Daily Archives: August 12, 2018

My road trip: Day Six. A little ranting…

It’s Tuesday

Drove from Portland to Olympia, Washington (where I write this), about midway on my road trip, and I have a few observations to make about some things I encountered. Not to complain or anything, but the road people really have I-5 torn up, resulting in pretty massive backups. On the plus side, there are no fires this far north, a …

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Franciacorta: For those in the know

Franciacorta: For those in the know

Franciacorta may not be as talked-about as other sparkling wines, but Rebecca Gibb MW discovers it has real style and plenty of ambition.... Originally published in Decanter magazine's 2018 Italy supplement...Franciacorta produces elegant and accomplished sparkling winesFranciacorta: Lombardy’s fashionable fizz Milan is the heart of Italian fashion design, and long after the catwalks have closed for another season glamour continues …

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Chilean wine quiz – Test your knowledge

Chilean wine quiz – Test your knowledge

Chile is a great source of value-for-money wines and has a growing reputation for fine reds, too. How much do you know about this 'new world' wine country that has been making wine for over 400 hundred years? Test your knowledge with the Chile wine quiz.Vines in the Rapel zone of the Colchagua Valley, ChileStart the Chile wine quiz below …

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Work experience at Bordeaux Wine Festival

Work experience at Bordeaux Wine Festival

Our L20 Hotel School students had the experience of a lifetime recently when they worked alongside professional wine sommeliers at the recent Bordeaux Wine Festival in Liverpool. Bordeaux’s finest export came to Liverpool’s UNESCO World Heritage waterfront during the Three Festival’s Tall Ships Regatta last month. A UK first; Liverpool was embraced into the Bordeaux ‘Fete le Vin’ family alongside …

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Daily Wine News: Mistaken Identity

Daily Wine News: Mistaken Identity

Graciano. (Wikimedia) In the San Francisco Chronicle, Esther Mobley looks into how winemakers who mistakenly planted mislabeled Mourvedre cuttings are now embracing Graciano, the grape the cuttings really were. “But more than anything, the winemakers went along with it because they liked this new Mourvedre selection. In fact, some liked it better than actual Mourvedre.” “French wine production in 2018 …

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Vinography Unboxed: Week of 7/29/18

Vinography Images: Around the Bend

Hello, and welcome to my periodic dig through the samples pile. I'm pleased to bring you the latest installment of Vinography Unboxed, where I highlight some of the better bottles that have crossed my doorstep recently. This week was an all-California week, and involved a number of interesting wines. Let's start with the reliably excellent Riesling from Smith-Madrone, who have …

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Trump is doing Democrats’ work for us

It’s Tuesday

Still on the road. I’ll be on the way back to Portland as you read this, after a family-filled weekend in West Seattle, where the weather was simply gorgeous. I have a cousin—I’ll call him Billy—with whom I grew up. We’re not that close anymore because he lives on the opposite coast, but such are the ties that bind that …

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What are the best Shiraz wines from Australia?

What are the best Shiraz wines from Australia?

See below for a selection of the best Australian Shiraz wines, as rated by our experts, with full tasting notes on each wine available exclusively to Premium members...At least 25 Australian wine regions produce excellent Shiraz. From Queensland’s Granite Belt to Tasmania’s Tamar Valley, no other country offers such a range of Shiraz from a variety of terroirs. Below we …

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Mamba awards 2018: Tasmania sparkles at Australian wine event

Mamba awards 2018: Tasmania sparkles at Australian wine event

Tasmanian sparkling wine producer The House of Arras was the clear winner at the 13th Mamba Riedel Decanter Awards in the UK.Steven Spurrier tastes wines at the 13th Mamba Awards, part-sponsored by Decanter.The awards, hosted and sponsored by Roger and Sue Jones of the Michelin-starred The Harrow at Little Bedwyn in Wiltshire, champion the value and quality of Australian wine …

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Ed Sheeran - Bloodstream [Official]

Ed Sheeran - Bloodstream [Official]

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Daily Wine News: “All-Female” Wine Lists

Daily Wine News: “All-Female” Wine Lists

(Flickr: :: Wendy ::) In Wine-Searcher, James Lawrence on the rise of “all-female” wine lists. “Of course, whether such initiatives are a major step forward in terms of championing gender equality in the business is open to debate. It certainly raises a few interesting questions – should positive discrimination such as sidelining male winemakers on a wine list really be …

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