Daily Archives: July 10, 2019

Meet the ‘new’ Bordeaux wine grapes

Marselan has been making a name for itself in China. Producers said they have picked the new grape varieties for their potential to mitigate the impact of climate change without diluting the identity of Bordeaux wines. Potentially useful characteristics among the grapes listed below include naturally high acidity, structure or strong aromatics, as well as good resistance against specific vine …

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2017 Kirkland Signature Russian River Chardonnay Sonoma

This is a Kirkland offering I look forward to tasting every year. This year it’s wearing a brand new label like many of the other Kirkland bottles we’ve reviewed. And it’s a welcome change from the rather generic and bland Kirkland wine labels of years past. We’ve liked certain vintages of the Kirkland Russian River Chard more than others, and …

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Boisset to buy Alex Gambal in Burgundy

Alex Gambal moved to Burgundy from the US. Boisset and Alex Gambal have entered exclusive talks to agree a takeover deal, said the Boisset family, following several weeks of speculation in the region. Financial details were not disclosed. Alex Gambal, originally from Boston in the US, moved to Burgundy in 1993 and set up his own merchant house in Beaune …

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Getting to know white Hermitage

White Hermitage is known for its richness, high alcohol and viscosity. Even to the untrained eye, there are some vineyard sites that stop you in your tracks: the hill of Hermitage is one. You may also like: Expert’s Choice: White Châteauneuf-du-Pape Best Rhône 2017 wines: The top scorers Condrieu ageing- Ask Decanter The post Getting to know white Hermitage appeared …

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Daily Wine News: Reconsidering Albariño

Albariño. (Flickr: juantiagues). In the New York Times, Eric Asimov and the wine panel discover the beauty of albariño. “While albariño has proved consistently popular…it has rarely received much respect from those looking beyond crisp, cheerful (and preferably inexpensive) whites… Recently, however, several excellent bottles made me wonder whether it was time to take another look at albariños.” In the …

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The £6 Orange Natural Wine

Cramele Recas is a large winery in Romania well known for its astutely made commercial wines. Last year they began making an affordable orange wine, and this, the second vintage, is on the shelf at £6 in Asda (a UK supermarket). It spends 20 days on skins, and has no added sulfites. I’m impressed by it, and it’s a remarkable …

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