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Starr Redux

I have to admit that my jaw dropped this morning when I learned that one of Trump’s defense lawyers is going to be none other than Kenneth Starr. Those of us of a certain age remember Starr well. He was the Special Prosecutor in charge of Bill Clinton’s impeachment. When the Whitewater case he was trying to build against Clinton—corruption—collapsed …

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Best Copenhagen wine bars & restaurants

Copenhagen is a city where Renaissance towers and turrets meet architectural Scandi designs in a colourful patchwork held together by bike paths, cobble-stone streets, waterways and lively parks. Driven by a reverence for understated simplicity, the Danes are also savvy, effortlessly cool, eco-conscious, artistic and independent. Yet, at the heart of this city’s vibrant culture is a state of mind …

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Why enter the Decanter World Wine Awards?

The Decanter World Wine Awards is the world’s largest and most influential wine competition. Co-founded by Decanter and Steven Spurrier, the competition is now in its 17th year. To introduce Decanter World Wine Awards into the new decade, we take a look at interviews from the competition’s three Co-Chairs and select Regional Chairs to hear what makes DWWA the wine …

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Daily Wine News: Honoring the “Indiana Jones of Viticulture”

Harold Olmo (Source: Wikimedia) A $200,000 donation from the owners of Napa Valley’s Larkmead Vineyards will allow UC Davis to preserve and share the work of one of its most celebrated professors, Harold Olmo (the “Indiana Jones of Viticulture”), who scoured the globe for vine cuttings and helped put California Cabernet wines on the world stage. Jane Anson has the …

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Cornas, Côte-Rôtie & Hermitage 2010: Panel tasting results

Christian Honorez, Tanguy Martin and Matt Walls tasted 33 wines with one exceptional, seven outstanding and 19 highly recommended. Entry criteria: Producers and UK agents were invited to submit any 2010 vintage reds from Cornas, Côte-Rôtie or Hermitage The verdict ‘The 2010 vintage was one of the most hyped vintages at the time in the northern Rhône’, Matt Walls recalled. …

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Last day of the Lallemand tour

It’s the last day of the Lallemand tour, a vinous adventure that has taken in four cities/towns in four days. Day one, in Nîmes, now seems a long time ago. After that, a drive to Lyon, where we stayed at a hotel that’s part of the Olympic Lyonnais stadium, where our seminar was held on Wednesday. After this, an epic …

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Vinexpo CEO confident ahead of Hong Kong 2020 show

Vinexpo CEO Rodolphe Lameyse Vinexpo Hong Kong 2020 will go ahead as planned from 26 to 28 May, said Vinexpo CEO Rodolphe Lameyse at a press conference held in London. It is Vinexpo’s flagship exhibition in the Asia region, but violent political protests in Hong Kong saw a number of cultural events cancelled last year, including the annual wine and …

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Daily Wine News: Is Mead Making a Comeback?

In the San Francisco Chronicle, Mike Dunne highlights Ayele Solomon’s Bee D’Vine honey wines. “Many drinkers mistakenly assume that all mead is invariably sweet. They’ve been disappointed with mediocre versions they’ve tasted at Renaissance fairs. But makers of honey wine believe that sales would be much easier if they could just persuade potential buyers to take a sip.” In New …

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Wine news (75)

La Ferme du Cade Here are a few photographic notes of wines that stood out and events where wine flows, we’ll look back a couple months for these things. Some of these pictures are very long and narrow, I shot… Source : https://www.wineterroirs.com/2020/01/wine_news.html

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Is Le Serre Nuove Italy’s best second wine?

Two years ago, during a preview of the latest released vintages in Tuscany’s celebrated village of Bolgheri, Le Serre Nuove dell’Ornellaia – the second wine of Ornellaia, showed better than Ornellaia itself. Le Serre Nuove vertical: You may also like: Bolgheri 2016: One of the best vintages ever? Best Piedmont wines: Latest release Barolo & Barbaresco Gaja Barbaresco: A taste …

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Remembering Harold Olmo: The ‘Indiana Jones of viticulture’

A map of the areas traversed by Dr Harold P. Olmo in 1948. The map traces a journey taken in 1948, heading through Iran, skirting Iraq and Turkmenistan, down through Afghanistan and Pakistan. It’s covered with a mix of straight lines that represent travel by air, dashed lines for car or horse – including at times a wild horse known …

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A conversation between Schumer and McConnell

McConnell: We demand that Hunter Biden testify. Schumer: Why? He had nothing to do with this. McConnell: Well, maybe he did, maybe he didn’t. We won’t know until we cross-examine him under oath. Schumer: That inane reasoning could apply to everyone on earth. McConnell: We reserve the right to call everyone on earth as witnesses. Schumer: That’s completely psychotic. You’re …

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DWWA Regional Chair for Northern Italy: Michael Garner

Michael Garner is Regional Chair for Northern Italy (excluding Piedmont & Veneto) at the 2020 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) Michael Garner Michael Garner Michael Garner brings a wealth of experience to the role of Regional Chair for Northern Italy: he has worked in the wine business for forty years, mostly specialising in the wines of Italy. He is the …

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Best value 2018 red Burgundy en primeur to buy

‘The 2018 vintage was certainly a year of extreme weather making it extremely difficult to generalise about the wines’, says Tim Atkin MW. Careful selection is key, and will be rewarded, as many wines in this vintage ‘will give you immediate pleasure and also age well in the medium-term’. Scroll down for Tim Atkin MW’s top 10 value red Burgundy 2018 …

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Best value 2018 white Burgundy en primeur to buy

The 2018 vintage for white wines is ‘good to very good’ says Tim Atkin MW with the ‘majority of Burgundy’s leading white wines produced in the Côte de Beaune, as they often are, with Meursault, Puligny- and Chassagne-Montrachet all performing well and cooler sites in Ladoix, St-Romain, St-Aubin and Santenay coming into their own.’ Scroll down for Tim Atkin MW’s top …

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Daily Wine News: The State of the Wine Industry in 2020

The Silicon Valley Bank State of the Wine Industry Report 2020 has been released. “Rob [McMillan] suggests that we are in the midst of a consumer reset, which requires every winery to reimagine how they sell and market wine. The early results tell us there are winners and losers today, with about 25 percent of the business struggling while the …

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Is the US wine consumption boom over?

The IWSR says overall US wine consumption down for first time since 1994 Silicon Valley Bank report says sales of premium US wines are still growing But it said ‘the wine supply chain is stuffed’ and consumers can expect discounts in 2020 Consumption of wine in the US dipped by 0.9% in 2019 versus 2018, said global drinks research group …

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DWWA Regional Chair for Champagne: Peter Liem

Peter Liem returns as Regional Chair for Champagne at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2020. Peter Liem Peter Liem Peter Liem is an American wine writer and author of ChampagneGuide.net, an award-winning online guide to the wines and wine producers of Champagne. Following nearly a decade in the wine trade, he was a senior editor, critic and tasting director for …

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Biondi Santi to release special-edition 2012 Riserva Brunello

Biondi Santi has only released 39 Riserva vintages since 1888. Biondi Santi said its Riserva Brunello di Montalcino 2012 would be released on 1 March 2020. It will carry a special label to commemorate Franco Biondi Santi, who died in 2013, and the recommended price will be £460 per bottle. Franco was grandson of Ferruccio Biondi Santi, was known for …

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