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Inside Wine (May 15th, 2019)

2. California Wine Country revenues rose last year, helping to bring California’s tourism spending to $140 billion in 2018. Some of the economic impact in Sonoma County was due to 2017’s fires; many of the lodging room was filled with people displaced from their homes. Still, there was a 4.4% increase in visitor spending between 2017 and 2018. In Napa Valley, spending by tourists - most of them there for the wine - reached $2.23 billion in 2018. - NORTH BAY BUSINESS JOURNAL

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3. Spanish wine is having a renaissance, and it’s not only in the better-known regions. Spurred on by young winemakers interested in ancient grapes such as mencía and treixaduras, and producers such as Envínate who make wine a number of regions around the country, exciting things are happening everywhere. American wine bars are catching on, adding wines from these lesser-known grapes and regions to their lists. - VINEPAIR

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4. The luxe factor of Walla Walla Washington’s wine region has reached a new height with the opening of a new wine resort. Eritage Resort, opened by Justin Wylie of Va Piano Vineyards, sits among 300 acres of vineyards and wheat fields. This luxury resort at one end of the road that travels throughout the region’s wine country, making it easy to get to wineries, tasting rooms and restaurants. - SEATTLE MAGAZINE

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5. The Born Digital Wine Awards gave the “2018 Best Interview” accolade to the Italian Wine Podcast for Monty Waldin’s podcast interview with Joe Bastianich, owner of Bastianich Winery in the Friuli Venezia-Giulia region. - WINE INDUSTRY ADVISOR

6. A few years ago, picking the 10 best canned wines for summer might have been difficult, but as the wine in cans trend goes, there’s more to choose from when naming the best sparkling, rosé, white and red with pop tops. - WINE & SPIRITS

7. Why do some winemakers still call sauvignon blanc by the name fumé blanc? Perhaps to convey a style that’s unlike the general perception of more well-known Sauvignon Blanc. - SEVENFIFTY DAILY

8. Of course California is known for cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay, but albariño, carignan, cabernet franc and a few others are the big up and comers in the state. - WINE ENTHUSAIST

9. As graduation party season gets underway, keep the wine choices for guests simple with these tips. - TRIB LIVE

10. Could it be that the best wine glasses aren’t wine glasses at all? A water glass may just be the “one glass to rule them all.” - BON APPETIT

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Robin Shreeves is the wine columnist for the Courier Post newspaper in New Jersey. She holds an Intermediate Sommelier certification from the Wine School of Philadelphia. Her food and drinks writing can be found at Wine Enthusiast, VinePair, Food Network, Spirited magazine, USA Today, Mother Nature Network, Drink Nation, Edible Philly and Edible Jersey. Visit her website wineandwonder.com and follow her on Instagram at @rshreeves

Editing team: Kim Lyons (Pittsburgh-based journalist and managing editor at Inside); Susmita Baral (senior editor at Inside, who runs the biggest mac and cheese account on Instagram); and David Stegon (senior editor at Inside, whose reporting experience includes cryptocurrency and technology).

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