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White Bunch

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Keuka Lake View

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Vines along the Lake

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Paarl. Cape Town. South Africa. | VERMENTINO. Tasting Notes:…

VERMENTINO. Tasting Notes: Limpid straw-yellow colour. The nose is intense and recalls white peaches and apricots, with notes of exotic fruits. The taste is dry with a persistent minerality. Velvet on the palate, with good freshness. The final is clean and persistent.   Italian passion for fine wine and conservation are inseparable elements of Slent. The historic mountainside farm.   …

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Vinography Unboxed: Week of 6/2/24

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. Let’s start with the two top sparkling wines from Raventos i Blanc, their Mas del …

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SND: Harvey Chaplin, Who Led the Liquor Industry into the Modern Age, Dies at 95

Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits chairman Harvey Chaplin, a self-made entrepreneur who turned a modest Florida spirits and wine distributorship into a national, multibillion-dollar powerhouse, passed away Sunday, June 9, of natural causes at the age of 95. “Harvey was undoubtedly one of the great pioneers and visionaries in our industry,” said Marvin R. Shanken, chairman of M. Shanken Communications, …

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Napa Winemaking Icon Warren Winiarski Dies at 96

Winemaker Warren Winiarski, founder of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars and owner of Arcadia Vineyards, has died at the age of 96. In 1970, Winiarski purchased a 50-acre fruit orchard and ranch in Napa Valley and began planting Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. He started making wine from those plantings, along with some existing Petite Sirah vines, debuting his Stag’s Leap Wine …

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Tikal Malbec Paraje Altamira Amorío 2021 $33 (90 points)

This is deeply imbued with notes of violet and cocoa bean on a refined palate, with an element of slate at the center that’s supported by fresh plum and cherry flavors, ending with integrated tannins and a subtle floral cherry note. Drink now through 2034. 4,500 cases made, 2,225 cases imported. Source : a26121c8b43ea02e5bf81ae10c240167

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Diatom Chardonnay Santa Barbara County 2023 $25 (93 points)

This stunning wine leaps out of the glass, with concentrated flavors of white peach, quince and pineapple, plus floral accents of orange blossoms and lemon curd. Finishes with mouthwatering acidity, a note of crunchy sea salt minerality and a whiff of lemon verbena. Drink now. 23,000 cases made. Source : 521253130dc716ed843621ac866a5a9c

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Château Malbat Bordeaux 2022 $12 (88 points)

A pretty red, offering boysenberry pâte de fruit, anise and violet notes backed by a fine-grained, easy-going structure, with a late savory echo. Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2025. 5,420 cases made, 2,500 cases imported. Source : 6e3af4f048a5fcaf5937c400665816ae

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Vinography Images: Oaks and Vines

A carefully constructed patchwork of beautiful hillside vineyards is tucked amongst the California Live Oaks on the hillsides of Napa Valley. While once the cutting edge of viticulture in Napa, such hillside vineyards are all but impossible to plant these days, as a result of intense scrutiny by the Napa Planning Commission and various constituencies in the valley who seem …

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Christie’s to Auction Rare Wines, Including Smith-Haut-Lafitte Made for King Charles III

Anglophiles, royal watchers and Port lovers have a rare chance to add some delicious pieces of British vinous history to their cellars. From now until June 20, Christie’s in London is holding an online auction featuring Bordeaux with royal ties, Vintage Port from the cellars of a 14th-century castle and more. The auction includes six bottles of Cuvée Charles III, a secret …

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The DFWE returns to New York-Influencers share their must-taste wines

The third annual Decanter Fine Wine Encounter (DFWE) returns to New York City this Saturday, 8 June, promising an exquisite line-up of wines and an array of wine influencers who are ready to share their enthusiasm for the event. Here’s a sneak peek into which wines our influencers are most excited to taste. Quintessa, Napa Valley, Rutherford, California, USA 2013 …

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Willamette Valley wineries file suit over 2020 fire impact

Pigeons silhouetted by the sun, in the Oregon wildfire smoke of 2020. The wineries’ lawsuit alleged that PacifiCorp’s refusal to cut off power to lines in a severe windstorm contributed to the fires that had deleterious effects on the 2020 vintage. Wildfire smoke can damage wine by tainting the grapes; a phenomenon known as ‘smoke taint.’ It is particularly problematic …

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Bordeaux 2023 market analysis: High-scoring Beau-Séjour Bécot debuts

St-Émilion’s Château Beau-Séjour Bécot and Margaux-based Château Lascombes released their 2023 wines this morning (7 June) after achieving high scores relative to previous vintages. Pomerol-based Clinet 2023 was also released this morning, and all three estates continued this year’s theme of dropping prices versus last year’s campaign for the 2022 vintage (see more analysis below). Three releases today: Château Beau-Séjour …

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