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DAWA judge profile: Boon Heng

French and German wine specialist and founder of Wein & Vin Boon Heng, is a judge at the 2019 Decanter Asia Wine Awards Boon Heng Boon Heng Boon Heng was a Chartered Engineer by profession and has been learning about wine since 1999. After returning from London, Boon founded Wein & Vin in Singapore in 2010, which specialises in Boon’s …

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The Decanter interview: David Babich

David Babich David Babich likes water as much as wine. The head of one of New Zealand’s oldest wineries might be sitting behind his desk poring over the future strategy of his family’s business on weekdays, but his healthy complexion and athletic physique are evidence of his love of kitesurfing and windsurfing on Auckland’s waters. It’s part of his need …

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Vinography Unboxed: Week of 8/11/19

Hello, and welcome to my periodic dig through the samples pile. I’m pleased to bring you the latest installment of Vinography Unboxed, where I highlight some of the better bottles that have crossed my doorstep recently. This week was a second installment of all Pinot and Cab all the time, with a second tranche of vineyard designated wines from reliable …

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Some nice lounge wines: Zarate, Terre Nerre, Zuccardi Concreto et al

Airport lounge wines are normally disappointing. But here in Los Angeles in the American Airlines lounge at Terminal 4 I found some wines I actually really wanted to drink. Zarate Albariño 2018 Rias Baixas, Spain Benchmark Albariño with a slightly smoky edge to the sweet citrus and apricot fruit, with some generosity but also keen acidity keeping things fresh. This …

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Charles Krug Winery ~ An American Dynasty of the Best Kind

When I first came to California, I had solid PR credentials. With 11 years in WBLM radio broadcasting as their publicist, I knew all about radio broadcasting and not only creating, but also keeping their public file. What I didn’t have was the slightest knowledge about wine. Still, I was ready to take it on. […] Source : https://www.wine-blog.org/index.php/2019/08/17/charles-krug-winery-an-american-dynasty-of-the-best-kind/

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Top Italian Cabernet Franc

D’Agata’s estate to watch – Le Macchiole See below for Ian D’Agata’s top Italian Cabernet Franc One of Italy’s most important wine estates, Le Macchiole holds the distinction of making Paleo, the country’s best 100% Cabernet Franc. D’Agata’s top Italian Cabernet Franc: The post Top Italian Cabernet Franc appeared first on Decanter. Source : https://www.decanter.com/premium/premium-home/top-italian-cabernet-franc-422540/

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What is a noble grape? Ask Decanter

Ivan Kelleher, London, asks: Is there an official list of noble grapes? What makes a grape qualify for noble status? Julia Harding MW, co-author of Wine Grapes, replies: No, there is no such list and, as far as I am aware, no official definition of ‘noble’ in relation to grape varieties. A list of varieties and synonyms is maintained by …

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Lunch with Paillard, Solaia and Biondi-Santi

Had a nice lunch in the garden with Robin and Nikolai. I brought Champagne, and they stepped things up a notch with two famous Italians. Champagne Bruno Paillard Assemblage 2009 France 50% Chardonnay, 50% Pinot Noir, 20% barrel fermented. Aged seven years on lees, then 18 months in bottle (disgorged September 2017) before release. Dosage 5 g/litre. Quite a rich …

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DAWA judge profile: Mathieu Gaignon

With a wealth of experience in Michelin starred hospitality and some of the world’s most famous restaurants, Mathieu Gaignon is a judge at the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2019 Mathieu Gaignon has over twenty years’ experience as head sommelier and restaurant manager at some of the world’s most famous restaurants, including the 3-Michelin-Star Joël Robuchon au Dôme in Macau and …

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From the archive: Stellenbosch: home of Cape Cabernet

Just a 50km drive from Cape Town, and with the natural beauty, food, people and cellar doors to rival any wine tourism region on earth, Stellenbosch is the biggest drawcard for wine lovers visiting South Africa. And if the district has a trump card in its varietal deck, then it’s undoubtedly Cabernet Sauvignon. But while Bordeaux, Napa, Margaret River and …

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Daily Wine News: Wild Blueberry Wine

Bluet, a sparkling wine made from wild blueberries. (Source: Bluet) In the New York Times, Eric Asimov profiles Eric Martin and Michael Terrien, who are making sparkling wine from wild blueberries in Maine under the Bluet label—“a beverage that he hopes will be not only a delicious expression of his home state but also an aid to keeping farmers in …

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In an urban winery in Los Angeles

The winery: lots of space! I’m spending a couple of days in Los Angeles in an urban winery, where my buddy Christina Rasmussen is doing vintage with Abe Schoener of the Scholium Project. Abe recently acquired this amazing facility, which – all going well with permits – will become the base for the Scholium Project. There’s a lot of space …

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Sta. Rita Hills AVA and must try wines

Sandford and Benedict Vineyard The start of Sta. Rita Hills The Sta. Rita Hills AVA has garnered the respect and attention of geologists, viticulturists and winemakers the world over. The modern winemaking clock here began ticking in 1971, when business partners Richard Sanford and Michael Benedict planted the Sanford & Benedict Vineyard in what is now the southern section of the …

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Huge Crusader-era winery found under Israeli village

What is left of King Baldwin III’s castle in Mi’ilya, near to where the winery was found. The ancient winery was uncovered in the village of Mi’ilya in northern Israel, which was also the site of a castle built by King Baldwin III of Jerusalem in the 12th Century. A woman who saw archaeologists working on the castle asked for …

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Daily Wine News: The Irish + Bordeaux

In Decanter, Jane Anson learns about how Irish merchants influenced the style of Bordeaux wines we know today. “The Irish, it turns out, were particularly enthusiastic proponents of the art of ‘cutting’ or blending Bordeaux wines with others from more robust areas…While it’s easy to dismiss this as a dark, even embarrassing part of Bordeaux’s history, to do so would …

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DAWA judges: Yvonne Cheung

Director of Wine for Hong Kong based Swire Hotels and Restaurants, Yvonne Cheung is a judge at the Decanter Asia Awards 2019 Yvonne Cheung Yvonne Cheung is the Director of Wine for Swire Hotels and Restaurants spanning Hong Kong, China and the US. After graduating from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) with an embedded year at the Chinese …

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Decanter Retailer Awards 2019: Shortlist announced

The Decanter Retailer Awards 2019 shortlist is out. Find out which UK retailers have made this year’s list… The annual Decanter Retailer Awards aim to offer wine drinkers an indispensable guide to the best retail experience, and champion the very best wine retailers in the UK. Entries to the Decanter Retailer Awards 2019 were judged in three stages by our expert judging …

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Daily Wine News: Native Grapes in Cincinnati

Catawba, a native grape. (Wikimedia) In Atlas Obscura, Laima Rastikis profiles winemaker Kate MacDonald, who is working to restore Cincinnati’s place as the birthplace of American wine with heritage grapes. “She believes they may be the wine industry’s salvation in the face of ever-worsening threats from climate change. As conditions and seasons in established growing regions change, so will the …

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Why it would have been easy for Trump to order Epstein’s death

The dumbest remark I’ve heard all week—and I’ve heard a lot of dumb stuff from Republicans—was on Breitbart or, as I like to call it, BiteFart. It was from a woman (obviously not well-educated), who wrote, concerning the Epstein death, “Trump is no murder.” She meant “murderer,” of course, but many if not most of these Republican Trump supporters are …

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