Daily Archives: February 9, 2024

Capensis: Chardonnay with Character from Stellenbosch & Environs

Fijnbosch Vineyard Give an exceptional winemaker outstanding fruit, and the result is almost predictable, a very special wine. That’s the formula at Capensis, the winery owned (since 2014) by the Jackson Family. Graham Weerts, a graduate of Eisenberg, who earned fame as a Chardonnay winemaker at Sonoma’s Stonestreet winery and was in overall charge of winemaking for Jackson Family, returned …

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Toro, a historical DO for the future

Red wine from Spain’s DO Toro region in Castilla y Leo?n A lot is said, these days, about the ‘histories and stories behind the label’, as producers and appellations across the world seek to engrave a sense of uniqueness in the minds of consumers. But few regions boast a viticultural and winemaking history as long and established as DO Toro, …

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Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 2021: A vintage against the odds

Romanée-Conti in April 2021. Credit: Corney&Barrow/DRC Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (DRC) unveiled its stable of 2021 wines in London on 7 February 2024. Detailed tasting notes and scores will be published on Decanter Premium in March, when Decanter’s Burgundy correspondent Charles Curtis MW attends the domaine’s US tasting.  Ahead of this, Decanter spoke with DRC’s co-directors Bertrand de Villaine and …

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Assets seized in ‘organic wine fraud’ probe, says EU prosecutor

Wine grapes after harvest in Italy. Specialist financial police in Brindisi, south-east Italy, seized assets worth more than €520,000 (£440,000) as part of the organic wine fraud probe, at the request of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) in Naples.  It’s a case that involves suspected misuse of European Union (EU) agriculture funds made available to support a wine producer’s …

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The sommelier suggests… Semillon by Florencia Rey

Argentinian sommelier Florencia Rey has led the beverages team at award-winning Maido restaurant in Lima, Peru, since 2014. The Nikkei cuisine by chef-owner Mitsuharu Tsumura allows her to play around with sake as well as South American and European wines; she also runs an alcohol-free program. In November 2023, Florencia was named Beronia Latin America’s Best Sommelier 2023 as part …

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