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Alzinger Riesling Smaragd Wachau Ried Hollerin 2022 $60 (94 points)

Notes of meadow flowers and a gentle edge belie the power in this white. Lemony acidity sings throughout, giving energy to green apple and pear accents. Velvety in feel, this is shored up with a crunchy layer of smoky mineral and salt notes. Still wound up but will only improve with time in bottle. Drink now through 2032. Source : …

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Villa a Sesta Chianti Classico Riserva 2018 $33 (95 points)

Packed with cherry, raspberry and floral notes deftly arranged on an agile frame, with a hint of tar. Grippy tannins sneak up on the finish, yet overall this red is balanced, juicy and long. Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2042. 5,000 cases made, 600 cases imported. Source : 730fc6f2f0c22ddb7ca1e56aa01581b3

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Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 6/30/24

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. We Might Owe Wine To The Asteroid That Killed The Dinosaurs 66 Million Years …

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IWR June Newsletter: Our 100th Report! More to Come.

CHENIN BLANC: SOUTH AFRICA’S  VINOUS TREASURE   Our report (#100!!!) reviews 160 wines from 72 producers.  Thanks to the Chenin Blanc Association, Wines of South Africa, the Old Vine Project, and the many producers and winemakers that made this report possible. Chenin Blanc wine reflects its terroir [see our article on the Mullineux soil-specific Chenin Blancs], so there are many styles …

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Wine Reviews: Mini Round-Up for July 1, 2024

The post Wine Reviews: Mini Round-Up for July 1, 2024 appeared first on 1 Wine Dude. I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes in a “mini-review” format. They are meant to be quirky, fun, and (mostly) easily-digestible reviews of (mostly) …

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BARONESA P. – Escudo Rojo’s tribute to a Bordeaux legend

Escudo Rojo’s vineyards in the Maipo Valley, Chile where Baronesa P. wine is grown. The Maipo Valley, with its unique topography and exceptional terroir, is one of the great frontiers of South American viticulture. Baroness Philippine de Rothschild recognised its natural beauty and untapped potential, and launched the Escudo Rojo (Spanish for Rothschild) collection in 1999 with one overriding aim: …

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Asti: Putting the sparkle back into the summer

Bottle of Asti wine on table There’s a moment that often comes on a summer’s evening when a host needs the ideal drink to serve to their party guests. Liqueurs or digestifs would be too heavy, red or white table wines would be too savoury, and spirits seldom capture that magical summer vibe. Step forward the dynamic duo of Asti …

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Pessac-Léognan & Graves 2018: Panel tasting results

Gareth Birchley, Arthur Coggill and Melody Wong tasted 66 wines, with 31 Highly recommended. Pessac-Léognan & Graves 2018: Panel tasting scores 66 wines tasted Exceptional 0 Outstanding 0 Highly recommended 31 Recommended 32 Commended 3 Fair 0 Poor 0 Entry criteria: producers and UK agents were invited to submit their 2018 vintage of any Pessac-Léognan or Graves designated red wine, …

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Where to eat and drink in Barolo

Osteria Tre Case is one of many fantastic places visitors can eat in Barolo. In Italy, where pairing local food and local wine is an art form, there is little argument that the Piedmont region offers more memorable gastronomic experiences than anywhere else in the country. It’s not just the quality of the food or the superlative chefs that set …

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Decanter World Wine Awards: America’s emerging wine regions grab Gold

James Tidwell MS, Regional Chair for the US at 2024 judging week. The Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2024 have been unveiled with fantastic news for American wineries who entered the competition. In addition to a Best in Show from Napa, US wines took home two Platinum awards and several Golds. For America’s emerging regions, two Gold medals marked a …

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Wine investment: Italy outperforms the market

Prices on the wine secondary market have continued to look fragile, according to the May market report from Liv-ex, a global marketplace for the trade. Its headline Liv-ex 100 and Liv-ex 1000 indices dipped by 1.3% and 0.7% respectively in April, and were down by 15% and 15.6% over 12 months. One highlight, though, was the Italy 100 index, which …

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Bodegas Muga Rioja Reserva 2019 $40 (91 points)

A fragrant red, with enticing tobacco, floral and cocoa powder accents to the flavors of plum sauce, crushed mulberry, tangerine peel and red licorice. This is fresh and focused, integrating chalky tannins. Spiced finish. Tempranillo, Garnacha, Mazuelo and Graciano. Best from 2025 through 2035. 60,000 cases made, 15,000 cases imported. Source : a3724a20c9800a7d81bc6e8f7f45dc73

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Vinography Unboxed: Week of 6/23/24

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 a couple of wines from a newer producer in Santa Barbara …

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Baccarat Early Decanter

Captainchaoz has added a photo to the pool: Fabulous 19th Century French Baccarat glass decanter, circa 1830. Early Moule en Plein Antique Moulded Decanter. Source : https://www.flickr.com/photos/captainchaoz/53822774772/in/pool-912056@N21

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Rioja vintage spotlight: 2014 and 2004

There’s no doubt that the best Riojas improve with cellaring. The idea behind this spotlight tasting, therefore, was to see how these wines were performing after 10 and 20 years. However, the comparison can’t be based on age alone: the vintage factor is crucial. In this instance, the differences between the 2004 and 2014 vintages are striking. While 2004 is …

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