Daily Archives: June 12, 2019

Nagano region, Japan (15) Domaine Hase/Hikaru Farm

We followed a tiny, icy road in the foot of the mountain, heading up to Hikaru Farm in Takayama Village. This is where Misuhiro Hase makes wine, with vineyards ranging from 800-850 m in altitude. He’s another graduate of Arc-en-Vigne, and the 6 hectare property has 4.2 hectares of vines. The rest of the property grows buckwheat (for soba noodles) …

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DWWA: Press Coverage

With a dedicated PR team we aim to promote all the winning wines to the wine-drinking public. 2019 Judging Week coverage: The i news Virgin Media Television The Wine Doctor Ici Londres Business of Everything 2019  Results coverage highlights included: Birmingham Post China Daily Harpers ITV.com Marie Claire Metro The Buyer The i The Huffington Post The Real Review The …

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2016 Tenuta Valleselle Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore

We reviewed the previous vintage of this wine, so I was interested to try the 2016 release. Once again, the empty bottle could double as a weapon, easily twice as large and four times as heavy as your standard 750ml. This is a DOC wine, meaning that production follows the rules required in order to label the juice “Valpolicella Ripasso.” …

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Patagonia: The pioneers

Mist settles over Bodega Noemía’s vineyards at dawn. The Malbec vines are in Mainqué, in the heart of the Río Negro Valley From the air, the Río Negro Valley looks like a narrow, misshapen strip of intense green, a fierce contrast to the thousands of square kilometres of desert that surround it. An oasis in the middle of the arid …

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Daily Wine News: Rotgipfler & Zierfandler

Zierfandler. (Photo credit: Weinland Thermenregion) “Why, in the past decade or so, have we all felt so drawn to native grapes? Is it simply the inevitable urge to rip up the global wall-to-wall carpeting of international varieties? Or is there more zeitgeist at work?” In Grape Collective, Valerie Kathawala pens an in-depth look at the wines of Bernhard Stadlmann, the …

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Twenty vintages of Mirto from Ramón Bilbao

Twenty years have passed since the creation of Mirto, the flagship wine of the new team which took over the helm of Bodegas Ramón Bilbao. From the outset, Mirto lined up alongside the vanguard movement which has changed the course of Rioja wine in recent years. In 1998, with the arrival of the Restoy Zamora family, owners of the famous …

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What is Savagnin? Ask Decanter

Savagnin grapes have a rich history in the wine world. Small-berried, thick-skinned Savagnin has been cultivated in France for at least 900 years, according to research published in June 2019 that found a genetic match with a medieval grape seed recovered from Orléans. It is also known as Traminer, as well as ‘Heida’ in Switzerland, although debate is ongoing about …

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Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 6/9/18

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. A French Wine With a 900-Year-Old Vintage Wait, millenniums is the plural?!? We …

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