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Vinography Images: Winter Descends

The Fetzer Home Ranch Vineyard in Redwood Valley is blanketed in snow during a mid-winter snowstorm in 1995. Across northern California, temperatures are dropping as a cold front moves across the state. Vines are shutting down and headed into the winter sleep of dormancy. INSTRUCTIONS:Download this image by right-clicking on the image and selecting “save link as” or “save target …

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Daily Wine News: The Rise of White Wine

Red wines might dominate the global wine market, but the thirst for white wine is growing. Kathleen Wilcox takes a look at the trends in Wine-Searcher. “While wine sales as a whole have gone down 5.2 percent, white wine sales have declined by 3.4 percent. Growth in the white wine category, on paper, seems to be across the board, with …

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Southern Rhône 2021: full report and top-scoring wines

Southern Rhône 2021 overall vintage rating: 2/5 Fresh, bright, intense white wines throughout the region. A hard frost reduced yields and produced a fragile harvest for reds. Quality is mixed; many wines lack ripeness, but there are some very good wines in a lean, fresh style with relatively low alcohols. ‘In this chaotic, unpredictable and atypical vintage, buying by appellation, …

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Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2021: report and top-scoring wines

Châteauneuf-du-Pape vineyards Châteauneuf-du-Pape wasn’t hit as hard as some appellations, thanks in part to its proximity to the Rhône river, and its openness to the mistral wind. Nevertheless, volumes are down by around 20%. In some ways this feels like an old-fashioned vintage; measured alcohol, good acidity, strict tannins, and – when sufficiently ripe – this can make for an …

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Wine.com: the best buys available in the US

Founded in 1998 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wine.com bills itself as the world’s largest wine store. It is the biggest online wine retailer in the US, offering 17,000 different labels from regions around the world. Featuring a mix of both well-known and well-distributed wines to smaller boutique brands, the company works hard to deliver what consumers want. Wine.com aims …

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International Cabernet Franc day: the best bottles to celebrate with

December 4th is International Cabernet Franc Day, honouring one of the wine world’s most important, yet often understated, red grape varieties. Although frequently found in the shadows of the more popular Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc has an equally big, if not bigger, role to play in the world of viticulture. In addition to parenting Cabernet Sauvignon (in conjunction with Sauvignon …

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The fortified wine crossword

Pour yourself a glass of Sherry ahead of tackling this week’s fortified wine crossword… Crossword Puzzle Maker Instructions: Click a cell on the crossword grid, or click a clue Click twice on a cell to toggle between across and down The active cell is highlighted in blue Start typing in the word Hit enter when you are done typing in …

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Sparkling cocktails for Christmas

Nothing says ‘celebration’ better than a glass of bubbles. From elegant vintage Champagne to fruity New World sparklers, there are plenty of options if you fancy popping the cork on a bottle of fizz. But if you want to take your festive drinks to the next level this Christmas, why not try mixing up a sparkling cocktail? ‘Sparkling cocktails are …

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Best LCBO Wine Reviews: Vintages Ratings December 3, 2022

  You can access the wines that I reviewed as a text wine list with my complete tasting notes, scores, food matches. If you are a Paid Member, you can add my wine picks to your custom shopping list with one click and access that list on your smartphone to find the stock for each wine in your closest LCBO store. You can also see …

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Turning Tables: City Winery Comes to New York’s Grand Central Terminal

With Wine Spectator Restaurant Award–winning locations around the U.S., City Winery is an innovative and leading force for both urban wineries and U.S. hospitality. Now, it’s coming to a New York landmark, Grand Central Terminal. On Nov. 21, the City Winery team opened a new space, its 14th, in the transit hub’s Vanderbilt Hall West, featuring two restaurants, to-go options …

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Biden and Macron state dinner menu lists California wines

