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Sommelier Roundtable: What's Your Biggest Pet Peeve? (Wine Spectator)

Sommelier Roundtable: What's Your Biggest Pet Peeve? (Wine Spectator)

Diners who refuse to be open-minded about wine or won't let sommeliers do their jobs. Sommeliers who condescend to diners or push their own wine agendas. Servers who refuse to believe your wine is corked or use nails-on-a-chalkboard clichés. These are just a few of the pet peeves on all sides of the dining equation that can mar an otherwise …

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A strategy meeting in the Oval Office

A strategy meeting in the Oval Office

Cast Donald J. Trump (DJT) Donald Trump Jr. (DTJr) Ivanka Trump (IT) Kellyanne Conway (KC) Sarah Huckabee Sanders (SHS) Melania Trump (MT) KC: Mr. President, we can use this Kavanaugh crisis to rile up our base. DJT: Sounds good. But how do we do it? SHS: We organize pro-Kavanaugh rallies across the country. KC: He asked me, Sarah, not you. …

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Ten most improved Pomerol cha?teaux

Ten most improved Pomerol cha?teaux

Here are 10 Pomerol cha?teaux that have shown significant improvement over the past 13 years, according to regular Decanter's contributor Panos Kakaviatos...The new vats at Château Petit-Village in Pomerol. Scroll down for Kakaviatos’ top wines from 10 of Pomerol’s smaller estates See Kakaviatos’ top wines from 10 of Pomerol’s smaller estates You might also like: 30 top Bordeaux wines under …

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Cycling in Tuscany: Exploring Chianti country by bike

Cycling in Tuscany: Exploring Chianti country by bike

Touring by bicycle is an ideal way to explore Chianti country. Gregor Brown of Cycling Weekly recommends an itinerary – and the best places to stop off for authentic food and wine In partnership with The Platinum Card® from American Express®.Credit: Jesse Wild / Alamy Cypress trees lining rolling hills, fresh pasta served with ragu di cinghiale (wild boar stew) …

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Daily Wine News: Changing Careers

Daily Wine News: Changing Careers

(Source: Wikimedia) In the New York Times, Eric Asimov profiles sommelier Patrick Cappiello, who left the stresses and demands of restaurant work for another career in wine. “A story like Mr. Cappiello’s typifies the career trajectory of the modern sommelier, who, after a decade or so of the intense, adrenaline-fueled restaurant life, capitalizes on reputation and a network of connections …

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New Zealand Wine of the Year Awards, the dinner

New Zealand Wine of the Year Awards, the dinner

Last night was the dinner for the New Zealand Wine of the Year Awards. The judges and associates gathered to eat well and drink some interesting booze. The senior judges had been tasked with sourcing interesting wines which were then poured blind. Wine of the night for me was the Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2006 from magnum. The surprise? How …

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Unfiltered: Mariah Carey 'Might as Well Down this Caymus Bottle' in New Song 'GTFO'; Prosecco Tank Overflows in Viral Veneto Video (Wine Spectator)

Unfiltered: Mariah Carey 'Might as Well Down this Caymus Bottle' in New Song 'GTFO'; Prosecco Tank Overflows in Viral Veneto Video (Wine Spectator)

Mariah Carey is coming out with her first new album in four years, and it might be an ode to wine. The first song released, sassy break-up ballad "GTFO," describes Carey ditching a zero to get with a hero—a bottle of Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, specifically. In the song and accompanying video, the diva legend trills, wineglass in hand, …

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DRINK PINK: A Guide to the World’s Best Rosés ~ by Larry & Ann Walker

DRINK PINK: A Guide to the World’s Best Rosés ~ by Larry & Ann Walker

PHOTO: Pamela Klein of her new novel 17 Dresses, which is referenced below in my lead-in part of Larry and Ann Walker’s newly released book  A Guide to the World’s Best Rosés. A Guide to the World’s Best Rosés ~ by Larry & Ann Walker is a Gap-filling Rosé book; it’s timely, comprehensive, and fun. I’m […] Source : https://www.wine-blog.org/index.php/2018/10/04/drink-pink-a-guide-to-the-worlds-best-roses-by-larry-ann-walker/

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Bordeaux Magistrate Investigating St.-Emilion Wine Rankings (Wine Spectator)

Bordeaux Magistrate Investigating St.-Emilion Wine Rankings (Wine Spectator)

An investigating magistrate in Bordeaux has placed two well-known wine figures, Philippe Castéja, a négociant and owner of Château Trotte Vieille, and Hubert de Boüard, the former co-owner of Château Angélus and a consulting winemaker, under formal investigation for "prise illégale d'intérêt," which translates roughly as unlawfully taking an interest. The two men are under suspicion of having used their …

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Nazis and Trumpers, redux

Nazis and Trumpers, redux

The similarity between the angry, sullen masses who thrust Adolf Hitler to power, and the resentful, frightened conservatives who form Trump’s base, have often been pointed out. Both groups are, of course, white. Both had seen their power evaporate, under forces they either did not understand, or chose to misunderstand. Both were under-educated and provincial. Both resented “change,” in whatever …

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New Penfolds Collection rated: Grange 2014, St Henri 2015…

New Penfolds Collection rated: Grange 2014, St Henri 2015…

Anthony Rose reports on the launch of the 2018 Penfolds Collection, an annual release of ageworthy reds and whites including the latest vintage of Grange...Fresh off Qantas’ 17-hour ‘kangaroo route’ direct flight from Perth to London, Peter Gago, Penfolds’ chief winemaker, strutted the stage of London’s Meridien Hotel on a warm and sunny Friday in late September with his by …

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Daily Wine News: The Role of Ratings

Daily Wine News: The Role of Ratings

The Harvard Business Review delves into the role of ratings—everything from wine to Amazon product review—and wonder whether people have a bias toward giving higher rations over time. “When Robert Parker introduced his 100-point rating system for wine decades ago, the highest score he gave that year was 91 points. Now many wines each year receive perfect scores from his …

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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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