Daily Archives: June 23, 2022

DWWA judge profile: Marco Iaccarino

Marco Iaccarino is a judge at the 2022 Decanter World Wine Awards. Marco Iaccarino Marco Iaccarino Marco Iaccarino has worked in the beverage and hospitality sector for over 25 years, starting out as a bartender. He has now been a professional sommelier for over 15 years. Whilst studying in Milan, he worked as a sommelier during the opening of the Armani Hotel, developing its …

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DWWA judge profile: Beatrice Bessi

Beatrice Bessi is a judge at the 2022 Decanter World Wine Awards. Beatrice Bessi Beatrice Bessi Beatrice Bessi has worked in hospitality for over 20 years. She moved from a position as Restaurant Manager in Italy to London, 6 years ago. Thirsty to increase her knowledge of the wine world, she joined Ronan Sayburn MS and his team at 67 …

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2 Restaurants Win New Grand Awards in 2022

Creating even a simple restaurant wine list takes time and effort. Transforming a wine list into an outstanding combination of wine selections, cellar inventory and service that is worthy of global recognition takes passion and dedication. This year, two restaurants have accomplished just that, earning Wine Spectator‘s Grand Award—the world’s highest honor for a restaurant wine program. The Grand Award class …

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Daily Wine News: Moves & Mythics

(Source: Chateau Ste. Michelle) On Tuesday, Washington Wine Report’s Sean Sullivan broke the news that Chateau Ste. Michelle has put its 118-acre headquarters in Woodinville up for sale, with plans to move all of its winemaking to eastern Washington immediately.  In Wine-Searcher, W. Blake Gray continues looking into the Chateau Ste. Michelle sale. “This is what private equity firms do. …

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Wine In the Time of Coronavirus, Part 59: Rule Breakers (Bellenda Valdobbiadene Recent Releases)

Have old map of Treviso, will taste… “We always wanted to break the rules.” So mentioned Prosecco family producer Bellenda owner Umberto Cosmo and his daughter Lucrezia during an online samples tasting I attended (relatively) recently. If ever an outfit in Valdobbiadene embodied the Italian spirit of flaunting convention, it’s this one. Founded in 1986 by Umberto and his brothers …

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DWWA judge profile: Salvatore Castano

Salvatore Castano is a judge at the 2022 Decanter World Wine Awards. Salvatore Castano Salvatore Castano Salvatore Castano, originally from Giardini Naxos (Taormina), began his career in London as a Commis Sommelier in one of Alain Ducasse’s restaurants, The Dorchester. He is currently Head Sommelier & On Trade Advisor at Friarwood, a famous boutique in the London. In November 2021 …

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Bordeaux 2021 en primeur campaign delivered ‘predictable chaos’ and ‘pitiful revenues’

Château Cheval Blanc performed better than many in the Bordeaux 2021 en primeur campaign. Anecdotal evidence suggests that sales decreased significantly compared to the previous year, with volume and value sales down by as much as 60% in a few cases. In some instances, sales of usually bankable wines crashed to almost zero, according to the merchants that Liv-Ex polled. …

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DWWA judge profile: Amaya Cervera

Amaya Cervera is a judge at the 2022 Decanter World Wine Awards. Amaya Cervera Amaya Cervera Amaya Cervera is a freelance wine writer and journalist based in Madrid. She is the founder and editor of the bilingual (English-Spanish) website, Spanish Wine Lover, and writes mainly about Spanish wine. She is also a contributor for other international and Spanish publications. Amaya …

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DWWA judge profile: Anne Burchett

Anne Burchett is a judge at the 2022 Decanter World Wine Awards. Anne Burchett Anne Burchett Anne Burchett is a wine marketing and communications specialist, a writer and a lecturer on the business of wine. She has worked in the wine business for over thirty years. Her latest role before setting up her own business was MD of Sopexa UK, …

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Armit Wines and La Rioja Alta – the chance to win three iconic wines

La Rioja Alta sits among the many flagship names of which Armit Wines is the exclusive importer in the UK and that have long formed the core of its leading portfolio. The company’s relationship with the iconic Rioja producer is a great example of the bonds forged with the key producers from Spain, Italy, France, and beyond,  it represents, with …

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Third batch of Diageo’s Prima & Ultima collection revealed

Prima & Ultima – meaning ‘first and last’ – showcases whiskies that are exactly that: either the first or the last of their kind. The eight single malts in this year’s line-up were chosen by Diageo master blender Dr Craig Wilson, following in the footsteps of previous Prima & Ultima creators Maureen Robinson and Dr Jim Beveridge OBE. The whiskies …

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Barcelona for wine lovers

Mercat de Sant Antoni. From the beaches and harbour of the waterfront, up through the medieval maze of the Gothic quarter and into open, airy neighbourhoods like the Eixample, Barcelona presents many faces to those who come to explore its riches. At once cosmopolitan, yet still fiercely proud of its local heritage, its attractions are many and varied, such as …

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Balfour Brut Rosé: 20 years at the vanguard of English sparkling wine

Spring was in the air as we walked through bluebell-covered, ancient oak woodland deep in the heart of the Kent countryside. Richard Balfour-Lynn pointed at the bramble which had grown on patches of land where old trees had fallen, allowing sunshine to filter through. ‘That’s the natural cycle, here,’ he said. Scroll down for tasting notes and scores of 12 …

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Marcel Deiss Alsace Langenberg La Longue Colline 2018 $48 (93 points)

This distinctive white delivers a delicate note of ground cumin, which serves as a fragrant thread winding through a subtle mesh of poached quince, raw almond, dried white cherry, lime zest and honeycomb flavors. Medium-bodied and balanced, finding freshness as much from the well-knit acidity as from the tang of salty minerality and a lightly chalky, tactile sensation. Drink now …

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