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Stop Schultz! Stop the billionaires!

Howard Schultz’s ego-driven drive to run for president reminds us once again that we do not want or need billionaires to run our country. They already have more money than they could spend in 100 lifetimes. Mansions, yachts, tropical islands, fleets of expensive cars, private jets, legions of servants, jewels, antiques, paintings…what more do they need? And yet, every time …

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Older vines, better wines?

It’s one of the oldest wine aphorisms that’s generally assumed to be true – but is it necessarily so? Natasha Hughes MW investigates whether age really does come before beauty in the vineyard, and recommends eight old-vine wines that you can test the theory with… Do older vines mean a better wine? In our youth-obsessed Western culture, old age has …

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Wine Reviews: American Grab Bag

This week, I have some wine reviews from New York, California, and Washington. If you know Finger Lakes wine, you know Dr. Konstantin Frank, a Ukrainian immigrant who contributed so much to viticulture in this country.  By producing exceptional wines, and showing what Riesling could do in the Finger Lakes, he earned his spot in the canon of trail-blazing American …

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Top Seville restaurants and wine bars

Visit this popular destination in southwestern Spain and you’ll be captivated by the vibrant food and wine scene, says Shawn Hennessey… Enjoy the vibrant food and wine scene of Seville Cañabota Seville’s premier upmarket fish and seafood restaurant. Juanlu Fernández and his team pay great attention to both freshness and quality, and the wine list of approximately 130 includes many …

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Naples Winter Wine Festival Raises Nearly $16 Million for Children (Wine Spectator)

The nation’s top charity wine auction raised nearly $16 million last week. Murky weather did not dampen the excitement at the 2019 Naples Winter Wine Festival, held Jan. 24–27 at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, Fla. Saturday’s live auction raised nearly $13 million, narrowly surpassing last year’s $12.8 million. And with online auction results still coming in, the event …

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Bittersweet Symphony: Chocolate-Raspberry Truffles and Red Wines for Valentine’s Day (Wine Spectator)

Executive pastry chef Jessica Craig is the creative mind behind the sweet treats, or dolci, that grace L’Artusi’s Italian-inspired menu in New York City’s West Village. But long before she settled into the dessert zone of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence winner, Craig was earning broader degrees in the general culinary arts and hospitality management from the New York …

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Nine Spanish producers to leave the Cava DO

Nine sparkling wine producers in Spain’s Penedés region are to quit the Cava denomination and bottle under a new, quality-focused label called Corpinnat. The producers will bottle under a new, quality-focused label called Corpinnat. The move from Gramona, Recaredo, Torelló, Llopart, Nadal, Sabaté i Coca, Mas Candí, Huget-Can Feixes and Júlia Vernet follows months of negotiations between the producers and …

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Wine Talk: Zac Posen’s Designs on Food and Wine (Wine Spectator)

You’ve probably seen Zac Posen’s gowns, handbags and accessories on red carpet–strutting celebrities, or his appearances as a judge on Project Runway and on his 2017 Netflix documentary House of Z. But long before his career in fash- ion began, the American designer spent his childhood in the kitchen mimicking his mom’s baking with clay models of pies. “Experimenting with …

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Romantic restaurants for Valentine’s Day dinner

Ten great UK restaurants with an intimate atmosphere, including five in London, and which are well worth a visit whether it’s 14 February or not… The Petersham, London Venturing out for Valentine’s Day dinner can be tricky, and not only if you’re single. Mindful of this, here are 10 restaurant suggestions that we think could help and which have a great …

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US wineries are selling record amounts direct to consumers

A record $3bn of wine was shipped directly from US wineries to consumers in 2018, but the pace of growth has slowed, according to a new report. Rosé is now the eighth most commonly shipped wine by American wineries Direct-to-consumer shipments have doubled in value since 2012 Americans’ thirst for rosé still strong Shipments of wines above $100 rise by …

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Spain’s top 40 Tempranillo wines

