Daily Archives: June 19, 2019

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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