2014 Hedges Marcel Dupont Les Gosses Red Mountain Syrah

Running into this bottle was a real surprise, particularly at a Costco in the Atlanta area.  This is a small batch Syrah from Red Mountain in Washington State’s Yakima Valley.  Normally, I would expect to see something like this limited in distribution to Costco stores near where the wine is produced, not a few thousand miles away. But boy am …

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Cellaring tips for collectors

I spent a morning with one of the world’s most obsessive and prolific collectors of wine. It was a fascinating yet disorienting experience. Here was a man with 40,000 bottles in his cellar, but who hadn’t drunk any of them for more than 20 years. His collecting had clearly affected his life in a major way – one of his …

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Wine Reviews: Gundlach Bundschu & Peju

This week, I’m back to California, focusing on one producer apiece from Sonoma and Napa. Peju is a well-known name, and a hot spot for Napa wine tourists. This Rutherford estate, founded by Tony and Herta Peju in 1982, produces a wide range of wines (about 40). I tasted six wines (with wide national availability) from winemaker Sara Fowler. I …

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Winemaker Interview: Remi Vervier

Remi Vervier As our regular readers know, from time to time, we pose a series of questions to a winemaker to probe their winemaking philosophy and to gain insight into how they became who they are. This week, we are featuring Remi Vervier, the Managing Director and Oenologist of Champagne Palmer & Co. Remi hails from a Burgundian winemaking family. He was …

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Daily Wine News: Evolution & Extinction

In the New York Times, Eric Asimov reports on how farmer, biologist, and winemaker Mimi Casteel is working to combat climate change and reverse ecological damage with regenerative agriculture in vineyards in the Willamette Valley. “Extinction is such a final word that it seems strange to use in terms of an entire category of wine, but along with gorillas, the …

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What is ramato wine? Ask Decanter

Vineyards in Friuli-Venezia Giulia. Pinot Grigio is one of the most popular Italian wine styles and, while the grape shares the same genetic fingerprint with one of Alsace’s noble varieties, Pinot Gris, its different spelling and origination portend unique styles of white wine. But Italian Pinot Grigio hasn’t always been made in the dry, untinted fashion that we know today. …

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Jackson Family Wines buys winery in California’s Anderson Valley

Anderson Valley vineyards have gained a reputation for quality Pinot Noir. Jackson Family Wines (JFW) has bought the estate winery, vineyard and tasting room of Balo Vineyards, it said this week. A fee was not disclosed, although the 5.6-hectare property had been listed by estate agency Mark Stevens at $4.69m. The Balo Vineyards brand and current wine stocks were not …

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Identifying the best Burgundy vineyards

Clos de Bèze dates back to the 7th century. It is considered one of the best Burgundy vineyards. For many ardent oenophiles, the wines of Burgundy represent the pinnacle of perfection. Here, the concept of terroir is expressed in its purest form. Underlying geology, exposition, erosion and soils combine with historical factors and the influence of modern winemaking methods to …

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Harvest, Vendanges 2019 (two)

Vincent Bergeron A bit late on schedule, here is the part II I showed up unannounced at the cellar of Vincent Bergeron also in Montlouis, he was there by chance. Frantz Saumon who still uses part of the cellar wasn’t… Source : https://www.wineterroirs.com/2019/10/harvest_vendanges2.html

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2019 HARVEST AT MAISON BRUNO PAILLARD

[All images in this blog posting are the property of Bruno Paillard. Please do not copy..] If you’ve missed the latest harvest results for Champagne this year, I’m going to share it for you. Having been in France this past August, I can only imagine the struggles that they felt (extreme heat and grapes of […] Source : https://www.wine-blog.org/index.php/2019/10/17/2019-harvest-at-maison-bruno-paillard/

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