Daily Archives: June 17, 2022

Vinography Images: Fluffy Friends

A crowd of white fluffy friends (one of whom has a slightly different job than the others) attends a vineyard near Hopland in Mendocino County. Sheep are increasingly seen as a viable approach (economically as well as environmentally) to managing cover crops, while also offering the “side benefit” of natural fertilization. INSTRUCTIONS:Download this image by right-clicking on the image and …

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Chenin Blanc – Eight wines to try on #DrinkChenin Day

The third Sunday of June might be Father’s Day but the third Friday is a special date for wine lovers: International Drink Chenin Blanc Day. Since the first edition of the Chenin Congress, the Fédération Viticole Anjou Saumur, has further extended celebrations for the whole third week of June under the hashtag #FandeChenin. Time to celebrate the Loire native, South …

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DDWA judge profile: Stefan Kobald

Stefan Kobald is a judge at the 2022 Decanter World Wine Awards. Stefan Kobald Stefan Kobald started his career back home in South Africa in 2013 as a Chef De Rang at the Sandton Sun Hotel in Johannesburg, where he found his passion for wine. He started to study the world of wine through the Court of Master Sommeliers. He then …

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Daily Wine News: Ukrainian Wine’s Future

In Wine Enthusiast, Evan Rail reports on how Russia’s war on Ukraine is threatening decades of winemaking process. “In recent years, Ukrainian winemakers have looked both outward and inward. They’ve embraced Georgia’s Saperavi grape and others that do well in the Black Sea region, had success with Riesling, Zweigelt, Muscat Ottonel and similar Old World classics, and explored the possibilities …

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National Restaurant Awards 2022 announced

The cuisine at Ynyshir The announcement of the National Restaurant Awards 2022 again confirmed London’s supremacy in the British dining scene. The capital occupies 60 out of the 100 best restaurant spots, as well as seven of the top 10. The two leading restaurants, however, will require London foodies to travel and attest to the vibrancy of the British scene …

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DWWA judge profile: Shane Jones

Shane Jones is a judge at the 2022 Decanter World Wine Awards. Shane Jones Shane Jones Shane Jones is a wine and sake educator who can be found teaching accredited programmes in the UK, France and Germany. He holds the WSET Diploma and is an enthusiastic sparkling wine specialist. He scooped the Moët & Chandon Scholarship at his Diploma graduation! …

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‘Space vines’ trial on-track, says team who put Petrus in orbit

Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon ‘space vines’ that were fired into orbit alongside bottles of Petrus 2000 have been nurtured alongside their ‘daughter’ plants in western France, said researchers in an update on the project. ‘The first “space grapes” are now visible on the canes just a few months after the replanting phase that occurred in February 2022,’ said Space Cargo …

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Top Roussillon wines: 15 to discover

The Roussillon is home to a range of wine styles, at varying price points. Sweet fortified wines (vin doux naturel) used to dominate production, with still dry wines (vin sec) in the minority. In the last 30 years, however, this has completely changed, and vin sec now makes up the majority (80%) of the Roussillon’s output. The recent Wines of …

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Bordeaux innovators: Meet the names to know

When I first visited Bordeaux, the sleepy landscape of turreted stone cha?teaux and vineyards seemed timeless, with traditions so well established you felt they would go on forever. But new energy in this famous wine region is visible and audible: bees buzz and sheep graze in organic vineyards; brand-new cellars brim with sustainable features and wine fermenting in trendy amphorae; …

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Decanter’s dream destination: Auberge du Soleil, Napa Valley, US

When it comes to wine region holidays, Napa Valley sets the standard. Not only with its glossy tasting rooms, lauded restaurants and artisan farmers’ markets. The hotel scene, too, is unrivalled. From upmarket B&Bs to elaborate resorts, there seems to be an eye-catching new opening with every passing season. Take the Four Seasons Napa Valley, which just launched within a …

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The perfect Martini

The most enduring of classic cocktails, the Martini is simple to make and infinitely customisable. But how do you create the very best one possible? We asked the top mixologists in London’s Martini business – Agostino Perrone and Giorgio Bargiani of The Connaught Bar, Alessandro Palazzi of Dukes Bar and Brian Silva of Rules. Here are their thoughts… The spirit: …

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Alain Voge St.-Péray White Ongrie 2019 $55 (94 points)

Bright and juicy, with quince, mirabelle plum, yellow apple and white peach flavors that are fresh and nicely detailed. Features a light salted butter streak that fills in on the finish. Extremely delicious. Drink now through 2025. 715 cases made, 100 cases imported. Source : 5c6c6ccc4f49e2449038b2c7e014fea2

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Bodegas Carchelo Jumilla C 2018 $15 (89 points)

This balanced red delivers dried cherry, sandalwood and hints of olive and smoke set in a medium-bodied frame. Light, taut tannins emerge on the finish. Mourvèdre, Tempranillo, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now. 10,000 cases made, 1,500 cases imported. Source : a3f1555152b867c30670442f984f4fbe

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