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Restaurant Talk: The Dynamic Duo Behind a San Francisco Classic (Wine Spectator)

Nancy Oakes and John Lancaster sometimes finish each other’s sentences, they’ve worked side by side so long. The rare level of synergy between chef and wine director they’ve attained over two decades has helped keep Boulevard at the top of San Francisco’s dining scene. Oakes grew up in Northern California and worked in several San Francisco kitchens before establishing her …

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When pot was illegal: the way it was

Marijuana is now legal in California. To tell you the truth, I was afraid that when it was legalized, people would be smoking it everywhere on the streets, making it hard for pedestrians to walk around without getting frequent, hefty doses of second-hand pot smoke resulting in a contact high. Although I like pot, constantly smelling it when I don’t …

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Rhône 2017: Full en primeur report

Rhône 2017 may be considered a rather inconsistent vintage but flashes of brilliance are still to be found, reports Matt Walls… Vines in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Northern Rhône 2017 Concentrated, long-lived red wines, generally very good to excellent in quality, very ripe but not jammy. Apart from a clutch of top performers, whites can lack precision and focus. 4/5 Southern Rhône 2017 …

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Northern Rhône 2017 report: ‘A vintage for the cellar’

Matt Walls MW reports on the wines of the Northern Rhône, including the likes of Côte-Rôtie, Hermitage and Condrieu… Vines in Crozes-Hermitage. Northern Rhône 2017 Concentrated, long-lived red wines, generally very good to excellent in quality, very ripe but not jammy. Apart from a clutch of top performers, whites can lack precision and focus. 4/5 Scroll down to see Matt’s …

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Daily Wine News: Coffee & Wine

In Decanter, Andrew Jefford compares wine and coffee. “Does the overall comparison he makes between coffee and wine provide new insights into each? No; but the points of comparison and contrast are deeply interesting in themselves… Of the two, wine is historically the senior, and there is a sense that coffee ought to emulate wine in order to assume some …

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Alternative Bordeaux (4) organic farming in the Cru Bourgeois

Jérôme Bibey, Ch Labadie The Médoc is at the heart of Bordeaux. As well as the 60 Grand Cru Classé estates that sit at the top of the hierarchy of vineyards, there are another 280 estates that compete each year to be part of the Cru Bourgeois selection. In the next part of the Alternative Bordeaux series, we go to …

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Al Gore to address wine and climate change conference

Ex-US vice president Al Gore is to address a high-level wine and climate change conference in Porto this year, designed to help wineries and academics share knowledge. Vintners must learn from other regions in tackling climate change. Leading academics and wine industry figures will attend a ‘climate change leadership’ conference in Porto from 5 to 7 March 2019, in a …

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New York Wines (17) Boundary Breaks, Finger Lakes

Bruce Murray, Boundary Breaks Bruce Murray comes from central New York. A few years ago he enjoyed one of Germany’s leading Rieslings (a Spatlese from Nahe genius Helmut Dononnhof Riesling Spatlese with a Thai meal at the Lotus of Siam in Los Vegas. ‘This was a pairing and experience I never forgot,’ he says. He came back to New York …

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Leaked! Secret Transcript of Trump-Putin meeting

We know that Trump’s five meetings with Putin have resulted in no transcripts being released to the public. There was no one in the room except for the two principles and their translators, and Trump even “confiscated” the interpreters’ notes and told them “not to discuss what had transpired with other [U.S.] administration officials.” Thus, nobody knows what deals were …

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Best Rhône 2017 wines: The top scorers

See Matt Walls’ top scoring Rhône wines from the 2017 vintage…. The top scoring wines from Rhône 2017 Best Rhône 2017 wines: The top scorers Matt Walls returned to the Rhône at the end of 2018 to taste the 2017 vintage en primeur. Here’s a preview of his top-scoring wines, in advance of his in-depth reports for northern and southern …

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New York Wine (16) Swedish Hill, Finger Lakes

The story at Swedish Hill is a common one in the Finger Lakes. Grapes were planted here for Taylor Wines, and then in the 1970s with their demise these grapes had no home. So Swedish Hill was one of those properties who put in a winery in order to use the grapes. The industry at the time was growing native …

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Be a wave catcher

There’s a lot of luck involved in success. I think it’s Gary Player, the legendary South African golfer, who came up with the famous line: ‘the more I practice the luckier I get.’ It’s a good philosophy to have. Rather than blaming others for our lack of success, it gets us working hard and persevering in the face of adversity. …

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Daily Wine News: What Does the Future Hold for Wine?

(Source: Delectable) In Meininger’s, Robert Joseph on the bleak future for new wine apps. “Tools like Vivino will always have an appeal for the 5% or 10% of wine drinkers who are engaged enough to want to post reviews and read what others think of a wine. Huge numbers of the other people who downloaded the app did so because they …

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Climate Change Leadership Porto – Solutions for the Wine Industry 2019

On March 5-7, 2019, the city of Porto will host a major global debate on the challenges faced by the wine world due to climate change. In partnership with the Porto Climate Change Leadership conference. An international conference, Climate Change Leadership Porto – Solutions for the Wine Industry, will provide a forum where the industry can discuss and share personal …

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What’s in store for Vinexpo New York 2019

Promotional feature With Vinexpo New York just two months away, show organisers have begun to unveil a robust line-up of special features, master classes, conferences and more. Promotional feature The program will span two action-packed days at Manhattan’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, March 4-5, 2019, bringing together international producers with North American importers, distributors, retailers, brokers, e-commerce representatives, on-trade …

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Jefford: Waking up the new year

Andrew Jefford is impressed by the mass of fascinating facts in a new book comparing wine and coffee… January, a month of chilly austerity and the struggle for renewal, is when many regular wine drinkers set aside their divine bottles for a while. Perhaps that includes you in 2019; perhaps you’re spending more time with coffee as a consequence. If …

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The Decanter interview: Carole Meredith

Plant geneticist Dr Carole Meredith helped to change the way that winemakers think about the history of grapes – and now she is growing her own in Napa Valley. Elin McCoy meets her Carole Meredith with her vines, which include Syrah and Mondeuse Noire, rather than the typical Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. High on Napa’s Mt Veeder, Carole Meredith points out …

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Wine cellar temperature fluctuation – Ask Decanter

Concerned about fluctuating temperatures in your wine cellar…? Wine cellar temperature fluctuation – Ask Decanter Alistair Macrow, by email, asks: Four years ago, I had a cellar built beneath my existing cellar, to age my wine naturally in the right conditions, but I am now concerned by fluctuations in temperature. In the middle of winter it drops as low as …

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Vinography Unboxed: Week of 1/6/19

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 included more whites and reds, so lets dive right into some crisp fruity goodness. We can start with the Sauvignon Blanc from …

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