Garage Wine Company launches Old-Vine ‘Revival’ project in UK

Garage Wine Company’s Derek Mossman Knapp. Winemaker Derek Mossman Knapp, of Chile’s Garage Wine Company, introduced the group’s ‘Old-Vine Revival’ project in the UK this month. This included a first UK tasting of its new-release Old-Vine Revival País 2021 wine. Garage Wine Company’s Maule-based project focuses on producing wine from previously-neglected old vines, while at the same time supporting local …

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Zen

@WineAlchemy1 has added a photo to the pool: Mulberry saplings planted with slate chippings in the Japanese Garden at Champagne Devaux. Merry-sur-Arce, Champagne, France. Best Expanded. Source : https://www.flickr.com/photos/winealchemy1/14412160550/in/[email protected]

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Maal Biutiful Mendoza 2020 $22 (88 points)

Quite savory in style, with toasted cumin seed and roasted herb elements up front, joining a smooth layer of black cherry and plum paste, with details of smoke and chocolate on the firming finish. Drink now. 3,500 cases made, 3,300 cases imported. Source : c0a78c9b83bdabe05ecae759ead49f2b

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What’s in a Label?

Should the label on a bottle of Pinot or Pilsner match what’s on a can of soda? Alcoholic beverages are regulated by the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), not the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). They’re subject to different regulations than most foods and drinks. But now TTB has proposed that new labels should get a …

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Daily Wine News: Two-Buck Chuck’s Wine Legacy

“First, I will say that I was not a fan of the wine or the man…How were the grapes farmed, and who provided the labor? What steps were taken at the winemaking facility to ensure some semblance of consistency, since the sources of the wine changed year to year? We can only guess.” In the New York Times, Eric Asimov …

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French influence in Argentina plus 12 wines to seek out

Gérard Gabillet, Cheval des Andes. Antoine de Tounens was a grand cru nutcase, a real-life Don Quixote who travelled to South America in search of adventure after reading an epic poem by the 16th-century Spanish writer Alonso de Ercilla. The French lawyer landed in the Chilean port of Coquimbo in 1858; two years later, citing the support of indigenous Mapuche …

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Regional profile: Cape West Coast

Skerpioen Harvest, Sadiie Family Vineyards Hundreds of kilometres of open road hug the wild Atlantic shoreline all the way up to Namibia. As you whip up the seemingly endless West Coast highway, see the glittering saltpans, the steampunk of rusting mining machinery, the fields of potatoes and cabbages – this has always been an area of mixed industries, and wine …

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Eight Cape West Coast wine producers to know

Fryer’s Cove vineyard See Malu Lambert’s regional profile: Cape West Coast: Old vines and unfashionable varieties reinvigorate South Africa’s western fringes This article contains eight producer bios: 1. Cape Rock Wines 2. Fryer’s Cove 3. Gedeelte Wines 4. Groote Post 5. Neil Ellis Wines 6. Piekenierskloof Wine Company 7. Sakkie Mouton Family Wines 8. Tierhoek

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2018 Durant & Booth Bourbon Barrel Aged Cabernet Sauvignon

We’re not always fans of bourbon barrel aged wines. They really can run the gamut from amazing to undrinkable, at least for our tastes, which skew more traditional and old world. But nonetheless, this bottle found its way into our Costco cart. And it actually turned out to be on the more enjoyable side of these bourbon barrel aged wines. …

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German-Speaking Wines and Biodynamic Winemaking with Valerie Kathawala

Introduction Are you curious about German-speaking wines and which ones you should try? Why is biodynamic winemaking particularly important for viticulture? What’s the real difference between natural wine and biodynamic wine? In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, I’m interviewing journalist and co-founder of TRINK magazine, Valerie Kathawala. You can find the wines we discussed here.   Join …

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Santa Clara Vine-to-Wine Tasting: October 23, Saratoga

For most Bay Area residents, wine country is a bit closer than they might think. Before it was Silicon Valley, Santa Clara County (stretching from Palo Alto south to Gilroy) was fruit country, and more specifically wine country. Vines were first planted at the Santa Clara Mission (in what is now downtown San Jose) in 1798. By 1855, the county …

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Perfect Pairings for Thanksgiving with Quails’ Gate Wines

  Text and images provided by Quails’ Gate Winery Nothing says harvest season like giving thanks over a large gathering of friends and family. This Thanksgiving we at Quails’ Gate Winery are thankful for a rich harvest from our vineyard and for you! To celebrate the season, we’ve compiled a list of perfect harvest pairings. These pairings can be your …

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Daily Wine News: Tempranillo’s Longevity

Tempranillo grapes from Rioja. (Wikimedia) Jancis Robinson praises Tempranillo’s potential longevity. “My guess is that the average wine enthusiast most readily thinks of Cabernet Sauvignon as the grape variety that makes the longest-living reds in the world, though there might be the odd vote for Nebbiolo. But think again. Spain’s most-revered grape Tempranillo is very possibly the strongest candidate.” In …

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Decanter Retailer Awards: The 2022 winners

An indispensable guide to the best wine shops, online retail, wine specialists and wine support services in the UK, the Decanter Retailer Awards 2022 winners have been partially revealed, with more results to be announced tomorrow, 28th September. Challenges are simply part of the landscape for retailers these days, but there are those who are rising to these challenges in …

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Asti – Energy, celebration and wonder in each glass

Asti’s roots The world was in turmoil when the Consorzio per la tutela dell’Asti was founded in 1932; between two world wars and with western society going through deep changes, the determination of the Asti producers remained firm. Striving to protect their land, grape variety (Moscato Bianco) and the quality of their wines, they also helped sustain a sense of …

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Decanter’s dream destination: Hotel Schoenburg, Oberwesel, Germany

Terrace with a view over the Rhein. The year is 911. Charlemagne’s grandson, King Louis ‘The Child’ of East Francia dies aged 17 after an 11-year reign and becomes the last ruler of the East Frankish Carolingian Dynasty. Elsewhere, in what will become known as the Kingdom of Germany, Schoenberg Castle located on a small hill in the medieval town of Oberwesel, overlooking …

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Walls: top northern Rhône whites under £30

St-Joseph Le Paradis, looking downstream over Mauves. Find Matt Walls’ 22 top-value northern Rhône whites below, and look out for his top 52 northern Rhône reds under £30 which will be published on 11th October. The northern Rhône produces just 5% of the total volume made in the broader Rhône Valley growing area. As demand for these wines increases, it’s …

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