Daily Archives: October 3, 2022

Monte Zovo Amarone

The choice of vineyards is the most important factor in our winemaking style, in tandem with the search for the correct interpretation of terroir, so as to make our wines true ambassadors of their place and time” says Diego Cottini, the winemaker in the family enterprise making prestigious wines from carefully selected vineyards in Italy’s Valpolicella region. The Cottini family …

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Daily Wine News: Still in Britain

Thanks to climate change, says Jancis Robinson, Britain can now produce decent still wine. “In fact so warm were the summers of 2018, 2020 and 2022 that British winemakers no longer have to concentrate on making sparkling wines, in which high acid is an asset. We are starting to see a plethora of very respectable still wines, even red wines, …

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Wine Reviews: Mini Round-Up for October 3, 2022

I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes in a “mini-review” format. They are meant to be quirky, fun, and (mostly) easily-digestible reviews of (mostly) currently available wines (click here for the skinny on how to read them), and are presented links …

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Rosa Kruger: Decanter Hall of Fame 2022

Rosa Kruger, Decanter Hall of Fame recipient, 2022. Growing up on a farm in the northern Transvaal, Rosa Kruger was surrounded by nature and the perilous immensity of the veldt. From the age of five, she’d regularly pack a bag with food and water and head off, shoeless, into the wilderness with one or more of her five brothers and …

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Apostolos Thymiopoulos: Decanter Rising Star 2022

If it were possible to give an entire country an award, our Rising Star would in all likelihood be named as Greece. The country’s winemaking has made enormous strides, and it is now producing truly world-class wines. Much credit for its increased profile on the global stage should go to one person, though, who is the very worthy winner of …

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Calabria travel guide: ‘Untapped wine potential’

Pentedattilo at twilight. As you approach the northeastern tip of Calabria along the winding road southwest of Matera, the Ionian coastline welcomes you with open arms. To your left, the crashing waves of pure white fragment across the sea of sparkling teal. To your right, you pass underbrush and countless citrus groves. Calabria is the forgotten region, even among Italians; …

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Sommelier Secrets UK: Sonal Clare

Describing itself as ‘Rock and Roll fine dining’ in the heart of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter is The Wilderness, where Sonal Clare is the wine director. ‘We serve tasting menus of bold, playful dishes influenced by international flavours that reflect the cultural melting pot that is Birmingham. We attract a very diverse audience and try to demystify the fine-dining experience and …

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Decanter reveals Hall of Fame and Rising Star award winners for 2022

Rosa Kruger, Decanter Hall of Fame recipient, 2022. Rosa Kruger, a self-styled ‘farm manager’ who is a leading figure in world viticulture and has played a major role in the development of South Africa’s modern-day wine scene, has been announced as recipient of the Decanter Hall of Fame prize for 2022. She is also the first South African to join …

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Château du Moulin-À-Vent: vertical tasting 2010 to 2019

Located in the northern end of Beaujolais, Moulin-à-Vent has a reputation for being one of the best of the 10 Beaujolais Crus but also one that is structured, powerful and age worthy. An intriguing vertical tasting (2010-2019) from the revitalised Château du Moulin-à-Vent confirmed the latter characteristic, while reaffirming that the age-old view of the appellation as a sturdy, traditional …

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