Wine News 2018-01-22T15:03:48+00:00
Champagne gluten free
Can coeliacs drink Champagne and sparkling wines?Is Champagne gluten free? – Ask Decanter Kat, by email, asks: I have coeliac disease and I’m wondering if I can safely drink sparkling wines? Norma McGough, director of policy, research & campaigns at Coeliac UK, replies: Wine, sparkling wine and Champagne are all gluten free – despite autolytic flavour descriptors like bread, brioche and biscuit.  Although the minutiae of food regulation may vary from country to country, management of allergens in the production of food and drink has become a global concern. So if there was an indication that an allergenic ingredient had been used in the processing [...]
Wed, Feb 20, 2019 3:09:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
Best South African red wines
Decanter's Tastings team pick out the wines to hunt down...Showcasing the diversity of South Africa, our top picks include Cabernet, Syrah, Pinotage and more...When you think of South African red wines, different styles come to mind – maybe the national grape, Pinotage, or maybe its Bordeaux-style blends. Or even its elegant Pinot Noirs. South Africa is a diverse country ranging from hot inland areas such as Swartland and Robertson, to much cooler, coastal areas such as Walker Bay and Constantia. Decanter’s Tastings team recently attended a tasting of over 50 wines that have been awarded five stars in the 2019 edition of the [...]
Wed, Feb 20, 2019 2:25:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
iDealwine auctions 2018
Burgundy continued to dominate the fine wine auction scene in 2018, accounting for 42 out of the 50 most expensive bottles sold by online auctioneer iDealwine during the year. DRC accounted for more than half of the Burgundy bottles on the top 50 list That figure was up from 32 in 2017, leaving Bordeaux with only two wines in iDealwine’s top 50 – down from 15 the year before, with a resurgent Rhône taking the other six places. Top position went to a bottle of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (DRC) Romanée-Conti Grand Cru 2005, which sold for €16,173, followed by a magnum [...]
Wed, Feb 20, 2019 9:42:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
Cobb Wines Pinot Noir
Will the quality and complexity of California Pinot Noir ever match that of Burgundy? Matthew Luczy, wine director at Mélisse Restaurant in Santa Monica, argues that Cobb's Pinot Noirs have an identity all of their own... Ross Cobb admires the lineup of Pinot Noirs.Cobb Wines: Factbox Year founded 2001, by Ross Cobb Annual production 2,500 cases, 200 of which are Chardonnay and Riesling Vineyard sites: Coastlands (6ha planted, 350m elevation, 3 miles from the ocean) Emmaline Ann(1.2ha planted, 228m elevation, 4 miles from the ocean) Rice-Spivak (2.4ha planted, 107m elevation, 6 miles from the ocean). All lie within ‘Freestone-Occidental’, a subregion of the Sonoma Coast awaiting AVA approval. All [...]
Tue, Feb 19, 2019 4:13:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
Campo Viejo winemakers
Promotional feature It's one of the best-known names in Rioja, but here are five things that might surprise you about Campo Viejo1. Invented the iconic ‘Rioja bottle’ José Ortigüela founded Campo Viejo as a premium Rioja brand in 1959, but he soon realised that a new kind of bottle was needed to reflect its bold and elegant style. In 1961 Campo Viejo launched the classic Rioja bottle that has become a symbol of Spanish wine, gracing tables in over 50 countries around the world. 2. Carbon neutral pioneers In 2012 Campo Viejo became the first Spanish winery to be certified as carbon neutral, leading the [...]
Tue, Feb 19, 2019 2:53:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
World's Best restaurants awards
The first edition of the World Restaurant awards took place on 18 February 2019 in Paris. Mugaritz, in San Sebastián, won the 'Forward Drinker' awardRestaurant of the Year was awarded to Wolfgat in South Africa, which also won the award for ‘off-beat destination.’ Wolfgat is a small, beach side restaurant in the Western Cape, which only offers 20 places per sitting, to keep their production sustainable, according to their website. The food style is described as ‘seasonal, inspired by the weather, with a naturalist approach and minimum intervention’, and the judges said it ‘feels like a restaurant that’s giving back to the community.’ The [...]
Tue, Feb 19, 2019 12:27:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
Altos de Corral vineyard
Promotional featureThe art of winemaking; sharing experiences of culture and lifeAltos de Corral vineyard, La RiojaEstablished in the Middle Ages, the Camino de Santiago is a network of routes that Christian pilgrims followed to reach the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain. Still in use today, the pathways run through some of Spain’s classic winemaking regions – including Rioja. The town of Navarette, in La Rioja was home to the Hospital de San Juan de Acre, a pilgrim hospital strategically located where two routes on the Camino de Santiago – the Camino del Norte (Northern Way) and Camino Francés [...]
Tue, Feb 19, 2019 11:37:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
Gianfranco Soldera dies
One of Italy's greatest - and more controversial - fine wine producers, Gianfranco Soldera, has died at the age of 82. Gianfranco Soldera Soldera, owner of Case Basse winery, died on the morning of 16 February 2019, following a heart attack while driving near to his vineyards in Montalcino, according to Italian media reports. While he will be remembered as one of Italy’s most outspoken winemakers, his wines also attained high acclaim and bottles of Case Basse Brunello di Montalcino Riserva have become some of the most sought after in the secondary market by collectors all over the world. From an early [...]
Tue, Feb 19, 2019 8:49:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
Raúl Pérez
Is this the world’s best winemaker? Pedro Ballesteros Torres MW investigates...Raúl Pérez, pictured in his hometown of Valtuille de Abajo in Bierzo.With family roots firmly in Spain’s remote northwestern Bierzo region, Raúl Pérez’s minimal-intervention methods and their extraordinary results have rapidly propelled him to the status of global champion. There are three kinds of winemaking genius. First, the classicists: those who excel in applying what they have learned from their masters and reaching higher levels of refinement. They are behind the great classic wines. Top wines from Raúl Pérez Tasted by Pedro Ballesteros Torres MW and Sarah Jane Evans MW [...]
Mon, Feb 18, 2019 3:38:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
What's next wine
Why Hugh Johnson is always wondering what's next in wine... I’ve celebrated new grapes, new regions and new ideas of all sorts. The question is always, what next? At this time of year I’m head-down in my next Pocket Wine Book. It’s the 43rd time I’ve done it, and no, it doesn’t get monotonous. When I say ‘I’, by the way, it’s really a big ‘we’. Every year Margaret Rand commissions and collates revised material from our 30-odd correspondents round the world; Hilary Lumsden edits them; I pore over them, compare them with my own recent experiences, do a lot of fussy [...]
Sun, Feb 17, 2019 2:58:00 PM, Continue reading at the source