Daily Archives: November 17, 2022

Scarpetta Opens New Outpost in Tokyo

In October, New York–based Italian restaurant Scarpetta arrived in Tokyo, marking owner LDV Hospitality’s second location outside the U.S., and its first in Asia. The new venue is situated within a new skyscraper complex in the Toranomon district of the city’s Minato ward. “As one of the most culturally vibrant cities in the world, Tokyo has always been one of …

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Daily Wine News: Mouse & More

(Flickr: pedrosimoes7) “The thing that has made mouse more than just your standard-issue wine flaw, though, isn’t just its pervasiveness, but its connection to natural winemaking. It has been wielded as grounds for dismissal, a way to paint natural winemakers as unclean, flawed and inconsistent, not to mention stubbornly dogmatic. But the more one investigates mouse, the clearer it becomes …

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Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Bertani – a historical tasting

In March 2022, Bertani opened the archive of its winery in Valpantena for a momentous tasting: 43 vintages of Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, tasted vertically, for a unique overview of the producer’s flagship wine, its identity and evolution. The tasting showcased the development of the balanced, poised style that has made Bertani’s Amarone so distinct and highly praised by experts …

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Autumn Statement: Concerns about alcohol duty plans

UK chancellor Jeremy Hunt. UK chancellor Jeremy Hunt used his Autumn Statement to outline a number of economic measures, but wine trade leaders were still seeking clarity on the government’s position on alcohol duty immediately following the speech. The government’s Autumn Statement document only appeared to refer to projected benefits of last month’s decision to reverse a planned freeze on …

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Ex-NBA star Tony Parker buys Château Saint Laurent near Avignon

Tony Parker at Château Saint Laurent near Avignon. Basketball legend Tony Parker announced today (17 November) that he has officially purchased Château Saint Laurent, which lies just to the east of Avignon in southern France. Financial details weren’t disclosed, but the move marks a new winemaking venture for Parker, a six-time NBA All-Star who retired in 2019 after a glittering …

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Charles Heidsieck masterclass at Decanter’s London Fine Wine Encounter 2022

The Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve NV Mis en Cave masterclass was led by cellar master Cyril Brun at the 25th London Fine Wine Encounter. This masterclass was particularly special, as 2022 marks 200 years since the birth of Charles-Camille Heidsieck, the house’s founder and personality behind the famous name ‘Champagne Charlie’. Cyril Brun, cellar master since 2015, having previously been …

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Sassicaia masterclass at Decanter’s London Fine Wine Encounter 2022

There was an intense stillness of anticipation and excitement in the audience at this Decanter Masterclass as Priscilla Incisa della Rocchetta, head of external relations for Tenuta San Guido, and I prepared to present a rare vertical tasting of Sassicaia, starting with the 1999 vintage and finishing with the most recent, the 2019. Priscilla opened with an account of the …

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A drink with… Ken Forrester

Today Cape Chenin Blanc stands proudly alongside the world’s best, with Ken Forrester wines regularly at the forefront. His 2021 Old Vine Reserve Chenin Blanc won a Best in Show (97pts) at this year’s DWWA.  ‘Everyone likes a bargain. I want people to see my wine and say: I’m happy to pay for that again and again. And for that …

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Bring on the Beaujolais! A Young Red Wine is Centre of Attention each November

Carol Anne and I chat about this year’s beaujolais nouveau in the video above. Catch our second video chat about more easy-drinking red wines for the holidays that aren’t nouveau. The annual release of Beaujolais Nouveau and other nouveau wines happens on the third Thursday of November. According to several liquor store chains, they are one of the fastest-selling products …

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Best LCBO Wine Reviews: Vintages Ratings November 19, 2022

  You can access the wines that I reviewed as a text wine list with my complete tasting notes, scores, food matches. If you are a Paid Member, you can add my wine picks to your custom shopping list with one click and access that list on your smartphone to find the stock for each wine in your closest LCBO store. You can also see …

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Luca Chardonnay Tupungato G Lot 2021 $35 (91 points)

Opens with green apple and toasted almond notes that join the rich palate of pear and Meyer lemon, adding vibrant spice and mineral acidity that linger nicely. Drink now through 2026. 1,500 cases made, 800 cases imported. Source : 5e8da3f19ceeffa057ebe96ad3e306f8

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