Monthly Archives: January 2024

California’s Top Zinfandels: Tasting at ZAP 2024

Gone are the days when 500 Zinfandel producers and 8000 members of the trade and public would descend upon both major pavilions of Fort Mason for almost an entire day to taste more than a thousand Zinfandel wines at the annual ZAP Zinfandel Festival. By the end of those tastings, things usually got quite sloppy, with drunk patrons and a …

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Discover Campania: 12 wines worth seeking out from this exciting region

Mountains in Irpinia, Avellino Province Lying between the Tyrrhenian sea to the west, Basilicata to the east, with the regional capital of Naples at its hub, Campania is a colourful patchwork of wine sub-regions and diverse indigenous grape varieties. Principal varieties are the red grape Aglianico and white grapes Greco, Fiano and Falanghina – but that tells only half the …

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‘Unique’ auction lots set Naples Winter Wine Festival record

Inside the live auction tent at Ritz-Carlton Naples, Tiburón. Bidders were out in force at the 2024 Naples Winter Wine Festival last weekend in Florida, which culminated in the traditional live auction and raised a record total of more than $33m (£26m), organisers said. Held annually by the Naples Children & Education Foundation, the live charity auction features bespoke, once-in-a-lifetime …

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Vancouver Island: A wine lover’s guide

View of the Inner Harbour at sunset in downtown Victoria. Only a 90-minute ferry ride from Vancouver in Canada’s western province of British Columbia (BC), or a 50-minute seaplane journey from Seattle in the US, a lush isle beckons with artisanal wineries and a unique climate. It’s Vancouver Island, a relatively unknown wine appellation, but a charming and convenient destination …

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Gogi Dakishivli: Current Releases from Georgia’s Master Winemaker

Gogi Dakishivli [credit DWinkler] On our recent visit to the Kakheti region of Georgia, we visited and tasted with one of Georgia’s preeminent winemakers, Giorgi (Gogi) Dakishivili.  He makes Dakishvili Family wines with his son Temur as well as those of Orgo, his own label. He also makes wines at Schuchman and previously made the wines at Teliani Valley. His …

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Thieves Steal $1.63 Million in Wines from Legendary Paris Restaurant La Tour d’Argent

The owners of La Tour d’Argent, the legendary Parisian restaurant and Wine Spectator Grand Award winner, filed a complaint with police last week following an inventory taken of their extensive wine collection. More than 80 bottles, worth $1.63 million (€1.5 million), are missing from the cellar, including bottles from Burgundy’s Domaine de la Romanée-Conti. There were no signs of forced …

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Paris restaurant La Tour d’Argent ‘loses’ more than £1.25m worth of wine

The one-star Michelin restaurant sits on the banks of the Seine and boasts sweeping views of Notre-Dame Cathedral. La Tour d’Argent, which provided the inspiration for the film Ratatouille, is renowned for having one of the world’s greatest wine cellars. The tightly-guarded cellar is home to more than 300,000 bottles, and the collection’s worth has been conservatively estimated at £24m. …

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How we judge wine at Decanter World Wine Awards

The aim, back in 2004, was a simple one. If ambitious: to create the world’s best wine competition. How was Decanter going to do it? Competition founders Steven Spurrier and Sarah Kemp quickly realised that meeting this challenge depended on two key elements. First, global talent. Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) had to attract the best wine judges: acute, experienced …

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Lebanon’s new wave: Top estates and 10 fascinating wines to try

The dramatic Bekaa valley landscape, viewed over the village of Ferzol, with the Anti-Lebanon mountains. There is a well-worn media narrative on Lebanese wine – let’s call it the ‘plucky little Lebanon’ story – that goes something like this: despite the devastating civil war of 1975-1990, one of the world’s worst economic crises, state capture by a corrupt, self-serving political …

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Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 1/28/24

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. Paris’ ‘Ratatouille restaurant’ loses £1.3m-worth of wineBut they haven’t found the rat responsible. This …

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Cha?teau Purcari, Moldova’s flagship

Château Purcari, the flagship winery of the Purcari Wineries Group in Moldova Cha?teau Purcari, the flagship winery of the Purcari Wineries Group, is Moldova’s most important winery. Located in the renowned S?tefan Voda? region in south-east Moldova, it is surrounded by two lakes and 300 hectares of its own vines on rolling hills, washed by fresh, clean air from the …

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Wine Reviews: Mini Round-Up for January 29, 2024

The post Wine Reviews: Mini Round-Up for January 29, 2024 appeared first on 1 Wine Dude. 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) …

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DWWA judge profile: Ana Sapungiu MW

Ana Sapungiu MW is a judge at the 2024 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA). Ana Sapungiu MW Ana Sapungiu MW Ana Sapungiu MW is the Head of Wine Business Development for Amathus Drinks. She came to London from her native Romania to study an MBA degree, which was completed with a wine project. It was during this project that she …

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DWWA judge profile: Adam Pawlowski MS

Adam Pawlowski MS is a judge at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) Adam Pawlowski MS Adam Pawlowski MS Adam Pawlowski MS is a tutor, an examiner and a board member of The Court of Master Sommeliers. He is a certified lecturer and examiner at the Wine and Spirit Education Trust and a member of the Polish Sommelier Association. His hobbies of …

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Lawrence Wine Estates: A day with Carlton McCoy MS, plus 20 wines

Lawrence Wine Estates CEO Carlton McCoy. Carlton McCoy caught Napa Valley by surprise. After leaving his post as wine director at the luxury hotel The Little Nell in Aspen, Colorado, and moving to Napa Valley in 2018 to join Heitz Cellar, the rumour mill churned. Napa locals wondered in what direction this Master Sommelier would take the iconic label. For …

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Vinography Unboxed: Week of 1/21/23

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. I know that last week I said that the Sauvignon Blanc that I tasted from …

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Trediberri Barolo Rocche dell’Annunziata 2019 $85 (95 points)

Elegant and stitched with cherry, strawberry, sun-kissed hay, eucalyptus and mineral flavors, this red is all about finesse, despite being tightly wound and structured. Shows intensity and freshness, with terrific balance and length. Best from 2027 through 2047. 800 cases made. Source : 7fb0ff28f72c0c68db9e633555883a05

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Best value Burgundy 2022 wines en primeur

Best producers: Jean Chartron Lucien Jacob Domaine Cécile Tremblay Domaine Pierre Boisson Sylvain Pataille Domaine Michel Lafarge Scroll down for tasting notes and scores for Charles’ top-scoring Bourgogne 2022 wines

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