When you stand in the vineyards of Jorge Sêrodio Borges and Sandra Tavares da Silva, the 40-something, married winemakers who own the oddly named but oh-so-serious Douro estate called Wine & Soul, you can’t help being impressed. After all, their century-old vines are, impossibly, growing out of rock. There’s no soil. It’s just a matter of whether the friable schist that composes much of the Douro zone is in large jagged pieces or has crumbled into something smaller. “It’s like prison work,” laughs Borges. “You’re just breaking larger rocks into smaller ones to create something that might resemble soil. Really it’s just rock. No dirt.”
Michel Rolland has defended his role as an international wine consultant capable of managing the quality of wine on up to 200 wine estates around the world. In an interview on today’s Harpers.co.uk, Rolland explains why he thinks wine consultants play such an important role in the global wine industry.
By James Marland, Vice President, Network Growth, Ariba – an SAP Company While Moneyball, and Brad Pitt's good looks, became the face that launched a thousand big data blog posts, I’ve often thought about other examples, which might appeal to those who prefer to pour a glass a wine versus pore over [...]
You may have heard of the Rhone Valley in France; however, if you’re thinking of this as one place serving similar wines you’d be very mistaken. This was the major focus of my previous sommelier certification course with the Sommelier Society of America. — the differences between Northern and Southern Rhone.
Brought up in a winemaking family in the South of France, Gérard Bertrand was 10-years-old when his father brought him into the cellars at harvest to help make the wine. “When you are 60-years-old,” he explained, “you’ll have 50 years of experience.”
It was difficult to think of a wine estate on the right bank of Bordeaux, with its famous twin appellations of Pomerol and St-Émilion, that had changed as little as Château Figeac in the 64 years that it was run by one owner, Thierry Manoncourt.
After Free Flow Wine’s business model stopped working, it reinvented itself. When it ran up against a Prohibition-era regulation, it convinced Florida to rewrite the law. “Crushing it” doesn’t have the same meaning for entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley as it does in California’s wine country 100 miles to the north. In [...]
The London-based wine dealer being sued for $25 million by an Atlanta collector for allegedly selling 15 bottles of counterfeit rare old Bordeaux has fired back, issuing a statement defending the provenance of the wines. But some of the Bordeaux sources cited in the statement disputed the conclusions in interviews with Wine Spectator. And none would verify that the bottles in question are real.
A case of Romanee Conti 1988 Domaine de la Romanee Conti from Burgundy’s Cote de Nuits region sold for 105,750 pounds ($178,500) at a Christie’s International Plc London sale as collectors continued to seek historic vintages.
In what looks like a case of Goliath vs. David, Cartier the jeweler thinks that Carter the wine brand's label is too familiar-looking and is suing the Napa vintner to change its look. The famous jeweler and watchmaker, based in Switzerland, filed suit in U.S. District Court in California in October 2013, in effect asking vintner Mark Carter, owner of Carter Cellars, to change his label. Cartier believes the Carter trademark looks too much like Cartier’s and wants Carter Cellars to change its trademark font and color scheme.
Another Bordeaux futures campaign is here, but you might not know it by clicking over to the homepage of your fine wine retailer of choice. In past years, sellers would typically display their offerings prominently. But the en primeur game has changed, and some U.S. retailers wonder if it will ever be the same.
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