What’s a decade? One-fifth of a working lifetime, in most cases: a significant span. I’m now home after the tenth year of sitting in judgment as a panel chair for the Decanter World Wine Awards – for Regional France on this occasion.
The name Gulfi on the labels of famous Sicilian wines indicates the places associated with the adventure and the passion of the Catania family, in Chiaramonte Gulfi, a magical setting, a hill near Ragusa, in the far south of the island.
Temperatures are soaring in Portugal and for once it’s not all brought on by global warming. Two UK-based wine personalities Sarah Ahmed and Jo Ahearne MW have approached ViniPortugal for help in selling a €300 pay-to-play advisory service for Portuguese producers wishing to export wine to the UK.
Could 2011 be the vintage to put vintage port back on the fine wine map? I do hope so. I have never been as excited by the launch of a clutch of vintage ports. The quality of the best examples, of which there are many, is outstanding.
A heated trademark battle over the country's beloved sweet dessert wine has some feeling less than bubbly, mirroring rapidly declining enthusiasm among Croats for membership in the economically battered bloc.
Alsace is France's most distinct wine region. Its wines -- imposingly full-bodied whites from Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Riesling and Gewurztraminer, oily textured and extravagantly perfumed -- stand worlds apart from the precise, salt-and-chalk profile established by the Loire Valley, or the lush, sumptuous portrait of Burgundy.
Those of you who were thinking Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's foray into the winemaking business would be a bust had better think again."MasterChef" judge, restaurateur, and vineyard owner Joe Bastianich did a review of the couple's 2012 Château Miraval Côtes de Provence Rosé -- yes, the one that sold out in five hours -- and gave it solid marks.
So you’re a big Hollywood star and you have it all — heaps of money, a Beverly Hills mansion, and more Porsches than Jerry Seinfeld. What more could one want? A Ferris wheel? A helipad? Nope, a winery.
I keep hearing people say that this or that price for a Pauillac, a Napa Cabernet or a Provence rosé is "silly", and that the wine in question is not "worth" that price. I used to be part of that chorus, but then I grew up and learned the basic rules of capitalism.
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