Hermitage vignerons together with Michel Chapoutier – the president of Hermitage vignerons – and the mayor of Tain l’Hermitage, met representatives of the French engineering company ITAS TIM on July 24th. That first meeting was an important opportunity to find adapted solutions after the announcement of plans to erect an 18-metre (54-foot) TV mast on the world-famous hill of Hermitage.
From all accounts, the Rolf Binder is a Barossa Valley boutique winery with an iconic status, despite being in existence only since 2005. But the older associated family winery Veritas has had a history of 50 years of wine-making.
When we think of wine, we imagine underground cellars of the stuff aging in wooden barrels. But that could change thanks to the growing popularity of "concrete eggs." The Drinks Business tells us that leading Chilean organic and biodynamic producer Emiliana is one of the latest outfits to begin using the egg-shaped concrete vats.
Standing at the edge of the Danube on a cold spring day, gazing at darkening clouds above the picturesque church of Spitz that is set against a natural bowl of steep terraced hillsides lined with vines...
From the end of this week until the end of August, Britain’s wine lovers can take advantage of a new route to some of France’s best vineyards. Danube Wings will fly twice-weekly between the airstrip it cheekily calls “Cambridge (London)” and Dole in Franche-Comté, eastern France.
The weather here has gone from 100 degrees two days ago to The Cat huddling on the stove today. But I'm going to go ahead and write about my favorite summer wine anyway. Who couldn't use a big glassful on such a grim news day?
Terroir is one of the most commonly used and least understood words in the vocabulary of wine. And that’s unfortunate because it is universally considered by wine professionals, collectors and authors alike as the most important force in making distinct wines that speak of their place of origin.
In May, John Alban and Vicki Carroll, directors of Hospice du Rhone, the world's pre-eminent celebration of Rhone varietal wines, issued a news release. It began with gratitude for supporters of the three-day event, held annually in Paso Robles, followed by a brief catalog of memories, achievements and milestones.
The Norwich firm, begun in 2008 by entrepreneur Rowan Gormley (pictured), differs from many larger wine suppliers. Rather than buying in bulk from major vineyards, it puts money into independent winegrowers.
Most Châteauneuf-du-Pape estates also make more modest wines. While some of them are ordinary, others can be very fine, not that far off the quality of a Châteauneuf-du-Pape - but at a fraction of the price.
The wines of Sine Qua Non are cultish even for wine geeks. To get a shot at sampling them, you almost have to know someone who knew Manfred Krankl back when he first started making them -- that would be 1994, when he was still sommellier at Campanile.
A little more than a year ago, I wrote about a phenomenal wine from Cotes du Ventoux called Chateau Pesquie Terrasses. It’s a red wine, a blend of grenache and syrah. Its 2009 vintage was one of the best values I had the pleasure of tasting in years.