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La Muntagna – Etna’s influence beyond Etna

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In trying to comprehend what Etna means, to the area, to Sicily and to the world beyond, one visit will not reveal much. There are those whose lives have been swallowed up by the mountain, so many willing Empedocles. As an outsider, I can only observe, listen and hope to transmit the energy that is reverberating throughout the island and yonder. Believe me when I tell you, the energy is there.


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Donnafugata in tripla verticale: cosa preferire tra Chardonnay, Nero d'Avola e Pantelleria

Donnafugata in tripla verticale: cosa preferire tra Chardonnay, Nero d'Avola e Pantelleria | Wine, history and culture... | Scoop.it
C'è una sorta di timore ad assaggiare certi vini. Hai costantemente l'impressione che gran parte dell'enomondo non li consideri, e magari neanche li beve. Alla fine solo parlarne fa di te un paria.
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Sicily 2013: Oasis in the Desert - On the Wine Trail in Italy

Sicily 2013: Oasis in the Desert - On the Wine Trail in Italy | Wine, history and culture... | Scoop.it

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Tracy Cervellone CWE's curator insight, June 26, 2013 1:20 PM

Sicily. Sicilier. Siciliest. Seriously. 

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Lacrima di Morro d'Alba Star Buy among "The 20 best summer wines" - guardian.co.uk

Lacrima di Morro d'Alba Star Buy among "The 20 best summer wines" - guardian.co.uk | Wine, history and culture... | Scoop.it
David Williams: The best bottles on the shelves for a British summer – no matter how the weather turns out

 

Star buy
Lacrima di Morro d'Alba, Italy 2011
(£11.99, Marks & Spencer)
One of several bold, impressive new Italian wines at M&S, this pretty, perfumed red hails from the Marche region and uses the rare Lacrima di Morro variety to gorgeous effect, with a vividly floral, lavender-garden character, a cherry bakewell fruitiness, and textured tannin that suits pasta al fresco.


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California Wines Score Style Points

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A new wave of energetic winemakers has pushed boundaries while bringing more attention to older producers who had been considered behind the times.

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Tracy Cervellone CWE's curator insight, June 14, 2013 5:03 PM

As if: a couple of  thousand wineries over 163,000 square miles would all be making the same styles...Funny how now we're shaping up fine. 

Bob Ramirez's comment, June 15, 2013 12:58 PM
Good stuff Tracy! Glad to have to have found your blog.
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Natural critical wine - il vino dei vignaioli naturali - BolognaToday

BolognaToday Natural critical wine - il vino dei vignaioli naturali BolognaToday Nasce a Bologna Natural Critical Wine, la fiera vinicola auto-organizzata dall'associazione Contadini Critici per raccontare, attraverso i propri vini, la...


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Divine Vintage: Following the Wine Trail from Genesis to the Modern Age

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Winner of the Gourmand Wine Books prize for 'Best Drinks Writing Book' in the UK
A fascinating journey through ancient wine country that reveals the drinking habits of early Christians, from Abraham to Jesus.
Wine connoisseur Joel Butler teamed up with biblical historian Randall Heskett for a remarkable adventure that travels the biblical wine trail in order to understand what kinds of wines people were drinking 2,000 to 3,500 years ago. Along the way, they discover the origins of wine, unpack the myth of Shiraz, and learn the secrets of how wine infiltrated the biblical world. This fascinating narrative is full of astounding facts that any wine lover can take to their next tasting, including the myths of the Phoenician, Greek, Roman, and Jewish wine gods, the emergence of kosher wine, as well as the use of wine in sacrifices and other rites. It will also take a close a look at contemporary modern wines made with ancient techniques, and guide the reader to experience the wines Noah (the first wine maker!) Abraham, Moses and Jesus drank.

 


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Why a topic about affordable Bordeaux wines ?

I am running a familial estate from now 20 years in Bordeaux area.
From the beginning, I have been involved in the marketing program of "Planet Bordeaux", the syndicat representing  Bordeaux & Bordeaux superieurs.

 

Our main difficulty is to convince customers, bloggers, journalists, importers, distributors that there are two sides to Bordeaux wines.

 

That beside famous but unaffordable grands crus, you can find a goldmine teeming with little gems, gorgeous values.

As Bernard Burchy, top French wine specialit says : "The best value for money wines in the world are to be found inside Bordeaux & Bordeaux superieurs appellations. There is a single problem : the world does not know about it".

 

Modestly, this topic aims to collect blogs, press about good Bordeaux wines retailing at a reasonable prices to inpulse a change and make the gems more easy to be found.

