Last week's column on the evolution of India's wine industry over the past three decades noted that a complicated range of taxes made wine very expensive. Indeed, taxes impact heavily on the pocket book of any visitor to that country:
eBay is angling for a swig of the $15 billion U.S. wine business. The online marketplace uncorked Ebay Wine this week, boasting a 10,000-plus selection of wines ranging from “everyday staples to sought after vintages," the company said.
In part one of this series, we looked at a husband-wife chef and sommelier team that’s marrying food and wine pairings in a new way. Part two introduces you to a sommelier turned scientist who is taking wine matching down to its very essence.
It's not difficult to think of overpriced wines, but I'd like to dwell on the much more appetising subject of wines that I believe are routinely underpriced. Nowhere is my contention that there is no direct relationship between wine quality and price better illustrated than in Bordeaux.
The new model has an identical design to the Model Two Wine System and includes the same needle that pours 20% faster than its predecessor, the Coravin Model Eight as well as using the premium Coravin capsules containing 99.99% pure argon gas. Described by Coravin as “providing a brighter, bolder way to pour,” the Model Two Elite is available in three colours: red, silver and gold with a chrome finish.
The southern slopes of Castellina in Chianti are home to broad swaths of vine-covered hillsides, broken up by dense woods and fields of cereals. One of the major communes entirely within the Chianti Classico zone, it's home to some large vineyard holdings, including more than 250 acres belonging to Rocca delle Macìe and nearly 500 acres owned by Ruffino.
Several legends surround the city of Reims. It is a town whose name (and its pronounciation) causes so much anguish to the English speaking world. Located at the heart of Champagne production, Reims was reputedly founded by Remus, brother of Romulus, the founder of ancient Rome.
Ernst Loosen, one of Germany’s most iconic winemakers, was in town (Washington DC, USA) for a series of events, including a seminar with sommeliers, bloggers and journalists at Cork Market on 14th Street and a winemaker dinner at Chef Bryan Voltaggio’s Range Restaurant.
Last week, we introduced you to Matteo Sa, the Italian artist using pizza as his medium, and now, we’ve uncovered yet another food-dabbling artist: Say hello to Alfonso Aguirre, a Spanish artist who paints with… wait for it… Vino!
En primeurs tasting frenzy is now calming down. Although officially a one week event, in fact it lasts quite a bit longer. It is a time of the year I always enjoy, a wonderful opportunity to taste the wines of others, but above all to taste our own wines with visitors from the wine world…
Speaking to the drinks business during a lunch he hosted at the St James’s hotel in London last week, Torres said: “There are still pockets of Spain with untapped wine potential but I wouldn’t invest in southern Spain now as it’s too hot...
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