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Hacienda Araucano Cabernet Sauvignon Lolol Valley Humo Blanco 2023 $18 (89 points)

A youngster, with a vibrant, fruit-filled presence of plumeria and blood orange notes, picking up crisp raspberry and Rainier cherry flavors. Shows lively acidity that drives everything to the finish around fine, spice-filled tannins. While not the typical bold Cabernet Sauvignon, this makes for a very drinkable style. Drink now. 1,200 cases made, 1,000 cases imported. Source : 09179c72fbef6bf750a46bfd6443bdc1

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Blue Rock Vineyard: New Releases from Sonoma County

Blue Rock Vineyard, owned and operated by Kenny Kahn, is a small artisanal winery in Alexander Valley that produces high quality, hand-crafted, Bordeaux-inspired wines and Pinot Noir from Sonoma County grapes.  Having reviewed these wines over the years, we are gratified to observe notable improvements in the quality of the wines produced by this estate.  They are clearly the result …

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Vinography Images: The Hidden Valley

Despite being only another 45 minutes past some of the most visited parts of Sonoma County, and despite being the source of some of California’s most profound Pinot Noirs, Anderson Valley remains off the radar of most wine country tourists. Seen here from the air, with the Navarro River in the foreground, the valley remains one of California’s most beautiful …

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Wine contributes €130bn to the EU’s GDP

The study was designed to quantify the socioeconomic and environmental impact of the wine industry within the European Union (EU). Researchers at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) determined that the wine trade represents 1.4% of total EU employment, playing a particularly crucial role in rural areas. Wine also accounted for 0.8% of the bloc’s total GDP in 2022, contributing €130bn to the European …

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Fernando Remírez de Ganuza, founder of the eponymous Rioja estate, dies at 73

Fernando Remírez de Ganuza, founder of Remírez de Ganuza After a long battle with lung cancer, Fernando Remírez de Ganuza, founder of the eponymous Rioja estate, passed away in Barcelona, where he was undergoing treatment, at the age of 73. His death was announced on Tuesday prompting immediate and heartfelt reactions from all those who worked and interacted with him …

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Bodegas Caro: An interview with Saskia de Rothschild and Laura Catena

Young Malbec vines at the Finca Désiré vineyard in San Pablo, Uco Valley. Credit: Nicolas Amaro To understand the origins of Caro, the flagship wine of producer Bodegas Caro in Mendoza, we must go back to the previous century, when Argentina was just beginning to emerge onto the global wine scene. Nicolás Catena, the head of Catena Zapata, was leading …

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Legendary Port Ellen distillery reopens

Port Ellen distillery on the island of Islay It was a moment which barely seemed possible. Port Ellen, the now mythical Islay single malt whisky distillery has risen from the rubble and is once again making its distinctly smoky spirit – more than 40 years after it closed down. The distillery was founded in 1825, but mothballed in 1930. Reopened …

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Feudi di San Gregorio Taurasi 2018 $48 (92 points)

There’s a savory, sanguine edge to the bright mix of ripe black raspberry, red currant, tobacco and tar flavors in this red, which is firm and tightly meshed, with dense, fine-grained tannins holding sway on the spiced finish. Best from 2027 through 2038. 1,500 cases imported. Source : f31302feb84eafbdebc5eb2936b8aeba

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Schloss Lieser Riesling Kabinett Mosel Juffer 2022 $33 (92 points)

Supple and mouth-coating in feel, with inviting floral and stone fruit perfume set against a wall of chalky mineral notes. Hints of dried green herbs add nice detail to the fleshy, off-dry palate. White grapefruit pith–laced acidity keeps this chiseled, with a bitter kick at the end. A well-done version of this style. Drink now through 2032. Source : 37c4e3c5da4293ec0c0a3e7368c2528c

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Do We Need to Plant Different Grapes For CA Wine to Survive Climate Change?

Even the zealots who obdurately believe that human beings don’t have anything to do with it can’t deny the planet is heating up. Last year was the hottest year in recorded history around the globe and this year is projected to be… wait for it… even hotter. This has caused an incredible amount of conversation, consternation, and contemplation in the …

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Turning Tables: Finca Wine Opens in San Diego

Who’s behind it: Finca Wine is a new San Diego wine bar and shop from Dan Valerino and Joe Bower, the former general manager and sous chef, respectively, of Wine Spectator Best of Excellence winner Juniper and Ivy. The duo also operates Bottle Boon, a hospitality management company. Veteran toque Ricardo Dondisch heads Finca Wine’s culinary program. When it opened: …

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The Big Fortified Tasting: DWWA-awarded wines to discover

The largest wine trade fair dedicated solely to fortified wines, The Big Fortified Tasting (the b.f.t.) will return to London on 23rd April. Established in 2010, the 2024 edition promises to exceed expectations with more than 70 producers confirmed to show their wines. From Port, Sherry, Marsala, Madeira, Carcavelos, Montilla-Moriles, English Vermouth, Moscatel de Setúbal, Azores and Australian fortified wines, …

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Grenache By Any Other Name (Madrevite Recent Releases)

The post Grenache By Any Other Name (Madrevite Recent Releases) appeared first on 1 Wine Dude. Madrevite‘s Nicola Chiucchiurlotto has one of those made-for-TV-movie prodigal son type of stories that seem so prevalent in the wine world. In 2003, Chiucchiurlotto founded Madrevite in Castiglione del Lago, which sits in the hills near lakes Trasimeno and Chiusi, along the Umbria/Tuscany border. …

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Boscarelli: A Quality Leader in Vino Nobile di Montepulciano

Luca and Nicolò De Ferrari In 1962, Egidio Corradi bought the farms that are now the vineyards of Boscarelli.  Today his grandsons Luca and  Nicolò De Ferrari manage the winery and its 20 ha of vineyards.  I met Luca at the Montepulciano Anteprima in February and tasted through the Boscarelli portfolio. My reviews are given below. Boscarelli, located in the …

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Andrew Jefford: ‘Global warming appears to have lurched Bordeaux forward into a changed state’

This profoundly maritime region fronting the capricious Bay of Biscay rarely managed to stump up more than three outstanding vintages per decade in the past, yet of the eight vintages between 2015 and 2022, only 2017 and 2021 fall short of excellence (and 2017 Pomerol and Sauternes are delicious). The 2023 vintage is being assessed at present; still more surprising …

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