New crop of MSs

A follow-up to last year’s Master Sommelier saga. This week the Court of Master Sommeliers – Americas completed the annual exam for the Master Sommelier diploma. Candidates completed the theory portion of the exam previously. Only after passing theory are candidates then able to progress to the service and blind tasting portions of the exam, which took place in St …

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Back at Brat, one of London’s top restaurants

Langoustines Revisited Brat, this time for lunch. Love this place. Small leeks Chopped egg salad and bottarga Soused sardines Blood pudding, beans and figs Roasted greens Smoked potatoes Duck We had two bottles – Telmo’s fab Gaba do Xil Godello, and this – the amazing Lousas from Envinate, a really elegant, fragrant, ethereal wine Source : http://www.wineanorak.com:0/wineblog/restaurants/back-at-brat-one-of-londons-top-restaurants

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When It Comes to Wine, Big Isn’t Evil – It’s Essential

During the past couple of weeks or so, an online kerfuffle ensued after wine writer and author Jamie Goode posted an eye-opening article on his blog detailing the massive size of some of the wine worlds largest industrial-size producers. They are, interestingly (and in a sort-of-capitalism-run-amok fail), all owned by one company: Gallo. Goode’s take on the situation in more …

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Rush of releases shows Bordeaux merchants expanding their horizons

Masseto 2016 was released this month. It joined the Place de Bordeaux in 2008. A fresh cache of Latour 2011 was released from the first growth Château’s cellars this week, but it will have to share the limelight with a host of top wines from around the world that are now using Bordeaux’s renowned Place to present their latest vintages. …

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Daily Wine News: Gen Xers

In Wine-Searcher, Kathleen Willcox explores the potential of marketing wine to Gen Xers. “In the end, Gen Xers are willing to pay more than Boomers or Millennials for an item that they believe hold meaning and is of a high quality, producers have found.” “Trump proposes 100% tariff that would double the cost of European wine, cheese and olive oil,” …

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Anson: Lalande-de-Pomerol 2015 horizontal

Any horizontal of 2015 Right Bank is worth a look at right now. Approaching five years on from the vintage, it’s pretty much exactly the time that you’re going to be finding these wines on shelves and in restaurants – and when an appellation like Lalande-de-Pomerol is perfect to start drinking. See Jane Anson’s 31 Lalande-de-Pomerol wine tasting notes and …

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Top UK and European vineyard stays by train

Loisium Wine and Spa Resort, Langenlois, Austria Autumn is a magical time to visit northern hemisphere vineyards; the vines glow golden and green in the late summer sun, there’s still enough daylight to explore the great outdoors and for many harvest is full swing so the sights, sounds and smells of this annual activity are high in the air. With …

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