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Shake Ridge Ranch in All Its Glory

Throughout the world of wine, certain vineyards become legendary. Some because they are synonymous (or even eponymous) with legendary producers who often have owned the entire vineyard for generations. Other vineyards, however, achieve their renown in the space of a single lifetime through (and sometimes because of) the many producers who return year after year to make wine from what …

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‘Oldest wine’ aged 2,000 years found in Roman tomb

The glass jar inside the funerary urn contained five litres of oxidised wine. Researchers said their analysis suggests an ash urn dating back roughly 2,000 years contains the ‘oldest wine conserved in a liquid state’ that has so far been found. In 2019, archaeologists in the Spanish city of Carmona near Seville unearthed a Roman necropolis dating to the 1st …

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Stinson Vineyards of Virginia’s Monticello AVA: New Releases from the 2023 Vintage

Nathan Vrooman and Rachel Stinson are the winemaking team at Stinson, sourcing fruit from the Stinson estate vineyard as well as other Virginia vineyards. The Stinson vineyard is an historic one by Virginia standards, having been first planted by Gabriele Rausse over 40 years ago.  Unfortunately, those old vines suffered from leafroll virus, so father Scott Stinson and daughter Rachel …

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Bandol: Panel tasting results

Elizabeth Gabay MW, Beatrice Bessi and Poppy de Courcy-Wheeler tasted 77 wines, with 4 Outstanding and 26 Highly recommended. Bandol: Panel tasting scores 77 wines tasted Exceptional 0 Outstanding 4 Highly recommended 26 Recommended 42 Commended 5 Fair 0 Poor 0 Entry criteria: producers and UK agents were invited to submit their latest-vintage AP Bandol wines in white, rosé or …

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Château Montrose owner buys Virginia’s RdV Vineyards

A view across the estate of RdV Vineyards, now renamed Lost Mountain. Virginia’s RdV Vineyards has been acquired by Eutopia Estates, set to be the new brand name for the Bouygues family’s wine portfolio and which includes Château Montrose in Bordeaux. Under the deal, RdV Vineyards will also be renamed Lost Mountain. It has been named after its founder, Rutger …

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Decanter World Wine Awards 2024 results revealed

Decanter World Wine Awards 2024 results have been published today (19 June), showing all medal winners in this year’s competition. ‘Picture yourself in the biggest wine shelf of the world, and next to you there are the best wine experts, holding your hand and helping you to make the best decision possible,’ described wine consultant and judge Agnes Csiba Herczeg, …

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Decanter’s Dream Destination: L’AND Vineyards, Portugal

Ancient, gnarly, cork oaks stand half-naked in the midday sun. And then come the vineyards, as far as the eye can see. Welcome to the Alentejo region. With its golden plains and rolling hills topped with white-washed villages and majestic medieval cities, the Alentejo grows most of the nation’s rice, wheat, barley and oats, supplies half of the world’s cork, …

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Terry Robards, a Voice for Fine Wine in America, Dies at 84

Terry Robards, a longtime reporter and wine writer for The New York Times who later served as a columnist for Wine Spectator, died last month at the age of 84. The cause was heart failure. Robards wrote his best-known works between the 1960s and 1980s, at a time when many Americans were just discovering wine. Sales had long lagged behind …

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New York Riesling: Cooler than the other side of the pillow

Of all the Empire State’s American Viticultural Areas (AVAs), perhaps none shine brighter than the Finger Lakes AVA. The state is a viticultural beacon on the country’s eastern seaboard: ‘American wine’ is often taken as code for California or the West Coast, but New York is the third-largest-producing state by volume. Stretching from the eastern reaches of Long Island to …

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Hermitage Cognac launches 100-year-old ‘Siècle d’Or’

The new Hermitage Siècle d’Or 100 Year Old Cognac. Hermitage Cognac said its new ‘Siècle d’Or’ vintage expression spent 100 years ageing in Limousin oak barrels in the heart of Cognac‘s ‘Grande Champagne’ region. The house said it believed its new offering to be the oldest barrel-aged Cognac so far released. Company founder David Baker described it as a ‘masterpiece …

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Exploring Rioja Alavesa

Of Rioja’s three sub-zones, Rioja Alavesa is the flyweight. With a total vineyard area of just over 13,000 hectares, it is by far the smallest, around half the size of heavyweights Rioja Alta and Rioja Oriental. And yet, when it comes to influence, creativity, dynamism and share of Rioja’s – and Spain’s – best bottles, this sub-region punches way above …

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Artémis Domaines attracts spotlight over Burgundy plans

Vineyards near to Beaune. It’s understood that Artémis Domaines, controlled by French billionaire François Pinault, has been in talks to acquire the buildings of Château de Puligny-Montrachet in Burgundy from Etienne de Montille, according to several reports. Etienne de Montille confirmed to Decanter that he was to receive vineyards in exchange for the real estate. Artémis expanded its reach in …

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Independent Champagne: Top trends & key names to know in 2024

The Bulles Bio Band playing at Le Cirque in Reims during Le Printemps des Champagnes 2024. Blue strobe lighting bounces off a blood-red Gibson guitar as a swish of shoulder-length silver hair motions towards the drum kit. The bassist, clad head-to-toe in black, stands wide-stanced, a low-slung bass hanging above steam-punk work boots. The crowd is cheering. Somewhere near the …

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Best tries for English Wine Week 2024

Despite it being early summer, the British weather is dragging its feet. But at least there’s the annual English Wine Week to add some sparkles. With numerous vineyard visits, specialist tastings, and special offers in restaurants and wine shops, this is the perfect time to immerse yourself in the fast-growing category and discover something you’ve never tried before. Here are …

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Godelia Mencía Bierzo 2019 $27 (91 points)

This lively red is light on its feet, with good focus to the concentrated flavors of ripe black plum, raspberry paste and leafy herbs, backed by hints of iron, paprika and cocoa powder. Light, fine tannins show on the supple finish. Drink now through 2029. 7,500 cases made, 400 cases imported. Source : 56c39fff8bf0808a1e0bc2a124f4e833

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Paarl. Cape Town. South Africa.

Jose Romeu has added a photo to the pool: TRELLISING THE VINES : Italian passion for fine wine and conservation are inseparable elements of Slent. The historic mountainside farm. AYAMA WINE FARM. www.ayama.info/ Source : https://www.flickr.com/photos/ecoland/53798729511/in/pool-52609756@N00

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