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The 2013 vintage @ Château Haut Bailly : a triathlon

The 2013 vintage @ Château Haut Bailly : a triathlon | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it

The 2013 vintage started with the swimming stage: exceptional rainfall in May and June drowned the vineyard, postponed the budburst, the flowering and the growth cycle of the vine. Most of the older Merlots were hit with coulure and millerandage. The first buds appeared around the 1st of April 2013, about a fortnight later than normal at Haut-Bailly. This late budburst was followed by a cold and rainy spring which delayed flowering one more month, and hindered fruit set.

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Bordeaux Primeurs 2014: "There's no demand for Angelus"

Bordeaux Primeurs 2014: "There's no demand for Angelus" | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
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Cape aims high with new classification

Cape aims high with new classification | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
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Symington Family Estates has opened a new visitor centre in the Douro

Symington Family Estates has opened a new visitor centre in the Douro | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
Symington Family Estates has opened a new visitor centre in the Douro to capitalise on the “booming” tourist industry in Porto.
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The Great Debate: To Decant or Not?

The Great Debate: To Decant or Not? | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
Does decanting harm a wine or does it improve a wine lover's experience?
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USA: The #Wine Dark Sea of Regulation

USA: The #Wine Dark Sea of Regulation | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
Jim Dyke Jr. writes that his winery aged wine at the bottom of the ocean—then the feds threatened its license.
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#California : #Sonoma valley #wine route: top 10 guide

#California : #Sonoma valley #wine route: top 10 guide | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
Napa may grab the headlines but the roots of Californian wine are in nearby Sonoma valley, where family-owned vineyards, farm-to-table restaurants and charming hotels make it an area ripe for exploring
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#Bordeaux Primeurs 2014: Pavie mirrored fellow Saint Emilion “A” Angelus in its pricing

#Bordeaux Primeurs 2014: Pavie mirrored fellow Saint Emilion “A” Angelus in its pricing | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it

Pavie inched up 9.1% to €180 per bottle ex-négociant, the same as Angelus which released at the end of April. The two estates have released at the same price every year since their elevation to “A” cru classé status in 2012.

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Anne-Claude Leflaive nephew to run family domaine

Anne-Claude Leflaive nephew to run family domaine | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
Brice de la Morandiere, nephew of the late Anne-Claude Leflaive, has been appointed to succeed her as new managing director of Burgundy’s Domaine Leflaive.
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#DrinkPink: 18 Things Every #Rosé #Wine Fan Needs to Know

#DrinkPink: 18 Things Every #Rosé #Wine Fan Needs to Know | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
Because when the weather warms up, we like to see the world through Rosé-colored glasses.
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Jefford on Monday: Secret lessons

Jefford on Monday: Secret lessons | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
It was in the ancient village of Apricale – like many in the Ligurian mountains, a kind of oozing honeycomb of stone – that I first came across the delicious concept of the albergo diffuso.
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Winery Boss Jean Claude Fromont Jailed Over Fake #Chablis

Winery Boss Jean Claude Fromont Jailed Over Fake #Chablis | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
Winery Boss Jailed Over Fake Chablis. A producer has been accused of blending inferior wines and passing them off as Chablis in a decade-long scam.
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How to Know If Your Expensive #Wine Is #Fake

How to Know If Your Expensive #Wine Is #Fake | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
Maureen Downey has become a top wine fraud investigator, helping to rid the wine industry of counterfeit and stolen wine. Downey met Bloomberg at Wingtip in San Francisco, where she showed us how to tell if that $200,000 bottle in your cellar is a fake. (Video by Jennafer Savino, Amy Marino) (Source: Bloomberg)
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There is Value in White #Burgundy

There is Value in White #Burgundy | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
. Sorry to be morbid, but what’s your ‘death bed’ wine; the last glass you’ll taste in this life? Mine’s Puligny-Montrachet, the famous but expensive...
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In China, Grace Vineyard to release Marselan, Aglianico and more

In China, Grace Vineyard to release Marselan, Aglianico and more | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it

One criticism about better local wines — and we are thankfully at the point where many people realize China can produce good stuff — is that the collective bottle is heavily tilted toward Cabernet. 

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Global #Prosecco shortage could hit this summer

Global #Prosecco shortage could hit this summer | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
With the global thirst for Prosecco showing no sign of slowing, stocks of the Italian sparkler could dry up by the summer one leading producer has warned.
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Meet the 29-Year Old Who is Making #Bordeaux Cool Again

Meet the 29-Year Old Who is Making #Bordeaux Cool Again | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
Bordeaux, the hallmark of what wine should be, was once something you didn't have to be
an oenophile or a billionaire to drink. Can the 29-year-old scion of one of its most vaunted—and humble—dynasties make hounds of a new generation?
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English #sparkling #wine declared 'as good as #Champagne '

English #sparkling #wine declared 'as good as #Champagne ' | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
British wine-makers have reason to be bubbly as their fizz has officially been declared as good as that from the Champagne region of France.
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The Must-Try Wines of Our Time

The Must-Try Wines of Our Time | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it

I've said it before and I don't mind saying it again: Whoever first quoted the line "familiarity breeds contempt" must have had tinnitus or excessive earwax. I say this because I'm certain that what he or she actually heard was "familiarity breeds content."

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#London #Wine Week: the best place to drink wine in the capital

#London #Wine Week: the best place to drink wine in the capital | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
Victoria Moore rounds up the best bars and events to drink wine during London Wine Week
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JL Carbonnier (Chateau Palmer) on #Bordeaux Primeurs: “All the wines are released at once, and the only thing the consumer can use to judge them are price and score”

JL Carbonnier (Chateau Palmer) on #Bordeaux Primeurs: “All the wines are released at once, and the only thing the consumer can use to judge them are price and score” | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
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11 Refreshing Rosés from Sunny #California

11 Refreshing Rosés from Sunny #California | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
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#Wine Wars: Is ‘Natural’ Really Better?

#Wine Wars: Is ‘Natural’ Really Better? | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
Vintners who boast their product is all natural are drawing ire from Big Wine
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