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Expert’s Choice: Northern Italy’s Schiava

The name Schiava denotes an ancient group of heterogeneous Alpine grape varieties, united originally by an innovative training system which used dedicated posts or poles for support rather than the branches of overhanging trees. Vines tied to these posts were thus ‘enslaved’: Schiava is Italian for slave. Scroll down to see tasting notes and scores for 18 Schiava wines to …

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Dream Destination: Radisson Collection Tsinandali, Kakheti, Georgia

Nestled in the heart of Georgia‘s picturesque Kakheti wine region, the hotel is set in the grounds of the historic Chavchavadze estate (the 19th century palace, once home to Georgian royalty, is now a museum), and adjoins the Tsinandali Estate, one of the cradles of Georgian wine making and where the first Georgian wine was bottled in 1814. Extensive renovations …

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Tasting The Ghost Grape: A Deep Look at Pignolo

What virtues are there to be found in obscurity? Don’t ask a hipster. They’ll just roll their eyes and go back to listening to music you’ve never heard of. But move beyond the stereotypes of aloof pretension and you can find something of value in the pursuit of the esoteric or the cryptic. In a world where we swim in …

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Ramón Bilbao: Producer profile plus 18 wines tasted and rated  

Ramon Bilbao Winery Rioja Ramón Bilbao is an increasingly influential bodega in Rioja; its ascendance in the hierarchy fired by a combination of corporate backing, oenological expertise and marketing flair. That’s not a bad combination and one that puts the estate in a very good place as it launches into its 2024 centenary celebrations. Scroll down to see tasting notes …

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Top Meursault 2022 wines en primeur

Best producers: Domaine des Comtes Lafon Domaine Fabien Coche Domaine Albert Grivault Domaine Michel Bouzereau Domaine de Montille Scroll down for tasting notes and scores for Charles’ top-scoring Meursault 2022 wines {“content”:”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”} Score table listing Charles’ top Burgundy 2022 wines all scoring 94 points or above All 700 Burgundy 2022 tasting notes and scores Quick links: See further analysis and …

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Chapel Down upbeat as English sparkling sales outpace Champagne

Harvest time in Chapel Down vineyards. Chapel Down’s net sales rose by around 14% in 2023, largely thanks to higher demand for the UK producer’s ‘traditional method’ English sparkling wines at home and abroad, as well as consumers’ willingness to pay higher prices for some bottles. Total net sales were £17.2m under new accounting methods introduced following Chapel Down’s recent …

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Australian Wine Awaits New Passport to China

For the first time in nearly four years, Australian winemakers see signs of hope in their relationship with one of their biggest export markets. The Chinese government is reviewing painful tariffs of well over 100 percent on Australian wine that it implemented in 2020 after a political spat with Australia’s government. If it follows through and lifts the duties, it …

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Top Gevrey-Chambertin 2022 wines en primeur

Best producers: Domaine Armand Rousseau Domaine Dugat-Py Domaine Duroché Domaine Trapet Domaine Rossignol-Trapet Domaine Denis Mortet Scroll down to see tasting notes and scores for the top-scoring 2022 wines from Gevrey-Chambertin and the Northern Côte de Nuits {“content”:”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”} See the score table… Source : https://www.decanter.com/premium/top-gevrey-chambertin-2022-wines-en-primeur-520816/

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Jefford: ‘Serious wine glasses are intimidating: They’re a prelude to silence and endeavour’

The wine glasses I wanted were hiding in a dusty, half-open cabinet in the basement, and had no price. The shop assistant superintending the ground-floor bazaar was foxed; he phoned the owner. Fifteen euros each, came the answer; I settled. Squat, with an olive-green beehive stem, and the small bowl elegantly engraved with bunches of grapes, vine leaves and curling …

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Matt Walls: M Chapoutier Hermitage Monier de la Sizeranne vertical

