Boxer Gin Review. Punchy or Paunchy?

I bought Boxer Gin because it was the gin of choice at Poco Tapas Bar, the excellent Bristolian tapas restaurant at which I first discovered the Negroni Manzanilla. And given my predilection for punchy gins and stooping to lowest-common-denominator wordplay, what could be more auspicious than a gin that is literally punchy? You know how this works by now, right? …

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Is the clock ticking down on cult wines?

When I was California editor for Wine Enthusiast Magazine, I had the hardest time getting to sample the wines of Bryant Family Vineyard. I managed to, two or three times. My last tasting, in 2012, was only because Tim Mondavi obtained a bottle for me to include in my tasting of the wines of Pritchard Hill, the region of Napa …

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What makes a good Bordeaux vintage?

Vineyards of Châteaux Canon The late Denis Dubourdieu, former winemaker, professor of oenology at the University of Bordeaux and recipient of the Decanter Hall of Fame Award in 2016, said there were five conditions that make a perfect vintage for red Bordeaux. One and two: early, rapid flowering and fruit-set during weather that is sufficiently warm and dry to ensure …

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2017 Firesteed Pinot Noir Willamette Valley

Finding a good, dependable and affordable every day Pinot Noir is a serious challenge. Whether you go to France, New Zealand, or the US, good luck finding one that’s fun to drink and under $15. This Firesteed bottle just might be the one though. Thank you Costco. Retail price is around $16, but Costco is delivering this one for the …

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What I learned about wine from going to a gig

Monday was fun. I arrived at Heathrow at nine in the morning. I’d just flown in from Montreal on a short overnight flight that took some six hours. By the time I’d watched some TV and eaten my meal, I only had about three hours to sleep. Lesson one: skip the bad airline food and don’t watch movies, but instead …

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Expert’s Choice: Old Vine South Africa

In June 2017, South Africa House in Trafalgar Square, London, was the venue for a landmark tasting. The Old Vine Project had come to town, and on offer were some of the most exciting wines yet to emerge from the Cape. See Nancy Gilchrist MW’s top 18 old-vine wines from South Africa You may also like Getting better with age: …

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Daily Wine News: Stats & Secrets

(Photo credit: Pexels) “Wine is being hurt by the combination of the boomer moving to retirement and the young consumer’s current lack of engagement. That’s changing wine demand from what we’ve grown accustomed during the past 20 years of premiumization.” Silicon Valley Bank’s Rob McMillan breaks down why “millennials are not good wine consumers” and offers a few suggestions for how …

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Prices for top French vineyards rise again in 2018

Vineyards in Burgundy leading up to the famous Corton hill. A single hectare of Burgundy grand cru vines may cost up to €14.5 million, according to the latest figures from French land agency Safer. It said the average price was €6.25m per hectare in 2018, up by 4% on 2017 and double the price from 2011. That kept Burgundy grands …

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Are wines really seasonal or reasonable, while an equator separates all of it

We read titles like, “Spring into Summer with Great White Wines.” We do eat differently in differing seasons, but do our wine choices really vary, very much? When it’s time to think about wine choices, I don’t know about you but I think “food,” and then I think “wine,” and vice versa – wine and […] Source : https://www.wine-blog.org/index.php/2019/06/19/are-wines-really-seasonal-or-reasonable-while-an-equator-separates-all-of-it/

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Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 6/16/19

Welcome to my weekly roundup of the wine stories that I find of interest on the web. I post them to my magazine on on Flipboard, but for those of you who aren’t Flipboard inclined, here’s everything I’ve strained out of the wine-related muck for the week. Wine Consumption Probably Won’t Return to “Normal” No one should ever expect a …

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It’s time to make extreme religion a campaign issue

There are religions, and then there are religions; some are better than others. But the religious writer, Abiya Ahmed, a Muslim, isn’t troubled by this obvious distinction. In her opinion piece, “We mustn’t forget value of religious people in society,” which was published locally over the weekend, she argues that the great thing about religion is that it enables Americans …

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Volnay premier cru 2010: panel tasting results

Volnay premier cru 2010 Entry criteria: Producers and UK agents were invited to submit any 2010 premier cru Volnay The results ‘Elegance and finesse, refinement and perfume.’ So quintessential Volnay was described by Michael Schuster at the outset of the post-tasting discussion. Did our panel find that in this line-up of premiers crus from the 2010 vintage? To an extent, …

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Daily Wine News: Rethinking Wine Criticism

(Wikimedia) Eric Asimov says it’s time to rethink wine criticism. “I believe that the most valuable thing wine writers can do is to help consumers develop confidence enough to think for themselves. This can best be achieved by helping consumers gain enough knowledge to make their own buying decisions without the crutch of the bottle review… Perhaps a better way …

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Picnic wine recommendations for the summer

Scroll down to see our picnic wines for summer So, the sun is shining and your thoughts are turning to sitting outside in a park or on the beach with a picnic. As well as packing some lovely food (recipe ideas below), it makes sense to pack a bottle or two of wine. But the question is, which wines should …

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Probe into Bordeaux wine labels causes concern

Place de la Bourse in Bordeaux. Officials from the regional office dealing with fraud and consumer protection, Direccte, have been investigating whether some Bordeaux wine labels mislead consumers by using the ‘brand name’ of a château when the wine inside the bottle has not been produced solely by that estate or the grapes come from beyond its borders. There has …

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I’ll Drink to That: Burgundy Vigneron Benjamin Leroux

Episode 467 of I’ll Drink to That! was released recently, and it features Burgundy vigneron Benjamin Leroux of the winery also named Benjamin Leroux, located in Beaune, France. Benjamin Leroux began his wine career in 1990 at the age of 15 years old, and took on his first head winemaking job in 1999. In hindsight, it can be said that …

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