In 2005, Serge Marquié and Sally Wilkinson had a problem. After their twin sons were born, they wanted to secure some great wines from the boys' birth year. But while they were able to get their hands on some wonderful Bordeaux, en primeur, obtaining collectible Napa wines proved difficult.
There is no shortage of luxurious fizz here, with a few bargains at the top of the list. All these wines are around 12% to 12.5% alcohol and all but the first and the Ridgeview won a score of at least 17 from me recently, sometimes in the ultimate test of quality, a blind tasting.
Champagne, more than any other wine, is drunk for the label, and if you’re trying to make a statement, many of the best-known Champagnes don’t really say much. Champagne doesn’t exactly have a stellar track record on ecology, even with the unveiling of new (largely self-policed) standards this year.
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.
Old wines make great gifts. They’re a piece of history in their own right, giving drinkers the opportunity to taste a summer that happened ten, 20 or even 50 years ago. Unlike many affordable wines — which are pre-aged through micro-oxygenation and meant to be drunk within a year of...
When Ernie Loosen speaks about riesling, everyone should listen. The iconoclastic German wine producer is exactly what the doctor ordered to put a wine region—or in Loosen’s case, to re-establish a grape—on the world wine stage and make everyone believers. Riesling is Loosen’s cause, and lucky for him the Mosel Valley is his home.
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.