Daily Archives: November 3, 2022

Rôti de Porc pairing

Easy cooking This is autumn and we’re in the middle of troubled times with rising prices including for everything related to food, but there’s still room for indulging in tasty meat dishes like the one I’m going to tell you about. Energy is also getting a subject we’re getting told to worry, and good cooking often often needs to be …

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Fraud case alleges Spanish wine passed off as French

Several of those suspected of involvement in the alleged fraud scheme to pass Spanish wine off as French went before Bordeaux’s tribunal correctionnel criminal court on 27 October. Authorities have estimated that 34,587 hectolitres of wine was involved, which is equivalent to around 4.6 million bottles, according to French news publication France Bleu. The wine in question was allegedly sourced …

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Rueda – 10 Facts to know

Having been granted DO status in 1980, Rueda has since become one of the go-to Spanish appellations for white wines. Nestled in a territory of great reds, it’s worth exploring what has shaped the region’s vocation, both historical and viticultural, for white wine production. 1. Location Rueda is located in the heart of Castilla y Le?on, east of Toro and …

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Daily Wine News: Irish Entrance

An unlikely contender is stepping up to the plate to become the next European wine powerhouse: Ireland, reports Lisa Grannell in Wine-Searcher. “According to the Drinks Ireland Report 2021, beer is still Ireland’s favorite alcoholic drink but this is closely followed by wine…Ireland has 10 MWs resident in the island of Ireland. Plus another eight Irish-born (or Irish passport-holding) MWs …

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Staying Strong (Rodney Strong Recent Releases)

Earlier (ok… much earlier) this year, I had the opportunity to hit up an in-person, sit-down tasting media dinner (the idea of which seemed almost too quaint to even contemplate during COVID) with Rodney Strong‘s Director of Communications Chris O’Gormon and head of winemaking Justin Seidenfeld. I’ve now known these guys for a long time, so it was an easy …

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Thieves steal fine wine from top Spanish restaurant Coque

Spanish police were investigating after thieves broke into the cellars of Michelin-starred Coque and stole prized bottles of wine from the top Madrid restaurant. A spokesperson for the restaurant told Spain’s El Pais newspaper that the value of wines stolen was still being estimated but that it was more than €150,000 in total. It’s the latest example of thieves targeting …

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Discover Navarre

The extraordinary Bardenas Reales natural park in the south of the Navarre region, northern Spain. Mention Pamplona and for many the image comes to mind of a hoard of runners dashing through the city’s cobbled streets, struggling to stay ahead of six ferocious fighting bulls. This is indeed the highlight of the San Fermi?n festival, held annually in July and …

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Ornellaia Bianco: A link to the past

The full vertical line-up of Ornellaia Bianco, from 2013 to 2019 vintages inclusive. A Sauvignon Blanc-driven blend since its first commercial release with the 2013 vintage, Ornellaia Bianco is produced in tiny quantities by this highly regarded Bolgheri-based estate – from three small vineyards that enjoy cooling sea breezes during the hot summer months. Scroll down to see tasting notes …

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Expert’s choice: High street Spain

Part of Contino’s 62ha of Rioja vineyards at Laserna, near Logroño Finding excellent Spanish wines at under £20 – even under £10 – is in one sense an easy task, since there are so many candidates to choose from. In these days of rampant, generationally unprecedented inflation, in which wine prices are heading, fast, in just one direction, I’m not …

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Clément & Florian Berthier Sancerre Les Chasseignes 2020 $46 (92 points)

A richly styled Sancerre, with nice concentration to the peach, lychee and apricot flavors that spill across the round palate. Tangy acidity, fresh mint notes and a talclike minerality keep this refreshing, while a hint of buttercream glides through the finish. Drink now through 2025. 350 cases made, 35 cases imported. Source : c56d5d643ed94f5eaeca39f87655bd0b

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Quinta do Vallado Douro 2020 $23 (89 points)

Dark and creamy, this medium-bodied red layers ripe, juicy black currant fruit with light, chalky tannins and hints of crushed pine, loamy earth and spiced orange peel. Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz and Sousão. Drink now through 2025. 25,556 cases made, 500 cases imported. Source : 0e995989d035a479d50e1d7c4a2fa552

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