Have you ever noticed that some labels on Chapoutier’s wines feature braille as well as printed text? I asked Michel Chapoutier how this came about.  The wealthy de la Sizeranne family lived in Tain l’Hermitage and had three children. One of them, Maurice, was blinded while playing with a bow and arrow aged nine years old. As an adult, Maurice …

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West Coast Trousseau

An obscure grape found in the Jura region of France and in the Douro region of Portugal has become indelibly linked to the rise of some of California’s most renowned boutique wineries.  As recently as the 1960s, California hosted thousands of acres of Trousseau Gris, though at the time it was better known as Grey Riesling. Today, however, a single …

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Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 1/21/24

Hello and welcome to my weekly roundup of the wine stories that I find of interest on the web. I post them to my magazine on Flipboard, but for those of you who aren’t Flipboard-inclined, here’s everything I’ve strained out of the wine-related muck for the week. Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2024: Christian Oggenfuss — Leading the Wine Industry in Educational …

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Top Pommard and Volnay 2022 wines en primeur

Best producers: Domaine de Courcel (Pommard) Domaine de la Commarine (Pommard) Domaine Joannès Violot-Guillemard (Pommard) Domaine A.F. Gros (Pommard) Domaine Michel Lafarge (Volnay) Domaine Marquis d’Angerville (Volnay) Domaine Pierrick Bouley (Volnay) Domaine François Buffet (Volnay) Scroll down for tasting notes and scores for Charles’ top-scoring Pommard and Volnay 2022 wines {“content”:”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”} See the score table listing Charles’ top Burgundy 2022 …

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US wine sales still struggling, says Silicon Valley Bank report

Total wine category sales were expected to have fallen by 2% to 4% in volume 2023, according to preliminary figures published in Silicon Valley Bank’s (SVB) 2024 ‘state of the US wine industry’ report.  It continued themes from previous reports in questioning whether enough younger consumers were buying wine, and also highlighting competition from spirits. ‘Fewer US consumers see wine …

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Piedmont Dolcetto: Panel tasting results

Susan Hulme MW, Vincenzo Arnese and Sara Bachiorri tasted 95 wines with 1 Outstanding and 35 Highly recommended. Piedmont Dolcetto: Panel tasting scores 95 wines tasted Exceptional 0 Outstanding 1 Highly recommended 35 Recommended 57 Commended 2 Fair 0 Poor 0 Entry criteria: producers and UK agents were invited to submit their currently available vintages of Piedmont Dolcetto red wines, …

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Vinography Unboxed: Week of 1/14/24

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 what I consider to be a pitch-perfect rendition of Sauvignon Blanc …

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Mamoiada: 30 high-altitude wines to try from central Sardinia

In a region called Barbagia, far away from the crowded beaches and nightlife along the coast of Sardinia, you will find Mamoiada, or Mamojada in the local dialect. Here, 33 small wine producers make wines at high altitude with the Cannonau grape (aka Grenache) and the indigenous white variety, Granatza. The wines of Mamoiada are Mediterranean in character and display …

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Vinography Images: Talha Tales

Winery employee Sebastião fills a talha at Fitapreta Vinehos in Portugal’s Alentejo region. The Romans first introduced the terra cotta amphora as a vinification vessel in this region, and it has been used ever since. Talhas come in many sizes, from very small, to very large. INSTRUCTIONS:Download this image by right-clicking on the image and selecting “save link as” or …

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Top Chassagne & Puligny-Montrachet 2022 wines en primeur

Best producers: Domaine Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey (Chassagne) Domaine Paul Pillot (Chassagne) Domaine Blain-Gagnard (Chassagne) Domaine Lamy-Caillat (Chassagne) Domaine Michel Niellon (Chassagne) Domaine Jean Chartron (Puligny) Domaine Alvina Pernot (Puligny) Domaine François Carillon (Puligny) Scroll down for tasting notes and scores for Charles’ top-scoring Chassagne-Montrachet and Puligny-Montrachet 2022 wines

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