The Weather's Effect on Rioja; Spanish White Wines All the Rage

Rioja, like other winemaking regions, is now making riper, softer wines -- partly because of customer demand, but also due to warmer summers resulting from climate change. [Wall Street Journal]

Meanwhile, Spanish white wines are gaining interest as a more exciting alternative to the Chardonnay-Sauvignon Blanc-Pinot Grigio trifecta on wine lists everywhere. [The Atlantic Food Channel]

The Daily News is a little late to the tequila table, citing higher-end versions of the spirit and well-made tequila cocktails as a new drinking trend. [NY Daily News]

Plastic corks are stealing market share from the real thing, with more than one in 10 full-sized wine bottles sold worldwide plugged with Nomacorc. [Wall Street Journal]

The Whitney is auctioning off a series of limited-edition bottles of 2007 Ornellaia with labels designed by Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh to benefit the museum. [T Magazine]

The Pink Boots Society promotes the drinking of (good, craft) beer among women, and suggests you buy your mother a pint this Mother's Day. [Washington Post]

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