Italy inaugurates first ever 24-hour, free-flowing wine fountain

Awesome! 🙂

A vineyard in Italy has opened a free wine fountain with local red flowing 24/7, in a bid to give tourists a warmer welcome and a literal taste of what the region has to offer.
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While other wine fountains have previously been introduced in Italy, this one is being promoted as the first “proper” one to offers a 24/7 flow. However, it was highlighted that the fountain was not a place for “drunkards” or “louts.”

However, “winos” are okay, surely. 😉

I Zapped My Wine With an Ultrasonic Decanter and It Tasted Pretty Good

The Gawker / Gizmodo folks try out a new technology.

Technology that can age wine within minutes sounds like it belongs in the same too-good-to-be-true boat as those ads for that “one food that kills belly fat.” But the inventor behind a device that claims to do just that, the Sonic Decanter, recently invited to me to test out this fantastical technology. Does it work? As it turns out, tasting a bunch of wines is fun either way.

By zapping your bottle with ultrasonic frequencies, the creators of the decanter say it softens the tannins and expels the sulfur dioxide—the stuff added by winemakers to preserve the wine longer, even though it can change the way cheaper bottles taste. “It appears that the changes we generate in 15 to 20 minutes are the same changes that occur in the components of the wine when they bottle age for five to eight years,” says Mike Coyne, the creator of the device, over the phone. Basically, it sounds like alchemy for wine.

Farmers’ markets to start selling Ontario wines as of May 1

Great news! Would be better if the sale of alcohol was completely privatized, and the government got completely out of the business of selling it, and regulating it so strictly…

TORONTO — Homegrown Ontario wines will be showing up for sale at farmers’ markets as of May 1.

It’s a two-year pilot program the province hopes will lead to a jump in demand for the VQA wines.

The wines are crafted entirely from Ontario-grown grapes and must adhere to local winemaking standards.

The province says VQA wine sales hit $268 million last year, up $100 million from 2008.

It adds that there are approximately 200 farmers’ markets and 140 VQA wineries in Ontario.