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News stories from the world of food and wine that you might have missed this week:

  • If you think the Brits don’t make wine, think again. Jancis Robinson writes about the rapidly improving sparkling wines coming out of the UK.
  • The NY Times has a fascinating story about the highly acclaimed 1982 vintage in Bordeaux and the influence it had on winemaking in the region.
  • California wineries are making a virtue of necessity. Cold weather in recent vintages forced a more restrained and perhaps more satisfying style of winemaking, according to Jon Bonné in the The San Francisco Chronicle  .
  • LA Weekly reports on food swaps, a culinary trend gaining in popularity. Bring your home-made chocolate truffles, take home some fresh ricotta cheese.
  • The  Smithsonian blog reports on how some chemicals food producers use may be contributing to obesity. Apparently some chemicals enhance fat cells in the body.
  • I know you were waiting for this. We finally have–a recipe for pig testicle tacos.
  • Need a little more energy in the morning? Here is a 160 oz. cup of coffee