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Unfiltered: Mouse Wine? Frog Juice? New ‘Disgusting Food Museum’ Delights, Disgusts (Wine Spectator)

In Malmö, Sweden, people are lining up to peep at bull testicles, get a whiff of Thailand’s notoriously stinky durian fruit and even try a bite of surströmming, the local fermented herring. No, it’s not an audition for Fear Factor: Chef’s Table; it’s part of a new (and straightforwardly named) pop-up exhibition, the Disgusting Food Museum. Featuring 80 repulsive so-called …

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Turning Tables: The Upcoming NoMad Las Vegas Restaurant Is the Final Piece of the Destination’s Puzzle (Wine Spectator)

The Restaurant at NoMad Las Vegas Opens Next Week After its hotel and bar opened last month, NoMad Las Vegas will debut its restaurant Nov. 14. The NoMad Hotel, a collaboration between restaurateur Will Guidara, chef Daniel Humm’s Make It Nice Hospitality Group and the Sydell Group, has two other locations with Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence–winning restaurants …

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Napa Valley Vineyard Owner Al Frediani Dies at 96 (Wine Spectator)

Al Frediani was known for his love for his old vines, his meticulous farming and his sharp sense of humor. Born on his family’s Napa Valley farm, he spent his life working on the property. Frediani died Oct. 18, 2018, a month shy of his 97th birthday. The 20-acre Frediani vineyard, tucked away in the northeast corner of the valley …

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Dom Ruinart 2007 re-tasted: How it looks now

Champagne house Ruinart has launched the latest vintage of its flagship Dom Ruinart, 2007… Dom Ruinart 2007. Dom Ruinart 2007 is a 100% Chardonnay from grand cru vineyards, in keeping with tradition for the cuvée. Its typical style is one of exhilarating stony liveliness that comes from great Chardonnay; intense, pure and structured. The hint of chalk, flint and oyster …

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Contemporary dining on an Australian vineyard (Wine Spectator)

Overlooking Australia’s Willow Creek Vineyard in Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula wine region, Doot Doot Doot celebrates terroir through seasonal cuisine and a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence–winning wine program. The restaurant is housed in the Jackalope Hotel, a sleek, contemporary destination with dramatic art pieces including a glass-enclosed working cellar at the center of the lobby. Doot Doot Doot’s 250-selection wine …

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Three lovely Pinot Noirs from Franz Haas, Alto Adige, Italy

Franziskus Haas is the fifth generation to run his family’s winery, and here I got to try three of his Pinot Noirs, a variety he planted in the 1980s. Haas has some of the highest vineyards in the region, starting at 300 m and going up to about 850 m, and Pinot Noir, known as Pinot Nero here, clearly does really …

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Why Graci Arcurìa is a Sicilian red to watch

Recently chosen by Angelo Gaja to be their Sicilian partner, Stephen Brook has tasted four vintages of this leading Etna producer, during the Taormina Gourmet festival in October 2018… Wines maturing in cask in Graci’s cellar. With his dark curly hair and penetrating eyes, Alberto Graci still seems exceptionally young to have been a pioneer of the Etna wine revival. …

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Château de Chambord plants ‘first vines since French Revolution’

A 16th century French château that looks like something out of a Disney film and has an estate equal to the size of central Paris is to start producing its first wines for 200 years. Château de Chambord is listed by UNESCO. It’s hard to accurately convey the scale of Château de Chambord. Taken with its vast grounds, its expanse …

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Daily Wine News: French in Oregon

Vineyards in Oregon (Wikimedia) In Wine Enthusiast, Paul Gregutt profiles a handful of French winemakers who have found a new home in Oregon. “These French winemakers praise Oregon’s welcoming winemaking community and open horizons…Perhaps it’s simply the break from the constraints of tradition, but the biggest reward to leave home, and sometimes family, is the boundless opportunity to test and …

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Election 2018: The Aftermath

There is great rejoicing in California over Tuesday’s election results. Gavin Newsom easily won the Governorship in a landslide over his hapless, colorless Republican opponent, and now finds himself on the national stage—albeit a very crowded one—of prominent young Democrats with promising futures. Dianne Feinstein also won, although only by eight points (over her Democratic opponent, Kevin de Leon, the …

