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New Wine Reviews: a California Zinfandel, and a mixed bag from Michigan

Every once in a while, I still get some wine to review, even though I retired three years ago. The latest batch includes a very good Zinfandel from Sonoma County, and eight wines from the Great Lakes State, Michigan. Beekeeper 2016 Montecillo Vineyard (Sonoma County); $65. This is one of those big, galumphing, blood-warming Zins that brings thoughts of summertime …

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Is Copper Safe for Wine? (Wine Spectator)

It’s a top tool of organic grapegrowers. But is copper sulfate truly safe for vineyards? A new push by European leaders to reduce—and eventually eliminate—copper compounds used by organic and biodynamic winegrowers is making the future of organic viticulture uncertain in some wine regions. Vintners say that without effective alternatives to copper, crop loss in damp years will make organic …

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Macallan 1926 whisky sets new world record at auction – Christie’s

A single bottle of The Macallan 60 Year Old single malt Scotch whisky has set a new world record at auction after selling for £1.2 million, according to Christie’s. Record-breaking: The Macallan 1926 60 Year Old. The bottle of ‘The Macallan 1926 60 Year Old’ has a unique design, hand-painted by Irish artist Michael Dillon, and was sold for £1.2m …

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DWWA Co-Chair: Michael Hill Smith MW

Michael Hill Smith MW is a Co-Chair at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) Michael Hill-Smith MW Michael Hill Smith MW Michael Hill Smith MW is a Co-Chair at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA). For the 2019 DWWA, Co-Chairs will oversee all the Regional Chairs and judges and settle any discrepancies over scores and medals. The Co-Chairs will also …

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DWWA Co-Chair: Andrew Jefford

Andrew Jefford is a Co-Chair at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) Andrew Jefford Andrew Jefford Andrew Jefford is a Co-Chair at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA). For the 2019 DWWA, Co-Chairs will oversee all the Regional Chairs and judges and settle any discrepancies over scores and medals. The Co-Chairs will also taste flights of wines with each panel to check …

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DWWA Co-Chair: Sarah Jane Evans MW

Sarah Jane Evans MW is a Co-Chair at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) Sarah Jane Evans MW Sarah Jane Evans MW Sarah Jane Evans MW is a Co-Chair at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA). For the 2019 DWWA, Co-Chairs will oversee all the Regional Chairs and judges and settle any discrepancies over scores and medals. The Co-Chairs will also taste …

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Daily Wine News: Gen Z Consumers

In Beverage Media, Kit Pepper compares Gen Z to Millennial wine consumers. “The oldest of this group are just 22, but already Generation Z is drinking about 20% less than Millennials did, according to a 2017 survey by Berenberg Research. The same survey predicts this generation will consume 10% less alcohol per capita than Millennials through age 49. This is …

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Producer profile: Dom Pérignon Champagne

Read our profile on Dom Pérignon and see tasting notes and scores from Decanter’s experts… Dom Pérignon is owned by Moët & Chandon, although it’s considered a separate Champagne house. Dom Pérignon is named after a 17th century Benedictine monk, Dom Pierre Pérignon (1638-1715), who is said to have invented sparkling wine during his tenure as cellarmaster at the Abbey …

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Anson: Why slow fermentation pays off…

If you try a single new Sonoma Chardonnay this year, then how about one fermented with wild yeast for a full 12 months? Jane Anson reports on a visit to Arista Winery… The Chardonnay was clearly exceptional but when I discovered the barrel ferment was drawn out for a full 12 months with all-native yeasts, I knew I had to …

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Quinta do Noval Vintage Port 2016

Quinta do Noval Vintage Port 2016 Douro, Portugal 19.5% alcohol. There’s been a lot of talking up of the 2016 vintage in the Douro, so I was pleased to try this, the 2016 release from one of the top Port producers, Quinta do Noval. It comes across as a fresh, well-defined style of Vintage Port with lovely pure, floral fruit: …

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Live from the White House, it’s Trump TV!

As he previously announced, President Trump has created his own T.V. network, because the Fox News Network is not conservative enough for his tastes. Programming begins tomorrow. This blog, steveheimoff.com, was given a secret advance copy of the schedule. Here it is: PROGRAM SCHEDULE, TRUMP T.V. NETWORK 4 a.m. Tweet With POTUS. Early-birds will enjoy these before-dawn sessions of a …

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In Porto (5) dinner at Esplanada Marisqueira

Alfonso, Vitor and Dirk The next night it was back to Matosinhos, the Port area of Porto, where the seafood restaurants are congregated. We went to Esplanada Marisqueira, a rather grand establishment, with Vitor Bento, Teresa Bento, Alfonso Bento, Dirk Niepoort and Nina Gruntkowski (Dirk’s wife, who also runs a tea company). The food here is excellent. We started with …

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The Mediterranean Diet—Including a Daily Glass of Wine—May Lower Risk of Depression (Wine Spectator)

For decades now, researchers have found evidence that the Mediterranean diet, which emphasizes fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, legumes, seafood, olive oil and moderate wine consumption, while limiting meat and dairy products, may help protect your body from heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and more. Now comes evidence it may protect your mind too. In a meta-analysis published Sept. 28 in …

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Monferrato Nebbiolo DOC set to become reality

Many wineries have expressed interest in taking advantage of new rules that will allow Monferrato DOC producers in Piedmont to specify Nebbiolo or Nebbiolo Superiore on wine labels, according to local officials. Nebbiolo grapes. Italy’s national wine committee unanimously approved the creation of Monferrato DOC Nebbiolo in Piedmont, as well as a ‘Superiore’ extension, in late September this year. The …

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Daily Wine News: The Next Napa?

Sunrise overlooking a vineyard in the Finger Lakes. (Wikimedia) Could the Finger Lakes be the next Napa Valley for whites? Sharon Nagel explores the wine region’s significance on Vitisphere. Julie H. Case explores northwest Michigan’s wine scene in Travel + Leisure. “You can see the depth and breadth of the region’s winemaking by touring the two winemaking regions on either …

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Best Campania wines from southern Italy: What to look for

From new-wave Aglianico to pale rosé and the re-emergence of indigenous grape varieties, there’s a lot happening in Campania, says Aldo Fiordelli. Read his report below, including wines to look for… Vines near to Ravello on the Amalfi Coast in Italy’s Campania region. Campania wines have a charm that belies the relatively small size of this southern Italian vineyard region. …

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Vin Primeur 2018 at Caves Augé

Alex Foillard filling bottles Caves Augé, Paris Another Primeur and Beaujolais-Nouveau day in Paris, this time I just had time to really go the the usual bottling-tasting of Nouveau at Caves Augé in Paris before going to work. The iconic… Source : https://www.wineterroirs.com/2018/11/vin_primeur_caves_auge_paris.html

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Sending a message to Manafort

In a famous scene from The Godfather Part II, Frankie Pentangeli, who had worked as a lieutenant for the Corleone family, is set to testify to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Michael Corleone’s criminal activities. The prosecution had “flipped” Pantangeli in exchange for a lighter sentence, but Michael Corleone had secretly arranged for Frankie’s brother, Vincenzo, to be flown in …

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In Porto (4) Dinner at O Gaveto

Gaveto has had a refit since I was here last. It was a memorable meal last time, so it was good to be back. Hosting us were Vitor and Teresa Bento and their son and daughter, Alfonso and Mafalda. I can’t speak highly enough of Gaveto: the seafood here is so pure and delicious, and served in an uncomplicated but …

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