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Top Bordeaux wine lists in London

Cabotte restaurant, London There are a number of restaurants and wine bars around the world where the Bordeaux selection on the wine list should more than satisfy the Bordeaux-philes among you – even those who can’t afford the top crus classés. Many of the best Bordeaux lists can be found in the UK; clearly old drinking habits die hard. London …

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Judging the National Wine Awards of Canada 2019

I’m just on my way home from a week spent judging the National Wine Awards of Canada. This was my sixth year of judging this excellently organised competition. I started off in 2014 as an overseas judge, and it’s such a welcoming family that I’ve kept coming back. This year 260 wineries from across Canada entered over 1800 wines, making …

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Sauternes: A fresh debate

My first Sauternes love was Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey 1983. I was so enamoured with its vibrancy and citrus and tropical fruit fragrance that I bought two cases for what today seems a very derisory price. You may also like Best Sauternes 2018 wines: Where to look in a mixed yearTop 20 Bordeaux dry whitesChâteau Lafaurie-Peyraguey opens Sauternes vineyard retreatSauternes second wines: …

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Misleading Move to Monetize Historic Legacy in the Famed Napa Valley?

Perhaps a bit late to the party, but an issue that’s still near and dear to my heart, having worked and walked in Mondavi’s To-Kalon Vineyard. During that time, I was aware that we, at Robert Mondavi, were sharing that vineyard land with other wine companies, too, under contracts. When I heard that Constellation brands […] Source : https://www.wine-blog.org/index.php/2019/06/16/misleading-move-to-monetize-historic-legacy-in-the-famed-napa-valley/

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Napa’s Royal Cabernets: The Wines of Oakville

While often considered a single “place” when it comes to wine, Napa is hardly a monolithic growing region. Each of its 16 established AVAs (American Viticultural Areas) lays claim to a separate identity, characterized by geology, microclimate, and different histories of production. The Oakville AVA has one of the most storied of such histories. It is home to the famed …

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Wine Reviews: Oregon

It’s been a while since I’ve focused on some Oregon wines, but this week I have some special bottles that remind me why I fell in love with Oregon in the first place. I’ve written a lot in the past about Troon Vineyard’s Applegate Valley wines over the years. With an organic and biodynamic approach and a seemingly endless desire …

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Behind the wine label: 10 Bordeaux châteaux labels

Château Angélus There are three churches in St-Emilion, and when the Angélus bell is rung, it’s said there is just one spot where all three calls to prayer can be heard. The Angélus rings at dawn, midday and sunset. So the label design was a no-brainer. Fortunately, it’s also a strong image that reinforces the identity of the wine. Since …

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Prosecco: Aiming high

The dramatic landscape of Prosecco’s Conegliano Valdobbiadene territory Walking in the vineyards of Conegliano Valdobbiabene, it’s difficult not to succumb to vertigo. You have to catch your breath frequently as much for the steep incline as for the staggeringly beautiful landscape. Michaela Morris’ top 10 picks from Prosecco at its best ‘There is a natural limit between the DOCG and …

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Vinography Images: Layers of Light

Layers of Light PAUILLAC, FRANCE: Layers of clouds and light and vines at Château Lafite Rothschild, which has been owned by the Rothschild family since the 19th Century. Lafite, as it is affectionately known, is one of four First Growths established by the 1855 Classification in Bordeaux. INSTRUCTIONS: Download this image by right-clicking on the image and selecting “save link …

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Pelosi: Impeach Trump or step aside!

I’ve reluctantly come to the conclusion that Nancy Pelosi’s constituents in San Francisco need to begin a petition drive to recall her from office. Madame Speaker has shown that she’s utterly out of touch with the prevailing sentiment in the Democratic Party, of which she is the nation’s leading, most powerful representative. A recent CNN poll showed that 76% of …

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Some affordable, tasty Riojas

I’ve recently been doing some tastings for my Sunday Express column, and I’ve been reminded how good and affordable some Rioja can be. Of course, as with any major wine region, not everything is good, but this seems to be a region that every now and then throws up really interesting wines with some maturity and real complexity, at very …

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More fallout on that “national emergency” Trump wants to declare

Trump lost bigtime late last week on his vanity wall, but before Democrats pop the Champagne corks they would be well to recall his double threat: Either the Congress will give in to his blackmail over the next three weeks and give him the $5.7 billion, OR he’ll issue that notorious declaration of national emergency and fund it by raiding …

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Daily Wine News: Armenian Wine

Vineyards of Artashat in Armenia (Wikimedia) “Unlike neighboring Georgia, where wine production has continued unabated for millennia, Armenia’s wine culture has ebbed and flowed, and occasionally been drowned by waves of inclement history. Yet a growing number of Armenians are returning home with ambitions to resurrect the country’s wine industry, exploring Armenia’s abundance of literally antediluvian grape varieties.” John Szabo …

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Great Father’s Day wines: Which wine persona does your dad have?

Is your dad an old school Francophile? Use our ‘wines for father’s day’ persona guide to decide which fine wine gift your dad deserves. The Rhône Wolf Would you describe your dad as a perfect combination of power and finesse? Pamper your Châteauneuf-du-Papa with a gorgeous bottle of Clos des Papes 2005, recently rated 97 points by Decanter’s Matt Walls …

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Le Marche wineries to visit

Vineyards in Le Marche Le Marche wineries to visit Italy’s Marche region? Where’s that? A question one might ask, as the province itself must rank as one of the most secret and under-visited parts of Italy compared, say, to Tuscany, Umbria or the Veneto. Lying eiqudistant from Rome and Florence, washed by the Adriatic to the east and extending westwards …

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What makes a premium rosé?

As with all premium wines, weight, complexity, age ability are qualities to look out for, but I also look out for a little quirkiness, something moving away from the standard style. Premium rosés to try The post What makes a premium rosé? appeared first on Decanter. Source : https://www.decanter.com/premium/premium-rose-wine-to-try-418432/

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He Asked, What Do You Think… Will CBD Be cutting Into Wine Sales?

I had just received an Email from the CBD Awareness project, as they’re scouring for CBD advocates. I’ve had an earlier thought about this issue on my blog. I’m on record. Then, I found myself in a discussion with a legend winery owner, and decided to share what I think. This vintner was truly frightened, […] Source : https://www.wine-blog.org/index.php/2019/06/13/he-asked-what-do-you-think-will-cbd-be-cutting-into-wine-sales/

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Majestic Wine in advanced talks over sale

Majestic CEO Rowan Gormley says the best option is to sell the group’s retail and commercial divisions. Retail arm, which currently has around 200 stores, to be sold off as parent company rebrands to Naked Wines Retail MD says standalone Majestic ‘here to stay’ amid expectation that buyer will invest in business Group sinks into red for financial year due …

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