Burgundy wine fans queue for a month to get prized bottles

Tents set up outside Vinmonopolet’s store in Aker Brygge, Oslo. Tents have become a familiar winter fixture outside a main store of Norway’s Vinmonopolet retailer in Oslo, and a small group of Burgundy wine fans again braved sub-zero temperatures in January to lead the queue for new releases. In 2024, the first three campers turned up on New Year’s Day …

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Brunello di Montalcino 2019 – ‘spoiled for choice’: Full report

Brunello di Montalcino 2019 vintage rating: 5/5 A warm vintage without extremes, and rainfall at the optimal intervals. Long ripening and cool nights yielded perfumed wines with ripe tannins. Most are accessible now but possess structure for mid- to long-term ageing. When I visited Montalcino in November 2023, the recent harvest was still fresh in producers’ minds. Between the non-stop …

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Nik Weis St.-Urbans-Hof Riesling Kabinett Mosel Goldtröpfchen 2021 $37 (92 points)

A distinctive, off-dry white, with an intriguing mix of persimmon, honey water and perfumed floral notes set against zingy acidity and green tea accents. Shows a smoky, herbal thread that weaves through, while the inner density builds. Reveals hints of marzipan and white pepper on the finessed finish. Searing now, this needs time to fully harmonize. Best from 2025 through …

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Massolino Barolo 2019 $56 (93 points)

This red straddles the line between power and elegance, featuring delicate flavors of strawberry, cherry and rose hip, plus notes of earth, tar and iron. Finishes with more power and the grip of refined tannins, offering terrific balance and length. Best from 2026 through 2043. 7,080 cases made, 2,400 cases imported. Source : 59ed2b7139c629623a2aea313809db25

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At Last: Chianti Classico’s New UGA Classification

We just returned from the 2024 Anteprime Tuscana held in Florence where we tasted the first wines to be labeled using the new UGA (Unità Geografiche Aggiuntive) classification.  In 2021, the Consorzio Vino Chianti Classico approved the creation of 11 new regional classifications within Chianti Classico [see large map below]. Given the UGA requirements of a minimum of 30 months’ …

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Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 2/18/24

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. The Twilight of the American SommelierBecause the news on wine has been so good. …

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Slot Online: 3 Game Slot Terbaru yang Revolusioner

Slot Online: 3 Game Slot Terbaru yang Revolusioner. Slot online merupakan salah satu genre permainan yang paling populer di industri igaming. Dengan kemajuan teknologi dan kreativitas tanpa batas para pengembang, game slot terus menawarkan berbagai tema, fitur, dan mekanisme baru yang menjanjikan pengalaman bermain yang segar dan menarik bagi para pemain. Artikel ini akan membahas secara mendetail tentang tiga game …

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Sonoma and Napa Get Savvier

I try to keep up with as much of what’s going on in the wine world as I can. I accomplish this by tasting widely, reading widely, and talking with my colleagues in the industry whenever the opportunity allows. While I think I’m far from masterful at such activities, I don’t often find myself blindsided by emerging trends in the …

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Brits abandon Merlot in favour of Beaujolais

Grape harvest in Beaujolais, France. It is now 20 years since Paul Giamatti’s character delivered a major blow to Merlot producers in the Oscar-winning comedy Sideways. ‘No, if anyone orders Merlot, I’m leaving,’ screamed an apoplectic Miles. ‘I am not drinking any ****ing Merlot.’ Stats from Sonoma State University showed that Merlot sales in the American market fell by 2% …

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Rioja’s Bodegas Lan and nine wines rated

The name of Bodegas Lan, so the story goes, stands for the three main provinces that make up Rioja: Logroño (now La Rioja), Alava and Navarra. The winery was founded in 1972 by a group of men from Bilbao looking to set up a txoko, a traditional Basque dining club. Lan was not alone; Beronia, also launched in the 1970s, …

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Meet the judges: Q&A with Michaela Morris

Michaela Morris at DWWA judging week Michaela Morris is an international wine writer, contributor, judge and educator. She is one of the first certified Italian wine experts through Vinitaly International Academy 2015, co-created the curriculum for VIA’s Italian Wine Maestro course and teaches about Italian wines across Canada and abroad. Morris always had an interest in wine but, as she …

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La Valentina Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2021 $15 (89 points)

Dark and tangy, with a lush core of blackberry, mulberry and boysenberry fruit flavors, revealing accents of oolong tea leaf and spiced orange peel. Shows taut, fine tannins that impart a tightly meshed feel, but this is silky and balanced overall, opening nicely on the palate and in the glass. Drink now through 2029. 11,500 cases made, 5,000 cases imported. …

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How to keep sparkling wine fresh after opening

With a host of sparkling wine stoppers on the market, Tom tests out which produce the best results… Can a sparkling wine be kept in top condition once open? Many kitchens will have a traditional winged Champagne stopper tucked away for emergencies, but the list of premium stoppers offering promises of perfect glasses for days (if not weeks) is ever-expanding. …

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