It’s a grape that has risen from relative anonymity in just a few decades to be the key variety in Spain’s finest wine regions, with its popularity now beginning to spread further afield. We asked Pedro Ballesteros Torres MW, who writes below, and Sarah Jane Evans MW to recommend the 40 best Tempranillo wines they could find… Tempranillo is the …

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Daily Wine News: Wine Revolution

BBC looks at how In Vino, the first specialist wine bar and shop to open in Amernia’s capital, Yerevan, has caused a “full-scale revolution” in the country. “The area caters to a new generation of drinkers, who prefer quality wines (domestic and imported), craft beers and spirits with traceable origins over the mass-produced vodka popularised during Soviet times – and …

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Lalique creates crystal barrel for Lafaurie-Peyraguey Sauternes

A barrel made out of Lalique crystal and containing around 300 bottles-worth of Sauternes has been unveiled at Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey to mark the estate’s 400th birthday. The Lalique crystal barrel at Lafaurie-Peyraguey. Specialists at Lalique spent more than two years perfecting designs and building the 225-litre crystal barrique, which the company claimed was a ‘world first’. The artwork now lies …

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UK-Chile deal will protect wine imports after Brexit, says trade body

The UK and Chile have signed a deal to ensure preferential trading after Brexit, in a move that the wine trade hopes will preserve imports of Chilean wines. The Wine and Spirit Trade Association ‘welcome’ the trade deal. A spokesperson for the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) said today (31 January) that it ‘welcome[s] the signing of the UK …

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The New Zealand Wine Flight

Yesterday, Air New Zealand and New Zealand Wine Growers collaborated to put on a special wine flight over five of New Zealand’s wine regions. I captured the experience in a short film. Taking off from Blenheim airport Blenheim Looking across the southern valleys to the Wither Hills Where the Waihopai Valley (left) meets the Wairau Valley Bob Campbell gies us …

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Perfect Match Recipe: Chocolate Mousse with Tawny Port (Wine Spectator)

In a Portuguese riff on classic French chocolate mousse, chef João Dias of Montreal’s Ferreira Café swaps out the traditional butter or heavy cream for olive oil and tops the dessert with a sprinkling of fleur de sel. The mousse’s featherlight texture comes from egg whites whipped to stiff peaks, which are folded into a bittersweet chocolate custard. With only …

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The 10K Race Through the World’s Largest Wine Cellar (Wine Spectator)

We’re plenty familiar with the urge to run to the wine cellar, but what about running inside of one—for miles? On Jan. 20, more than 350 wine-loving runners (or fitness-crazed enophiles?) flocked to Mile?tii Mici winery in Moldova to do just that, part of the massive historic cellar’s first-annual 10K race. Spanning more than 124 miles of subterranean wine catacombs, …

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A Tasting Like No Other In Cupramontana Italy ~ Well Known For Its Native Varieties

Imagine having flown into a new country, and adding that to one’s wine educational repertoire. Now imaging becoming part of a team for a week, meeting everyone for the first time. Then, all the new foods; and lastly, tasting indigenous varietal wines, mostly for the first time… You have to navigate it all, and you […] Source : https://www.wine-blog.org/index.php/2019/01/31/a-tasting-like-no-other-in-cupramontana-italy-well-known-for-its-native-varieties/

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Central Otago (7) tasting verticals with Gibbston Valley

Christopher Keys, Gibbston Valley winemaker This was my third time visiting Gibbston Valley, one of Central Otago’s pioneering wineries. Back in 1981 Alan Brady, who had previously worked as a journalist in Northern Ireland, planted 500 vines here. He was one of a small group who believed in the potential of the region, and this hobby planting led to a …

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Restaurant Spotlight: De Vine Restaurant (Wine Spectator)

On a quiet, lakeside property in western Ukraine, about an hour-long drive from the city of Lviv, Edem Resort Medical & Spa Hotel goes beyond what you’d expect from a luxury resort. There are charming suites, diverse dining options and a state-of-the-art spa, as well as art exhibitions and immersive health treatments like a three-day “anti-stress” program. Edem’s Wine Spectator …

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