Five Tuscan vintages to drink now

Portrayed by sun-soaked landscapes, Tuscany appears to be an idyllic place to grow grapes. It is. But that doesn’t mean it is immune to vintage variation. Like many regions around the globe, Tuscany has experienced even greater extremes in the last couple of decades – from unseasonably cool, rainy weather one year to heatwave and drought the next. See Michaela’s …

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California Pinot pioneer Burt Williams dies

From garage winemaking to inspiring a generation… There is a fairy-tale-like quality about the way Burt Williams and Ed Selyem turned their winemaking hobby into one of California’s most sought-after wine labels, and helped to kick-start a love affair with Pinot Noir in Sonoma County, especially in Russian River Valley. Many tributes have been paid to Williams in recent days, …

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Impeachment: What will happen

Democrats are waiting for some kind of surprise happy ending to the Senate Impeachment trial. Maybe Bolton will sit down and testify: “Yes, there was a quid pro quo.” Maybe Mulvaney will swear to tell the truth and then say, “The president lied. Everybody was in the loop.” Maybe Giuliani, under subpoena, and facing multiple indictments, will strike a plea …

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Tariffs Curb US-China Bottle Swap

The US-China trade war has had far-reaching effects on the California wine industry, not least in its choice of bottles. In the latest episode of what has been a multi-year saga of escalation and antipathy, China confirmed on Friday 13 December that it had reached a tentative trade agreement with the United States. This followed promises of a similar sort …

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Christmas Champagne deals

We’ve sourced some top Champagne deals this Christmas… Who needs an excuse to drink Champagne? Not us, but if there’s a time of year to indulge in some fizz it’s Christmas. Thankfully this is the also the time of year when supermarkets and wine merchants come out with some of their best Champagne deals. Here’s a look of what’s hot …

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Daily Wine News: The Decline of Grower Champagne

Source: Wikimedia On Jamie Goode’s Wine Anorak, Treve Ring looks at why grower Champagnes are on a steady decline. “In its place, we’re seeing the rise of small, independent neo-négociant houses, where successful growers, previously held strictly to their own land holdings (save for a 5% grace), are using fruit from neighbours, even family members, so they can produce enough …

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US floats prospect of 100% tariffs on all EU wines

A basket of wine corks at Buvette in New York. Champagne and Italian wines from Barolo to Chianti Classico may no longer avoid the fallout from the aerospace dispute, under fresh US proposals to widen the number of European products targeted by import tariff hikes. Descriptions covering most EU wines were included in a provisional list published by the Office …

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Introducing Extremadura

Pago los Balancines The people of Extremadura like to remark on how neatly their home region’s name fits its characteristics. This is an extreme place, they say, with a knowing smile – extreme and hard: extrema y dura. They’re talking about the climate out here on the border of Portugal, in Spain’s wild west. With its long, dry, searingly hot …

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Meet the Extremadura producers

Bodega Encina Blanca de Alburquerque The first thing visitors are taken to see at Bodega Encina Blanca is a curious granite rock just outside the winery. It is carved with a narrow groove leading to a Roman-era lagar, which allowed grapes to be crushed by foot and begin their fermentation right in the heart of the vineyard. It lends a …

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Stephen Brook’s top wines of 2019

It’s tempting for critics and producers alike to assess a vintage too soon and too simplistically. It’s either ‘the vintage of the century’ – or a disaster. Stephen Brook’s top wines of 2019: You may also like: How to have an Italian Christmas Top red Burgundy comparative tasting: 2003 & 2004 Champagne brands to buy: Over 100 vintage & non-vintage …

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Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 12/15/19

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. Anne Krebiehl MW: why German wine deserve its exciting future Anne interviewed on …

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