He’s got reddish Prince Harry hair and from a distance, could pass for the rascally prince. The resemblance ends there with Ben Bryant, the reserved young, chief winemaker for Wyndham Estate, Australia’s oldest winery.
In this week's Drinking Out Loud, Wine Spectator columnist Matt Kramer looks at two once-exciting wine regions—Bordeaux and Sonoma's Russian River Valley—that have, for different reasons, lost their appeal.
After running flat for most of the month, all of the Liv-ex indices ended September with a slight gain. Rising 1.30 points (0.5%), the Liv-ex 100 concluded the month at 260.08: up 0.5% on August, but down 9.2% since the...
SITTING OUTSIDE VENICE'S bustling Naranzaria wine bar near the Rialto Bridge, prosecco is flowing as freely as the water along the Grand Canal only metres away. It's easy to drink, to be enjoyed as an aperitif or with food, and this light and cheery fizz is added to stronger mixes such as Aperol to make a spritz. In fact, it's even encouraged. Talk about versatile.
I have a lover. He keeps me warm on a winter’s night, coating his rich, full body through mine. His presence often stains my lips – a reminder of his lasting kiss. He tastes of berries, chocolate, coffee or exotic spices.
Bad advice. The wine industry seems to be full of it. From the suggestions of snobs to novices, the notions of wine critics on what is a great wine, and ideas on wine-and-food pairings, this industry seems to be a font of un-knowledge.
Adding another installment to one of the most enduring marketing collaborations in film history, Champagne Bollinger will partner with Skyfall, the James Bond adventure releasing in theaters worldwide this fall. The partnership marks the 13th Bond film in which Champagne Bollinger has been featured as 007’s Champagne of choice, beginning with Live and Let Die in 1973 and continuing most recently with Quantum of Solace in 2008.
Speaking to the drinks business during a vertical tasting of Vin de Constance going back to 1986 at the estate during Cape Wine last week, Prats praised the quality of Klein Constantia’s famous sweet wine, Vin de Constance.
If you are what you eat, then it could be said that chefs are what they cook. In an exclusive series from Relaxnews, some of the top chefs from around the world share their favourite food ingredient to prepare and eat,
Finally! That is the most often repeated phrase growers all over Bordeaux, especially in Pomerol are repeating these days. Who could blame them? For the vintners located in the Pomerol appellation, 2012 has been an excruciatingly long, growing season that has had its share of problems. Pomerol is usually the first to pick, due to their terroir and the preponderance of Merlot in their vineyards. Merlot is the first of the major Bordeaux grape varieties to mature.
For a long time New Zealand chardonnay wasn’t really on the radar. Australia has always been a jump ahead. We fell in love with their sauvignon blanc and drank it like water, but chardonnay was lost in the wake of the savnami. Few Kiwi wineries even bothered to export it here.