Daily Archives: June 20, 2019

Four New Crus for Muscadet

I was delighted to learn today that the Institut National des Appellations d’Origine have, on Wednesday 19th June, officially recognised four new cru communal zones in Muscadet. The four new crus are Goulaine, Château-Thébaud, Monnières-Saint-Fiacre and Mouzillon-Tillières. These four join the three crus which were ratified back in 2011, these being Clisson, Gorges and Le […] Source : http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/winedr/~3/L2cmqn4_oiY/

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Clarence Thomas and Lindsay Graham: Two basket cases

People assume that politicians take stances based on their beliefs, but sometimes, where they stand on an issue is a matter of psychology, not rational analysis. There are two politicians in particular whom I’ve watched for a long period of time, both of whom seem to have mental imbalances that force them to take extreme, peculiar positions. One is Lindsay …

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Chablis (10) William Fèvre

William Fèvre is one of the most highly regarded of the producers in Chablis. I met to taste with winemaker Didier Seguier. He’s been working for Fèvre for 21 years. He was born in Cognac, grew up in Blaye, and he arrived in Burgundy in 1992 after his studies. He started working for Bouchard Pere & Fils, and then in …

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Napa: Boisset opens museum and tasting room at historic Oakville Grocery

The new 1881 Napa tasting room and museum off Highway 29. Jean-Charles Boisset’s new ‘1881 Napa’ venture at Oakville Grocery is designed as an alternative to the all-day voyage that would ordinarily be required to taste Cabernet Sauvignon from 12 of the Napa Valley’s sub-appellations. Boisset bought Oakville Grocery late last year and has set about upgrading the beloved emporium …

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Spanish Wines of Value and Quality

Grapes of Spain has been importing wines from Spain since 2002 and currently has a portfolio of some 36 producers and 90+ wines from all parts of the country. Located just outside Washington DC, the company is owned and operated by Aurelio Cabestrero who is originally from Madrid. Before becoming an importer, Aurelio worked as a sommelier in Spain’s Café …

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Top Côte des Blancs wineries to visit

Vineyards of Avize, just south of Epernay Some of the best vines are to be found on the Côte des Blancs, a 20km stretch just south of Epernay that grows some of the very best Chardonnay grapes in the world. While Chardonnay might have originated in Burgundy, the Côte des Blancs’ chalky white slopes are its spiritual home, constituting 97% …

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Daily Wine News: Copper Alternatives

The EU is tightening rules governing copper usage. In Meininger’s, Sophie Kevany looks at whether there are any real alternatives. Through interviews with Joel Peterson and the Teldeschi brothers, as well as his own experience with Teldeschi’s grapes, David Darlington reports on a family of growers who have shaped the identity of Dry Creek in Wine & Spirits Magazine. In SevenFifty …

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Long-haired Hippy Good Guy (Spicewood Vineyards Recent Releases)

Long-haired hippy Texan Ron Yates holds court at Spicewood’s tasting room “It only took me… eleven years!” remarked Ron Yates, owner of the family-run Spicewood Vineyards, which produces about three thousand cases from about forty acres in the about-as-unlikely-as-they-come-at-first-but-upon-further-review-kind-of-inevitable fine wine region of Texas Hill Country. Yates was speaking about the fact that he and Texas-native winemaker Todd Crowell can …

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Château Gilette: Meet the Sauternes aged 20 years before bottling

Château Gilette It’s hard to think of a more unusual wine in Bordeaux than Château Gilette. I can say without hesitation that I have never used the phrase unicorn wine in my life. But what else do you call a Sauternes that is aged exclusively in concrete vats for 20 years before release – never seeing any oak or oxygen …

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Ancient Celts in Burgundy drank Greek wines, suggests study

A Greek drinking cup from the ancient Celtic burial ground at Kleinaspergle – thought to be similar to those used at Mont Lassois. Benedictine and Cistercian monks may take considerable credit for laying the foundations of Burgundy’s famous vineyard ‘climats’, but Celts near to this area were enjoying imported wines more than 1,000 years earlier, suggests a new scientific study …

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