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Chianti Classico 2012s - climate change wines WIP (Tasting articles)

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 20:00

Chianti Classico's 2012 vintage was the produce of one of the hottest summers ever to be recorded, but when I tasted the XXX examples below, I found to my surprise that they showed surprising freshness and elegance. Only in the rarest of cases were there the hallmarks of hot vintages: stewed fruit.

Austrian Pinot Blancs - WIP EP (Tasting articles)

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 20:00

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Spain to distil 4m hl of wine (Inside information)

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 20:00

The Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment (Magrama) is to distill 4 million hl of wine over the next few weeks, enough to fill 533 million bottles, to make way for the 2014 harvest, with the support of what is described in official reports as 'the vast majority of the wine.

A roundabout route to Serbia (Inside information)

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 20:00

Monty Waldin writes about this new vineyard venture in Serbia, adding. ' I have absolutely no commercial link with this wine's owner/founder/winemaker Don McCulloch and don't intend to have any commercial link with it. I've given him the barest bit of advice but pro bono . I just think it is a.

Oaked Sauvignons - what works? (Tasting articles)

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 20:00

We tend to think of Sauvignon Blanc primarily as an unoaked wine, but I must say I have been hugely impressed by some oaked Sauvignons and in fact would probably more easily recall thrilling oaked Sauvignons than unoaked ones, despite the ocean of unoaked examples from Marlborough and Sancerre.

Unlikely pairings - blind or not? (Tasting articles)

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 20:00

We are firm believers in tasting blind when assessing wines professionally, trying to work out whether reputations are justified, which are the stars of a vintage, for example. But I am not always convinced that serving wine blind at the dinner table is a great idea. We went to dinner with friends.

Australia's Winemaker of the Year moves to Napa (Free for all)

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 20:00

Newton Vineyard is not currently one of Napa Valley's most talked-about wineries. Long gone are the days in the early 1980s when high-profile winemaker Ric Forman was lured from Sterling, then riding the crest of a Coke-financed wave (upper case C), to Newton, where he was succeeded by John.

Bread and wine in Vienna (Nick on restaurants)

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 20:00

Walter Bauer's restaurant, Bauer, and Josef Weghaupt's bakery and bistro, Joseph, are no more than a kilometre apart in the heart of Vienna and appear very different. One is named after the restaurateur's surname, the other after the founder's Christian name. Bauer is 57 and has been in his.

My great white hope (Free for all)

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 20:00

This is a slightly longer version of an article that was also published in the Financial Times. Usually when I send one of these articles to our editor at FT Weekend , I ask explicitly for its subject to be made very clear. This week, I'm hoping to disguise my topic until I have lured FT readers.

Around the world with Bachelder (Tasting articles)

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 20:00

Québecois Thomas Bachelder made some pretty good wines at Lemelson in Oregon and was then lured back to Ontario to be the first winemaker for the ambitious Boisset-Vincor project Le Clos Jordanne. He has now gone solo, or at least with his wife Mary Delaney runs an ambitious operation that makes.

Luis Pato Maria Gomes 2013 / VV 2012 Beiras (Wines of the week)

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 20:00

MG 2013 from $9.99, £9.99 VV 2012 from €7.25, $12.98, £12.50,  AU$ 25.50, 149.90 Norwegian krone, CA$25.99 Find Maria Gomes 2013 Find Vinhas Velhas Branco 2012 Luis Pato is one of the most inventive winemakers anywhere and certainly within Portugal. He's based in Bairrada in northern.

More Rieslings (Tasting articles)

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 20:00

We can't get enough Riesling, especially during the summer months  (see why in My great white hope ), so here is a collection of notes on the most recent ones we have tried, from Germany, Australia, New Zealand and a lone but very good value example from Alsace. The wines below are grouped by.

TT: Hail forces early start for Lafite as Cos takes a battering (Free for all)

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 20:00

17 Jul 2014 - We are going to preface the titles of our Throwback Thursday republications with 'TT' if the time lag is substantial in an attempt to make it clearer that they are not current news! (Last week we had someone worried about our 2007 comments on some South African wines .) We're.

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