Yearly Archives: 2023

2020 Comte de Saint Emmanuel Bordeaux | From the back label,…

From the back label,   Comte de Saint Emmanuel Bordeaux Appellation d’ Origine Protegee   Bel equilibre en bouche sur des aromes de fruits noirs telle que la mure. Une pointe de vanille et de cafe harmonise en finale sur une belle longueur. Ideal sur un gratin dauphinois et une viande en sauce ou un wok aux champignons.   A …

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Champagne Palmer & Co – Sublimating terroir in each glass

Champagne’s inimitable taste profile – ripe fruit and brioche cushioned by small pearly bubbles – rests on its diverse terroirs and the savoir faire of its winemakers. But which ingredient is kingmaker? The chalk-rich soils or the human art of blending different varieties (and terroirs) to produce a symphony of flavours without parallel? The answer is neither. Palmer & Co’s …

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Vinography Unboxed: Week of 12/24/23

Hello and welcome to my weekly dig through the pile of wine samples that show up asking to be tasted. I’m pleased to bring you the latest installment of Vinography Unboxed, where I highlight some of the better bottles that have crossed my doorstep recently. This week included one of my favorite obscure genres of wine: still white wine made …

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Vinography Images: Lingering Color

A last bit of peachy pink colors the underside of a cloud as light begins to fade above the vineyards at Fitapreta Vinhos in Portugal’s Alentejo region. A large region covering roughly the southern half of Portugal, Alentejo is known for rich red wines featuring Aragonez (the local name for Tempranillo) as well as its tradition of making skin-macerate wines …

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The Y Series | From the back label: Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 …

From the back label:   Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 South Australia   The Y Series represents a collection of iconic classics and exciting varietals. Each authentically crafted with fruit from South Australia’s most celebrated wine regions. The tractor is the essential workhorse in the vineyard, which is why we have chosen it to represent our Cabernet Sauvignon.   Bottled by Yalumba, …

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2023: In Memoriam

2024 awaits, but before we turn the calendar, Wine Spectator‘s editors would like to remember the wine industry trailblazers, innovators and history makers we lost this year. In 2023, we said goodbye to longtime California wine industry leaders Paul Dolan, Mike Grgich, Donald Hess and Michael Martini, as well as Oregon Pinot Noir legend Dick Erath. Star chef, restaurateur and …

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Wines of the Year 2023: Classics category and top scorers

While nominations for Decanter’s Wines of the Year 2023 were evenly split between the Value, Offbeat and Classic categories, the Classics had the biggest share of the top scores, with 50 of the 113 wines earning 90 points or more. France had the most Classic entries, with 10, led by the Sparkling Wine of the Year and 94-point average scores …

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Wines of the Year 2023: Offbeat category and top scorers

The Offbeat category of Decanter’s Wines of the Year is always the most enlightening for the judges, and our blind tasting in 2023 was no different 36 wines scored 90 points or more, with Tetramythos’ 2022 Malagousia from Achaia in Greece’s Peloponnese region crowned our Offbeat Wine of the Year. ‘It’s something everyone should try,’ enthused Michaela Morris. ‘It was …

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Wines of the Year 2023: Value category and top scorers

Everyone likes a bargain and, as always, the Value category in Decanter’s 2023 Wines of the Year blind tasting revealed some exceptional bottles at £20 and under. ‘I really did question whether some of these wines had mistakenly been put in the wrong flight – that they were Classics, worth easily twice the price,’ remarked Anne Krebiehl MW. This was …

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I’ll Drink To That!: Sandy Block’s Shot at Redemption

There’s a new episode of I’ll Drink to That! available. Episode 496 features Sandy Block, who was one of the first Americans to pass the Master of Wine exam. You are taking a legendarily hard exam, you didn’t have a mentor to help you study, you don’t know anyone who has actually passed, and most of what you have to go off …

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Top 15 New Wine Videos of 2023

Our most-popular videos of 2023 are odes to the joy wine brings us all, whether it be from winemaking, wine tasting, or just enjoying with friends. The best cheese pairings for different white varietals were a big hit, as were refreshing summer sangria recipes. An exclusive interview with wine legend Chuck Wagner of Caymus dove deep into the legacy of …

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Turning Tables: Pennsylvania’s Nemacolin Resort Reopens Lautrec Restaurant

Why you should know about it: Nemacolin is a major luxury travel destination in western Pennsylvania, southeast of Pittsburgh, in the Allegheny Mountains. Encompassing more than 2,200 acres in the scenic Laurel Highlands region, Nemacolin offers a wide range of lodgings, food and beverage options, and activities, including a spa, skiing, horseback riding, fly fishing, two golf courses and much …

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A New Wine Legal Battle Erupts in California

Two small wineries and some prominent lawyers have launched a new front in the wine direct shipping wars, and this one is targeting a law in America’s biggest wine state. They’re asking, should alcohol producers outside of California be able to sell directly to Golden State businesses? Under current law, California is one of many states that allows out-of-state wineries …

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Balade en vélo jusqu’à l’église Notre-Dame de Parsac …

“Edifiée au XIème siècle, ce qui en fait l’une des doyennes des églises Romanes de la Gironde, Notre Dame de Parsac a été en partie reconstruite par les Anglais après avoir souffert au cours de la guerre de Cent Ans. Cette église présente quelques maladresses architecturales qui révèlent un art Roman qui se cherche. Des éléments de l’église d’origine sont …

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