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Decanter’s dream destination: Villa La Massa, Tuscany, Italy

Tuscany is top of the travel wish-list for many wine lovers. From the romance of its rolling hills covered with sun-kissed vines, to the art and history of its ancient cities, Tuscany embodies the Italian idyll. And a visit to Villa La Massa will live up to every expectation. Dating back to the 13th century, the villa became the summer …

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Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 4/7/24

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. NOTHING LEFT TO SAY?: The End of Wine WritingA cheery column from Karen MacNeil …

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Ken Forrester: Focus on Chenin Blanc

Winemaker Shawn Mathyse In 1993, Ken Forrester bought a rundown, Stellenbosch property that included 38 hectares of vines and a house dating back to 1694. In 1995 he produced his first Chenin Blanc, and in 1996 he made his first export sale (to Oddbins in London) and opened his 96 Winery Road Restaurant, where I recently met up with winemaker …

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Wine Reviews: Mini Round-Up for April 8, 2024

The post Wine Reviews: Mini Round-Up for April 8, 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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Rare whisky from The Macallan offered on a lottery basis

Tales of the Macallan Volume II was distilled in 1949 and spent more than seven decades maturing before it was bottled in 2022. This exceptionally rare single malt celebrates Alexander Reid, who founded the distillery on Speyside in 1824. Just 344 bottles have been released on a global basis. The whisky has a recommended retail price (rrp) of £77,500, but …

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Sea Smoke producer profile: The quiet evolution of an emblematic American Pinot

The Sea Smoke Vineyard in Santa Rita Hills The California coastline may be synonymous with sunshine, but equally pervasive is the blanket of fog that unfurls from the sea most days. A consequence of cold wind sweeping over warm ocean currents, it’s a hauntingly beautiful phenomenon known as ‘sea smoke’. Just a few hours’ drive from Los Angeles, the Santa …

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Viña Haras de Pirque Cabernet Franc Maipo Valley Galantas Gran Reserva 2021 $35 (93 points)

This red deftly balances finesse with structure and concentrated fruit. Opens with notes of petrichor, graphite and tobacco, while the palate gushes with juicy floral raspberry and strawberry flavors, revealing additional layers of pepper and wet stone that play out around spicy dark chocolate details and well-integrated tannins. Drink now through 2036. 150 cases imported. Source : b57a7c8f29a7332da130b96147f0c377

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Elderton: over 40 years of Cabernet and Shiraz in the Barossa Valley

When Neil and Lorraine Ashmead acquired their new Barossa Valley home in 1980, the Nuriootpa homestead came with the surrounding 29ha of old vines for free. Thirteen years later, those old vines – specifically Elderton Cabernet Sauvignon 1992, which remains impressive to this day – bagged the prestigious 1993 Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy. ‘It put a million dollars on the …

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A drink with… Michele Faro

‘In 2005 we were a handful of producers on Etna. We had a vision and took a risk in investing in a region that was completely unknown at the time. Everything was a challenge for us, from understanding how to work the vineyards on the volcano to finding workers, and selling the wines was a real effort because no one …

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Bennett Valley Cellars

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Monticelli

@WineAlchemy1 has added a photo to the pool: Deep in the Colli Euganei, in vineyards looking at Monticelli and extinct Volcanoes, near Padova, Veneto, Italy. Parco Regionale dei Colli Euganei. Source : https://www.flickr.com/photos/winealchemy1/8979506594/in/pool-17918700@N00

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Bisci Verdicchio di Matelica 2022 $24 (90 points)

A bright and tangy white, with an aromatic overtone of mandarin orange peel and freshly chopped rosemary and oregano. Lightly waxy in texture on the palate, which shows notes of baked pear, blanched almond and white blossoms. Drink now through 2027. 9,261 cases made, 3,000 cases imported. Source : 8617d350dd08caeee3205a205e19cac5

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