'Morning,” said the gentleman who greeted me in Corney & Barrow’s offices near Tower Bridge on an icy morning two weeks ago. He picked up a glass, poured a small quantity of red wine into it, swirled, and tipped it out. “Just doing a little pinot rinse,” he said. “No matter how clean the glass, you just sometimes get a little taint.”
A significant portion of the international wine world will makeits way to Vancouver for the 34th Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival. Today the biggest buzz in the business is natural wines. Since there is no definition of “natural,” you can go to town on the term, including suggesting, as some have, that natural wines are fault ridden and taste too funky.
The Loire Valley vineyard of Quarts-de-Chaume produces one of the most delectable sweet wines in the world, a nectar as mellifluous as the French that is spoken in this most linguistically correct region of France. But it has left a bitter taste on the tongues of some of the local producers. This is a dispute in which both very little and quite a lot is at stake.
On a crisp winter’s day in 2010, Bill Foley was exploring a troubled winery for sale in Sonoma County, California, when he was taken aback by the sight of an enclosed horse-riding ring the size of an airplane hangar.
Montes Alpha, the most popular wine in Korea, will see its retail price cut by 10 percent, it was announced Wednesday. More than 280,000 bottles of the Chilean wine were sold last year, topping wine sales records.
"Our Cinsault, as our Syrah, are from “selections massales”, that is to say old selections, not cloned, with smaller grapes which favour an homogeneous maturity. OK, you must pick at a potentially 12% in alcohol but you can’t improvise, it must be ripe. Finally, the conduct of the vineyards is on organic farming with, in addition, a full respect of the lunar calendar. Without this approach, we simply could not achieve this..."
There are a lot of intangibles that go into producing a great wine, but price isn't necessarily one of them. WSJ's Lettie Teague and Will Lyons discuss whether price is a good gauge of quality in wine.
The little-known Roussillon region of far southeastern France produces wines that one importer calls a cross between France's Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Spain's Priorat. Lettie Teague samples several and finds much pure deliciousness—and bargain prices.
In 1561, a Spanish conquistador claimed a dusty chunk of western Argentina and designated a plot for a vineyard. In 2000, an Argentine wine was picked as the best offering by five British connoisseurs in a blind tasting at London’s Dorchester Hotel.