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John Fetzer Sells Mendocino’s Saracina Vineyards to the Taub Family’s Heritance Vintners (Wine Spectator)

The Taub family, owners of Palm Bay International, one of the nation’s leading wine importers, is expanding its presence in California. The family’s Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon brand Heritance has purchased Saracina Vineyards in Mendocino from John Fetzer and his wife, Patty Rock. The deal, which closed in early October, includes a winery, 250 acres of land with 100 acres …

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Slinging juice: my side hustle at Parlor Pizza

My good friend, chef Tim Labant, and I have ridden probably 15,000 miles together on our bikes the past few years. We’ve had some epic adventures. Tim is the chef/owner of Schoolhouse at Cannondale, a new American spot in Wilton that celebrated its eleventh anniversary this past spring. About three years ago, Tim decided he wanted to bring his fine …

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Top-rated Palo Cortado Sherry

Sitting between Amontillado and Oloroso, Palo Cortado is traditionally a product of natural flor deficiencies, making it one of the rarest Sherry styles… Colourful Sherry casks in Jerez. Felizfeliz / Flickr. Palo Cortado combines the aromatics of an Amontillado with the fuller structure of an Oloroso. Traditionally it began life as a Fino, but casks that failed to develop a …

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Know your Sherry styles

Spanish wine specialist Sarah Jane Evans MW talks you through the key styles of Sherry. Also see top Sherry recommendations from Decanter’s tastings team… The Sherry cellars at La Ina. Sherry: Quick facts Production zone 10,000ha Ageing zones Jerez, El Puerto and Sanlúcar de Barrameda only Bodegas 59 registered with El Consejo Regulador Continue reading below TRAVEL: Jerez de la …

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Top rum deals

With the festive season fast approaching, the deals are stacking up for some interesting rums. We’ve rounded up some of the top rum deals below. When aged, rum can reach the complexity of a fine whisky – yet also works with its different styles in many classic cocktails. With ‘deal’ season upon us, led by Christmas and Black Friday 2018, we’ve had …

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Beaucastel to harness wind power in 10m euro cellar plan

Cha?teau de Beaucastel of Châteauneuf-du-Pape is set to spend 10 million euros on rebuilding its cellars with an ecological focus, including a project to harness the cooling effect of the region’s notorious ‘Mistral’ wind. Modelling how the Beaucastel renovation might work, with Studio Mumbai. Beaucastel owner, the Perrin family, revealed more details of the 10m euro (£8.79m) at a press …

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Daily Wine News: California’s Qupé Sold

Qupé wines. “Last week, Terroir Life sold Qupé to Vintage Wine Estates, a fast-growing wine company based in Sonoma County,” reports W. Blake Gray in Wine-Searcher. “Importantly, Vintage Wine Estates CEO Pat Roney told Wine-Searcher he plans to keep Qupé founder Bob Lindquist as winemaker.” Archaeologists have discovered a 2,000-year old bronze pot containing rice wine in China. Katherine Hignett …

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Top-rated Oloroso Sherry

Full bodied and relatively high in alcohol, Oloroso Sherry undergoes oxidative ageing for big flavours… Oloroso cask at Bodegas Valdivia Although dry, Oloroso can often come across as having a hint of sweetness that complements its savoury character. Top rated Oloroso Sherry: This article is part of Decanter.com’s ‘Know your Sherry’ page. function trackVivino(wineId, initialAction) { if (window.ipc && window.ipc.utils) …

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Top-rated Pedro Ximénez Sherry

Thick, syrupy and incredibly sweet, Pedro Ximénez is Sherry’s dessert wine… Crema Catalana & Churros with Pedro Ximénez Pedro Ximénez is best paired with chocolate or coffee, or poured over ice cream for a really extravagant treat. Top rated Pedro Ximénez Sherry: This article is part of Decanter.com’s ‘Know your Sherry’ page. You might also like: The post Top-rated Pedro …

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