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Pairing Wine With a Big Mac; Italy’s Vino Production Blows France’s Out of the Water

“I recommend a nice blush to go with my McNuggets.”

• Wine site Snooth decided to try pairing wines with various items on the McDonald’s menu. Luckily for everyone, they “skipped trying to pair the wines with each of the dipping sauces.” [Snooth/Business Insider]

• Wine production in Italy exceeded that of France for the first time last year, and production of Prosecco even outpaced that of Champagne, with 420 million liters being produced compared to 400 million. [Telegraph UK]

• Prices for the Bordeaux 2010 vintage? Sky-high. [Decanter, Grub SF]

The Wall Street Journal gives a little primer on the much-derided Zinfandel grape, once thought to be an American native but found to have its roots in Croatia. [WSJ]

• Popular Central California Pinot maker Au Bon Climat has just opened their first tasting room in Santa Barbara. [Grub Street LA]

• John Mariani “almost never” orders Sauvignon Blancs grown on American soil because he says the wines tend to taste like “newly mown lawn.” [Bloomberg]

• And Eric Asimov lets everyone in on the “secret” that the 2008 vintage of white Burgundy “yielded a trove of wonderful wines, racy, lively and full of the mineral flavors.” [NYT]

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