Daily Archives: July 12, 2019

Canada’s Okanagan Valley hits London

High-end London department store Selfridges has just listed a bunch of wines from Canada’s Okanagan Valley. Chief buyer, Terry Threlfall, hails from British Columbia, so it’s nice to see him supporting his own crew. As someone who has spent a lot of time getting to know Canada’s wine regions, I think this is an exciting initiative, and these are my …

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Are Christians “persecuted”? Don’t make me laugh!

I got an email yesterday, called “Save the Persecuted Christians,” that made me laugh out loud. (I couldn’t find a web link for the email, so I cut and pasted it at the end of this post.) This email is comedy at its driest and wittiest. It claims that Christians “are being persecuted simply because of their faith. They are …

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Reasons to celebrate for Prosecco Superiore from Conegliano and Valdobbiadene

UNESCO World Heritage Site – 50 years of the Consorzio – Guest region at Decanter’s Sparkling Wine Exploration A territory that is a global cultural heritage of exceptional universal value, to be protected, preserved, and handed down to future generations Announced on 7 July 2019: the Prosecco Hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene are officially the 55th Italian “World Heritage Site”. …

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Is pale rosé wine better quality? – ask Decanter

Pale isn’t always best… It’s a misconception that pale rosé wine always means better quality than a bottle with a brighter, pink hue. Any ideas about paler being better may have partly arisen due to the increased popularity of dry Provence rosé, and the related fall of old-style, Californian White Zinfandel. Yet with so many stylistic points to consider in …

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Daily Wine News: Australian Grenache

In Wine Enthusiast, Christina Pickard says it’s a new era for Australian Grenache: “…its place in Aussie wine has become undeniable. Its story, however, is still being written.” Should winemakers have to make styles they don’t personally like (such as buttery Chardonnay), if there is consumer demand for them? In Meininger’s, Robert Joseph gives his opinion. “You and I may …

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Philippe Chidaine, Vendomois (Loire)

Philippe Chidaine in his tasting room Ternay, Coteaux du Vendômois (Loire) Philippe Chidaine [no family relation with François] has been making wine from his family property overlooking the Loir valley [the Loir is a secondary river flowing into the Loire]… Source : https://www.wineterroirs.com/2019/07/philippe_chidaine_bois_frelon_vendomois.html

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Best screw cap wine: Summer picks

There’s nothing better than enjoying a glass of wine al fresco in the summer – but what if you forget to bring a corkscrew to your picnic or barbecue? Screw cap wine is the solution, and below we’ve listed some top summer screw cap choices picked by Decanter’s experts. Scroll down for our screw cap wine recommendations For some time, screw …

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Port 2017: Vintage guide and what to buy

Graham’s Quinta dos Malvedos is the source of its The Stone Terraces Port: ‘the quintessence of the finest Douro fruit’ according to Richard Mayson in his report. Port 2017 A magnificent vintage, hard on the heels of 2016. Rich, intense, powerful fruit-driven wines balanced by unusual freshness and verve. 5/5 When I broached the selection of early-released 2017 Port, I …

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Chablis (13) La Chablisienne

La Chablisienne is the only cooperative in the region, but it’s an important player here. Regions are well served if they have a good cooperative, because these are often the first wines that the average consumer meets. If the coop is doing good work, this protects equity in the regional brand. Despite a recent bout of food poisoning, I was …

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