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Bordeaux 2000 vs 2001: How the top wines taste now

Bordeaux 2000 vs 2001: How the top wines taste now

Bordeaux 2000 met with more immediate acclaim but how have the vintages aged? Jane Anson held a re-tasting of wines from five top names, including Haut-Brion and Angélus, at 67 Pall Mall in London. Haut-Brion 2000 was a particular highlight of the tasting. A full three years after the millennium vintage, in April of 2003, journalist and science correspondent David …

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Judging the New Zealand Wine of the Year Awards

Judging the New Zealand Wine of the Year Awards

PJ and the two Glover bros For a long time the main wine competition in New Zealand was the Air New Zealand Wine Awards. After last year’s competition they decided to pull their sponsorship and focus on their own Fine Wines of New Zealand initiative. So New Zealand Wine Growers have filled this gap with a new competition: New Zealand …

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Top whisky deals

Top whisky deals

With the festive season fast approaching, the deals are stacking up for some interesting whiskies from around the world. We've rounded up some of the top whisk(e)y deals below. Credit: les polders / AlamyThe sophistication of whisky – or whiskey depending on your persuasion – goes hand in hand with fine wine. With ‘deal’ season upon us, led by Christmas …

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When a Winemaker Writes Poetic Literature ~ Carpe Noctem

When a Winemaker Writes Poetic Literature ~ Carpe Noctem

[PHOTO: from Eric Eide, Diaz Communications wine client] As a wine publicist, there are many times when writing technical data introductions are required. Winemakers, after all, have little time to be crafting their own messages. In some instances, however, someone who uses his or her right brain (creative side) is as natural as using her […] Source : https://www.wine-blog.org/index.php/2018/10/03/when-a-winemaker-writes-poetic-literature-carpe-noctem/

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First taste: Gaja Barbaresco 2015 wines rated

First taste: Gaja Barbaresco 2015 wines rated

John Stimpfig gives his views on Gaja Barbaresco 2015 wines, including single vineyard bottlings, and interviews Gaia Gaja herself at an event hosted by Armit Wines in London. Gaja Barbaresco wine in barrels.Gaia Gaja was recently in London to present the famous Piedmontese winery’s three single vineyard Barbaresco 2015 wines, which are all now back in the DOP after her father Angelo …

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A wine from my cellar, plus Bordeaux at a Basque restaurant

A wine from my cellar, plus Bordeaux at a Basque restaurant

A few nights ago I pulled the Charles Krug 2008 Vintage Selection Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley), which cost $75 on release. The color was still as inky dark as a young Cabernet, but after almost precisely ten years, the aromatics and flavors had turned the corner, picking up secondary (although far from tertiary) notes. The fresh blackberries and black currants …

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Sailing the South of France: From Collioure to Nice

Sailing the South of France: From Collioure to Nice

From Nice to Marseille, Lu Heikell of Yachting Monthly gives you a guide to cruising the coastline of the French Riviera... In partnership with The Platinum Card® from American Express®. A view from Cap Ferrat on the Côte d'Azur. The South of France has a relatively short coastline, some 350 or 400 nautical miles (560km-640km) depending how many bumps and bays …

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Daily Wine News: DTC Shipping Ruling

Daily Wine News: DTC Shipping Ruling

(Source: Wikimedia) “A federal judge in Michigan has ruled that the state’s prohibition on direct-to-consumer wine shipping from out-of-state retailers is unconstitutional,” reports Ben O’Donnell in Wine Spectator. “If the ruling stands, Michigan residents will be able to purchase wine from stores anywhere in the country and have it shipped to their homes.” “Two major Bordeaux wineries have been placed …

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Learn about Vodka

Learn about Vodka

What is Vodka? Vodka is a colourless spirit composed primarily of water and ethanol. It is a distilled beverage that can be made from any starch or sugar-rich fermentable agricultural material. Traditionally made from potatoes, most vodka today is produced from grains such as sorghum, corn, rye or wheat and molasses. Because of its distillation process vodka tends to have …

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Concern on Santorini as Assyrtiko grape prices rocket

Concern on Santorini as Assyrtiko grape prices rocket

Assyrtiko grape prices on Santorini have spiked this year, leading to concerns among some producers that the Greek island could lose out in the market. Some producers have questioned whether the basket-shaped vine training method for Assyrtiko on Santorini should be continued, in the face of low yields. Prices for Santorini Assyrtiko grapes haven risen to €5 per kilo this …

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Wine sweetness: navigate your way through

Wine sweetness: navigate your way through

Wine labels can be confusing when it comes to indicating how sweet a wine will taste. But help is at hand, as Matt Walls offers some useful pointers to help you navigate the space between sweet and dry...Gauging the sweetness of some wines can be a tricky issue.It happens to us all once in a while. You open a bottle, …

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Wine News: What I'm Reading the Week of 9/30/18

Wine News: What I'm Reading the Week of 9/30/18

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. Michigan's Protectionist Wine Shipping Ban Ruled Unconstitutional by Federal Court Woo hoo! Oregon …

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When Bluest Sky Group Destiny Calls ~ Tuscany Is on the Horizon

When Bluest Sky Group Destiny Calls ~ Tuscany Is on the Horizon

LOGO: Permission of the Bluest Sky Group What is Bluest Sky Group? From Micheal Yurch’s Website: The Bluest Sky Group (BSG) is a brand focused organization specializing in working with wineries worldwide that are trying to either enter or improve their position in the very complex American marketplace. Our basic program is a three year […] Source : https://www.wine-blog.org/index.php/2018/10/02/when-bluest-sky-group-destiny-calls-tuscany-is-on-the-horizon/

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Michigan Court Overturns Ban on Wine Retailer Direct Shipping (Wine Spectator)

Michigan Court Overturns Ban on Wine Retailer Direct Shipping (Wine Spectator)

After two years of legal volleys, lawyers challenging restrictions on wine direct shipping notched an important victory on Sept. 28. A federal judge in Michigan has ruled that the state's prohibition on direct-to-consumer wine shipping from out-of-state retailers is unconstitutional. If the ruling stands, Michigan residents will be able to purchase wine from stores anywhere in the country and have …

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Why old conservative white males are bad for America

It’s Tuesday

It would be foolhardy of me to say that all old white males are moral reprobates, because I’m an old white male! There actually are many old white men in politics whom I admire: Bill Clinton, Patrick Leahy, Al Gore, John Kerry, Jerry Brown, Bernie Sanders and Dick Durbin, among others. So, you see, just being male, old and white …

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Daily Wine News: The Highest Vineyard

Daily Wine News: The Highest Vineyard

Vines in Tibet sitting at an altitude of 3,563.31 meters above sea level have been recognized by Guinness World Records as constituting the highest vineyard in the world. Sylvia Wu shares the details in Decanter. “Last week the US Supreme Court agreed to hear the case of Tennessee Wine & Spirits v. Byrd Clayton,” reports W. Blake Gray in Wine-Searcher. …

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The World of Tinazzi

The World of Tinazzi

Promotional feature50 years of Italian expertise, from Veneto to Puglia..Gian Andrea Tinazzi with his children, Giorgio and FrancescaPromotional feature The World of Tinazzi “We were so poor that we were just about to sell the chairs”. This is the startling recollection of company president, Gian Andrea Tinazzi, about the beginning of his career, when he was only 18 years old …

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