Five late September days in the Chinese vineyard regions of Ningxia and Wuhai was all it took to make me realise the tameness of the western larder, the placidity of western drinking practices and the total irrelevance of ‘wine-and-food matching’.
A case of 2010 Chateau Leoville-Las Cases, a Bordeaux second-growth wine estate, sold for 1,560 pounds ($2,500) on Liv-ex, taking the vintage to a record low on the exchange amid muted demand for top wines from the region.
Hilariously dwarfing the typical few hundred feet of "wine cave" scooped out of a hillside at many Napa Valley vineyards, we descend into Cricova Winery's 15th century, 75-mile network of limestone tunnels, large portions of which have been...
Sonoma’s Gloria Ferrer, one of the largest methode champenoise bubblies made in the U.S., says the trend toward sparkling wines isn’t just benefiting Prosecco—which has been at the heart of the boom—but also increasing opportunities across the...
Overall, an extremely good vintage for the Perrin family with, generally, low acidity and good balance. Alcohol levels seem a little lower than usual (ABVs were not printed on the labels of these barrel samples) which is welcome these days. I checked with Marc Perrin who confirmed that blends are more or less the same as usual.
Who has never dreamed about growing vines hanging in the sky? On Etna, Famiglia Catania owns the Reseca clos, the legacy of a former vineyard planted 850 meters above sea level in the sector of Randazzo, on the north side of Mount Etna. The name of the vineyard is Poggio. With Salvo Foti, Famiglia Catania provides the most careful attention to the vineyard in order to naturally restore the uniqueness of this place influenced by a continental climate.
Writers on wine often assign personalities to wine grapes and to the wines made from them. Cabernet sauvignon, for example, I think of as Rex Harrison: high-toned and austere but you quite know when hes around.
Champagne Henri Giraud, in partnership with the French National Forest Office (ONF), has officially announced the launch of its new campaign « For ever and ever, ARGONNE » (watch the film). Around the world, from October 2nd 2013, the purchase of one bottle of the cuvée ARGONNE will finance the planting of a new two-year-old oak tree and also the vital support it needs over the next five years.
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