When Monsieur Beaujolais Becomes Your Beaujolais Mentor

Would I be willing to go to France for a ten-day trip, and “one of the wineries you’ll be visiting is George Duboeuf?” Let’s see, minor pause… “Ah, oh, but of course!” Over the years I’ve received samples from the George Duboeuf winery. I’ve had shipments of Beaujolais Nouveau arrive, so I could taste them […] Source : https://www.wine-blog.org/index.php/2019/11/13/when-monsieur-beaujolais-becomes-your-mentor/

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Impeachment: Day One

Schiff poised, dignified. Nunes angry, scowling. “Hunter Biden! Burisma! Democrats!” Well, it’s all he, and Republicans, have. Shiny objects! Wave them in front of everybody’s faces and hope they’ll be distracted from Trump’s real crimes. It’s as if, at Nuremberg, Goering’s lawyer said, “Forget about Auschwitz. What about Roosevelt’s kickbacks from Warm Springs?” Tribunal Lead Prosecutor: “What kickbacks, herr lawyer?” …

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2014 Kirkland Signature Series Brunello di Montalcino

Here’s one of the most anticipated Kirkland wines of the year, that generally comes out in the November time frame every year.  We’ve followed this one for every vintage since it’s incredible 2010 vintage debut, and each year since, we haven’t found the wine to be as good as that first vintage. Here’s how we’ve graded the Kirkland Brunello over …

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A Decanter guide to Chablis Premier Cru

It came as no surprise to wine enthusiasts around the world when the climats of Burgundy were recognised by the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2015. The region has always been the epitome for exemplifying the importance of terroir, with a long historical tradition melding with grapes, soils, vineyard exposition and climate. I would argue that the premier cru climats …

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Mission and Pais Re-evaluated, part 2

In the second half of her two-part analysis of this recovered grape variety, Elaine looks at some current examples of wines now being made in California and Chile. See also part 1. Tegan Passalacqua, pictured below, is one of the founders of the Historic Vineyard Society, and is arguably one of the most quietly influential winemakers in California. He serves as both …

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Chablis 2018: Full vintage report plus top scoring wines

This hot, early and bountiful vintage was a welcome relief for weather-plagued producers. But while the quantity is there quality is patchy, says Tim Atkin MW, with much depending on yields, picking dates and producer nous. See the top-rated wines to buy, from grand cru to Petit Chablis. First the good news: there’s lots of Chablis 2018 to go round. …

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Roman Abramovich linked to new Russian wine investments

Roman Abramovich at a theatre premiere in Moscow in 2018. A Russian company associated with Roman Abramovich has backed a plan by local wine industry veteran Denis Polyakov to launch a new importer in the country, according to sources close to Polyakov. Separately, it is understood that Abramovich has become an investor in the Gai-Kodzor winery in southern Russia. New …

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Daily Wine News: Sherry’s Future

Fino sherry. (Wikimedia) Tim Atkin is hopeful for the future of Sherry. “Sherry is beginning to focus on origin rather than its famous method of fractional blending. The solera system is a fine way to achieve consistency, but often occludes nuances of terroir. Back in 1868, Sherry had 134 pagos or specific vineyard sites, compared with around 40 today. But …

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The 30 best South African wines under £20/$30

If you haven’t been drinking South African wines over the past five years, you’ve been missing out big time. Where have you been? South Africa, in my opinion, is making the most exciting wines of any New World country at the moment, with several wineries producing reds and whites that are more dynamic than many equivalent offerings from the masters …

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