 

Should you have any suggestion of an article to be posted here, please inform me (for example via the comment button below this post) !


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Our familial estate : www.chaigne.fr


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Michelle Loftus's comment, August 10, 2013 10:11 AM
Thank you so much, Regis, for your gracious hospitality (especially since we were very late). The visit to your vineyard was so informative, we learned so much! And the introduction to the Claret - who knew? What a fantastic wine.. As you suggested, we subsequently went to Planete Bordeaux - and we were so happy that we did. What an amazing place! We purchased, of course, some of your clairet, to take home. May I ask, how long can it left in the bottle? What is the ideal drinking time, after bottling, for this wine? Thanks again, Regis, for a most wonderful and edifying visit!
Regis Chaigne's comment, August 10, 2013 4:03 PM
Hi Michelle, happy you enjoyed your visit, and sorry to shorten it ;-)
Clairet is designed to be drunk as soon as bottled, and may be cellared up to 2/3 years. My experience is that our clairet is still very good later (5 years) but very different. Creamy instead of fruity.
You are welcome again when back in France
Michelle Loftus's comment, August 18, 2013 12:21 AM
Thank you so much, Regis, for the information, and for the welcome back! We can hardly wait for the next opportunity to visit. I read there were really bad hailstorms in the area, a couple of weeks ago, and there was much damage to the grapes. How serious is it, Regis, and were you affected?
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Even a couple of these would be incredible...WINE IDEAS—What if, Imagine, If Only - Fermentation

Even a couple of these would be incredible...WINE IDEAS—What if, Imagine, If Only - Fermentation | Wine, history and culture... | Scoop.it
• What if restaurants provided their customers with $0.10, one-ounce pours of wine immediately upon seating and changed up the wine every evening? • Ima

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Tracy Cervellone CWE's curator insight, May 30, 2013 12:24 PM

So important to think about these now.

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Oak use in Champagne: Just cask

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Tracy Cervellone CWE's curator insight, May 26, 2013 5:33 PM

Some like it. Some avoid it. Some succeed, others not so much. 

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What we do

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We have recently published a booklet with all the information about TermCoord. Click here to read an article about TermCoord, published in the newsletter of DG Translation of the European Parliamen...

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Rodolfo Maslias's curator insight, May 17, 2013 10:30 AM

The new booklet on the activities of the Terminology Coordination Unit of the European Parliament

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Wine Critics Praise the 2011 Vintage Ports

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The recently announced 2011 Vintage Port declaration has met with considerable interest in Portugal and overseas. At Graham’s, we are very proud of our wines and it is very encouraging to register ...

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Bianchi da Porto Cervo per la vostra estate. Il ritorno del Vermentino

Bianchi da Porto Cervo per la vostra estate. Il ritorno del Vermentino | Wine, history and culture... | Scoop.it

Reduci da una scintillante e bagnata edizione del Porto Cervo Wine Festival, vi raccontiamo un po’ di bianchi da questa regione in mezzo al guado. La Sardegna sta tra mercato e artigianato, e soprattutto tra vini da turista e vini veri di territorio.


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Naturally Organic Marche Passerina Poderi dei Colli

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The passerine wine has a brilliant straw-yellow colour with greenish nuances. This wine reveals ripe pomes notes with background of almond blossom and tropical shades.
Excellent for aperitif, raw seafood and delicate first cours


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Mariano Pallottini's curator insight, July 11, 2013 12:02 PM

The fifty acre farm, mostly planted with vineyards, stretched along the Piceno countryside, surrounded by a special microclimate of the hills. The strong temperature differences between day and night, the low-level moisture as well as the freshness of climate let develop in the grapes, especially in white grapes, a special bouquet, which the farm preserves intact and valuable in its wines. The soil structure, medium-textured and clayey, controls, of course, the production and is also combined with the careful work of man in order to return high quality grapes.

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Why the Marches matter more than ever

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The village of Maiolati Spontini (Ancona province) is one of the 24 communes that produce Verdicchio di Castelli di Jesi. The vineyards there are part of nearly 3,200 hecatares planted to Verdicchio, 90% of which are destined to become “classico” wines. Why doesn’t the appellation command more attention in the U.S. marketplace?


