Tenuta Cucco Barolo del Comune di Serralunga d’Alba 2019 $69 (95 points)

This pure version boasts cherry, raspberry, rose and menthol aromas and flavors. Supple in texture, this is tightly wound and bursting with vibrant acidity. Offers a great example of elegance married to intensity, delivering balance and a long, complex aftertaste. Best from 2027 through 2045. 2,000 cases made, 1,200 cases imported. Source : 72e71ab0d155177f59eadbe1007e64ed

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Inama Soave Classico Foscarino 2021 $30 (90 points)

A supple white, plush in texture, with a subtle, salty underpinning to the flavors of baked melon, blanched almond, Meyer lemon peel and dried thyme. Lightly tangy on the finish. Drink now. 4,300 cases made, 800 cases imported. Source : 579d14b670d6fd2e40fb99598caf7d0e

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La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Alberdi Reserva 2019 $25 (91 points)

Offers hints of toast, smoke and spices that lace flavors of soft cherry and plum fruit, mandarin orange peel and dried flowers and herbs. A well-knit, medium-bodied red framed by lightly chewy tannins. Drink now through 2029. 46,000 cases made, 16,500 cases imported. Source : 1901cd913e546efdb392a0e200bc35ba

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Spottswoode Sauvignon Blanc Napa-Sonoma Counties 2022 $45 (94 points)

This generous version displays intense aromatics of honeysuckle, passionfruit and litsea oil up front. Shows preserved lemon, grilled peach, dried pineapple, ginger and mango notes, with details of makrut lime leaf that linger on the long, vibrant and expressive finish. Drink now. 4,467 cases made. Source : 2a623b94a47ceaa4e599ae24fd53cd74

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Meet the judges: Q&A with Wojciech Bo?kowski

Wojciech Bo?kowski at DWWA judging week. Wojciech Bo?kowski became Poland’s first Master of Wine in 2023, holding many more titles and credentials including a PhD in musicology. He first started writing about wine in 1999 and by 2012 this became a full-time career with the launch of his online wine magazine, Winicjatywa, followed by print magazine Ferment in 2017. Balancing …

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Ribera del Duero: Panel tasting results

Beth Willard, David Williams and Diana Rollan tasted 59 wines, with 6 Outstanding and 20 Highly recommended. Ribera del Duero: Panel tasting scores 59 wines tasted Exceptional 0 Outstanding 6 Highly recommended 20 Recommended 32 Commended 1 Fair 0 Poor 0 Entry criteria: producers and UK agents were invited to submit their current-release, 100% Tempranillo (Tinta del Pai?s/Tinto Fino) premium …

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Spray to prevent wildfire smoke taint in wine shows promise

Smoke tests on Pinot Noir grapes at Oregon State University’s Woodhall Vineyard. Efforts to create a spray-on coating that protects wine grapes from wildfire smoke taint have been boosted by promising recent test results in the laboratory and on Pinot Noir vineyards, according to scientists at Oregon State University.  It’s hoped a spray that can help prevent off-flavours in wine …

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Perfect Pairing: Cinnamon, cardamom & white pepper rice pudding

Five years after my mother died of lung cancer in 2013, I set up the not-for-profit cookery school Life Kitchen. Since its formation we have led classes all over the UK, joined forces with charities and organisations that work with people living with cancer, and supported hundreds of people who have had their senses altered as a result of the …

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Gaya Berpakaian di Kasino

Kasino tidak hanya merupakan tempat untuk berjudi, tetapi juga arena dimana gaya berpakaian di kasino membentuk tingkat pengalaman Anda. Setiap orang yang pernah menonton film tentang perjudian, atau secara pribadi mengunjungi kasino, menyadari bahwa ada unsur gaya dan kelas tertentu yang terkait dengan malam di meja permainan. Dalam artikel ini, kita akan membahas panjang lebar mengenai dress code, etiket, dan …

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Vinha do Pico

filipebalata has added a photo to the pool: Açores Source : https://www.flickr.com/photos/filipe_balata/53527329506/in/pool-52609756@N00

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Why Farmers Didn’t Pick All Their Winegrapes in 2023

The preliminary annual California Grape Crush Report was just released publicly last week. Packed with statistics on the volumes, types, and pricing of grapes across the state’s various winegrowing districts it tells an interesting story about the 2023 vintage. The primary headline is that the state crushed 3.668 million tons of wine grapes. That amount puts this harvest around average …

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2005 Mouton Rothschild (back label) | 2005 Mouton Rothschild…

2005 Mouton Rothschild.   No, not mine! As a wine salesman, I was transporting —carefully— this ~$1000 bottle of wine from our warehouse to a wine shop. 12 September 2008   …but, no, I didn’t get to taste it.   *************** ? Awarded 98 points by Wine Spectator / Wine Advocate. ? Front label (and a beer): here. ? In …

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Autumn near Volterra

Vid Pogacnik has added a photo to the pool: Autumn vineyards on the approach to the beautiful town of Volterra. Source : https://www.flickr.com/photos/vid_pogacnik/53526596414/in/pool-52609756@N00

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The Glenlivet uses blockchain technology to sell 50-year-old whisky collection

The whisky has been maturing at the Speyside distillery since 1974, initially in a bourbon barrel and then in refill hogshead. Twelve bottles will be released on the blockchain-enabled marketplace, each priced at €40,000 (£34,000) plus VAT. Each bottle represents one of the 12 essential elements that underpin The Glenlivet: Air, Angel Share, Barley, Cooper, Copper, Distiller, Earth, Fire, Heritage, …

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Koncho & Co: A Georgian Winery Transformed from Soviet Times

[Credit DWinkler] The Koncho & Co winery was originally founded in 1737 on the left side of the Alazani River in Kakheti at about 405m elevation.  Located next to a 17th century fortress near the town of Kvareli, it became one of the large state wineries during Soviet times, and one still finds large metal horizontal tanks with enamel interior …

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Walls: The importance of drinking windows over scores

Credit: Kirill Rudenko / Getty Images When choosing a wine, consulting tasting notes can offer some valuable insight. We can all be guilty of just scanning for scores, but when picking a wine to drink now, there’s a more important number to look at – the ‘drink from’ date. A question of pleasure When I visited Jean-Louis Chave last October …

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Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 2/11/24

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. Napa County makes its legal case against Hoopes wineryThe legal saga unfolds. Napa County …

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Viñoly’s vision: Florence airport’s rooftop vineyard

When seen from the distance, great architectural wonders can serve as welcoming, iconic symbols for cities and regions. After all, who hasn’t felt compelled to grab their phone and snap photos of famous landmarks as soon as they come into view from the aeroplane window? Rafael Viñoly Architects, the globally renowned studio responsible for acclaimed contemporary architectural marvels like London’s …

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