Daily Archives: June 15, 2022

Sussex wine producers celebrate after earning PDO status

Ashling Park Producers including Rathfinny, Ridgeview and Bolney embarked upon their quest to turn Sussex into an appellation back in 2015. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has now finally recognised Sussex wine as a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO). It will enter the register on 5 July, 2022, giving Sussex wine the same legal status as …

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New Zealand’s Craggy Range joins La Place de Bordeaux

The Craggy Range Te Muna Road vineyard. The estate, which comprises the Gimblett Gravels (Hawke’s Bay) and Te Muna Road (Martinborough) vineyards, will be represented at La Place by two of the oldest négociants, CVBG and Mähler-Besse, in both Europe and Asia. The 2020 vintage of Craggy Range Le Sol Syrah and Craggy Range Aroha Pinot Noir will join the …

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2019 Kirkland Signature Suscol Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

For those who follow our accounts on social media, you’ve no doubt seen a few people post about this bottle making a reappearance in stores right now. This is the Kirkland Signature Suscol Napa Cabernet, single vineyard. This wine debuted last year with the dynamite 2018 vintage, and pretty much everyone I heard from, including us, loved it. Among the …

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Bordeaux 2012: The top-rated wines tasted 10 years on

There are some good and charming wines, but no great wines, in 2012. This was the verdict of a producer whose honest judgements I have learned to value, when we tasted the vintage together, en primeur, in April 2013. Retasting the vintage 10 years on, I find he has been proved correct. That’s all right. We need in-between years to …

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Walla Walla Valley for wine lovers

Situated between the Blue Mountains in the southeast and the low, rolling hills of the Palouse to the north, the Walla Walla Valley (mainly in Washington but crossing into Oregon) has a unique topography. While it feels in a low position compared with the nearby mountains and hills, the Walla Walla Valley – itself a sub-region of the larger Columbia …

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