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Wine and Weed

Elton John sang of needing ‘Three days on a diet of cocaine and wine, and a little weed just to level me sometime.’ Lowell George of the band Little Feat crooned ‘And if you’ll give me weed, whites and wine, and you show me a sign, I’ll be willin’.’ The fruits of the vine and the blossoms of the cannabis …

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I'll Drink to That: Burgundy Vigneron Jean-Pierre de Smet

Episode 455 of I’ll Drink to That! was released recently, and features Jean-Pierre de Smet. Jean-Pierre was a co-founder and partner in Domaine de l’Arlot, the winery based in the Nuits-Saint-Georges appellation. Jean-Pierre retired from l’Arlot in 2007, and has since that time been helping his friend Didier Fornerol make the Domaine Didier Fornerol wines, also in France’s Burgundy region. …

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New releases from Black Estate, North Canterbury, New Zealand

I’ve been following the wines of Black Estate for a while now, with interest. They farm organically and make wines in a lo-fi sort of way. This is interesting New Zealand, and these latest releases are really impressive. Black Estate Home Chardonnay Young Vines 2017 North Canterbury, New Zealand 12.5% alcohol. 1 hectare block, 6172 vines/ha, sedimentary clay soils, whole-bunch …

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Les Tourelles de Longueville 2013 Pauillac, tasted on camera

How does a second wine from a vintage widely regarded to be the worst of the decade shape up? I taste the Tourelles 2013 and discuss this question. And should wines be rated relative to their peer group, or should reviewers attempt, as best as they can, to give an absolute score across all styles of wines? Heres my note: …

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Some impressive wines from Frankland Estate, Western Australia

I enjoyed revisiting these wines from Frankland Estate, and the current releases are really impressive. Head 250 km east of the Margaret River wine region in Western Australia, and you’ll hit the remote Frankland River region. With the coast quite a distance south, this is a cool climate wine region. Frankland Estate was established here in 1988 on the Smith …

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A lovely orange wine from Vermont: Iapetus Tectonic

I met Ethan Joseph of Iapetus Wine in Nova Scotia last year, and recently again with Nathan Kendall in the Finger Lakes. He gave me a bottle of his orange wine, made with hybrid grape La Crescent, fermented on skins. This shows lovely character and personality. Ethan is winemaker at Shelburne Vineyard in Vermont, which is where these grapes come …

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On jealousy

Jealousy is one of the ugliest of emotions. A quote, popularly attributed to Gore Vidal, reads thus: ‘It is not enough to succeed; others must fail.’ That sort of professional jealousy, common in the media, isn’t very nice. It raises its head at award ceremonies, and when one of your colleagues releases a new, positively acclaimed book, or when a …

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In Niagara, Canada: Stratus

I’ve been to Stratus a couple of times now. It’s such a distinctive winery, with a very modern design. This isn’t surprising: it was established by David Feldberg, president and CEO of the Teknion furniture business, and whose father Saul was the founder of the Global Furniture Corporation. Stratus’ impressive winery relies on gravity flow and geothermal energy. In 2005 …

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Demand grows for top California wines – figures

California’s rapid rise on the fine wine investment scene has continued in 2018, backed by a run of good vintages, according to fresh figures from Liv-ex and BI Wines & Spirits. French oak barrels at the Opus One winery in Napa Valley, California. BI merchant says sales of US wines doubled in H1 Liv-ex launches California 50 index to better …

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Video: the Finger Lakes Wine Region

I’m just back from a trip visiting the wine regions of New York State. Here’s a short film giving you an idea of what the Finger Lakes, the largest of the wine regions here, looks like. Over the next week or so I’ll be writing up the visits in full detail, explaining a bit about the wine regions of New …

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Matassa, revisiting the debut vintage

I found a bottle of Matassa’s first release kicking around. I bought a six-pack from Sam Harrop when it was first released (£15 a bottle then) and tucked it away. This was the 2002 vintage, and just 1800 bottles were made. I think, if I recall correctly, that this was from a single old Carignan vintage. It has aged really …

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Restaurant reviews: Hide, London

Hide is the hot new London opening of 2018. I’m not so good at catching new openings – I’m hardly in the country – but the Monday before last I ate there for the first time, curious to see what all the fuss is about. Here’s my brief review. It’s owned by Yevgeny Chichvarkin, who is also owner of the …

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Hybrid Wine Faults class debuts at Cabrillo College

  When I attend one event, I’m invariably drawn into more fascinating things in the making. This story is one of them. I recently got to see Deborah Parker Wong at a Petaluma Gap Wine Growers Alliance tasting. This is her story. SIDEBAR: My blog also serves the public, besides delivering wine info. Having been in […] Source : http://www.wine-blog.org/index.php/2018/08/01/hybrid-wine-faults-class-debuts-at-cabrillo-college/

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Lo-Fi Wines, Buellton (California)

Mike Roth pouring Buellton, California Here is a small winery in the Santa Barbara County, Lo-Fi, it makes its wine from purchased grapes in a cooperative-style facility housing some 8 boutique wineries under its roof on the outskirts of Buellton,… Source : http://www.wineterroirs.com/2018/08/lo-fi_wines_buellton_ca.html

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How To Taste Wine – Video Series (Ep. 3)

Learn wine tasting secrets used by sommeliers, wine buyers, and critics. Find out what you’ve been missing in every glass of wine you drink. In This Video Learn how to taste and observe wine in order to better discern quality. This video walks you through the 4-step tasting method with a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon. Look Smell Taste Think If …

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Treason, John Brennan and Trump: the duck test

The summer of 1787 in Philadelphia was scorching. “Hot and humid,” according to one report. “Old people said it was the worst summer since 1750.” In those pre-air conditioned times, 55 delegates met every day for nearly five months in the Pennsylvania State House—what we now call Independence Hall—to hammer out a Constitution by which the new United States of …

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In Niagara, Canada: Jackson-Triggs/Arterra

Jackson-Triggs is an important winery for Canada. The story begins back in 1989, when Dr Allan Jackson, who managed the Canadian wine company of brewer Labatt, joined forces with Donald Triggs, who’d previously worked with Labatt, to complete a management buyout of their Canadian wine operation. This became Cartier Wines, and it had operations in both Niagara and the Okanagan. …

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Quintessential White Wines Imports for 2018 ~ Luca Bosio Langhe Arneis D.O.C.G.

HERE All of these wines tasted were delicious and puntando. Sample wines provided Quintessential Wines ~ Luca Bosio Langhe Arneis D.O.C.G. 2016 PREFACE – PART 1 ~ WHITE WINES Wine samples come to to me as a single bottle. Some arrive in a package of two or three. On other occasions, a case (or there about) […] Source : http://www.wine-blog.org/index.php/2018/08/13/quintessential-white-wines-imported-to-support-2018/

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Frenchtown Farms, Oregon House (California)

Aaron & Cara Mockrish Oregon House, California Sierra Foothills Aaron and Cara Mockrish who now run Frenchtown Farms are of a new generation of winemakers who spend most of their attention and care in the vineyard. They’re passionate about the… Source : http://www.wineterroirs.com/2018/08/frenchtown_farms_oregon_house_california.html

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Luxury London Champagne bars: Insider guide

With so many great bars in London, where should Champagne aficionados visit? Expert reviewer Julie Sheppard shares her recommendations… In partnership with The Platinum Card® from American Express®. Oscar Wilde Lounge Oscar Wilde Lounge at Hotel Café Royal There’s a sprinkling of celebrity stardust at this bar, where previous regulars include Elizabeth Taylor and Mick Jagger. It’s also the room where …

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