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Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 3/3/24

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. What Are Your Career Options After Life as a Sommelier?Everyone needs a plan B …

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Turning Tables: The Riviera Maya Edition at Kanai Opens with New Restaurants

Who’s behind it: Located in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, the Riviera Maya Edition at Kanai is the first Caribbean property within the Edition Hotels portfolio (a partnership between hotelier and entrepreneur Ian Schrager and Marriott International). The “lifestyle hotel” group’s restaurants include three Wine Spectator Restaurant Award winners in New York: the Clocktower at the New York Edition and 701West …

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Famed French Bordeaux Château Finally Changes Hands After Legal Dispute

At Bordeaux’s Château Giscours, the Albada Jelgersma family has finally concluded a long-running, complicated dispute with the heirs of the former owner, who had retained considerable shares in the Margaux estate. Going forward, Giscours will be completely in the hands of the Dutch family. Ownership of a Brand, But A Dispute Over Vineyards When Dutch real-estate and food tycoon Eric …

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Lirac AOC – Energy within

Vineyards in Lirac AOC in the southern Rhône Cru, France Driven by a diverse yet tight-knit community of growers and producers, the small, characterful southern Rho?ne Cru produces some of the region’s most exciting and perhaps underestimated wines. These are products both of a unique terroir – in which biodiversity, a rich geology and the northwestern Mistral wind take centre …

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Best restaurant wine lists in the UK revealed

The winners of the 2024 Star Wine List of the Year UK awards. Superstar chef Tomos Parry opened the restaurant last summer after taking over a former Byron Burger site on Beak Street. Parry is renowned for applying Basque cooking techniques to high-quality British produce, with a particular penchant for flame cooking. He opened Brat in a former Shoreditch strip …

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Decanter magazine reader survey seeks your views

Decanter magazine launched its online reader survey in March 2024, giving all regular and occasional readers an opportunity to say what they would like to see more, or less, of in the long-standing print publication. As an added incentive, five respondents to the short survey will be randomly selected to win a one-year subscription to Decanter Premium, worth £99 (€109, …

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UK wine sales decreased by 10 million bottles in the build-up to Christmas

Retailers sold 10 million fewer bottles of wine during the festive trading period than they did the previous year. Spirits sales also declined by 7.1% in the 12 weeks leading up to Christmas, according to new figures from the Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA). That is equivalent to 7.7 million fewer bottles of spirits being sold, while beer and …

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First taste: Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame Rosé 2015

‘It is a Grande Dame first and a rosé second,’ says Veuve Clicquot’s cellar master Didier Mariotti speaking of the newly released rosé cuvée of the 2015 La Grande Dame. It is one year on from the 2015 release of the white iteration of this homage to one of Champagne’s most important historical figures – Madame Clicquot, the widow – …

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Maximin Grünhaus: Producer profile and wines to try

Maximin von Schubert, 6th generation owner of Maximin Grünhaus The name Maximin Grünhaus has long been among the top legacies in Germany’s Mosel-Saar-Ruwer wine region. Over the decades the name has consistently drawn eager bids at the famed Grosser Ring or ‘Great Ring’, the annual wine auction in Trier, with buyers happy to pay among the highest amounts to snap …

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Explore Istria with Vinistra

Vineyards in Croatia’s Istria region growing its flagship variety, Malvazija Istarska Millions of tourists from around the world flock to Croatia every year, with Istria a particular favourite amongst German visitors, who can reach it by car in just a few hours. The largest peninsula in the Adriatic, Istria is surrounded by sea on three sides, with the Julian Alps …

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Meet the judges: Q&A with Terry Kandylis

Terry Kandylis, DWWA Regional Chair Titled Best Sommelier 2015 in Greece, Sommelier of the Year 2016 in the UK and representing Greece in the European Final in Vienna in 2017, Terry Kandylis is now the Group Head Sommelier at Noble Rot in London. Growing up in Evia, Greece, Kandylis’ earliest encounters with wine were humble, centred around homemade wine that his family …

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Kent wine tour: Top wineries to visit

Simpsons’ Wine Estate. There’s a good reason why Kent is described as the Garden of England. With much of it edged by the sea, stretching from the Thames Estuary all the way round to the English Channel, you’ll find a verdant landscape of rolling hills, blossom-filled orchards, white-cowled oast houses (hop kilns), and timbered villages with tile-hung cottages. Thanks to …

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Brunello di Montalcino 2019 releases excite buyers

Vineyards near to Montalcino. Critical acclaim has created a buzz around the Brunello di Montalcino 2019 releases not seen since the 2016 vintage, according to early reports from merchants. ‘Brunello enthusiasts will be spoiled for choice,’ said Decanter’s Michaela Morris in her recent Brunello di Montalcino 2019 vintage report. Davy ?yw, senior buyer at Berry Bros & Rudd, said, ‘2016 …

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Vinography Unboxed: Week of 2/25/24

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. Let’s start this week with a rare and special wine. The Cusumano family of sicily, own …

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Domaine Parent: A benchmark Pommard domaine

Credit: Domaine Parent The wines of Pommard have long suffered from a less-exalted reputation compared to the more delicate wines of neighbouring Volnay, just to the south. They are often considered burly and chunky compared to the lacey wines of Volnay. The different character, which indeed is a powerful and persuasive argument for terroir, comes, in large measure, from Pommard’s …

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The robots are coming: How Bordeaux is combining technology with viticulture

A Bakus Vitibot at Petit Village. Credit: Jean Barge From its ordered rows of vines to serried ranks of barrels in the cellars of stately château, Bordeaux is the pitch-perfect image of French viticultural tradition. Immaculate brochures portray the rhythms of the season, pruning, harvest and cellar work – all done by hand, artisanal, unchanged for centuries.

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Vinography Images: Napa Colors

Vines show their autumn colors in November as the trees lose the last of their leaves. This shot taken in 2013 looks across a vineyard in the St. Helena appellation at hills that don’t yet show the scars of the many fires that occurred from 2017 to 2020. This view would be much changed today. INSTRUCTIONS:Download this image by right-clicking …

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Black Stallion Estate Winery: Living the dream of generations

Third and fourth generation of the Indelicato family at the helm of Delicato Family Wines 2024 marks the 100th anniversary of Delicato Family Wines, a venture that started when Gaspare and Caterina Indelicato planted their first vineyard in Manteca, California in 1924. Having emigrated from Sicily, the couple found a new home in the Central Valley city, seduced by a …

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Photo Highlights: Decanter Italy Experience 2024

Credit: Chloe Hashemi The Decanter Italy Experience was truly an unforgettable day! We extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who joined us at The Landmark London to celebrate Italy in style. It was a privilege to share the day with such a vibrant and spirited audience. As we reflect on the day’s splendour, we invite you to relive the magic …

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New South Wales on a high: Orange & Hilltops regions and 15 wine picks

The cool-climate vineyards of the Hilltops region in New South Wales. Outsiders might scoff at the idea that Australia can produce cool-climate wines, as the country is famous for sun, surf and sand. A warm, temperate climate, with regular droughts, heatwaves and devastating wildfires, is the all-pervading impression. That’s all true, but this massive continent supports a huge range of …

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