Daily Archives: November 2, 2022

Hospitaliers de Bonpas | Overlooking the Durance River near …

Overlooking the Durance River near the town of Avignon, the Bonpas Charterhouse is a fortified monastery that was built by the Order of the Knights of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem in the 12th century. Its name is linked to the history of the torrential Durance River, which could only be crossed at the ford located just below …

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Wine Spectator Recognizes Restaurant King Danny Meyer with 2022 Distinguished Service Award

Danny Meyer thought he was on stage to tussle with José Andrés. The restaurateur and founder of Union Square Hospitality Group was a panelist at the New York Wine Experience’s annual Chefs’ Challenge, a wine-and-food pairing competition starring chefs José Andrés, Eric Ripert and Emeril Lagasse, along with Meyer. But Marvin R. Shanken, Wine Spectator’s editor and publisher, had other …

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Turning Tables: Wine Dive Expands to a Third Kansas Location

Wine Dive + Kitchen, a Best Award of Excellence–winning restaurant group with locations in Wichita and Manhattan, Kan., opened a new location in early September in Lawrence, home of the University of Kansas. At the same time, the Wichita restaurant was renovated to include a wine cellar, a private dining space and a new bar. “We’ve always had Lawrence in …

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2018 Devois des Agneaux d’Aumelas Languedoc

We weren’t sure what to expect here but had a sneaking suspicion that this might be an under the radar winner. And we were spot on. Languedoc is a region in Southern France, in between the Mediterranean and Rhone Valley, and you can see the Rhone influence in the varietal blend here which is 70% Syrah and 30% Grenache. It’s …

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Our Highest Rated Costco Wines of 2022

It’s that time of the year again when we look back at some of our favorite Costco wine finds throughout the year. We have quite a few new additions that we enjoyed this year. If you want to check out our previous roundups, here is this same list from 2021, 2020 and 2019. It’s always worth saying upfront that many …

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Celebrating 20 years of the Decanter World Wine Awards: 2023 entries open

Celebrating its 20th year, Decanter World Wine Awards has firmly solidified its standing as the world’s largest and most influential wine competition. Hundreds of the world’s leading wine experts are recruited to judge at the competition, with country- and regionally-specific panels meticulously organised to ensure wines are judged by specialists in their field. DWWA 2023 Co-Chair Sarah Jane Evans MW …

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2017 Kirkland Signature Series Brunello di Montalcino

Here’s one of our favorite Kirkland wines coming in right on time with the latest vintage. Fall is usually when this Brunello hits stores, and right off the bat we have some good news with the price staying at $19.99. Long time readers may remember this wine had crept up to $27 in prior years, and then started coming back …

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Chianti Classico: The Unità Geografiche Aggiuntive

There has long been discussion about strengthening the perception of Chianti Classico’s connection with its terroirs by reference to sub-areas within the DOCG. Giovanni Manetti, president of the Consorzio Chianti Classico and a long-time promoter of zoning in Chianti Classico is in no doubt about the importance of stressing the sense of place. ‘Unlike a grape variety or a winemaking …

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Daily Wine News: California King

St. Peters Church Vineyard. (Source: Florence Vineyard) “Behind a modest Catholic church in Sonoma County sits a little-known vineyard that’s also one of the most influential in California. The beefy, gnarly and 130-year-old vines of Cloverdale’s St. Peter’s Church Vineyard are the unsung heroes of the Rockpile region, an appellation known for producing intensely flavored Zinfandels that rank among the …

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43rd World Congress of Vine and Wine: final 2022 estimates revealed

After a two-year hiatus imposed by the global pandemic, the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) is hosting its 43rd annual congress this week in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. There is a sense of celebration among participants, but the joy of sitting around the same table again is clouded by urgency and worry as the industry faces significant challenges. …

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Best affordable UK restaurant wine lists

The Terrace, Ventnor, Isle of Wight Even the savviest of wine lovers knows the sinking feeling that can come when perusing a restaurant’s wine list. My own personal bugbears include wines presented – quite literally – as a list, with no attempt to describe their essential characters or why you might like to order it, and prices that zoom up …

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Ngakirikiri: A statement of terroir and age worthiness

Ngakirikiri speaks resolutely of place. This expressive M?ori term refers to the unique soils of the Gimblett Gravels vineyard sites in Hawke’s Bay, but also captures the distinctly New Zealand character of an elite wine, built on strength of character, belief and endurance. Villa Maria first produced this outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon-dominant blend in 2013, realising that such an exceptional vintage …

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A perfect pairing: Cider vinegar-roasted pork belly & apricots

Much of the messaging in food media seems to take a ‘this is what you should be cooking right now’ approach: ‘try this cuisine’, ‘use these leftovers’, ‘eat seasonally’ and so on. It’s probably counterproductive to a (still relatively fresh) cookery writer’s career to state it, but there’s too much choice. At the genesis of this book, it struck me …

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Wine Spectator and Sotheby’s Auction House Dream Jobs with Aleks Zecevic

Introduction What’s it like to work at the prestigious Wine Spectator magazine and Sotheby’s fine wine auction house? How can you distinguish real wine from fakes? What’s the secret to putting together the perfect wine flight? In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, I’m interviewing Aleks Zecevic, wine writer and host of the Vintners podcast. You can find the wines …

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Greatest vineyards: Decanter names 12 ‘to rule them all’

The Müller family’s Scharzhof estate house at Wiltingen, with the vineyards rising behind. Decanter has published a list of ‘12 vineyards to rule them all‘, featuring some of the greatest vineyards across the globe, after consulting a selection of leading wine world experts. After much debate and discussion, the final dozen takes wine lovers on a journey across the international …

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Decanter World Wine Awards: The world’s best sweet wines

From outstanding classics to new-wave discoveries, the world of sweet wines is well worth exploring. The best examples can be transformative – which is perhaps why dessert wines go hand in hand with the end-of-year holiday season – yet these sweet treats deserve attention year-round. Bringing to light some of the finest sweet wines from across the globe, results from …

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