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Daily Archives: April 5, 2024

Island Wines: A Seminar

Anyone lucky enough to have been to an island paradise knows just how special it feels. There’s a certain quality of light, the sensation of warm sea breezes on the face, and scents of flowers in the air. Time can seem to slow down a bit, encouraging us to just lie back in that hammock and doze the day away. …

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Exclusive Domus Artium Reserve wine club announced

The lavish interior of Palazzo Ruspoli in Rome: the location of the Domus Artium Reserve clubhouse. Plans for the new fine wine and gastronomic members’ club Domus Artium Reserve were unveiled at one-Michelin-star Cracco restaurant in Milan late last month. Key figures in the project include celebrated chefs Carlo Cracco, Yannik Allenò from the eponymous three-Michelin-star restaurant in Paris, plus …

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Expert’s Choice: Coastal Tuscany

The vineyards of Bolgheri. Over the last 30 years, the 270km of Tuscan coast that abuts the Tyrrhenian Sea has become another essential piece of the celebrated region’s viticultural patchwork. It’s an ample territory, nestled between the coastal strip and the foothills of the Apennines. The maritime climate – with its mild winters, warm, sunny summers and constant sea breezes, …

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Domaine de Cristia Côtes du Rhône Vieilles Vignes 2022 $20 (90 points)

Sultry and savory, with a lot of fruit as well, this warm, silky red offers wild strawberry, cherry and red licorice flavors merged with notes of grilled herbs, dusty earth and cured meat, plus a hint of olive tapenade. There’s a lifted, perfumy character, with very fine tannins drawing out the medium-weight close. Drink now through 2028. 2,000 cases made, …

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Editors’ picks – April 2024

Grace winemaker Anaya Misawa and her father, fourth-generation owner Shigekazu Misawa, in front of some of their VSP plantings Koshu’s many faces Sylvia Wu Mount Fuji was hidden behind clouds upon our arrival at Grace’s Akeno site. Up at 700m, the towering mountains surrounding us reminded me we were in the heart of Yamanashi, a region renowned for being one …

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Wine to 5: Fabien Gauthier, Cooper at Gauthier Frères

Fabien Gauthier owns Gauthier Fre?res, a stave mill and cooperage in Cher, Central Loire, with his brother Guillaume, the third generation of their family dedicated to merranderie. Known for their passion and precision, they select wood and Guillaume manufactures the staves that Fabien then works into barrels. Fabien’s sought-after barrels are used by producers all over the world.   How did …

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