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A wine review, and an Overview of Napa Cabernet

Nickel & Nickel 2009 C.C. Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley). The C.C. Ranch is in the eastern Rutherford appellation, just west the Silverado Trail, near the hilly knolls of Quintessa. It’s a younger vineyard, with planting starting in 2000 to Cabernet Sauvignon. The gravelly soils are well-drained. Nickel & Nickel gets a portion of the grapes of the 115-acre vineyard. …

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Naked Wines CEO and founder Rowan Gormley to step down

Rowan Gormley, who started Naked Wines in 2008. Rowan Gormley will step down as Naked Wines CEO after the Christmas trading season and once the group’s sale of Majestic Wine to private equity group Fortress has been completed. He will hand over the reins to Nick Devlin, the current chief operating officer at Naked Wines. ‘A startup guy’ Gormley founded …

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Anson: Great novels for wine lovers

It’s not even Black Friday yet and I’m about to save you a tonne of money. If you’re not sure what to buy your wine-loving friends for Christmas – and they already have the latest World Atlas of Wine plus a back-catalogue of wine books – then make them happy by choosing a novel where wine is weaved into the …

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Château Figeac: Tasting wines from 1985 to 2016

Figeac wines tasted include 2015, 2010 and 2009. A masterclass with Château Figeac wines at the recent Decanter Shanghai Fine Wine Encounter provided a perfect opportunity to check-in on recent vintages at the St-Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé B estate in Bordeaux. Does the 2010 or 2009 take the plaudits, and how does 2015 stack up against them now it’s …

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Why Beaujolais Nouveau? ~ History Holds the Answers

[PHOTO: Denis Lapaler, winemaker for Les Vins Georges Duboeuf] Le beaujolais nouveau est arrive! Beaujolais had always made a vin de l’année, to celebrate the end of the harvest. Until World War II, it was only for local consumption. Today, it’s become a worldwide phenomenon, due to some important actions taken by the Georges Duboeuf […] Source : https://www.wine-blog.org/index.php/2019/11/21/why-beaujolais-nouveau-history-holds-the-answers/

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Burgundy 2019 excitement fuels strong Hospices de Beaune sales

The four people shown in the centre, from left to right, are: television presenter Ophélie Meunier, NBA star Tony Parker, French actor François-Xavier Demaison and Cécile Verdier, president of Christie’s France. Sales of still-in-barrel Burgundy 2019 wines at this year’s Hospices de Beaune auction reached nearly €12.3 million, excluding the buyer’s premium. That total rose to €13.1m after adding fees …

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DAWA ‘Best in Show’ showcased at the Decanter Shanghai Fine Wine Encounter

On Saturday 16 November, the sixth edition of the Decanter Shanghai Fine Wine Encounter welcomed over 1200 fine wine aficionados at the Ritz-Carlton Shanghai Pudong to meet more than 160 star producers from 17 countries.  An impressive 600+ fine wines were available to sample at the one-day event, including ten of the top awarded wines from this year’s Decanter Asia Wine …

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Primer Wine Course Coming to a Sofa Near You

This online wine course builds your tasting skills and confidence in wine without even leaving the comfort of your own home. Wine Folly – Learn about wine. Source : https://winefolly.com/update/primer-wine-course-coming-to-a-sofa-near-you/

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Gallo buys prized Napa Valley winery Pahlmeyer

Pahlmeyer is best known for its signature Bordeaux red blend, plus single-varietal Chardonnay and Merlot wines. Gallo Pahlmeyer deal Gallo said its purchase of Pahlmeyer winery includes the Pahlmeyer and Jayson by Pahlmeyer wine brands, known for Bordeaux red blends and Chardonnay. A fee was not disclosed. Pahlmeyer’s 22-hectare estate vineyard, Waters Ranch, was not included in the sale, but …

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Daily Wine News: Toasting Terry Theise

Terry Theise. (Photo credit: Skurnik Wines) In the New York Times Magazine, Joe Appel writes a letter of recommendation for Terry Theise’s wine catalogs. “So much of wine writing tries to “simplify” wine: It is “essentially about pleasure,” or “at its foundation an agricultural product,” or “just fermented grape juice.” Through Theise, you come to see such slogans as abbreviated …

