Monthly Archives: May 2022

Argentina harvest report 2022: ‘wines with excellent ageing potential’ 

Doña Paula’s vineyards in Mendoza, Argentina The grapes have been picked and Argentina is able to file another successful harvest for 2022, to match the previous four years. However producers are reporting that 2022 was the most singular of recent vintages, with each region experiencing its own challenges. Mendoza ‘The 2021-2022 season reminds me of a good Hollywood movie,’ said …

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New Zealand Pinot Noir: 20 premium wines to try

Craggy Range Never likely to match the popularity of the country’s Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand Pinot Noir is nonetheless an undoubted success story. Although the first vines were planted almost 140 years ago, in 1883, New Zealand Pinot Noir didn’t really find traction with either producers or consumers until more than a century later. Today, with more than 5,800ha planted …

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gruen1960 has added a photo to the pool: Das linke Ufer der Garonne ist nicht so schick wie das rechte. Aber hier her verlaufen sich nur wenige Touristen…. La rive gauche de la Garonne n’est pas aussi chic que la droite. Mais seuls quelques touristes s’y perdent…. Source : https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/52050368887/in/[email protected]

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A Sparkling Road Trip with Prosecco and an Alfa Romeo

Your next bottle of Prosecco might be delivered in a green Alfa Romeo Stelvio. Gianluca Bisol, president and CEO of Prosecco’s Desiderio Bisol & Figli winery, embarked on April 26 on a 25-day tour of the U.S. in a Verde Montreal–colored 2022 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio, provided by the luxury Italian car manufacturer. Desiderio Bisol & Figli is a quality …

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Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 5/1/22

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. Champagne Nukes its own VineyardsUgh. Confessions of a smoke-taint tasterAn article from 2020, …

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Daily Wine News: Worker Safety

A worked hand harvesting grapes. (Wikimedia) As the West learns to live with the constant threat of extreme heat and wildfire, wineries are adapting their vineyard practices with workers top of mind. Elisabeth Sherman reports on what these changes entail in Modern Farmer. “…making changes to harvest procedure, whether it’s a new type of tractor, higher pay or ceasing operations …

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Düsseldorf – a wine lover’s guide

Rocaille After a two-year hiatus, the wine world is getting ready, once again, to descend upon Düsseldorf for another edition of ProWein, the industry’s biggest trade fair. If many visitors are tempted to dismiss the capital city of North Rhine-Westphalia as a boring industrial hub, the fact is that Düsseldorf is home to a vibrant fashion and art scene, in …

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Preview: Tesco’s spring/summer tasting

Decanter attended Tesco’s spring/summer 2022 portfolio tasting at the end of April where over 140 wines were on show, 38 of which are new to the range. In anticipation of the full list of top buys, to follow soon, we’ve rounded up a few of our favourites to get you in the mood for spring. Tesco’s wine buying team highlighted …

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2019 Kirkland Signature Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

Bam, the new Kirkland Willamette Pinot Noir is dropping in stores right on schedule.  This is one of our favorites among the Kirkland Pinot Noirs. And there’s some big news right off the bat. How about a price drop? You don’t hear about many of those right now, and what a perfect bottle for this to happen to. Historically, this …

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The Duckhorn Portfolio purchases 107ha vineyard in Paso Robles

The luxury wine group bought Bottom Line Ranch in the San Miguel District for an undisclosed sum. It is exclusively planted with Cabernet, featuring seven top clones on three drought-tolerant rootstocks. Alex Ryan, chief executive and president of The Duckhorn Portfolio, said the sub-appellation’s climate is ideal for producing world-class Cabernet Sauvignon. ‘There is a reason why Paso Robles has …

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Raúl Pérez: Latest releases tasted and rated

In a fascinating 2019 Decanter interview written by Pedro Ballesteros Torres MW, Raúl Pérez was described as one of the world’s greatest winemakers, a supremely gifted innovator and, in winemaking terms at least, an important influencer. So my expectations were high when invited for a tasting and lunch with the great man. I was not to be disappointed. See tasting …

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DWWA judge profile: Gerd Stepp

Gerd Stepp is a judge at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2022. Gerd Stepp Gerd Stepp Gerd Stepp’s family has been growing grapes in the Pfalz for generations and he himself has been in the wine trade for over 25 years. For 10 of those years, Stepp was a winemaker for Marks & Spencer and has worked in Germany, …

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