Daily Archives: June 30, 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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