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Sussex wine producers celebrate after earning PDO status

Ashling Park Producers including Rathfinny, Ridgeview and Bolney embarked upon their quest to turn Sussex into an appellation back in 2015. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has now finally recognised Sussex wine as a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO). It will enter the register on 5 July, 2022, giving Sussex wine the same legal status as …

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New Zealand’s Craggy Range joins La Place de Bordeaux

The Craggy Range Te Muna Road vineyard. The estate, which comprises the Gimblett Gravels (Hawke’s Bay) and Te Muna Road (Martinborough) vineyards, will be represented at La Place by two of the oldest négociants, CVBG and Mähler-Besse, in both Europe and Asia. The 2020 vintage of Craggy Range Le Sol Syrah and Craggy Range Aroha Pinot Noir will join the …

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Bordeaux 2012: The top-rated wines tasted 10 years on

There are some good and charming wines, but no great wines, in 2012. This was the verdict of a producer whose honest judgements I have learned to value, when we tasted the vintage together, en primeur, in April 2013. Retasting the vintage 10 years on, I find he has been proved correct. That’s all right. We need in-between years to …

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Walla Walla Valley for wine lovers

Situated between the Blue Mountains in the southeast and the low, rolling hills of the Palouse to the north, the Walla Walla Valley (mainly in Washington but crossing into Oregon) has a unique topography. While it feels in a low position compared with the nearby mountains and hills, the Walla Walla Valley – itself a sub-region of the larger Columbia …

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Cabernet Franc, California’s Paso Robles & High Acidity Wines with Lori Budd

Introduction Are you curious about why Cabernet Franc should have just as much respect from you as a wine lover, if not more than Cabernet Sauvignon? What makes wines from California’s Paso Robles region unique? Why is it easy to fall in love with wines that have high acidity? In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, I’m chatting with winemaker, …

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Italian Wines and Wine Competitions with Vinitaly’s Stevie Kim

Introduction How can you learn more about the diverse regions and styles of Italian wine? What’s the difference in impact between wine competitions and critic scores? And how do they influence the wines you buy and drink? In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, I’m chatting with founder of Vinitaly and host of the Italian Wine Podcast, Stevie Kim. You …

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Best LCBO Wine Reviews: Online Exclusives Vintages Release Ratings June 4th

  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 my wine …

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Prosecco’s Success Story (and Snob Disdain) with Stevie Kim of Vinitaly

Introduction How did Prosecco lead the way for many people discovering Italian wines, and then why did it get so much hate? How can “Mamma Jumbo Shrimp” help you as a wine lover? Is food or wine the main protagonist of most meals? In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, I’m chatting with the founder of Vinitaly and host of …

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Book & Bottle Pairings for Father’s Day

Click on the blue button above to play this video on Vimeo. We’re back with more books and bottles for Father’s Day.   What are we starting with this time?         We’re starting with Ten Garments Every Man Should Own: A Practical Guide to Building a Permanent Wardrobe by Pedro Mendes. This is an accessible field guide …

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Pairing Wine & Creative Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

  Carolyn, Jeff and I chat about pairing wine and grilled cheese sandwiches for Canada Day on the national edition of Global Television’s Morning Show.   These aren’t your ordinary grilled cheese sammies: step it up on July 1 or 4, and create one of these for yourself and for your guests.         Loblaw’s Executive Chef, Mark Russell, …

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Daily Wine News: Bottle Innovations

With climate change at the forefront of many people’s minds, the search for an environmentally-friendly wine bottle is an important consideration for the wine industry. Miquel Hudin explores recent bottle innovations in Decanter. Sarah Heller, Asia’s youngest Master of Wine, discusses the language of wine in Meininger’s. In Wine Enthusiast, Matt Kettmann pays tribute to Pinot Noir pioneer Josh Jensen. …

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Reaction as Mouton and Margaux 2021 released en primeur

Château Margaux. Both Mouton and Margaux 2021 were released en primeur at €420 per bottle ex-Bordeaux, down 2.8% on the 2020-vintage debut last year, according to Liv-ex, a global marketplace for the trade. While the market dynamics vary between these two First Growths, their 2021 grands vins were being sold en primeur as the cheapest of the last four vintages …

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Californian Pinot Noir pioneer Josh Jensen passes away

Josh Jensen was famed for producing elegant, silky Pinot Noirs at Calera Wine Company on the Central Coast.  Leading wine critic Robert Parker Jr once described Calera – the company that Jensen founded in 1971 – as ‘California’s Romanée-Conti.’ Jensen completed undergraduate studies at Yale, but his love of fine wine blossomed while completing an MA in social anthropology at …

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Walls: Domaine Alain Voge’s evolution in 10 wines

Domaine Alain Voge Some Cornas estates, like Domaine Clape, feel as ancient and unchanging as the granite hills themselves. Others, like Domaine Alain Voge, go through periods of flux. When this is due to vineyards being ripped out, bought or sold, then the whole profile of an estate can be altered. That’s not the case at Voge. Instead, it’s due …

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Full-bodied rosés: proud to be pink

Pale pink Provence rose?s seem to be everywhere, but 20 years ago the majority of rose?s on sale were relatively dark and full-bodied, and many of them lacked freshness and finesse. The evolution of rose? led to the rise of lighter, more elegant wines, along with the idea that the paler the rose?, the better the wine. True or not, …

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Decanter Editor-in-Chief’s New York Fine Wine Encounter top tips

There are going to be some utterly splendid wines to taste at our New York Fine Wine Encounter – many of the world’s grandest winemakers have brought some of their very best bottles to our event, knowing their hard work and talent will be appreciated by a discerning audience.  My team of experts have picked out a great selection of …

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How Flashy is American Wine?

A slowly growing number of American winemakers are relying on the winemaking equivalent of a secret weapon. It doesn’t feature prominently in most winery tours as it doesn’t exactly fit in with the romance of oak barrels and sweeping vineyard vistas. In fact, it usually requires its own building with a natural gas line, plumbing and, occasionally, a separate insurance …

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