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A while back we had a cat. It originally belonged to Eric Clapton and we inherited it through a friend of a friend, and it was a nice cat, black and white with long hair and it was called Oswald, and we loved him and sometimes he loved us, with the indifference that cats are very good at. Oswald grew …

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Vinography Images: Windows at Dusk

Windows at Dusk PAUILLAC, FRANCE: The lighted windows of the chateau shine out as dusk falls at Chateau Mouton Rothschild in the Medoc region of Bordeaux. Mouton, as it is affectionately known, was not originally part of the First Growth designation in the 1855 Bordeaux Classification. Thanks to the advocacy efforts of its owner Baron Philippe de Rothschild, the estate …

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2019 Zinfandel Experience: January 17, San Francisco

I’m not exactly sure how long a particular event has to have been going on for it to be credibly labeled an institution, but whatever that length of time, the ZAP Zinfandel Festival in San Francisco would certainly qualify. For nearly 25 years lovers of Zinfandel have been descending upon San Francisco in late January to celebrate their favorite grape. …

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Twitter: People want Trump out. Now.

Regardless of what you think about Twitter, it’s a good barometer of what the American people are thinking and talking about. This morning (Saturday), I entered “trump” into the “search Twitter” bar and these were the top three results: #TrumpResigns #TrumpResign #TrumpShutdown All three are rather sudden. The latter (#TrumpShutdown) was inevitable once Friday’s developments led to the government shutdown. …

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How does English sparkling wine compare to Champagne? The vintage category

Where is your money best spent? John Stimpfig reports… Nyetimber’s 1086 is one of the newest English deluxe cuvées. Following on from my report on the non-vintages, below are my vintage fizz tasting notes from a recent clash between England and France. function trackVivino(wineId, initialAction) { if (window.ipc && window.ipc.utils) { const category = ‘Premium’; const action = ‘Vivino Buy …

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Top Chilean wines to drink now

John Stimpfig picks out some top Chilean wines for drinking now, from Decanter’s recent Fine Wine Encounter in Shanghai… Chile produces some of the world’s great wines – think Don Melchor or Seña – but it’s the diversity of styles that really gets wine fans excited, helped by the multitude of valleys and soil types. It’s as common to find good Cabernet here as …

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Wine Reviews: Year-End Round-Up

Happy holidays, wine-lovers! I sure hope your holidays are filled with friends, family, fun, and plenty of good wine. As the year wraps up, I have a bunch of wines that didn’t fit neatly into a particular category, so I wanted to include them in my final grab bag report of 2018. And this one has some goodies. Starting with …

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Paris wine bar : L’Amitié Rit (Montreuil)

The counter on a tasting day Montreuil, just outside Paris There is no shortage of bars and bistrots in Paris in the matter of natural wine but exploring the close suburbs on the other side of the périphérique (the hellish… Source : https://www.wineterroirs.com/2018/12/lamitie_rit_paris_wine_bar.html

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How does English sparkling wine compare to Champagne? The non-vintages

How do some of England and France’s best non-vintage fizzes compare? John Stimpfig found out recently… How do the non vintage wines compare? In late November I attended a blind tasting at 67 Pall Mall in London to compare and contrast a range of English sparkling wines against some of the big guns of Champagne. You might also like: Most …

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Wines to drink with Christmas ham

Expert food and wine writer Fiona Beckett gives her advice on which bottles to open with a traditional Christmas ham. The one thing you can be sure of is that your ham will be sweet. No self respecting Christmas ham comes without some kind of a glaze and that is the main factor to take into account in any wine …

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Daily Wine News: Winemaker of the Year

(Source: I. Brand & Family) In the San Francisco Chronicle, Esther Mobley names Ian Brand the winemaker of the year. “It’s become trendy to talk about reviving elements of California wine’s past: returning to an old-school style of winemaking that privileges lower alcohol levels, higher acidities and less high-octane polish… For some winemakers, pursuing this old-California ideal is simply a …

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Why wine must be wine

I’ve been involved in a few social media discussions about whether or not it’s time for wine to modernize. In order to appeal to a wider audience – and recruit new consumers – shouldn’t we welcome a new sub-category of flavoured wines? This would usher in a new golden era of innovation into a category where many producers are struggling …

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The Decanter interview: Paul Symington, CEO Symington Family Estates

After 40 years working for the family firm, Symington Family Estates CEO Paul Symington retires this month. At a recent tasting of vintage Ports and aged tawnies, and in a follow-up phone conversation with Amy Wislocki, he explained passionately why the Douro must change… On the face of it, the Port houses and farmers of the Douro have much to …

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Most exciting sparkling wines of 2018

Find one to try… Try one of these exciting sparklers. Most exciting sparkling wines of 2018 We’ve rounded up some of the best sparkling wines tasted by Decanter in 2018. Some are from our line-up of Decanter’s star buys of 2018 – where our experts nominated some of their most exciting wines of the year, to be re-tasted by our …

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The wheels are coming off the Trump bus

“I’m a happy person, but an angry citizen.” — Louis Black Now Mattis is out. Whether he quit in protest, or was fired, we don’t know. Either way, yet another voice of relative moderation is now gone from this felonious, immoral regime. This has got to weigh heavily among Republican politicians. One wonders where they go now. They have been, …

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Turning Tables: EMP Winter House Debuts in Aspen (Wine Spectator)

EMP Winter House Debuts in Aspen After the success from two summers of EMP Summer House in New York’s Long Island, Wine Spectator Grand Award winner Eleven Madison Park is launching a second seasonal pop-up, EMP Winter House, in Aspen, Colo. The restaurant opened Dec. 15 in the St. Regis Hotel and will remain open through the first week of …

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Unfiltered: Soccer Great Ronaldo Now ‘Commander’ of Ribera Wine Castle; Cam Newton Trots Out Lucky Wine Cleats (Wine Spectator)

Legendary striker Ronaldo may be better known for hoisting World Cups than wineglasses, but the Brazilian soccer all-time great is about to get immersed in the vino playbook. On Saturday, “O Fenômeno,” who retired from the pitch in 2011, was honored with the title of “alcaide“—an old-timey Spanish term for governor or commander of a castle—of the Provincial Wine Museum …

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New Study Shows Drinking One Drink a Day Leads to This Surprising Benefit (Wine Spectator)

Can a glass of wine a day really keep the doctor away? A new study published this month in the scientific journal Addiction says it might. Researchers from Harvard University, Italy’s Mediterranean Neurological Institute and the University of Molise investigated the relationship between alcohol consumption and the risk of hospitalization, and found that those who consumed roughly one drink per …

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Busting terroir myths: The science of soil and wine taste

Professor Alex Maltman questions the new orthodoxy that vineyard geology is of overriding importance to a wine’s character, and highlights some factors that may have been overlooked when it comes to understanding wine terroir in the glass. Vineyards in the Douro valley on schist soils. I should be jumping for joy. For years I’ve taught, researched and generally enthused about …

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