Daily Archives: April 11, 2019

DWWA judge profile: Martin Tickle

Martin Tickle is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) Martin Tickle Martin Tickle Martin Tickle joined the wine trade in 2002, working for Majestic Wine. He is currently the Fine Wine Buyer for Jeroboams Wine Merchants, with a particular focus on the wines of Bordeaux, Burgundy, and Champagne. Martin joins DWWA for the first time as a …

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DWWA judge profile: Jonas Tofterup MW

Jonas Tofterup MW is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) Jonas Tofterup MW Jonas Tofterup MW has strong technical and practical wine knowledge thanks to his M.Sc. in Viticulture and Enology as well as working with more than 20 wineries across 3 continents over his career. Since 2015, he has worked for Viña Valdivieso Chile as …

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DWWA judge profile: Pierre Vila Palleja

Pierre Vila Palleja is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) Pierre Vila Palleja Pierre Vila Palleja is a wine writer, journalist, restaurant manager and sommelier. Since 2015 he has worked as a journalist for Revue du Vin de France. Pierre works as Restaurant Manager and Head Sommelier at Le Petit Sommelier in Paris, which has received …

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DWWA judge profile: Peter Wallbridge

Peter Wallbridge is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) Peter Wallbridge Peter Wallbridge currently works as a Buyer for Spain and South America for Enotria, drawing on his extensive knowledge of Spain and the Spanish culture. Previously, he ran his own business distributing premium wines to the on trade as well as hosting and organising private …

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How to make – Home Brewed Simple Pineapple Wine Recipe

Simple Pineapple Wine recipe Makes about 2 gallons. Pineapple Wine Recipe 2 Kilograms Pineapple Fresh or Frozen 2 Kilograms Sugar 2 1/2 Tsp Yeast Nutrient 3 Tsp Citric Acid 1 Tsp Pectic Enzyme 1 Tsp Tannic Acid 7 to 8 Liters Water 1 Package Lalvin Wine Yeast Check out my Time Lapse Video on the Fermentation at Please Subscribe to …

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Inmate Brew Tasting and a Few Updates

Please consider helping support my videos directly through small contributions through Patreon at: Well folks–it has finally come… The day to taste the three inmate brews I’ve had fermenting for the last month. In this video, I taste test all three: 1) Apple Cider (100% juice) with sugar, raisin juice, and bread yeast 2) Grape (100% juice) with sugar, raisin …

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DWWA judge profile: Helen Williams

Helen Williams is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) Helen Williams Helen Williams has been part of the wine buying team at the Hakkasan Group since 2015. Based in the London Head Office, she buys fine wines for the five London sites, including the Michelin-starred Hakkasan Hanway Place and Yauatcha Soho. Previous to buying, she held …

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DWWA judge profile: Eric Zwiebel MS

Eric Zwiebel MS is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) Eric Zwiebel MS Eric Zwiebel MS is Cellar Master at Summer Lodge Country House Hotel in Dorset. Born in Alsace, Zweibel began his wine career early on by helping his parents in their restaurant, before working as Sommelier for Le Pavillon Elysée Lenôtre in Paris. F …

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Turning Tables: Boka Restaurant Group Opens Three New Concepts, One with Chef Stephanie Izard (Wine Spectator)

Chicago-based Boka Restaurant Group, the company behind five Wine Spectator Restaurant Award winners including Swift & Sons and Boka, opened three new concepts April 4 inside the Hoxton Hotel in Chicago. Cira, the Mediterranean restaurant on the hotel’s ground floor, has a menu of small shareable plates crafted by Swift & Sons chef Chris Pandel, and an adjoining daytime coffee …

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Paso Robles | Travel Guide

Paso Robles Travel Guide | Travel Fun fact: Halfway through the trip, I learned that locals actually pronounce the name of the city as Paso Row•bulls but either pronunciation is considered fine. Featured wineries and things to do in Paso Robles: Allegretto Vineyard Resort By Ayres A luxury resort in the heart of Paso Robles. I absolutely loved this Tuscan-inspired …

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DWWA judge profile: Martin Reyes MW

Martin Reyes MW is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) Martin Reyes MW Martin Reyes MW, a first-generation American, is the first Master of Wine of Mexican descent. With a prolific career as a buyer, importer, educator, and more recently, winemaker, he has held influential roles in many sectors of the industry. Martin’s wine story began …

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DWWA judge profile: Jonas Röjerman

Jonas Röjerman is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) Jonas Röjerman Jonas Röjerman Residing in Stockholm, Jonas Röjerman holds the role as Head of Quality Control at the Swedish wine, beer and spirits retail monopoly Systembolaget. His responsibilities include training the tasting panel and auditing wine producers, with a focus on production and wine quality. In 2007 …

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7 Australian Wines for All Palates (Wine Spectator)

Tasting Highlights’ wine reviews are fresh out of the tasting room, offering a sneak peek of our editors’ most recent scores and notes to WineSpectator.com members. This week’s selection speaks to Australia’s many strengths. There’s a diversity of varieties and styles from climates warm and cool. They are all priced at $22 or less, and many of them are widely …

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Don’t-Miss Chicago Restaurants for Wine Lovers (Wine Spectator)

Updated April 11, 2019 In recent decades, the Second City has ascended to the top tier of innovation and excellence in American dining, powered by imagination in the kitchen from chefs like Michael Kornick, Tony Mantuano, Rick Bayless and, of course, the late Charlie Trotter. Today’s scene is as vibrant as ever, with world-class wine lists and cuisine, both fine …

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DWWA judge profile: Eduardo Milan

Eduardo Milan is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) Eduardo Milan Having achieved his sommelier degree and studied various WSET levels, Eduardo Milan started his wine career as a member of the tasting team of ADEGA Magazine, becoming its Wine Editor in 2011, a position he still occupies. He is a member of the tasting team …

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Mix 106 Mixxer with Rob Thomas at The Mountain Winery

Rob Thomas played a special Mixxer for Mix 106 listeners at the beautiful Mountain Winery. Marc Acton, Middays on Mix 106, interviewed Rob before his performance. Watch them talk about the possibility of a Matchbox 20 tour in 2020, Rob’s two special needs dogs, where the name ‘Chip Tooth Smile’ comes from, and why Rob isn’t afraid of getting older. …

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