Monthly Archives: October 2019

Questions on French wine tariffs!

Our post about the 25% tariff that will be imposed on the $.2.5 billion of wines imported from France, Spain and Germany as of October 18 raised some questions. We respond: Rick: How do you suppose this will affect futures orders that are in place? Dr. Vino: They will be hit by the 25% levy if they arrive in the …

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Daily Wine News: Priorat’s Evolution

(Flickr: noviceromano) In the New York Times, Eric Asimov explores Priorat reds. “From its modern inception, Priorat has generally been a burly wine, rich and alcoholic, as garnacha and cariñena, also known by their French names grenache and carignan, can often be. Yet over the last 20 years it has rarely stayed the same… As it has changed, has Priorat’s …

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Haut-Brion and Bordeaux ‘great’ Jean-Bernard Delmas dies

Jean-Bernard Delmas, 1935 – 2019. Charming, extraordinary and revolutionary are just some of the words that have been used to describe winemaker Jean-Bernard Delmas, who died in Bordeaux this week aged 83. Delmas spent more than 40 years as manager and technical director of Château Haut-Brion between 1961 and 2003. He also oversaw the other wines of estate owner Domaine …

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Château de St-Cosme Gigondas: Tasting the single-vineyard bottlings

‘If someone drinks a bottle of Château Haut-Brion 2017 now,’ says Louis Barruol of Château de St-Cosme, ‘everyone would say, “listen buddy, if you wait 15 years you’ll get much more emotion than you’re getting from it now”. But in regions that are still establishing themselves such as ours, relatively few people have the knowledge to say “hang on – …

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Uruguay: South America’s under-discovered jewel

Flanked by Argentina on one side, Brazil on the other and with the Atlantic Ocean pushing in from the south, Uruguay – only 176,000 sq km in size and populated by around 3.5m people – is arguably South America’s under-discovered jewel; a patchwork of predominantly boutique-style, family-owned producers who craft their wines along traditional European lines which tap into this …

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Colomé: High altitude excellence

With vineyards that begin at 1,750m above sea level and reach way beyond, Colomé was already operating in the world of high altitude winemaking, but with Altura Máxima it really is pushing the envelope, the altimeter hitting a staggering 3,111m at what is one of the highest vineyards in the world. Located in Salta’s Calchaqui Valley, Colomé was born in …

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Champagne Jacquart: Cuvée Chouilly Grand Cru

Since its birth in 1964, Champagne Jacquart has nurtured and cemented a reputation for its expansive network of growers and their vineyards, encapsulated by its Mosaique range which pulls together all these individual strands of Champagne to form an all-encompassing portrayal of the region’s finest. Its latest venture turns that concept almost entirely inside out. The aim of representing the …

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Les Quelles de la Coste, the wines of actor John Malkovich

These wines are from the estate owned by actor John Malkovich. He has a home in the Luberon in the south of France, and a few years ago decided to plant a 5 hectare vineyard with Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon, two varieties beloved of Americans but not widely planted in the warm Vaucluse. Of the two, Cabernet Sauvignon has …

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What are the best Aldi wines to buy?

The ever-changing range of Aldi wines is well-worth seeking out. The discount retailer’s range has arguably gone from strength to strength since the launch of its e-commerce wine site back in January 2016, and it now offers a mix of seasonal selections plus a core year-round offering. New for 2019 is Aldi’s Classic Icon range – a selection of more …

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Daily Wine News: French Wine Tariffs

“The Trump administration slapped 25% tariffs on French wine, Italian cheese and single-malt Scotch whisky — but spared Italian wine, pasta and olive oil — in retaliation for European Union subsidies on large aircraft,” reports Reuters. In Bloomberg, Elin McCoy looks at the recent, positive change in Chilean wines. “The style of many icon wines started to change in the …

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Making Hay (Rowen Recent Releases)

A totally-not-at-all-staged photo from Rodney Strong’s vineyards The word rowen – which is of Middle English ancestry, from an Old Northern French variant of regain, and almost certainly will have your phone’s auto-correct annoyingly trying to change it to rower – almost literally means to make hay. Well, technically, it means “a second growth of grass or hay in one …

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Trump to slap tariff on French wine

The trade war gets real! As if tariffs on hundreds of billions of consumer goods made in China weren’t real enough, the latest escalation from the Trump administration has found a new target: French wine. Late yesterday, word came down that the Trump administration will impose $7.5 billion in tariffs on goods from our European allies. The impetus is subsidies …

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French wines and Scotch whisky targeted by US tariff hikes

Credit: Jean-Luc Benazet / Unsplash Which wines are being targeted by the US tariffs? French wines will face a new 25% import tariff from 18 October, said US trade officials last night (2 October), in a move that has been met with dismay by wine trade bodies on both sides of the Atlantic. Spanish, German and UK still wines, plus single …

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Anson: Château Ducru-Beaucaillou vertical

It’s extremely rare to have such an extensive vertical of what is one of the true ‘super second’ wines of the Médoc – an 1855 classification second Growth that regularly competes with the firsts. See Jane Anson’s Ducru-Beaucaillou vertical tasting notes and scores You may also like Anson: How legendary Mouton Rothschild 1945 tastes nowMédoc Cru Classés 2010: Panel TastingTop …

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Bodegas Ondarre: ‘Terroir meets finesse’

Vineyards in the Valdebaron area northwest of Viana Rioja is having a moment. In fact, more than a moment, it’s on a roll – sales are good, old school, elegant Riojas made with a lighter touch are being snapped up by collectors and sommeliers all over the world, whilst a number of new wave producers are cutting back on the …

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Naked Wines sells fine wine merchant Lay & Wheeler for £11.3m ($14m)

Fine wine merchant Lay & Wheeler is independent again after its owner Naked Wines finalised an £11.3m ($14m) sale to Coterie Limited, along with its warehousing and storage subsidiary Vinotheque Holdings Limited. Lay & Wheeler – founded in Colchester, UK, in 1854 – is one of the country’s oldest wine merchants. It was purchased by Naked Wines PLC (then trading …

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