Presidents Emmanuel Macron and Joe Biden at the G7 summit in the UK in June 2021. Guests at the state dinner hosted by US president Joe Biden for his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on Thursday (1 December) were set to enjoy Roederer Estate Brut Rosé sparkling wine, according to menu details reported by Reuters and other US media. While all …

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Daily Wine News: Hope for Hybrids

Chambourcin, a French-American hybrid grape. Hybrid vines have a checkered past, respected for their cold-hardiness and disease resistance, but suspected of being less natural and giving inferior wines. Now, for many reasons—from climate change and concerns over sustainability, to scientific advances and a more open-minded new generation of producers and consumers—they have a much brighter future. Jim Clarke explains in …

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Rhône 2021 En Primeur: full vintage report and top-scoring wines

Domaine le Sang des Cailloux, in Vacqueyras, where 80% of the vineyard area was hit by frost. Rhône 2021 en primeur vintage rating: Northern Rhône: 2.5/5 Consistently excellent white wines, but reds very mixed due to severe frost and a mild, rainy season. Some are weak and green, others very good in a fresh and structured style. Southern Rhône: 2/5 …

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Mouton Rothschild reveals 2020 label by Peter Doig

Considered one of the most renowned living figurative painters, Peter Doig was commissioned to create the Mouton Rothschild 2020 label by the Bordeaux first growth’s owners, Philippe Sereys de Rothschild, Camille Sereys de Rothschild and Julien de Beaumarchais de Rothschild. The official unveiling ceremony happened last night (30 November) in Bordeaux’s Palais de la Bourse, which revealed both the original …

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Where to drink natural wine in Brooklyn

Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Home to various bars and restaurants, this bustling New York borough has something to offer every palate preference, with an insider’s perspective. Check out 10 top places to drink natural wine in Kings County. & Sons Ham Bar (Prospect Lefferts Gardens) 447 Rogers Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225 & Sons Ham Bar is one of the newest – and …

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Decanter magazine latest issue: Christmas 2022

Inside the Christmas 2022 issue of Decanter magazine: FEATURES Mastering Christmas Discover which delicious vinous treats MWs Susie Barrie and Peter Richards will be pouring at home this year Christmas vintages What’s prime for drinking: tips from our experts Vintage preview: Chablis 2021 Short supply, but classic styles in a tricky year. By Andy Howard MW Cha?teau Branaire-Ducru What makes …

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Great restaurant Champagne lists

Le Comptoir Robuchon Champagne with food? Some wine buffs’ eyebrows may twitch in irritation. For many, Champagne pairs with canape?s, or nothing. Yet the Champenois, and some critics (including me), constantly discuss Champagne and food, and inevitably where such beasts can be found together in the wild. Sommeliers tell me a ‘post-Covid euphoria’ has more diners drinking Champagne. But great …

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Italian wine and truffle pairing: six to try

Italy boasts the world’s oldest and largest tradition of truffle hunting, which is part of the UNESCO intangible cultural heritage list. Over 70,000 licensed hunters wander in the Italian forests at night with their dogs, which are essential to detect the scent of truffles beneath the soil. But even though 2022 won’t be remembered as a year for truffles in …

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Fuori Mondo announces Tuscan marble-aged Cabernet Sauvignon for €1,085

One of the two marble amphorae used for the project. Most of the Italian masterpieces of the Renaissance in the 15th and 16th centuries were carved out of marble. Since the 1980s, Italian viticulture has had its Renaissance in the form of wine, but not much was often thought about combining the two. ‘Man needs to realise his dreams,’ said …

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‘Straight Talk’ Podcast Episode 3 Spotlights Champagne for the Holidays

Wine Spectator’s James Molesworth is poppin’ off in episode 3 of Straight Talk—with a Champagne spectacular! He’s joined by Wine Spectator‘s lead taster for Champagne, Alison Napjus, and a wide-ranging lineup of sparkling wine stars: Roederer’s Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon talks Cristal and climate change, Alexandre Chartogne takes us inside the “grower Champagne” movement, and we talk business with the importer of …

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