Daily Archives: August 12, 2019

Daily Wine News: Concrete Craze

In Wine-Searcher, Kathleen Willcox looks at how winemakers are embracing the concrete wine egg. “Whether it’s the actual physical properties imparted to the wine by the strange ovoid, the optics of its otherworldly appearance, pay-it-forward economics, or some combination, chances are, this Seussical creation has landed – or is about to – at the hippest winery near you.” Vintner Stephanie …

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Vinography Images: Line of Contrast

Line of Contrast SANTA YNEZ, CA: A Cabernet vineyard at Dierberg Star Lane Vineyards stands starkly against the golden hills behind it at sunrise near Santa Ynez, California. The unique micro climates of the Santa Ynez valley allow for both Burgundian and Bordeaux grape varieties to thrive. INSTRUCTIONS: Download this image by right-clicking on the image and selecting “save link …

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Oakland’s housing woes: a classic bind

Monday’s report, in the San Francisco Chronicle, that the city of Oakland has surpassed San Francisco in new apartment construction came as no surprise to those of us who, like me, live at the epicenter of the new development, in the so-called “Broadway-Valdez Corridor.” In the last two years or so, Oakland, with less than half the population of San …

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Grower Champagne focus: Marie Courtin Résonance Extra Brut

Champagne Marie-Courtin Résonance Extra Brut NV (2014) France 12% alcohol. Dominique Moreau runs the estate – her grandmother was Marie-Courtin. It’s 2 ha in the Aube, and all of the Champagnes are non-vintage, but she doesn’t use reserve wine. This wine is 2014. It’s from the village of Polisot in the south of the Aube, and this is Pinot Noir. …

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For August 12, 2019

I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes in a “mini-review” format.  They are meant to be quirky, fun, and (mostly) easily-digestible reviews of (mostly) currently available wines (click here for the skinny on how to read them), and are presented …

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IMG_20190705_090659 | Weinreben werden häufiger gespritzt al…

Weinreben werden häufiger gespritzt als jede andere Kulturpflanze. (Der ‘Gftspritzer’ ist mit einer Maske geschützt…)   Rund 60 Prozent des Fungizidverbrauchs, knapp 90 000 Tonnen Pilzbekämpfungsmittel, gehen in Europa auf das Konto des Weinbaus – der gerade einmal fünf Prozent der Anbaufläche ausmacht. Selbst im ökologischen Weinbau müssen Winzer Kupfer- und Schwefelpräparate einsetzen, um ihre Ernte zu sichern. Der Klimawandel …

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The best Asda wines to buy

There’s some serious value to be had in Asda’s ‘Extra Special’ own-label range, but if you can push the budget a little higher it’s also worth checking out their branded wines. Below are our recommended Asda wines available to buy now. Among the selection are the supermarket’s Extra Special vintage Champagne (‘a great-value supermarket option’), a Provence rosé, and a Gold-Medal-winning Romanian white wine …

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The Penfolds Collection 2019: Grange 2015 & St Henri 2016 but no Bin 707

On his usual whirlwind visit to London (in Paris the day before, leaving for Australia the day after) to present the 2019 Penfolds Collection, chief winemaker Peter Gago was more ebullient than ever, buoyed by Penfolds’ new venture into Champagne with the excellent, albeit under-the-radar, house Thiénot. Tasting the Penfolds Collection 2019: You may also like: Top Australian multi-regional blends …

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