One of the things we love about travelling in France is stumbling across random local wines that even winefans like us aren't familiar with. (It doesn't help with the "not familiar" part that the French shifted round their already-impenetrable system a few years ago.)
When we received an email saying: "I would like to introduce myself and our winery to you. We are really not very well known . . ." our interest was well and truly piqued. This introduction was from Osawa Wines; a company whose main point of difference is that it is Japanese-owned and has a 40-hectare vineyard in Hawke's Bay, which produces nine different varietals.
French wine law allows sur lie aging for one year, and it limits Muscadet's alcoholic content to 12 percent. This rule makes Muscadet the perfect wine with many summer dishes when lightness is a blessing.
Hermitage vignerons together with Michel Chapoutier – the president of Hermitage vignerons – and the mayor of Tain l’Hermitage, met representatives of the French engineering company ITAS TIM on July 24th. That first meeting was an important opportunity to find adapted solutions after the announcement of plans to erect an 18-metre (54-foot) TV mast on the world-famous hill of Hermitage.
From all accounts, the Rolf Binder is a Barossa Valley boutique winery with an iconic status, despite being in existence only since 2005. But the older associated family winery Veritas has had a history of 50 years of wine-making.
Peaking at the end of June last year, the Liv-ex 50 Index began its descent in July 2011. With the Firsts out of favour, buyers have gravitated towards other Bordeaux wines. Comparing July 2012 so far with the same period last year, the chart below shows the share of Bordeaux trade for all vintages of the 50 wines in the sub-sections of the Bordeaux 500 Index (First Growth 50, Right Bank 50, Second Wine 50, Sauternes 50, Right Bank 100 and Left Bank 200).
Viticulture has a long history in the land of Israel, dating back to antiquity. However, after the Muslim conquests of seventh century, and particularly after the Ottoman conquest of 1516, winemaking became a largely forbidden activity in Israel, and most vintners were only allowed to grow grapes destined for the table, not the bottle.
Changyu's GM raises a glass (by Stefen Chow) On a gentle slope, parallel trestles of vines lead up to a lofty European-style house, one of several self-styled châteaus in coastal Shandong, the biggest wine-producing region in China.
The company that organizes Vinexpo, a key event for wine professionals which is held alternately in Bordeaux and Hong Kong, has announced its decision to cancel its new event, a consumer wine show that was to be held in New York in November.
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