Finding its way onto elite restaurants’ wine lists, such as Gordon Ramsay in London, and increasingly appearing on the shelves of exclusive wine boutiques – Lavinia in Paris – Bargylus’ star seems to be undoubtedly on the rise. Simultaneously, however, the war in Syria seems to daily grow more intractable. But on this topic Modawar takes what is perhaps the only stance he and the Saade family can when contemplating Bargylus’ future. “We believe that the conflict will be over soon,” he says.
Such data needs to be stored on a bar code, and an app developed to scan for offending ingredients for each individual shopper. At least that way, with an Iphone, you could quickly detect offending elements without developing a detached retina from being drowned in tiny type.
Ask a friend to name just one Sicilian wine and you might get Marsala, the stuff most people experience as fortified “cooking” wine used to deglaze a pan. But Sicily has emerged in recent years as one of Italy's most exciting and innovative regions for fine wine, with styles ranging from crisp, refreshing white wines from Mt. Etna to refined and aromatic reds like Cerasuolo di Vittoria.
LIKE Italian food, Italian red wine has an innate, almost elemental appeal. Regardless of where in Italy it comes from, good Italian red wine speaks directly to the soul, and the gut, of place and people and food and love. And that’s just the beginning; great wines embrace the head as well.
In a steep terraced vineyard above northern Portugal's winding Douro river are 6,000 very special gnarled vines. Their grapes make the world's rarest, most collectible and expensive vintage port, Quinta do Noval Nacional.
Jean Guyon, who owns several notable cru bourgeois wineries in Bordeaux, has bought Château Greysac, perhaps the best-known cru bourgeois estate. Greysac will become part of Guyon's company Domaines Rollan de By.
This fall, instead of just talking about the Champagne Harvest, I decided to join the army of pickers who, every year, descend upon the region. In order to immerse myself in les vendanges (the harvest) I contacted Champagne Jacquesson, a small Champagne House that farms about 19 hectares of vineyard around Dizy, and asked if I could join their picking team.
Some influential oenologists, such as Bordeaux-based Michel Rolland, predict the Black Sea region—countries such as Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova and Armenia—will be the next big thing in the world of fine wines.