Monthly Archives: April 2022

Vinography Unboxed: Week of 4/24/22

Hello and welcome to my weekly dig through the pile of wine samples that show up asking to be tasted. I’m pleased to bring you the latest installment of Vinography Unboxed, where I highlight some of the better bottles that have crossed my doorstep recently. This week included a bunch of fun wines, starting with an unusual aged Riesling from …

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Leading Port producers declare a 2020 vintage

Credit: Quinta do Noval – S. Chapuis – 2018 Taylor’s expects the 2020 vintage to show ‘elegance and structure’, while Quinta do Noval said the wines promise density, harmony and richness. Port Houses only declare a vintage when at least one of their vineyard plots yields exceptional fruit. Taylor’s has decided that Quinta de Vargellas, located in the wild and …

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Viognier: Top-scoring wines to discover

Aromatic Viognier has characteristic aromas and flavours of white blossom, jasmine and stone fruits, and with a powerful and rich body, it offers a delicious alternative to Chardonnay. Originating from the Rhône Valley, plantings of Viognier can be found globally from Australia and New Zealand to Canada, Greece, Italy and beyond. Results from the 2021 Decanter World Wine Awards attest …

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2017 Kirkland Signature Rioja Reserva

One of the highest value red wines in the Kirkland portfolio is making its way back into stores with the new 2017 vintage.  We could only be talking about the Rioja Reserva. This marks the 7th vintage of this wine that we’ve tasted and reviewed. Here’s a quick look at our historical ratings for this wine. 2010 Kirkland Rioja: 88 …

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Vinography Images: So Long Sucker

Vineyard workers suckering in the rows at the Camp Meeting Ridge vineyard of Flowers Winery in the Fort Ross-Seaview AVA of the northern Sonoma Coast. Suckering, the removal of excess vine shoots, is an important springtime activity for maintaining vine health and shaping the desired canopy for the coming growing season. INSTRUCTIONS:Download this image by right-clicking on the image and …

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Val di Suga Rosso di Montalcino 2019 $26 (90 points)

A fluid, juicy version, this delivers cherry, strawberry, floral and wild herb flavors on a lithe frame. Balanced and leaves hints of red fruit and savory on the finish. Drink now through 2027. 4,166 cases made, 1,000 cases imported. Source : dc323fe9a07a8992334d0c62ebb1d570

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Daily Wine News: Napa Responds

In the San Francisco Chronicle, Esther Mobley and Jess Lander respond to Lettie Teague’s recent piece about how expensive Napa’s gotten. “Locals, including these two Bay Area wine writers, can’t deny that Napa Valley prices have risen significantly over the past few years…But the article also has many locals feeling defensive. The reasons why it costs a lot to visit …

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Roussillon – Mediterranean at heart, Catalan in spirit

It is not just a name that defines Roussillon as a region. It is a whole culture, founded on deep-rooted traditions – and equally deep-rooted vines –  which shape a unique identity within both the French and the European context. Language, landscape and history come together in this special corner of the Mediterranean, where different peoples have, through millennia, met …

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Which countries drink the most wine? Ask Decanter

The US still comes top on the list of which countries drink the most wine overall, according to to preliminary figures released this week by the International Organisation of Vine & Wine (OIV).  Wine consumption in the US crept up by 0.7% in 2021, to 33.1 million hectolitres (3.31 billion litres), the OIV said in a report on the state …

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Yangarra: McLaren Vale Grenache success applied to Shiraz

Yangarra’s winemaker Peter Fraser. Critical acclaim with his single-block Grenache from the Yangarra estate vineyard in McLaren Vale has inspired winemaker Peter Fraser to follow suit with Shiraz, transforming the wines beyond a more typical Australian expression. With each parcel of Shiraz, Fraser minimises extraction and gently works the tannins through minimal pump-overs during fermentation, to relax the overt influence …

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The Tasting | Wine is one of the most civilized things in th…

Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing which may be purchased. One can learn about wines and pursue the education of one’s …

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Reichenstein Castle (Trechtingshausen)

Oliver Schoepgens has added a photo to the pool: Trechtingshausen / Middle Rhine Valley / Rhein-Lahn-Kreis / Rhineland-Palatinate / Germany Please have a look at my albums: www.flickr.com/photos/tabliniumcarlson/albums Source : https://www.flickr.com/photos/tabliniumcarlson/52035540309/in/[email protected]

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Wine filter (02) | The press filter outside of Tarara’s wine…

The press filter outside of Tarara‘s wine ‘cave’.   Tarara Winery Leesburg, Virginia, USA. 13 May 2007.   *************** ? Photo by Yours For Good Fermentables.com. ? For a larger image, type ‘L’ (without the quotation marks). — Follow on Facebook: YoursForGoodFermentables. — Follow on Instagram: @tcizauskas. ? Commercial use requires explicit permission, as per Creative Commons. Done Source : …

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