Monthly Archives: August 2022

Cava | A muselet (pronounced MOOSE-eh-lay) is the wire cage …

A muselet (pronounced MOOSE-eh-lay) is the wire cage that holds a Champagne or sparkling wine cork firmly in place on the neck of the bottle. This one is from a bottle of Punt Comu Cava Brut Champagne, a product of Spain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muselet   Submitted for “Our Daily Challenge” theme of 8/25/2022: YELLOW. Done Source : https://www.flickr.com/photos/birdsetcetera/52313073156/in/[email protected]

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How do You Choose a Wine Class or Course? (Video)

On CTV’s The Social, we chat about how to choose a wine tasting class or course. Click the arrow above to watch the segment. You can join me in my free online video class here that also tells you more about my full course, with food and wine pairing. Cheers, Natalie   JESS I’ve been known to host some pretty …

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Daily Wine News: Drinking Darker Rosé

In Club Oenologique, Nina Caplan gives praise to darker rosés. “There are so many pink wines I enjoy drinking, but Tavel was my first love, at least in part because the mid-century New Yorker writer AJ Liebling admired it so much: through him, I learned that character and charisma are as important in the glass as they are on the page, or …

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Beaulieu Vineyard – Cult wines, meticulously crafted since 1900

When George and Fernande Latour first saw the breathtaking expanse of Napa Valley near Rutherford, Fernande exclaimed ’Quel beau lieu!’, words that have been immortalised in the name of the vineyard founded by the Latours in 1900. This sense of wonder, alongside the wealth of winemaking and viticulture knowledge brought by George from Bordeaux, are the foundations of Beaulieu Vineyard, …

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Bodega Hacienda López de Haro: The Classica Project

Sheltered by the Toloño Mountains, Hacienda López de Haro’s winery rests on a hill in San Vicente de la Sonsierra, embraced by centuries-old vineyards and the dramatic landscape of Rioja Alta. This is the terroir that defines the company’s style, in which finesse and complexity come together and tradition meets modernity. When, in 2001, Hacienda López de Haro made its …

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Champagne houses announce ‘first’ with B Corp certification

Charles Heidsieck’s recently relaunched cuvée Champagne Charlie. The Champagne houses, part of the family-owned EPI Group, announced their B Corp certification after scoring 91.9 points in the assessment by B Lab, a non-profit network founded in 2006 with the aim of improving corporate performance in the spheres of social and environmental issues, plus accountability and transparency. The certification involves an …

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Wynns’ John Riddoch 2019

When Scottish pioneer John Riddoch planted the first vines in Coonawarra in 1861, he couldn’t have imagined that, more than a century later, his name would be associated with one of the world’s most celebrated terroirs and finest expressions of the Cabernet Sauvignon grape. Riddoch remains the figurehead of Wynns Coonawarra Estate, established in 1951 by Samuel and David Wynn …

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2020 Kirkland Signature Carneros Pinot Noir

We almost didn’t recognize this one. The Kirkland Carneros Pinot gets an all new lablel that’s super simple and clean. We kind of like it; here’s the old one for comparison. There’s no back label, just additional information on the sides of the main label, so I took a few additional photos. The Kirkland Carneros has always been a favorite …

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Top Champagne hotels off the beaten track

The moated mansion of Château d’Etoges, an enchanting idyll in the Côte des Blancs. Wine enthusiasts will want more from Champagne than tourists craving a bubbly one-night pit-stop with a quick visit to a big name house as they break up their journey to somewhere else. But wine enthusiasts exploring Champagne face a challenge. You may have visited famous houses’ …

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