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Winemaking From Start to Finish (Told in Pictures)

The craft of winemaking has inspired hundreds of thousands of people to leave city life for the country. For many, having a winery is a life-long dream. On the surface, winemaking looks simple enough: you gather grapes, throw them in a tank, and then wait. After some time has passed, “voila!” You have wine. But what is winemaking really like? …

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First taste: Brancott Estate Chosen Rows Pinot Noir

Marlborough’s Brancott Estate released its inaugural 2015 Chosen Rows Pinot Noir at the Flavours of New Zealand annual wine tasting in London earlier this month… Brancott Estate vineyards It joins the Chosen Rows Sauvignon Blanc 2015, also tasted below, which is the third release following the 2010 and 2013 vintages. Brancott Estate (formerly Montana Wines) is New Zealand’s largest wine …

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Daily Wine News: Confronting Climate Change in Tasmania

Riversdale Estate Vineyard in Tasmania. (Flickr: Riversdale Estate) Australia’s southern island of Tasmania is a cool climate region threatened by climate change. In Meininger’s, Jack Brogan reports on steps wine producers are taking to protect themselves. In Wine Spectator, Yumi Tanabe, an educator and merchant who helped women break into Japan’s traditionally male wine industry, explains why winemaker has become …

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I’ll Drink to That: Wine Writer Jasper Morris

Episode 459 of I’ll Drink to That! was released recently, and it features Jasper Morris. Jasper is the author of the book Inside Burgundy: The Vineyards, the Wine, and the People, and he recently launched the website Jasper Morris Inside Burgundy. Jasper Morris fell in love with Burgundy over a bottle 66 La Tâche. A notably good choice for an …

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When will Trump’s walls of support come down?

Donald Trump has two demographic walls currently in his favor: About one-third of voters insist they’ll never stop supporting him, no matter what. These diehards are represented symbolically by Roger Stone The second wall going for Trump is that more than 50 percent of the public at this time does not support impeachment. Together, these two bulwarks account for Trump’s …

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Wine Talk: Yumi Tanabe, Japan’s Woman of Wine (Wine Spectator)

Like many wine pros, Yumi Tanabe was a child of winemakers. But her story doesn’t begin in Napa or Bordeaux—the family winery where she grew up was on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, at a time when Japan’s domestic wine scene was just getting started. Tanabe eventually found her own way to wine during her studies at Cornell University, …

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Tea farm (Taiwan)

Gu Jing-Ran standing near his tea plants Beipu, Taiwan Sorry for this delay from my last story, this one will move away a bit from the central topic of wine, but you’ll see that there are many issues in here… Source : https://www.wineterroirs.com/2019/01/tea_farm_taiwan.html

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8 & $20 Recipe: Steak-Loaded Cheesy Baked Potatoes (Wine Spectator)

Eight ingredients, plus pantry staples. That’s all it takes to make an entire meal from scratch. Add in a good bottle of wine for less than $20, and you’ve got a feast for family or friends. Twice-baked potatoes are already a favorite party appetizer, but topping them with steak takes them to the next level. This version gets a Tex-Mex …

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Learn to Taste by Taking Better Wine Tasting Notes

Improve your ability to write wine tasting notes with a simple process. Did you know? Taking better notes improves your ability to read wine ratings and reviews? Ultimately, you can use this knowledge to buy (and drink) better wine. So, what are we waiting for? Let’s learn how to do it right. ? Why Taking Notes Makes You Smarter On …

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Oddbins owner facing uncertain future, say reports

The owner of one of the best known UK wine retailers, Oddbins, has reportedly appointed a financial advisory firm to help it with next steps – including a possible fall into administration. An Oddbins shop in London. Oddbins owner European Food Brokers (EFB) has appointed financial advisory firm Duff & Phelps to advise it on a way forward. One possibility …

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Pitt and Jolie-owned Miraval to launch ‘Studio’ rosé wine

A new rosé named ‘Studio by Miraval’ has been created by the Provence château that remains jointly owned by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. ‘Studio by Miraval’ was due to be launched on 5 March 2019. ‘Studio by Miraval’ rosé has been earmarked for a global launch on 5 March this year, according to a statement released by the estate. …

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Daily Wine News: Reflect & Remember

(Flickr: noviceromano) “Normally there aren’t huge surprises when I research, but this year, I came away with a cascading shock when I discovered the business wasn’t anywhere close to where I believed it was. And every bit of research since has continued to add to the realization that the industry isn’t only at a cross-roads, we stand a chance of …

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Top Italian reds for under £15/$20

There’s no shortage of options on retailers’ lower shelves, but spend a little more on an Italian wine and you’ll be rewarded by a leap in quality. Andy Howard MW chooses his pick of the best, all priced below £15… It could be argued that wine consumers today have a much better choice in terms of quality, value and diversity …

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Young Sommelier trophy announced in honour of Gerard Basset

The British branch of a centuries-old gastronomic society, Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, has announced a new trophy for young sommeliers, in honour of Gerard Basset OBE MW MS, who died earlier this month. The Gerard Basset Tasting Trophy will be given to the sommelier, aged 30 or under, scoring the highest marks in the blind tasting and food matching sections of …

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Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 1/27/19

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. Why the increasing retail availability of wine might not be such a good …

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Central Otago (6) Providore

Pete Bartle is the winemaker at VinPro, which is one of the two most significant contract wineries in Central Otago. He currently makes some of the highest-rated wines in Central Otago. Even though VinPro are a big winery in the region, they process only 800 tons through their winery each year, which in a New Zealand context is quite small. …

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Why don’t more Americans support impeachment?

For those of us who are determined to get rid of the catastrophe of Trump by any means, the latest Washington Post-ABC poll is troubling. The poll’s key finding is shocking: “The trend on impeachment has moved in Trump’s direction…despite [Tom] Steyer’s multimillion-dollar campaign. Last August, the result was a 49/46 plurality in support of impeachment proceedings beginning in the …

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Sotheby’s plan highest-estimated wine auction in history

Sotheby’s is planning what may become the most lucrative fine wine auction in history, including almost 17,000 bottles worth up to US$26 million – all from the cellar of one collector. A ‘vast’ collection of Champagnes includes the entire range of Dom Pérignon, focusing on vintages from 1960s and 1970s. Tran-scend-ent Wines, scheduled for Hong Kong on 29-31 March, will …

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Daily Wine News: Tasting Room Evolution

In Decanter, Elin McCoy explores the evolution of the tasting room. “In the past five years, the tasting room has morphed yet again, this time into elegant living rooms and slickly designed lounges with cozy seating, food pairing menus, sit-down guided tastings, idyllic vineyard views and the promise of an ‘experience’. Naturally the price to participate has gone way, way …

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