Monthly Archives: June 2022

Daily Wine News: Good News for Smaller Growers

“When people think of the Napa Valley, they often think of the big, the grand, the luxurious and the over-the-top. But there remain small family farms in the famous region, and this past March, they finally got a lifeline.” In Wine Enthusiast, Virginie Boone looks at how the recently passed Micro-Winery Ordinance is paving a way for small farms to …

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LVMH buys Napa Valley’s Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Joseph Phelps Vineyards wines, including the flagship Insignia. Philippe Schaus, chairman and chief executive of the Moët Hennessy division of LVMH, called Joseph Phelps Vineyards ‘an iconic name and an iconic winery’. Joseph Phelps founded his eponymous winery on a 260ha former cattle ranch in Napa Valley in 1973. He turned it into one of California’s most prominent producers, famed for …

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Bordeaux 2000s: the complete guide

Where the 1990s gave Bordeaux winemakers a number of difficult challenges, the first 10 years of the new millennium were far kinder. Looking back at the decade today, not a single vintage was a complete disaster. There were challenges, unquestionably – 2002, 2004 and 2007 all had tough moments, and 2003 was in a league of its own for sustained …

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Napa Valley ‘micro-wineries’ prepare for brave new era

Twenty-five producers joined forces to create a non-profit called Save the Family Farms, which lobbied the Napa County Board of Supervisors to create the new category. In March 2022, the board unanimously approved the ‘micro-winery’ ordinance, providing craft producers in the region with a vital lifeline – it will make it easier for them to bring their wines to market, …

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Value Argentinian Malbec: panel tasting results

Alistair Cooper MW, Dirceu Vianna Junior MW and David Williams tasted 149 wines, with 15 Highly Recommended. Value Argentinian Malbec panel tasting scores 149 wines tasted Exceptional 0 Outstanding 0 Highly recommended 15 Recommended 92 Commended 40 Fair 1 Poor 1 Faulty 0 Entry criteria: producers and UK agents were invited to submit their latest-release vintage Argentinian red wines containing at …

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Bodegas Juan Gil Jumilla 2019 $16 (88 points)

A fruit-forward wine, featuring macerated raspberry and baked red currant flavors, with a fragrant thread of dried Mediterranean herbs, spiced orange peel and red licorice. Juicy and accessible, with light, taut tannins defining the finish. Drink now. 26,000 cases made, 10,000 cases imported. Source : 6fdb69fd516f1cdea97288dbc6673035

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Möet Hennessy Buys Napa’s Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Another Napa wine icon is changing hands. Wine Spectator has learned that LVMH Moët Hennessy, the global wine and fashion titan, has signed a deal to purchase Joseph Phelps Vineyards. The agreement includes the brand, winery and inventory, and several hundred acres of vines in Napa Valley and Sonoma County. The purchase price was not disclosed. “Moët Hennessy plans to …

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Daily Wine News: CellarTracker’s Legacy

CellarTracker’s app logo. Is CellarTracker the most wholesome place to discuss wine online? Kristen Hawley looks at the site’s importance in VinePair. “Since its 2004 debut, CellarTracker has been used by hundreds of thousands of people to track nearly 150 million bottles of wine. It’s also become the largest database of public tasting notes — close to 10 million — …

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T3S_4193 | Weinbar in Toulouse. Man bekommt eine Plastikkart…

Weinbar in Toulouse. Man bekommt eine Plastikkarte und läßt sich aus den Weintresoren, den Wein ins Glas, auf den man Lust hat in 3 verschiedenen Mengen, so dass man viel probieren kann. Mein Freund erklärt das Prinzip gerade einer anderen deutschen Touristin.   P.S.: Mein Handtaschen Auftrag liegt schon ein wenig zurück, aber ich finde das Thema welche Tasche nimmt …

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Thomas Webb Intaglio Coupe

Captainchaoz has added a photo to the pool: Vintage Thomas Webb Champagne glass. Makers floral pattern WET13 . Acid etch makers mark to base dates it to between 1935-1949. Taking lens Canon FD 50mm f1.4. Source : https://www.flickr.com/photos/captainchaoz/52177284926/in/[email protected]

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2018 Chateau des Rochers Castillon Cotes de Bordeaux

When looking for value buys in the Costco wine aisle, some of our favorite finds are the small displays of random Bordeaux bottles that wedge in between other wines in the “cheap seats” (meaning the aisles of stacked wine, not wooden boxes). If you browse through our French review pages, you can find quite a few of these. They are …

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