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Daily Archives: July 8, 2024

Best rosé wines: 30 to try this summer

Year after year, as spring and summer roll round again, wine drinkers just have to scratch their rosé itch. With such varying styles to choose from, there’s little chance of getting bored. Rosé is a particularly brand-led category, with many endorsed by celebrities and flooding social media. As a result, for many rosé has become aspirational, a lifestyle choice. While …

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First taste: Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs 2013

Ruinart cellarmaster Frédéric Panaïotis. Credit: Ruinart ‘The 2013 Chardonnays are beautiful, lean and sizzling,’ says Ruinart Chef de Cave Frédéric Panaïotis as we taste the new vintage of one of Champagne’s fastest-ascending prestige cuvées – Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs. The previous release, 2010, is a hard act to follow. Acclaim for this otherwise under-the-radar vintage came from all quarters. …

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Stars of Stellenbosch: Top South African wines unveiled

Views of Delaire Graff Estate’s vineyards and Simonsberg Mountain Stellenbosch is in many ways the nerve centre of South African wine. The country’s largest and second-oldest wine region, it’s home to Stellenbosch University, where many of the country’s winemakers honed their craft. It’s the birthplace of the country’s signature Pinotage, where the country’s first wine route was established in the …

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Vineyards in northwestern Spain hit by extreme weather

A string of extreme weather events continues to wreak havoc in Spain, this time in the northwestern regions of Bierzo and Valdeorras. A storm on 25  June hit Valtuille de Abajo and the surrounding areas, pummeling between 500-600 hectares of Bierzo’s most prized vineyards with hailstones the size of golf balls, crushing grapes, tearing leaves off vines and even damaging …

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Champagne report 2024: Latest releases from the Côte des Blancs

Pierre Gimonnet’s Cuis premier cru Croix-Blanche vineyard. Aurélien Suenen is pouring vins clairs, the still base wines from the 2023 harvest that have yet to become sparkling Champagne. ‘It’s a new world,’ he says, raising an eyebrow. ‘The wines are opening up so fast compared to the last two decades. I really enjoy what I taste – but maybe too …

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Bodegas Vibe – Tardana and Bobal, from root to table

The barrel room at Bodegas Vibe There’s a particular quality about wines made with their gastronomic potential in mind. A combination of aromatic depth, textural complexity and drinkability are the attributes that have defined the stylistic approach of Bodegas Vibe and that distinguish them from many of their counterparts. Unsurprisingly so, given the background of the winery’s founders, a family …

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Left and Right Bank Bordeaux: What is the difference?

The very simple answer is that the Left Bank and Right Bank are two Bordeaux winemaking regions separated by an estuary and two rivers. Situated on the west coast of France, Bordeaux is split in two by the Gironde Estuary, which divides into the Dordogne and Garonne rivers. When looking at a map of the region, the area to the …

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Miami: Discover eight of the best wine shops

Miami skyline. Say Miami, and most people will think of pool parties, salsa dancing and supercars. They wouldn’t be wrong. Anyone who has walked along lively Ocean Drive in South Beach or danced the night away in one of Calle Ocho’s Cuban bars will agree that this city has energy. It has not, however, always been famed for its wine …

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Franz Hirtzberger Grüner Veltliner Smaragd Wachau Ried Axpoint 2022 $67 (95 points)

Broad and voluptuous, this white hums with savory energy and power, deftly balancing a complex mix of aloe, green plum, smoky pineapple and white mocha notes, while an attractive saltiness and blood orange acidity bring cut to the earthy, creamy palate. Concentrated and long, offering details of warm hay and salted caramel on the endless finish. An excellent, thrilling wine. …

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J. Wilkes Pinot Noir Santa Maria Valley 2021 $40 (92 points)

A pretty red, with high-toned red tea and potpourri notes leading off, followed by damson plum and raspberry coulis flavors that stretch out over a savory spine. Shows a twinge of sous-bois on the finish. Drink now through 2032. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 3,243 cases made. Source : f689ec296c9d156bb89ddcab786c9670

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New Kirkland Vacqueyras

Hi everyone. This marks our first “News” post. We want CostcoWineBlog.com to be your go to source for all the latest Costco wine info. We have an amazing reader base all around the world, and we constantly get emails about new wine finds, such as this Vacqueyras from Kirkland. So we added a new menu … Source : https://costcowineblog.com/new-kirkland-vacqueyras/

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2022 King Estate Pinot Gris

This is a Costco staple white wine that we know a lot of readers have enjoyed. And we have too; we just haven’t reviewed it on the site in a very long time (2012 vintage). King Estate is a solid Oregon producer; their Acrobat Pinot Gris was a Costco mainstay for a while, and was … Source : https://costcowineblog.com/2022-king-estate-pinot-gris/

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2020 Kirkland Signature Barolo

This is the second year in a row that the Kirkland Barolo is arriving in the June / July timeframe. For the first few years of its existence, it hit stores in the first quarter of the year. So we would get a little nervous when it didn’t show up. Regardless, we’re happy to see … Source : https://costcowineblog.com/2020-kirkland-signature-barolo/

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2021 Bodegas Luis Gurpegui Muga Rioja 147 Aniversario

An interesting find here. First off, one of the largest limited time discounts we’ve ever seen, percentage-wise. We had several readers alert us to this one, so we were excited when we saw it in stores by us. Costco’s regular price is $19.99, and until July 14, it’s reduced by 50% to only $9.99. On … Source : https://costcowineblog.com/2021-bodegas-luis-gurpegui-muga-rioja-147-aniversario-rioja/

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