Monthly Archives: February 2023

Napa’s Best Cabernet: Tasting the Superb 2021 Vintage at Premiere Napa Valley

Some people run marathons. Me? I taste 150 or so Cabernets before lunch. That’s the way I like to describe my annual tradition of experiencing the event called Premiere Napa Valley. Each year, the Napa Valley Vintners Association hosts an annual fundraising event known as Premiere Napa Valley. Premiere consists of a barrel tasting and auction, in which the wines …

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Diemersdal: A South African Sauvignon Blanc Specialist

The Diemersdal winery is a major producer of South African Sauvignon Blanc, one of the most planted grape varieties in the country. It’s located in Durbanville, close to the west coast and north of Cape Town along with other top Sauvignon Blanc producers like De Grendel, Meerendal, and Nitida. We recently visited Diemersdal to tour the vineyard and taste its …

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Catalonia’s exciting winemakers: the 14 names and wines to know

From left: Roc and Leo Gramona Among Spain’s regions, with their unrivalled patchwork of terroirs and old vines, Catalonia is often seen as something of an underachiever: a region characterised by the wholesale dominance of big players – of Cava and cooperatives; by a lack of confidence in its winemaking heritage. Scroll down to see tasting notes and scores for …

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Volver Almansa Quinta del ’67 2020 $20 (89 points)

A round, medium-bodied red, with hints of mocha and licorice flattering the creamed black cherry and cassis fruit flavors, while lively acidity and light, taut tannins provide structure and balance. An accessible crowd-pleaser, with a savory touch of tobacco on the finish. Garnacha Tintorera. Drink now through 2025. 6,000 cases made, 2,000 cases imported. Source : b8ce114348bb0f7490496261ec420fbe

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Introducing Photographer David Sawyer

As regular readers know, I collaborate with photographers to add some visual beauty to my weekly ramblings and wine reviews here, and to enliven your desktop backgrounds or screensavers if you’re interested in looking at wine-related imagery instead of pictures of your kids or pets. I’m pleased to introduce my latest collaborator, photographer David Sawyer. Born and raised in Manchester, …

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Vinography Images: The Unbarreled Lightness of Being

A shaft of light illuminates the new barrel room at Fitapreta Vinhos in Alentejo, Portugal. Says photographer David Sawyer: “Constructing the new barrel room at Fitapreta was physically demanding. Placing perfectly aligned barrel rows, filling them & then building the next layers, for which you need a scaffold to build & fill layers three and four. It was dusty work …

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