 18-25 November

Happy Thanksgiving, if you’re celebrating on Thursday! Our Anglo-American celebration this year will be low-key. Thanksgiving is a holiday you can only celebrate properly in the United States; elsewhere in the world it feels like an oversized dinner on an ordinary Thursday night. Ah, well. Here’s the wine news!

If you’ll be in London on Friday, don’t forget the Wine Car Boot Sale will be going on. The last event back in the summer got rave reviews. Get the full details here.

German wine fans, if you want a look at the 2014 harvest reports from Germany’s 13 classified wine regions, look no further. The full details have been released.

Alfonso Cevola provides you with most all you need to know to get to grips with Amarone della Valpolicella, from how it’s made and the star winemakers to pairing suggestions.

Decanter also published an article on travel in Italy’s Trentino-Alto Adige wine region. The maps and information on wineries will save you a lot of effort as you plan a dream vacation to the Dolomites.

There’s a new app called Next Glass that claims to predict your taste in wine or beer after you’ve uploaded five of your favourites.

The Vivino wine app announced this week that it has added a wine list scanning feature. I can’t wait to try that out.

Over on Wine Folly, it’s all about the wines of Southern France. There’s a good overview and a clear map of the wine regions.

Last week saw the release of this year’s Beaujolais Nouveau, and you might be interested in who is drinking it. You might be surprised by the details on this infographic. Japan imports 7.9 million bottles of it? Really?

There’s a plan afoot to create a new Côte d’Or appellation, but it’s proving convtroversial among winemakers and négociants. Find out why and get the full details here.

And, finally, I’m amazed to say that drunk birds are falling from the sky in Canada after eating frost-fermented berries. Wildlife officials are now trying to figure out how to sober up sozzled flocks of Bohemian waxwings. Picture that.

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