Daily Archives: December 27, 2022

The Existential Crisis of Bordeaux’s Small Grapegrowers

Earlier this month, a thousand angry vignerons and their allies marched through the streets of downtown Bordeaux, calling for help to save their livelihood. When they reached the doors of the Bordeaux Wine Council (CIVB), the local trade organization, they hung a dummy from a tree outside, representing financially troubled grapegrowers at risk of suicide, and piled dead vines on …

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Top-rated American sparkling wines for New Year’s Eve

Image: sparkling wine glasses Credit: Billy Huynh on Unsplash Nothing says celebration like bubbly wine, and few other drinks are as synonymous with the old year ending or the new year beginning as bottles of sparkling wine. While the phenomenon was said to have started in Limoux, in the south of France, the wine style has become intertwined with the …

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Sarah Jane Evans MW: my top ten wines of 2022

2022 was the year of catching up. It started in a flurry of wine webinars. A chance to get up close to winemakers, but, thanks to zoom, not that close. When travel did begin, it resulted in almost back-to-back wine fairs. Meanwhile in 2019 and 2021 a number of wineries had missed important anniversaries owing to the lockdowns. Scroll down …

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First taste: Piper-Heidsieck’s Hors-Série 1982

Initiated in 2021 with the 1971 vintage, Piper-Heidsieck’s Hors-Série collection unveils its latest opus. For this new rendition, cellar master Emilien Boutillat has set his sights on the 1982 vintage. Scroll down to see the tasting note and score for Hors-Série 1982 {“content”:”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”} Yohan Castaing rates Hors-Série 1982: {} {“wineId”:”65266″,”displayCase”:”standard”,”paywall”:true} {} Related content First taste: Gosset Celebris Blanc de Blancs …

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First taste: Bollinger’s La Côte aux Enfants 2012

For some time now, Champagne Bollinger has been intent on producing new cuvées showcasing the Pinot Noir grape. In the wake of the PN TX 17 cuvée released earlier this year (which is a blend of Pinot Noir grapes harvested from several parcels within same village) comes yet another addition from this legendary house based in Aÿ. Scroll down to see …

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First taste: Taittinger Comtes de Champagne new releases

This year, Champagne Taittinger has decided to release two bottlings of its iconic Comtes de Champagne: the classic Blanc de Blancs from the 2012 vintage, and a rosé Champagne from 2009. As is well known, the Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs is made exclusively with Chardonnay, using grapes from five specific terroirs of the Côte des Blancs sector: Avize, …

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Daily Wine News: SommSelect Files for Bankruptcy

SommSelect, the brainchild of celebrity master sommelier Ian Cauble has filed for bankruptcy, following a drawn-out legal battle with one of its co-founders. Esther Mobley looks into what happened in the San Francisco Chronicle. Created in 1987, IGP Pays d’Oc is now France’s leading export designation by volume and it is hard to imagine the Languedoc-Roussillon without it. But when …

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Charles Curtis MW: my top 10 wines of 2022

Reflecting on the best wines one has consumed over the past twelve months is a curious exercise. Why only ten? What constitutes ‘best’? To make the selection, I reviewed my notes for the entire year and chose without constraint. Scroll down to see tasting notes and scores for Charles’ top 10 wines of 2022 Most, but not all, are mature.

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Yohan Castaing: my top Champagnes of 2022

At present, the Champagne region is undoubtedly France’s most multifaceted and evolving wine region. Thanks to a few important wine growers (Anselme Selosse, Francis Egly, and others), it is experiencing significant dynamism and is forcing a revolution on some houses. The rediscovery of terroirs is often at the heart of this stylistic metamorphosis now underway in Champagne. It has opened …

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Languedoc AOP wines – for a truly Mediterranean Christmas

AOP Pic Saint Loup With Christmas a couple of days away and New Year’s Eve well on the horizon, it’s time for important decisions: which wines will you choose to bring joy to the festivities and bring your food pairings to life. It’s worth looking beyond the usual suspects lining the supermarket shelves. The festive period is a perfect time …

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Festive Champagne cocktails to make at home

Festive Champagne Cocktails If Champagne is the celebration drink par excellence, then a Champagne cocktail dials those celebrations up to 11. There’s arguably nothing better than offering your guests a sparkling cocktail in an elegant flute or coupe – or treating yourself to one when the guests have gone home. The good news is that many Champagne cocktails are super-easy …

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Bodegas Vatan Tinta de Toro Toro 2019 $50 (92 points)

Finely knit and elegant, this has supple tannins structuring a dark, ripe mix of black currant and black plum fruit, with accents of bay leaf, rose hip and sandalwood. Medium- to full-bodied without being weighty, with hints of loamy earth and mocha echoing on the finish. Drink now through 2029. 3,500 cases made, 2,000 cases imported. Source : 0c18c5dceb04900d1b649633965f0cdf

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Umani Ronchi Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore Casal di Serra 2020 $19 (90 points)

Hints of petrol and smoke make for a subtle, minerally thread underscoring the baked apricot, lemon curd and almond paste flavors in this creamy, light- to medium-bodied white. There’s a well-knit spine of tangy acidity, and the finish shows floral and spice accents. Drink now. 8,000 cases made, 2,000 cases imported. Source : 1b2b5f0c332b74f2a446d598045267f2

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Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 12/25/22

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. It was something of a light week, being the week of Christmas, but there …

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