Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines (DC&E) is aggressively targeting millennial consumers with the launch of three new wine brands featuring colorful names, eye-catching packaging, screwcap closures and prices in the $12-$14 range.
Fifty-five vintages bring a sense of perspective. That’s how many Californian winemaker Zelma Long has now overseen, principally in California, but latterly in South Africa, too, at the Vilafonté estate she founded in 1997 with her husband, viticulturalist Phil Freese.
A visit to Napa typically involves packed days of tasting wine, soaking up eucalyptus-scented sunshine and dining like royalty at any one of the region’s incredible restaurants. It’s a winning combination of pleasures to be sure.
Wine Spectator managing editor Kim Marcus finds a bubbly at a price he can enjoy by the case, the Chardonnay-based Sieur d’Arques Crémant de Limoux 2006, a wine from the fascinating Limoux appellation in the south of France.
Thanks to its own vintners' open wallets, Napa Valley's annual wine auction proved that giving begins at home. But those seeking signs that the world is parched for top-dollar Cabernet weren't finding many under the big...
Rioja is one of the few regions left that still ages its wines for many years before releasing them to the public. It is not uncommon to see wines from the late 1990s on the shelves at local retailers, and even crianzas, which require less aging, are still stuck in the aughts.
The scenic route winding past the historic medieval fortress town of Rothenburg Ob der Tauber leads on to fascinating territory. Driving up the gentle inclines through neatly furrowed vineyards, turfed meadows and protected woodlands, we reach a hillock with a farm hut, its balcony looking out to spectacular panoramas of the valleys.
The venerable Moet and Chandon, producer of luxury French Champagnes, is proof a winery can be around for two and a half centuries and still keep adapting, evolving and innovating.Continue reading →...
Cross vintage comparisons can be very useful. The grand flop that was the Bordeaux 2011 en primeur campaign will without doubt be remembered for its misjudged prices more than the quality of the wines.
Based on the factors outlined in my last column, and of course also shaped by the general direction of the global and Chinese macro-economic environments, several potential scenarios are possible for the future of China’s wine industry.