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Southern Rhône 2018 report: The top scorers

Vinsobres Southern Rhône 2018 A devastating attack of mildew hit the region in spring. Those who escaped the worst enjoyed a very hot and dry summer, resulting in juicy, generous reds and whites, some surprisingly good. 3/5 Scroll down to see Matt’s top Southern Rhône tasting notes and scores One of the most important aspects of terroir in the Southern …

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Mouton Rothschild reveals 2017 label by Annette Messager

Part of the Mouton Rothschild 2017 wine label. Annette Messager’s design for the Mouton Rothschild 2017 label has been named ‘Hallelujah’, and observers will notice that the word is repeated many times in waves on the artwork. Mouton owner Baron Philippe de Rothschild SA has commissioned an artist to design every grand vin vintage label since 1945. The Pauillac first …

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Inside the mind of a House Republican

Every one of those damned Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee Impeachment hearings knows exactly what Trump did. Every damned one of them. They know he attempted to bribe, or extort, Zelensky: “You’ll get your money and your White House meeting when you publicly announce Ukraine is investigating Joe and Hunter Biden.” And they know that Trump and his co-conspirators—Mulvaney, …

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Wine Paris 2020

In partnership with Wine Paris. WINE PARIS stems from the convergence of VINISUD and VINOVISION PARIS, bringing together Mediterranean and cool climate wines, promoting their regional identities, their respective attributes and diversity. The fusion of these two clearly identifiable and complementary exhibitions in 2019 marked the first collective approach by French regional generic bodies to create a major wine business …

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Venice floods threaten indigenous grape on city’s only vineyard

The vineyard at Venissa; the morning after the flood (left) and a few days later (right) Venice Floods Last week, on the evening of Tuesday 12th November, the worst tide in half-a-century devastated Venice and flooded Venissa’s famed island vineyard – where the region’s last-surviving parcel of the indigenous Dorona grape is grown – with more than six feet of …

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Daily Wine News: The New Yorker Tackles Natural Wine—Again

Bar at La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels “In the Napa boom of the nineteen-nineties, consumers prized wines that were rich and flawless. Now they’re seeking out wines that are more expressive than correct; wines that are earthy, with visible sediment; wines that taste alive.” In the New Yorker, Rachel Monroe considers the factors that led to the natural wine boom, …

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Northern Rhône 2018 report: The top scorers

Northern Rhône 2017 Very hot and dry, resulting in a plentiful ripe crop. Many wines with low acidity and potent alcohol, but those that could achieve balance made impressive wines. 4/5 Scroll down to see Matt’s top Northern Rhône tasting notes and scores See Matt’s top Northern Rhône 2018 wines: Rhône 2018 En Primeur: Full vintage report The post Northern …

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Rhône 2018 En Primeur: Full report

Tasting at Guigal Cote Rotie In Brief: Rhone 2018 En Primeur Northern Rhône 2018 Very hot and dry, resulting in a plentiful ripe crop. Many wines with low acidity and potent alcohol, but those that could achieve balance made impressive wines. 4/5 Southern Rhône 2018 A devastating attack of mildew hit the region in spring. Those who escaped the worst …

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Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 10/17/19

Welcome to my weekly roundup of the wine stories that I find of interest on the web. I post them to my magazine on on Flipboard, but for those of you who aren’t Flipboard inclined, here’s everything I’ve strained out of the wine-related muck for the week. Reconciling Wine’s Eternal Sin So… carbon offsets? How Natural Wine Became a Symbol …

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Wholesale grape market for home winemakers

A dream for home winemakers…. Kutaisi, Georgia Last story about Georgia, this was in october. Tipped about it by Ramaz, I discovered this wholesale grape market on the outskirts of Kutaisi, that was pretty difficult because initially I found nothing… Source : https://www.wineterroirs.com/2019/11/wholesale-grape-market-for-home-winemakers.html

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