Wine News 2018-01-22T15:03:48+00:00
california wine sales
Demand for California wines rose in the US in 2018.Shipments of California wines within the US rose by 3% in 2018 versus 2017 to an estimated retail value of $40.2bn, said the Wine Institute. There was also a 3% increase in volumes to 248 million 12-bottle cases, giving California a 61% share of the world’s biggest wine consuming nation. ‘Consumer interest in premium wines continues to be the dominant trend,’ said Wine Institute president Robert Koch. Boomers vs Millennials There is debate in the trade about whether millennials will take over from the baby boomer generation, which is credited with driving big increases in [...]
Tue, Jun 25, 2019 2:17:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
russia georgia wine
Traditional 'qvevri' used in Georgian wine production. There has been a ‘deterioration’ in the quality of Georgian wine imports in recent years, said Russia’s consumer watchdog, Rospotrebnadzor, on Monday (24 June). It said officials have tightened controls over the quality and safety of imports, after introducing new and unspecified tests in 2017. The timing of the announcement coincided with rising political tension as both countries blamed each other for whipping up anti-government protests in Georgia’s capital, Tblisi. Kremlin officials denied a link between events in Georgia and tougher checks on wine, according to Reuters. However, Russia banned Georgian wines between 2006 and 2013 in [...]
Tue, Jun 25, 2019 11:26:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
Fog over the Cline Family Cellars Catapult Ranch Vineyard, Petaluma Gap
More rural and less glitzy than Napa, Sonoma is also bigger and more diverse, and its 18 American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) more confusing. They overlap and some encompass several smaller ones, but all have at least a few top-quality wines and young winemakers exploring new grapes and winemaking ideas. Wines from some newer AVAs such as Fountaingrove District are hard to come by, which is why my picks below focus on those whose wines are available in the UK. Scroll down for Elin McCoy’s top 18 wines from Sonoma‘s most exciting AVAs See Elin McCoy’s top 18 wines from Sonoma ‘s most [...]
Tue, Jun 25, 2019 9:04:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
Furmint
Furmint is famous as the key ingredient in the amazing sweet wines of Tokaj, but over recent years it has quietly been building a reputation as a variety to watch: with multiple claims for joining the ranks of great white grapes. Incredibly versatile, it has some similarities to Riesling – able to go from bone dry, crisp and vibrant all the way to intensely sweet, though always with its hallmark steely acidity. Scroll down for Caroline Gilby MW’s top 18 Furmint wines At the same time, it has a touch of Chardonnay’s nature about it: capable of fine sparkling wines and able [...]
Mon, Jun 24, 2019 6:40:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
USA Bordeaux wine lists, Terroir wine bar
Terroir Wine Bar, New YorkPerhaps unsurprisingly, the US west coast is not a great place for Bordeaux – although Ungrafted in San Francisco has ‘a mix of classic heavyweights from Burgundy and Bordeaux’ – with far better options to be found on the east coast. New York It was, perhaps, inevitable that the sophisticated eateries of New York should appeal to an equally sophisticated audience of Bordeaux aficionados. The city’s swanky Michelin-starred joints have exemplary listings of top bottles, but if you’re after both character and reasonable value, head for either Racines NY or Terroir Wine Bar. Both are relatively informal places with lists [...]
Sun, Jun 23, 2019 1:00:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
steven spurrier
Decanter’s long-standing consultant editor and 2017 Decanter Hall of Fame Award recipient picks fine wines to drink now and others to lay down, all priced from £25 upwards...From the cellar Royal Tokaji, Mézes Mály 6 Puttonyos, Aszú 1999 The 174th dinner of the Saintsbury Club, suitably held on St George’s Day 23 April, had the usual range of eight different wines – beginning with a vintage Champagne and ending with an early-landed vintage Cognac – all presented by the members. The theme was Burgundy, and after Confuron-Cotetidot’s Chambolle-Musigny 2002 and before a splendid Warre 1985 Port came this superb Tokaji, given to [...]
Sun, Jun 23, 2019 6:40:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
Parva Domus, Epernay
Parva DomusRestaurants Au 36, Hautvillers It’s not just for glasses of Champagne, but Au 36 does the ‘Champagne experience’ especially well. The six-flute tasting, served with a selection of breads, cheeses and meats, is not to be missed for a great lunch in the village of Dom Pérignon. L’Assiette Champenoise, Tinqueux If you call your restaurant ‘The Dish of Champagne’, you’d better know what you’re doing. Luckily, this three-star Michelin venue does know exactly how to impress its guests: haute cuisine done well. Local Champagne-makers love it, which is always a good sign. La Table Kobus, Epernay Make sure to book ahead here, as the restaurant [...]
Sat, Jun 22, 2019 11:05:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
Roter Hang, the red sandstone slopes that lie between Nierstein and Nackenheim
Jochen Dreissigacker’s story exemplifies Rheinhessen’s wine revolution. His modern, new winery finished in May 2018 is visible from afar. Built into the vineyard to exacting standards, it cost millions. It is site potential and confidence made manifest. Scroll down to see Anne Krebiehl MW’s top-notch dozen from the Rheinhessen Dreissigacker, still under 40, remembers a time when punters recoiled from Rheinhessen at wine tastings, so tainted was the region with its image of cheap, indifferent, high-volume wines. The only wine worth tasting would be from the Roter Hang, or Red Slope – a dramatic escarpment along the Rhinefront. But Rheinhessen’s hinterland? ‘Nein, danke.’ [...]
Sat, Jun 22, 2019 6:01:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
Great Sparkling Exploration 2019
A global selection of recent Decanter award-winning wines from the 2019 competition were showcased. this included Silver, Gold, Platinum and Best in Show medal winners from seven different countries.The second edition of Decanter’s The Great Sparkling Exploration took place on 20 June 2019, inviting guests to sample more than 200 sparkling wines from around the globe and explore the different grape varieties and winemaking methods. The event included over 40 top producers from 22 sparkling wine regions and 10 different countries, as well as a Featured Region room dedicated to Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore. Decanter World Wine Awards was among those that exhibited, [...]
Fri, Jun 21, 2019 1:15:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
wines with lobster
From Champagne to Ribolla Gialla; there are plenty of options for matching wines with lobster. Wines with lobster at-a-glance Do try: Vintage Champagne, especially blanc de blancs Sparkling rosé, traditional method Chardonnay – Consider unoaked Chablis for fresher dishes or a lightly oaked wine if there is a butter sauce involved Soave Classico Grüner Veltliner Experiment with Ribolla Gialla, Vinho Verde or light red wines. Avoid: Big, tannic reds won’t do you any favours here It is barely believable to think lobsters were called ‘cockroaches of the sea’. This once-humble food was re-shaped as a delicacy in the 20th Century, in a tale similar to that of oysters. Freshness is unsurprisingly crucial [...]
Fri, Jun 21, 2019 12:00:00 PM, Continue reading at the source