Daily Archives: November 14, 2022

Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 11/13/22

Hello and welcome to my weekly roundup of the wine stories that I find of interest on the web. I post them to my magazine on Flipboard, but for those of you who aren’t Flipboard-inclined, here’s everything I’ve strained out of the wine-related muck for the week. Devil’s Advocate – Was the 1970s the Greatest Decade in the History of Wine?Robert …

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Winemaker Interview Series – Andrew Baldwin from Penfolds Winery

During our Zoom interview on September 14th, we had a chance to meet Andrew Baldwin who is one of the many winemakers at Penfolds winery. Andrew has been in the business for 38 years. 33 of those years have been with Penfolds. So, he is quite a veteran and knows all […] The post Winemaker Interview Series – Andrew Baldwin …

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First taste: Gosset Celebris Blanc de Blancs 2012

‘I always like to remind people that Gosset is above all a wine producer and not just a classic Champagne house.’ This is how Odilon de Varine begins his presentation of Maison Gosset, where he is both cellar master and deputy managing director. Indeed, as de Varine explains, at this historic house founded in 1584 attention is keenly focused on …

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Champagne Cattier – The eternal return to the vineyard

Alexandre Cattier, CEO and winemaker at the eponymous maison, explains how a deep connection with the vineyards is the key to the preservation of Cattier’s trademark quality and style. A constant labour of precision and craftsmanship, informed by the love for the terroir and history of Champagne, remains at the core of Champagne Cattier’s philosophy. This approach has been reflected …

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The grace of Asti…

Some of the world’s most renowned wine styles place great emphasis on varietal and terroir expressiveness. Still, few rely more transparently on the character of the grapes from which they are produced as the bubbly styles – both spumante and frizzante – from the Asti DOCG. The craftsmanship, in both vineyard and cellar, behind the production of Asti Spumante and …

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Daily Wine News: Understanding UV

Jim Clarke delves into the science behind UV light in vineyards in SevenFifty Daily. “In the vineyard, UV light can be just as important as temperature. It can have profound effects on the development of flavor, color, and fermentation activity. In certain places, managing this light in the vineyard can be a careful balancing act.” In Wine Industry Advisor, Dawn …

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Wine Reviews: Mini Round-Up for November 14, 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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Spanish indigenous reds: panel tasting results

Sarah Jane Evans MW, Christine Allen and Beth Willard tasted 159 wines, with 13 Outstanding and 67 Highly recommended. Spanish indigenous reds panel tasting scores 159 wines tasted Exceptional 0 Outstanding 13 Highly recommended 67 Recommended 72 Commended 4 Fair 3 Poor 0 Entry criteria: producers and UK agents were invited to submit current-release red wines made from any Spanish …

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Vin Jaune explained

Frequently overlooked by consumers, this rare style of wine is as confusing as it comes. From its ‘yellow’ name to its squat-sized bottle to its unique, nutty flavour profile, it’s easy to understand why Vin Jaune doesn’t always get the love it deserves. Those in the know are aware that these special wines offer some of the most enjoyable, thought-provoking …

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Editors’ picks – December 2022

Tasting at Octavian Cellar delights at Octavian Amy Wislocki Autumn sees the tasting schedule hot up, and it’s been a whirlwind – various supermarket tastings, the launch of Gosset’s chalky, delicious Celebris Blanc de Blancs 2012 (£230 Mille?sima), and a rattle through some of the great Cabernets of the world. But the highlight, by a country mile, was a tasting …

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Leonildo Pieropan Soave Classico Calvarino 2020 $40 (92 points)

A racy white, with a mouthwatering mix of Honeycrisp apple, ripe yellow plum, grated ginger and blanched almond. Delivers hints of orange blossom honey and salty mineral, which add complexity to the creamy finish. Garganega and Trebbiano. Drink now through 2027. 5,400 cases made, 700 cases imported. Source : fb14616e3d4c97b50bd22a9fd97570a2

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Bodega Catena Zapata Malbec La Consulta 2020 $22 (90 points)

Offers a nice inlay of floral and mineral accents amid a juicy core of raspberry and fleshy plum, with abundant fresh thyme notes. Suave tannins arrive on the finish, which reveals a touch of smoky chocolate. Drink now through 2028. 6,000 cases made, 4,800 cases imported. Source : 29cb2345d62ce9c48a4a08039ebd9820

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