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M.Chapoutier: "If we say this vintage is not good, it's a little like if when children are 8 years old, we decide their future professions - who will be president and who will work as a taxi driver"

M.Chapoutier: "If we say this vintage is not good, it's a little like if when children are 8 years old, we decide their future professions - who will be president and who will work as a taxi driver" | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
When Michel Chapoutier assumed control of his family's Northern Rhône winery in 1990, it produced 45,000 cases a year of traditional-style wines, and business was pretty good. "But Michel likes to change things," said senior editor James Molesworth.
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#Rhone ’s Château de Beaucastel is Top Value #Brand of 2014

#Rhone ’s Château de Beaucastel is Top Value #Brand of 2014 | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
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Rabobank #Wine Quarterly: Fortune Favors the Bold

Rabobank #Wine Quarterly: Fortune Favors the Bold | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it

“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.

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Chapoutier's Ermitage L'Ermite, Leflaive Bâtard-Montrachet, Vega-Sicilia Unico...What exactly is in the £20,000 #Harrods hamper?

Chapoutier's Ermitage L'Ermite, Leflaive Bâtard-Montrachet, Vega-Sicilia Unico...What exactly is in the £20,000 #Harrods hamper? | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
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#Barolo , the #wine of kings

#Barolo , the #wine of kings | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
Barolo is called the king of wines and the wine of kings. In the glass, it is a luminous, delicate ruby.
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Fine #Wine Market Shows Signs of Life

Fine #Wine Market Shows Signs of Life | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
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Saving Rare #Wine Grapes from Extinction

Saving Rare #Wine Grapes from Extinction | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
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French Prohibitionists Aim to Spoil the #Wine Party

French Prohibitionists Aim to Spoil the #Wine Party | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
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Sleek Grüners and #Riesling from #Austria 's Kamptal

Sleek Grüners and #Riesling from #Austria 's Kamptal | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
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Chart Shows You Everything You Need To Know About Pairing #Wine With #Food

Chart Shows You Everything You Need To Know About Pairing #Wine With #Food | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it

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.

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Legendary #Port House Quinta do Noval Crafts Luscious Dry Reds

Legendary #Port House Quinta do Noval Crafts Luscious Dry Reds | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
When the maker of the world’s rarest and most collectible vintage port experiments with dry red table wines, the results are bound to be pretty exciting.
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#Wine Pride: Is #France Coming Out?

#Wine Pride: Is #France Coming Out? | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
My home département of Hérault has had a short crop this year. Normally it produces twice as much wine as the entire nation of New Zealand, but this year it’s a mere 4.5 million hl (or 1.8 times New Zealand’s large 2013 crop).
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Buyers Need #Bordeaux Growers to Cut 2014 Prices

Buyers Need #Bordeaux Growers to Cut 2014 Prices | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
Top Bordeaux growers need to price 2014 wines so they’re cheaper than mature vintages to revive demand, according to Simon Berry, chairman of London merchant Berry Bros. & Rudd.
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Price will not be the only determining factor in reviving demand.  French Bordeaux has a perception problem.

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Scarcity Sends #California Vineyard Prices Soaring

Scarcity Sends #California Vineyard Prices Soaring | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
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Why should a single number separate #wine lovers from each other?

Why should a single number separate #wine lovers from each other? | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it

One of the conversations going around (and around) in wine circles lately has been the discussion about balance, alcohol and the imaginary line in the sand of 14 percent alcohol.

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The Busy #Wine Lover's Guide to #Champagne Louis Roederer

The Busy #Wine Lover's Guide to #Champagne Louis Roederer | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
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Jackson Family Wines buys South African vineyard

Jackson Family Wines buys South African vineyard | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
Jackson Family Wines has bought its first vineyard in South Africa, the
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#Bordeaux #wine recovers from low harvest with 'rare' vintage

#Bordeaux #wine recovers from low harvest with 'rare' vintage | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
It was a poor harvest for that most famous of French wines, but Bordeaux enthusiasts can celebrate a vintage blessed by an abundance of sun.
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For these #women #Champagne isn't just for New Year's

For these #women #Champagne isn't just for New Year's | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
For one group of women, consisting of entrepreneurs, lawyers, an engineer and a realtor, among others, bubbly isn't merely a sensory and social delight. It's also a cerebral exercise.
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#Bordeaux 2014: send for the cavalry?

#Bordeaux 2014: send for the cavalry? | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it

In recent years the Bordeaux en primeur campaigns have come to resemble a wagon train lost on the prairie and beset by hordes of hostile Comanche warriors.

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Have ultrahigh prices distorted our understanding and enjoyment of #wine ?

Have ultrahigh prices distorted our understanding and enjoyment of #wine ? | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it

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?"

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The Growing Diversity of Premium #Port

The Growing Diversity of Premium #Port | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
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#Women & #Wine : Florence Cathiard of Château Smith Haut-Lafitte

#Women & #Wine : Florence Cathiard of Château Smith Haut-Lafitte | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it

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. 

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Italian #Wine Drinkers: We Like #Green Whatever It Means

Italian #Wine Drinkers: We Like #Green Whatever It Means | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it

In Italian, it's called sostenibilitá. According to a  recent study by a team of researchers from the University of Torino, Italian wine drinkers love the idea of sustainable winemaking but are not sure of the implications, and, in many cases, sustainability is not a factor in their wine purchases.

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#Portugal is shaking up the #wine world

#Portugal is shaking up the #wine world | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
The world's greatest wine region? If you're thinking Bordeaux, Burgundy or Napa Valley, it may be time to think again.
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