Heathcote shiraz has a special character – a sweet-sharp, mouth-watering edginess, a flintiness. Even richer styles of shiraz can exhibit mouth-puckering tension. Less over-the-top examples of shiraz from the district come with a spent, wet shotgun cartridge smell, which I recall from stomping around in paddocks as a child on cold, dewy mornings.
Many of us (myself included) keep wine bottles stacked on the counter or a few whites chilling in the fridge. A true wine enthusiast balks at this idea — wine requires proper storage, and an everyday kitchen cabinet doesn’t quite cut it.
There's a distinct global flavor to the Wine Spectator video contest that gives this collection almost an indie film-like quality - much like you'd see at a film festival like Cinequest or Mill Valley.
Summer is pretty much over, the grape harvest is well underway and holiday season is just around the corner. As you may know, the vast majority of wine purchases in Israel and in Jewish communities worldwide take place in the weeks leading up to Rosh Hashanah as well as the Passover holidays.
Acker Merrall & Condit said it sold $3.2 million of wine at its New York auction Sept. 8, with a case of 1953 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild selling for $34,400 and 12 bottles of 1962 Leroy Romanee Saint-Vivant fetching $29,520.
THE news was quietly released to mailing-list customers a little while back. It was a vinous thunderbolt of sorts; there would be no Emily's Paddock shiraz/cabernet franc produced from the wet, wet, wet 2011 vintage at Jasper Hill. No 2011 Georgia's Paddock shiraz either. But all was not lost.
Cornucopia—the overflowing “horn of plenty” symbolizing the bounty of the autumn harvest—is the perfect name for Whistler’s annual fall celebration, which runs November 7 to 11 and features plenty of everything related to food and wine.
As some luxury brands fret about their short-term prospects in the Greater China market and observers await the upcoming autumn art auction season in Hong Kong, the first major wine auction of the fall reinforced the view that Chinese demand for top-flight wines remains strong.
Even though many winemakers follow sustainable practices, they don't always achieve USDA organic certification or indicate eco-friendly processes on the label. If bottles aren't labeled organic, what should you look for?
Claude Giraud is the proprietor of Champagne house Henri Giraud, named after his father Henri, after his grandfather had married into the Hemart family that ran the house at the time. The wines themselves are some of the most unique, individualistic wines in Champagne.
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