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TerraNostra - Il Guggenheim di New York apre le porte all'arte enologica di Allegrini

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Arte e vino binomio sopraffino. Da che mondo è mondo l’arte ha sempre avuto un rapporto privilegiato con il vino, e viceversa. Le baccanti di Dioniso del mosaico di Cipro lo testimoniano da millenni, ce lo ricordano tutte le volte...
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Chateau Haut Bailly, Graves: vertical tasting with Veronique Sanders

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A vertical tasting of the wines of Bordeaux property Chateau Haut Bailly, 1986-2010

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Tracy Cervellone CWE's curator insight, June 15, 2013 2:10 PM

Hard to find notes here. Good tiny snapshots of some older Pessac vintages...

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Wine and Food from Le Marche in New York

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Italian food tour… The regional gastronomical tour of Italy continues this week at Acqua where Chef Ivan Beacco conjures culinary hits from Marche.

Located in central eastern Italy, Marche boasts more than 100 miles of coastline along the Adriatic Sea yet remains one of the country’s least known providences. Mostly agricultural, very green and mountainous, it was rural and poor until the 1980s when it began capitalizing on its agrarian past with boutique vineyards and small craft workshops that have blossomed into major international brands (think Tod’s).

Wines and foods of the area are also little known but surprisingly delish. The most common vines are Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Sangiovese and Verdicchio, for example. Regional dishes run from local fish to homegrown olives.

Chef Beacco is presenting a four-course tasting menu – olive ascolane: breaded green olives stuffed with blended ground beef, chicken and pork; Capelli d’angelo ai ceci: angel hair pasta with Italian bacon, chickpeas and shallots; Tonno in panizza: zesty fresh tuna with black olives and tomatoes; and Crema fritta: fried custard cream with pistachio gelato. Paired with local wines, including Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi “Garofoli”, this is a sure winner for $48 a person.


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Mariano Pallottini's curator insight, June 13, 2013 11:07 AM

Located in the heart of New York City's Historic South Street Seaport,  offers authentic Italian cuisine in a romantic setting.

Acqua Restaurant & Wine Bar
21 Peck Slip @ Water Street
New YorkNew York 10038
Tel 212.349.4433info@AcquaRestaurantNYC.com
LaurenzosMiami's curator insight, June 13, 2013 10:09 PM

June 28th in Miami, Laurenzos Gourmet Italian market is having their 20th Italian food festival. Stay tuned for more info!

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Jefford on Monday: The Party's Over | decanter.com

Jefford on Monday: The Party's Over | decanter.com | Wine, history and culture... | Scoop.it
The relationship between rock, soil and wine flavour is as little understood as it is widely celebrated. There is a long-held European belief is that nothing matters more than the physical medium in which vines are rooted...

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Tracy Cervellone CWE's curator insight, June 7, 2013 3:04 PM

Aww. I missed the party to begin with. 

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Heavy rains across Europe delay growth 'by three weeks' | decanter.com

Heavy rains across Europe delay growth 'by three weeks' | decanter.com | Wine, history and culture... | Scoop.it
The heavy rains that have been falling across France and much of Europe for the past few weeks have halted vine growth in many regions, jeopardising flowering at a crucial time of the year.

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Tracy Cervellone CWE's curator insight, June 3, 2013 2:07 PM

2013: Annus Horribilus for much of Burgundy and Chablis. 

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Les étiquettes sont sorties pour les bordeaux rosé et clairet de Vicky ! | MissVickyWine.com

Les étiquettes sont sorties pour les bordeaux rosé et clairet de Vicky ! | MissVickyWine.com | Wine, history and culture... | Scoop.it

C’est notamment grâce au syndicat des vins de Bordeaux et Bordeaux Supérieur que j’ai pu réunir les 15 échantillons pré-sélectionnés. En janvier à Paris, 15 dégustateurs ont gouté à l’aveugle les vins pour ne laisser que trois vignobles sont restés sur le podium.


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Regis Chaigne's curator insight, June 1, 2013 6:19 AM

Et oui, à Bordeaux la gamme des rosés est large, et je suis particulièrement heureux que Miss Vicky Wine ait craqué pour les appellations Bordeaux Rosé et Bordeaux Clairet !

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A Beach Book for Wine Enthusiasts

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Rarely do wine enthusiasts have a summertime page-turner. But this summer, we have a work of fiction that’s perfect for the beach: James Conaway’s Nose.

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Secchione o wine-snob? Scoprilo con il pratico test di Intravino

Secchione o wine-snob? Scoprilo con il pratico test di Intravino | Wine, history and culture... | Scoop.it

Sapete da cosa si riconosce il vero geek? Da come pronuncia “geek”. Se lo pronunciate giik, non siete nel cerchio magico.


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Glossario del vino - Strada del vino dell' Alto Adige - Italia

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