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Best Summer Wines for Barbecue + Seafood: CTV News

In part two of our regular wine chat, Leanne and I talk about the best wines for summer, whether it’s zesty whites, such as Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc, for seafood; and robust red wines, such as Shiraz, Cabernet and Malbec, for BBQs. All of my wine picks are under $20, including several that scored 90+ points. Stock up now! …

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Sweetness in Wine – Wine 101 Videos (Ep. 5)

Surprising facts about wine sweetness you don’t want to miss! This week, Madeline Puckette jumps into one of the most misunderstood topics in wine. Wine Sweetness What is wine sweetness and where does it come from? Most sweetness in wine comes from natural grape sugars leftover after the fermentation has stopped. Wine people refer to it as “residual sugar,” or …

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Two court cases, two huge victories for Resisters

For those of us in the Resistance, yesterday was a great day. It was an even better day for America. Manafort and Cohen: both guilty of eight serious counts. Both cooperating with Mueller and the Southern District of New York. Both in a position to end the disastrous Trump presidency. It’s not over by a long shot, but we’re feeling …

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What is green harvesting? Ask Decanter

And why is it important for some wines…? What is green harvesting? What is green harvesting? Ask Decanter Green harvesting is the process of removing extra grape bunches from a vine, with the aim of balancing leaf area and fruit weight for a crop that can achieve better ripeness. Why is this important? ‘The leaves carry out the photosynthesis that …

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56th Annual Napa Wine Library Tasting: August 26, Napa

Dedicated wine lovers in the San Francisco Bay area get several opportunities each year to indulge their passions for wine. Large, themed tastings like the ZAP Zinfandel Festival are great opportunities to get a sense of a certain varietal and the quality of the recent vintage in California. It is quite rare, however, despite the nearness of the appellation and …

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A pruning masterclass: cane-pruning Sauvignon in Marlborough

The Awatere: time to prune This morning Mike Eaton kindly took me out to a vineyard he’s working with in the Awatere Valley (Marlborough, New Zealand) to give a quick pruning masterclass. Here’s the film – it’s quite long at 14 minutes, but it goes into detail about some of the decision-making process in pruning a vineyard. In Marlborough, all the …

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Welcome to Hungary with Count Karolyi’s Grüner Veltliner 2016 ~ Wine of the Week

Sample wines provided by Quintessential Wines ~ Count Karolyi Grüner Veltliner 2016 PREFACE – PART 2 ~ WHITE WINES My structure: World Regions ~ FIRST HEART ~ THE WINERY: info is coming from the company’s own statements I can’t make up their history Nor am I to try SCIENCE ~ WINEMAKING I can’t make up their […] Source : http://www.wine-blog.org/index.php/2018/08/22/hungary-with-count-karolyis-gruner-veltliner-2016-wine-of-the-week/

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From the archive: Chambolle-Musigny 2014 panel tasting results

Our experts recommend this approachable vintage, and are especially impressed by the quality of some of the village wines… Originally published in Decanter magazine’s November 2016 issue and now available online in full, exclusively for Premium subscribers. 68 wines tasted with two rated Outstanding ‘A really nice, attractive vintage you can drink at any time,’ said our panel of Jason …

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Daily Wine News: 40 Under 40

(Flickr: ajroder) Wine Enthusiast announces their Top 40 Under 40 Tastemakers of 2018. Elin McCoy reports on Sotheby’s new “instant cellars” in Bloomberg. “Sotheby’s four cellar options in New York (two in Hong Kong) are starter collections with different goals, from exploring and learning to investment. The wines are mostly ready-to-drink classic Bordeaux, Burgundy, and Champagne from excellent vintages.” In Bustle, …

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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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