Daily Archives: August 1, 2019

Revisiting the Vandals, in New Zealand’s Marlborough region

So I went back to the secret location in Marlborough to connect with the Vandals, taste some wine, and drink gin and tonic, and guzzle beer. This is such a fun project, and the wines are quite lovely (read more about them from my first meeting). More like this, please, Marlborough. Gonzo Resistance Sauvignon Blanc 2018 Marlborough, New Zealand This …

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Top DWWA 2019 award-winning Albariño wines

Top DWWA 2019 award-winning Albariño wines to celebrate Albariño Day Light-bodied, fresh and mouth-wateringly acidic, Albariño is an indigenous white grape variety from the Iberian Peninsula that has become popular worldwide for its high-quality, refreshing citrus flavours and hint of saltiness. The region of Rías Baixas reigns king when it comes to Albariño, and the Galician town of Cambados, considered …

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Five unique wines that winemakers like to drink

At Wine Access, a curated online wine retailer in the US, we often find winemakers seeking inspiration, and deliciousness, in contrasting styles, benchmark bottlings, and wines that are completely out of the ordinary. Here are five bottles that Wine Access have known winemakers to uncork when they have a minute to truly enjoy a wine for themselves. 2016 Maison L’Envoye Morgon …

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Rosso di Montalcino 2016 and 2017: Panel tasting results

Nicolas Clerc MW, Aldo Fiordelli and Susan Hulme MW tasted 93 Rosso di Montalcino wines, with 1 Outstanding and 21 Highly Recommended. Entry criteria: Producers and UK agents were invited to submit Rosso di Montalcino red wines from the 2016 and 2017 vintages, with retail availability in the UK or US. Scroll down to see the tasting notes & scores …

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Daily Wine News: Sherry’s Identity Crisis

A flight of sherries. (Flickr: Anna & Michal) In VinePair, Tim McKirdy looks at sherry’s identity crisis. “Sommeliers and wine professionals sing its praises, but it’s often an afterthought along with Ports and dessert wines on restaurant lists. Meanwhile, bartenders love it, but, unlike Campari’s cherry-red glare, sherry is more of a team player than easily-discernible star in cocktails.” “Xinomavro …

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Blah Blah Blah, More Natural Wine, Blah Blah Blah

Ok, folks, calm down please. I knew that I was stirring the pot a bit with my recent commentary regarding what is often referred to as the Natural Wine Movement, but I didn’t expect quite so many personal responses. Quite a few of you pinged me out of concern that I’d finally succumbed to my consternation and became an old …

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Majestic Wine poised to sell off Lay & Wheeler

Investment bankers at Cavendish Corporate Finance have been told by Majestic to secure final offers in the next four weeks for Lay & Wheeler, said Sky News. The wine merchant, founded in Colchester in 1854 and acquired by Majestic for £6m in 2009, is expected to fetch about £10m, with a number of private equity firms showing interest in the …

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Marks & Spencer wines to try

With a solid range which includes wines from trendy Etna and Santorini, as well as staples such as white Burgundy and Argentinian Malbec, Marks & Spencer is well worth a visit if you’re after a bottle or two of wine. Below are some of our favourites for 2019. The best Marks & Spencer wines to try: You may also like: …

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