Unfiltered is pleased to report, just in time for last-minute holiday gifts, that Austria's winemaking bombshells are back for the annual Young Female Winemakers Calendar. Since 2004, Ellen Ledermüller-Reiner has been recruiting lovely liebfrauen from vineyards and cellars around the country to strip down for sexy poses in vinous settings...
“Rather than diluting well-established brands in a muddled attempt to be all things to all people, bold and progressive companies have developed contemporary brands with a fresh look-and-feel, aimed squarely at wine consumers looking to engage with the category in different ways,” the report by the Dutch bank stated.
Food pairing is a science — there’s a right way and a wrong way to do it. Just ask a sommelier. And some pairings are obvious. For example, a fish dish goes best with a light wine like Pinot Grigio while a grilled steak would pair well with a spicy Shiraz.
When Nicolas Thienpont asks if I want to taste through a vertical with him, I usually say "Yes." The veteran vintner and his team manage a cluster of top-flight St.-Emilion properties, along with his family's own châteaus of La Prade, Les Charmes-Godard and Puygueraud. WithChâteau Larcis Ducasse, one of the properties managed by Thienpont, a 19-vintage vertical showed how he was dusting off the estate's latent terroir to bring it back to its former glory.
The prices asked for wine have always triggered reactions among wine lovers. Typically, these reactions are along the lines of "I don't think it's worth that much," or a sputtering such as "That's outrageous. Who do they think they are?"
Florence Cathiard, in 1990, together with her husband Daniel Cathiard, fell in love with the property Château Smith Haut-Lafitte and joined the list of prestigious owners, firmly intending to further enhance Smith Haut-Lafitte’s tradition of excellence.