Daily Archives: August 30, 2019

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Emory Minnick has added a photo to the pool: The Wachau Valley is an Austrian region near the Danube River, west of Vienna. It’s known for its rolling hills, vineyards and fortresses. Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned in the castle above the town of Dürnstein. Highlights of nearby Gottweig Abbey include its lavish baroque church and views across the valley. …

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Terraced Vineyards Along the Danube-Wachau Valley-Spitz Au…

The Wachau Valley is an Austrian region near the Danube River, west of Vienna. It’s known for its rolling hills, vineyards and fortresses. Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned in the castle above the town of Dürnstein. Highlights of nearby Gottweig Abbey include its lavish baroque church and views across the valley. Done Source : https://www.flickr.com/photos/emoryminnick/48630472997/in/[email protected]

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viura | Unstable summer… Intense heat days followed by rai…

Unstable summer… Intense heat days followed by rainy and cool days!! It said that the harvest will not be abundant, but it will be excellent!!! (Ha sido un verano inestable… Días de calor intenso seguidos de días lluviosos y frescos… Dicen que la cosecha no será abundante, pero sí excelente!!!) ? Celtas Cortos – “Amor al vino” Ribera del Duero, …

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Osborne Sherry: Over 245 years of excellence

Over two centuries ago, driven by rising clamour for Sherry in London, Thomas Osborne Mann sailed to Jerez full of ambition. Within a few years, Osborne established the bodegas that still bear his name in El Puerto de Santa María. In Jerez, a long history can guarantee not only prestige but also the precious rarity of the soleras acquired over …

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DAWA judge profile: Eddie McDougall

Eddie McDougall, an award-winning winemaker, wine judge, and TV personality, once again joins the judging panel at the 2019 Decanter Asia Wine Awards. Eddie Mcdougall Eddie McDougall Eddie McDougall is an award-winning winemaker, chairman of the Asian Wine Review, wine judge and TV personality behind The Flying Winemaker, one of Asia-Pacific’s most dynamic wine brands. In 2018 he was presented …

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Quinta do Noval buys prized vineyards in Douro

A view across Douro Valley vineyards. Quinta do Noval said its vineyard holdings in the Douro have risen from 145 hectares to 181ha after it bought the neighbouring Quinta do Passadouro estate from the Bohrmann family for an undisclosed fee. Christian Seely, MD of Noval and also of its owner, Axa Millésimes, said he was excited by the quality of …

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New Reviews: Quady

Back in the day I used to taste a lot of Quady. It’s been a few years now, and it’s good to see they’re right on course. Quady got their start in the late 1970s when they began specializing in the fairly arcane area of sweet dessert wines. They’re still at it. I’ve always had a soft spot for underdog …

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The Wine Makers, episode 113 on Radio Misfits

The Wine Makers Podcast gets recorded here in Sonoma. Hosts Sam Coturri, Bart Hansen, and Brian Casey invited me to spontaneously join their podcast conversation this week. We talk about several different rosés, a special bottle of Chardonnay, and end up dwelling on the social complexities of the Marvel Universe, and then finally talk through a host of California wines. …

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Why is Touriga Nacional a rising star? Ask Decanter

Touriga Nacional grapes in Portugal. Touriga Nacional is known for making darkly coloured, rich, tannic and complex wines, most commonly around a concentrated kernel of black fruits. It enjoys ageing and, although best known for its role in the Douro Valley’s Port blends, has drawn comparisons to Cabernet Sauvignon during the resurgence for unfortified, Portuguese red wines so far this …

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Patagonia: South America’s new frontier

Aquitania’s vineyards in Malleco In the past decade, winemakers in Chile and Argentina have moved beyond what was seen as the final frontier for South American viticulture and into the cool climates and wild terrains of Patagonia. Growing confidence and expertise; a quest for lower temperatures and greater water availability in the face of climate change; and a thirst for …

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Vinography Images: A Hazy Shade of Autumn

A Hazy Shade of Autumn SANTA MARIA, CA: Dark afternoon smoke from the officially named Alamo Fire, burning in the nearby coastal mountains within view of the Pacific Ocean, creates an eerie, surreal scene near Santa Maria, California. The 30,000 acre blaze began near Twitchell Reservoir on Highway 166 and quickly spread toward the ranches and vineyards along the Tepusquet …

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