Reviews

Champagne and Sparkling Wine Suggestions For New Year’s Eve

As we approach the New Year it is time to make your New Year’s Eve Champagne and Sparkling Wine purchases. This year we received another great group of options for you to choose from. In this post we will highlight some of our favorites bubble options! I will break the post into three categories. […] Source : http://www.kenswineguide.com/blog/?p=1673

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Kirkland Signature Asolo Prosecco Superiore DOCG

We reviewed this wine a while back, but since each new release of a Kirkland Signature label can essentially be a totally different wine, I feel that it’s relevant to review it again. Also, December 31st is fast-approaching and there is no better way to toast to the New Year than with a glass of bubbles. Now, on special occasions …

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The Negroni Manzanilla (feat. Poco Tapas & Sacred Rosehip Cup)

I love a negroni. And before I went to Poco Tapas Bar during a visit to Bristol last summer, I believed I made a pretty damn good one. Poco Tapas Bar’s Negroni Manzanilla took that belief of mine to one side and gave it a bloody good shoeing. Because Poco’s Negroni Manzanilla is a work of exquisite dipsomaniacal genius. The …

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The Story of California Chardonnay – part 4

The final instalment of this four-part history of California’s most popular grape variety. See also part 1, part 2 and part 3.  Broadening the range of styles: 2000 to today  As the ABC movement took hold, wine lovers turned away from California Chardonnay, and restaurant wine lists throughout the United States reduced by-the-glass selections largely to only one key Chardonnay. Rombauer and Kendall Jackson Reserve became …

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8 Sparkling Wines to Ring in the New Year (Wine Spectator)

Tasting Highlights’ wine reviews are fresh out of the tasting room, offering a sneak peek of our editors’ most recent scores and notes to WineSpectator.com members. While France’s Champagne region is a go-to source for sparklers, there are exciting examples of bubbly from a wide range of regions around the world. Today’s selections span the spectrum of styles, from a …

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The Future Of Wine Writing, Revisited

So… several days ago, I published a minor screed on what I perceived as the grim future of wine writing, which ended up generating a good deal of discussion and more traffic than most people send here to actually read about wine itself… but anyway… One of the best responses to my rant came via another blog (and yeah, I …

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The Story of California Chardonnay – part 3

See part 1 and part 2 of this four-part history of California’s most popular grape variety.  The globalisation of California Chardonnay: the 1980s to the 2000s  With a few exceptions, by the end of the 1970s much of California Chardonnay was made with some period of skin contact after being run through the crusher, followed by cold fermentation with cultured yeast in temperature-controlled tanks, no malo, …

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2014 Chateau Palmer Alter Ego de Palmer

Chateau Palmer in the Margaux region of Bordeaux produces stunning wines, and this is the most affordable jumping off point into their wines that you’re going to find. The Alter Ego is priced at $59.99 at Costco, which is about $5 less than most online outlets, and $15 less than I saw it at Total Wine. And although it’s not …

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The Story of California Chardonnay – part 2

See part 1 of this four-part account of California’s most-planted grape.  The building of California Chardonnay: the 1950s to the 1970s  It was in the Stony Hill vineyard, at between 1,000 and 1,600 ft (305–490 m) elevation in loamy volcanic soils, that the first Chardonnay was knowing planted in Napa Valley. The first wines were released from the 1953 vintage after an unfortunate …

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