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Pokémon Power, Aussie Style (Fowles Victoria Recent Releases)

The post Pokémon Power, Aussie Style (Fowles Victoria Recent Releases) appeared first on 1 Wine Dude. Welcome to the third installment of my three-parter on the wines of Austraila’s Victoria region (if you missed them, catch up on Part 1 and Part 2). Today, I’m featuring one of Victoria’s hundreds of family-run producers, Fowles Wine. In April of 2024, I …

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What makes a wine vegan? Plus 10 wines to try

In 2024 around 2.5 million people in the UK were reported to be vegan, versus 1.4 million the previous year, according to information service website Finder. This is a staggering 79% rise year on year, showing that veganism is rapidly gaining ground. The increasing move to eschewing the consumption of all animal products may be founded through people’s concern for …

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Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon 2017: Panel tasting results

Malu Lambert, Andy Howard MW and Roger Jones tasted 43 wines, with 1 Exceptional and 7 Outstanding. Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon 2017: Panel tasting scores 43 wines tasted Exceptional 1 Outstanding 7 Highly recommended 21 Recommended 14 Commended 0 Fair 0 Poor 0 Entry criteria: producers and UK agents were invited to submit their 2017 vintage red wines made from a …

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Frost damage in German vineyards to cost millions

Vineyards near to Stuttgart in Germany (archive photo, 2010). German vineyards in several regions suffered frost damage in late April and insurance group Allianz Agrar has said it expects payouts on customer claims to be in the ‘double-digit million’ range. It’s still assessing damage, but it described the late spring frosts as the worst in at least 40 years. ‘I …

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Editors’ picks – July 2024

Napa Valley winemaker Lisa TogniStunning Spring Mountain Cabernet Tina Gellie It’s always refreshing to catch up with Napa Valley winemaker Lisa Togni, who has been making wines on Spring Mountain with her father at his eponymous Philip Togni Vineyard since 2000. The Tognis have earned a reputation for ageworthy ‘Margaux-type’, Cabernet-focused blends. Their 18 blocks over 4.2ha have been organic …

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Taiwanese billionaire Wood Chen linked to fake wine scandal

Taiwanese media outlet Business Today received a tip-off claiming that the country’s elites have been caught up in a series of fake wine transactions. They allegedly spent more than NT$1bn (£23.6m) on high-end Burgundy at two merchants – Top 100 Wine and UMC. These wines are now suspected to be fake. Huang Huihong, who runs Top 100 Wine, has reportedly …

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Tenuta San Guido Toscana Guidalberto 2022 $71 (94 points)

This red is elegant, despite its firm structure and dense tannins. Black cherry, black currant, plum, tobacco, iron and rosemary flavors hold court, while all the components show balance. The finish is long, with a salty taste. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Best from 2025 through 2038. Source : e4d708f14efdf4fccae008a117f5663c

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Querciabella: Great Chianti Classico Wines from Healthy, Eco-Friendly Vineyards

Agricola Querciabella was established in 1974 by Giuseppe Castiglioni in Ruffoli east of Greve (see map below). His son Sebastiano Cossia Castiglioni, a well-known vegan and  animal rights activist, converted the vineyard to organic in 1988 and to biodynamic agriculture in the year 2000.  Special attention is paid to managing cover crops. High quality has been the goal since the …

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Having A Themed Wine Party

The quintessential lessons in Having A Themed Wine Party in style, is really a lot of fun. And, it’s a lot of hard work. Finding the ideal party planner is priceless. They tend to create parties we all wish we had attended! Guess what? I found the best Event Planner extraordinaire! Since I Threw Out […] The post Having A …

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Will E Clickit – no emojis/graphics in comments has added a photo to the pool: A nice one from across the ditch. Source : https://www.flickr.com/photos/will_e_clickit/53872003767/in/pool-17918700@N00

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Decanter Cabinet

R. D. Barry has added a photo to the pool: Buena Vista Villa and Vineyards Source : https://www.flickr.com/photos/rdb466/53826513530/in/pool-17918700@N00

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Fruit of the vine

Peace Correspondent has added a photo to the pool: Harvest time in Tuscany, Italy. Source : https://www.flickr.com/photos/peacecorrespondent/2069697615/in/pool-17918700@N00

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Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 7/21/24

Hello and welcome to my weekly roundup of the wine stories that I find of interest on the web. I post them to my magazine 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. This Up-and-Coming Wine Region Is “What Napa Used to Be Like 30 Years Ago”Laid …

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Walls: Roussillon’s old vines are its best drought defence

An old vine, with the Canigou mountain in the Pyrenées in the distance. According to Antoine Lespès, research and development manager at Domaine Lafage just outside Perpignan, the average rainfall at this Roussillon estate between 2010 and 2023 was just 550mm per year. These last few years have been particularly dry: in 2021 and 2022 there was 340mm. In 2023, …

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Chapel Down wins big at WineGB Awards

The Kent-based producer continues to rack up major accolades, as Chapel Down Rosé landed a prestigious ‘Best in Show’ award at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) this year. Chapel Down Kit’s Coty Coeur de Cuvée 2016 was the big winner at the WineGB Awards, held at Drapers Hall in London on Friday evening. It was named Top Sparkling Wine …

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Dry-farming in American viticulture? Irrigation and a changing climate

Deep roots and volcanic soils in Hamel’s Nuns Canyon Vineyard. Riggs Lokka stands in a seven-foot soil pit on Green Valley’s Hallberg Ranch in Russian River Valley. With a cowboy hat atop his head, he points out the soil types from ground level to the base of the pit. The line of demarcation two feet down is stark. What begins …

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