Daily Archives: November 7, 2022

Château Pédesclaux certified organic in long-term sustainability plan

Speaking exclusively to Decanter, Jacky Lorenzetti, owner of the 52ha estate since 2009, spoke of his conviction to sustainable viticulture and a desire to produce the best wine possible in harmony with nature. Despite organic practices beginning at the estate 10 years ago in 2012, official conversion began in 2019. ‘When we arrived, we had a lot of work to …

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Wine Reviews: Mini Round-Up for November 7, 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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Daily Wine News: Frost in Mendoza

Frost and vines. (Flickr: epeigne37) As Amanda Barnes reports in the Drinks Business, Mendoza’s government has declared an agricultural state of emergency following two nights of devastating frost this week which have impacted over 10,000 hectares of vineyards as well as other crops. In Decanter, Barnaby Eales also reports that wine producers have been assessing vineyards after an unexpected and …

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Leading wine professionals sign letter calling for alternative packaging

The open letter, spearheaded by Wine Traders for Alternative Formats (WTAF), highlights the environmental impact of glass manufacturing and recycling. It notes that switching from glass to alternative formats could save ‘well over a third of the carbon footprint of wine consumed in the UK’ – the equivalent of taking 350,000 cars off the road overnight. Alternative formats such as …

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Alternative wine packaging: thinking inside the box

Theo Gough (left) and Oli Purnell (right), The Copper Crew. Wine has been presented in glass bottles for so long now that the association between the product and its packaging is umbilical. We have come to think of wine as belonging in bottles. It is an association that has served wine lovers well: glass is inert, robust and attractive; and …

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OIV welcomes back Ukraine as a member state

Ukraine delegates Volodymyr Pechko and Nataliia Burlachenko with Pau Roca, director general of the OIV Having left the ranks of the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) in 2008, Ukraine has again joined the leading intergovernmental institution. This brings the total number of member countries up to 49. The renewed membership is effective from 30 October and was formalised …

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Best Sherries: top bottles to try

Decanter Best Sherries In my book Sherry is the single-most underrated style of wine from Spain. Even among wine lovers it suffers from misconceptions about taste (‘It’s too sweet!’), how to serve it (‘In a tiny glass from your granny’s cupboard?’) and strength (‘It’s fortified: is it as strong as a spirit?’). But as any Sherry aficionado will tell you, …

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Craggy Range: producer profile plus 12 wines to try

Craggy Range’s Giants winery sits at the foot of the spectacular Te Mata Peak. The name Craggy Range will be a familiar one to many Decanter readers – after all, the estate has been producing acclaimed fine wines for more than 20 years. I remember attending a Craggy Range tasting back in 2005, where I was introduced to the prestige …

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Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG – A modern companion for your Christmas table

It’s impossible to understand Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG, and fully appreciate its complexity and depth, without being at least partially familiar with the unique process behind the style’s production. It constitutes a viticultural and winemaking achievement which developed in tandem to the wider wine and food culture of Valpolicella. After harvest, the carefully selected bunches of fresh grapes, picked at …

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Prà Soave Classico Otto 2021 $24 (89 points)

A zippy white, light-bodied and lithe, this is fragrant with white blossom and mineral notes. Juicy on the palate, offering pineapple, nectarine and grated ginger flavors. Drink now. 25,000 cases made, 3,300 cases imported. Source : 82ffabe7642c33c1a69deb0358067523

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