Daily Archives: June 13, 2022

You Think You Know Prosecco? Wait Until You Meet Sui Lieviti

Prosecco is about to give the world’s pét-nats a serious run for their money. Yes, you read that right: Prosecco. The prim and proper, cheerful and clean bubbly you know and love just showed up to the party with a sleeve tattoo, a couple of piercings, some holes in its jeans, and a whole new attitude. In the United States, …

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Vinography Images: Bloom Time

Delicate flowers that will eventually become grapes of Cabernet Sauvignon are caught by the sun in Sonoma’s Alexander Valley. Having spent the spring in their vegetative growth phase, grapevines throughout the North Coast are about to flower and move into fruit set, marking the beginning of fruit-ripening and the roughly 100-day countdown to the 2022 harvest. INSTRUCTIONS:Download this image by …

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Updated: Bordeaux 2021 Futures Prices and Analysis

Updated June 9. This story will be continuously updated as more wineries release their futures allocations. Check back for the latest. In a time of war and deep economic anxiety, Bordeaux’s futures campaign has begun, with the first top wineries releasing futures allocations this week. Early indicators suggest price increases will be minimal, with some producers even reducing prices from …

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Wine to 5: Vincent O’Brien

Vincent O’Brien is the managing director of Octavian Wine Services. Octavian is the world’s number one fine wine storage provider, home of many of the world’s rarest collections, and has been described as the ‘Fort Knox of wine’. How did you get here? I joined Cert Octavian, as it was known then, in 2009 as financial director. This was while …

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Daily Wine News: Wine Tasting Notes

In Decanter, Chris Losh looks at what goes into penning a wine-tasting note. “Why is it so hard to write a decent tasting note? Because it clearly is. When researching this article, pretty much the only things that everyone agreed on were: i) it’s difficult, and ii) hardly anyone does it well.” In the San Francisco Chronicle, Jess Lander remembers …

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Vinography Unboxed: Week of 5/22/22

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 past week included some more new releases from Minus Tide, the tiny operation run …

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Haut-Brion Auction for a Cause Raises $6.23 Million

Sotheby’s offered an unprecedented sale of wines from the cellar of Domaine Clarence Dillon’s CEO, Prince Robert de Luxembourg, on May 21, and the response was impressive. Some 4,200 bottles of collectible wines—all 818 lots on offer—were sold during the nine-hour auction, most for above estimate, for a total of more than $6.23 million. And it was all for charity. …

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Kylie Minogue launches her wine range in the US

Kylie Minogue poses with her band during the Kylie Minogue Wines US launch at The Café Carlyle in New York. The ‘Spinning Around’ singer launched the wines on her birthday in 2020. The wines are distributed in the UK by Benchmark Drinks, which specialises in celebrity partnerships and is also the UK distributor of the wine ranges launched by Sarah Jessica Parker, Ian Botham and Graham …

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Ausone, Canon, Pichon Comtesse lead en primeur flurry

Château Canon in St-Emilion has been one to watch in recent years. Bordeaux 2021 en primeur releases really picked up speed this week, and the launch of Ausone, Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, Canon, Montrose, Léoville Poyferré, Beychevelle and La Gaffelière in recent days – to name just a few – has given prospective buyers plenty to look at. Let’s …

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