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Monthly Archives: June 2024

Wine investment: Italy outperforms the market

Prices on the wine secondary market have continued to look fragile, according to the May market report from Liv-ex, a global marketplace for the trade. Its headline Liv-ex 100 and Liv-ex 1000 indices dipped by 1.3% and 0.7% respectively in April, and were down by 15% and 15.6% over 12 months. One highlight, though, was the Italy 100 index, which …

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Bodegas Muga Rioja Reserva 2019 $40 (91 points)

A fragrant red, with enticing tobacco, floral and cocoa powder accents to the flavors of plum sauce, crushed mulberry, tangerine peel and red licorice. This is fresh and focused, integrating chalky tannins. Spiced finish. Tempranillo, Garnacha, Mazuelo and Graciano. Best from 2025 through 2035. 60,000 cases made, 15,000 cases imported. Source : a3724a20c9800a7d81bc6e8f7f45dc73

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Vinography Unboxed: Week of 6/23/24

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 past week included a couple of wines from a newer producer in Santa Barbara …

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Baccarat Early Decanter

Captainchaoz has added a photo to the pool: Fabulous 19th Century French Baccarat glass decanter, circa 1830. Early Moule en Plein Antique Moulded Decanter. Source : https://www.flickr.com/photos/captainchaoz/53822774772/in/pool-912056@N21

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Rioja vintage spotlight: 2014 and 2004

There’s no doubt that the best Riojas improve with cellaring. The idea behind this spotlight tasting, therefore, was to see how these wines were performing after 10 and 20 years. However, the comparison can’t be based on age alone: the vintage factor is crucial. In this instance, the differences between the 2004 and 2014 vintages are striking. While 2004 is …

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Vinography Images: River of Riesling

The Danube river flows serenely by the town of Weissenkirchen seen in the distance from the vantage point offered by the steep terraced slopes of Ried Klaus farmed by Weingut Josef Jamek. First mentioned historically in 1437, this incredibly steep vineyard has a 44% slope and requires a ridiculous amount of hand work each year, sometimes exceeding 20,000 hours in …

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Antique Elegance

Captainchaoz has added a photo to the pool: Antique cut glass decanter possibly French, similar to early Baccarat style. Heavy with wear to base and a few small nicks typical of its age. Source : https://www.flickr.com/photos/captainchaoz/53821710808/in/pool-912056@N21

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Oysters on the Boulevard Saint Germain, Paris | As you come …

As you come out of the Maubert-Mutualitie Metro station you will find a small fishmongers who were offering a menu of 6 oysters and a glass of white wine for a reasonable sum. It was not chic but the oysters were delicious and the fishmonger and his wife/assistant were very friendly and the service was splendid. The oysters were from …

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Prosecco and Margherita pizza

sarahstierch has added a photo to the pool: VJB Vineyards & Cellars, Kenwood, California vjbcellars.com/ Source : https://www.flickr.com/photos/sarahvain/53818509211/in/pool-17918700@N00

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VJB Vineyards & Cellars

sarahstierch has added a photo to the pool: VJB Vineyards & Cellars, Kenwood, California vjbcellars.com/ Source : https://www.flickr.com/photos/sarahvain/53818509356/in/pool-17918700@N00

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Prosecco

sarahstierch has added a photo to the pool: VJB Vineyards & Cellars, Kenwood, California vjbcellars.com/ Source : https://www.flickr.com/photos/sarahvain/53818509381/in/pool-17918700@N00

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My table

sarahstierch has added a photo to the pool: VJB Vineyards & Cellars, Kenwood, California vjbcellars.com/ Source : https://www.flickr.com/photos/sarahvain/53818845084/in/pool-17918700@N00

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What is claret wine? Ask Decanter

Is claret the same as Bordeaux? It may be relatively rare to see someone ordering a glass of ‘claret’ these days, but the term has for many centuries been linked with Bordeaux – particularly for British wine lovers. Claret is mostly used as an unofficial way to describe Bordeaux red wines, although it’s a protected name under EU law and …

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Harvard Data Science Review uses big data to examine wine

Marco Simonit speaks at Vine to Mind Harvard Data Science Review. ‘The reason we chose to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Harvard Data Science Review with a wine theme is that from my perspective, wine is extremely difficult to study from a scientific point of view because there are a tremendous amount of variations,’ said Xiao-li Meng, an avid …

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Beyond the Highball: Cocktails to make at home

Four highball cocktails in a row The humble Highball serve has been having something of a moment in recent years. While there’s a newfound appreciation for its deceptive simplicity, it’s also being transformed into more elaborate preparations by bartenders. What is a Highball? It’s generally considered to be any spirit with a carbonated mixer in a tall, ice-filled glass. Think …

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