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Book Review: But First, Champagne, by David White

8 minutes agoFood & Drink / Wine : Vinography

Six months ago, if you asked me what book to get if you wanted to learn more about Champagne, I would have been hard pressed to answer the question. Lucky for us, someone asked my friend and fellow wine writer and blogger David White...Show More Summary

Three from Hoffmann & Rathbone, impressive English wines

Really enjoyed these three from Hoffmann & Rathbone, a high-quality negotiant operation based in Sussex. Hoffmann & Rathbone Classic Cuvée Brut 2010 Sussex, England 60% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay, 10% Pinot Meunier. 12% alcohol, 10 g/l TA, 7 g/l dosage. Debut vintage from Ulrich Hoffmann. Very bright and focused with pithy, tight lemon and grapefruit characters. There’s [...]

Hambledon Classic Cuvée Rosé

Hambledon is one of the most exciting of all the English sparkling wine producers. They’ve just released their first rosé, and it’s really impressive. Hambledon Rosé NV Hampshire, England 12% alcohol. 90% Chardonnay, 10% Pinot Noir (red wine). 95% of 2014 vintage and 5% reserve wines, some aged in barrel. This is beautiful. It has vivid, slightly [...]

Vinography Images: Autumn Respite

Autumn Respite HOPEWELL, OR: Two wooden Adirondack chairs sit at the edge of a vineyard turning color near Hopewell, Oregon. Dundee, Carlton, McMinnville, Amity, and Newburg, all small towns located in the Willamette Valley wine production...Show More Summary

Washington wines on the world stage: a seminar looking at Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon

This was an interesting tasting that attempted to put Washington State’s wines in context by blind tasting them with some stiff international competition. We tasted double blind, although in each flight the first wine was sighted, and from Washington State. Greg Harrington of Gramercy Cellars led the tasting. He was an MS (master sommelier) in the [...]

TTP wants to put more, not less, into your wines

Elaine Brown alerted to me about a petition that had just gone up on the TTB site. I went right to it. The document is dense. It is complicated. And it is stunning. Now when industry is using less, big wine wants to use more. The TTB should understand that commercial wine and real wine need different governance. Show More Summary

Day 2, in Madeira

Francisco Albuquerque and Chris Blandy Day 2 of our Madeira visit began in the new Blandy’s cellars, which are located near the main Port, just past the airport. They’ve been moving most of their production here from the lodge in Funchal over the last few years simply because it’s much easier to work here, and [...]

Wine News: What I'm Reading the Week of 11/27/16

Welcome to my weekly roundup of the wine stories that I find of interest on the web. I post them to my magazine on on Flipboard, but for those of you who aren't Flipboard inclined, here's everything I've strained out of the wine-related...Show More Summary

Sour Grapes – wine fraud story now on Netflix

Sour Grapes recently went live on Netflix. Has Netflix recommended it to you yet? If not, you’re clearly not watching the right shows! After speaking with one of the directors and seeing the trailer, I was ready to fire up the documentary when I saw it was available. Show More Summary

In Madeira with Blandy’s

I’m in Madeira. It’s my first time on the island. It’s quite a beautiful place. Funchal Tasting at Blandy’s wine lodge The reason? To find out about Madeira wine, with the island’s largest producer, Blandy’s. Day one consisted of a tasting through the current commercially available range of wines, followed by a drive around the island [...]

Coravin raises another $22 million

Coravin, the company formerly known as Wine Mosquito, has raised another $22 million in private equity funding. That brings the total equity sold to $40 million (plus another $3 million in debt). The lead investor of this round, closed on November 8, was not publicly disclosed. Show More Summary

Highlights: Undiscovered Food Stories of Northern Portugal

5 days agoFood & Drink / Wine : CataVino

With nine new Michelin stars added to last year’s 17, it’s an exciting time to indulge in The Undiscovered Food Stories of Northern Portugal. Our newly-released book shares with the world the exclusive, never before told life and food stories forgotten for 100 years inside Porto’s iconic Bolhão Market. The […]

Gamay focus 26, Jean-Paul Thévenet Morgon Tradition ‘Le Clachet’ 2015

Continuing on my quest to explore Gamay, I’m sticking with Beaujolais, and another of the newly released 2015s. This is a very highly regarded vintage in the region, but it was a big vintage, in terms of wine style. These are hairy-chested expressions of Bojo, and I’m not sure if it’s my favourite ever vintage, [...]

Grower Champagne focus: Vilmart et Cie Grande Reserve Premier Cru NV France

Vilmart makes some excellent Champagne. I’ve included them as a grower even though technically they aren’t because they source some grapes as well as relying on their own production, but for all intents and purposes, they fit with ‘grower Champagne’ best. Champagne Vilmart et Cie Grande Reserve Premier Cru NV France 12.5% alcohol. 70% Pinot Noir, 30% [...]

Vinography Images: Keeping Track

Keeping Track HEALDSBURG, CA: A vineyard weather station in a Westside Road Pinot Noir vineyard in the Russian River Valley is viewed above the vegetation near Healdsburg, California. With nearly all the irrigation ponds and reservoirs...Show More Summary

Co-chairing at the International Wine Challenge Tranche 1

This week I have been judging in Tranche 1 of the 2017 version of the international Wine Challenge (IWC). After eight years as a panel chair, I’m now a co-chair along with Tim Atkin, Peter McCombie, Oz Clarke and Charles Metcalfe, and also new this year, Sarah Abbott. Over recent years, some panel chairs have taken [...]

Tasting Highlights from the Wine & Spirits Top 100 Event

I attend a lot of public tasting events for the same reason I tell my readers to attend them. They are simply the best way to educate the palate, and often the only way to get a chance to taste certain wines that you might not otherwise have a chance to afford. Show More Summary

We wrote a book

It has been a long hard road, full of ups and downs, but today we are incredibly excited to announce that Catavino’s first book, The Undiscovered Food Stories of Northern Portugal, is finished. Sonia, Ryan and I are a bit tired, but we’re extremely thrilled that we have finally reached the end […]

The Only Piece of Thanksgiving Wine Advice You Really Need

This article is for those of you who have reached a crisis point, and in a fit of Thanksgiving Wine Anxiety, you are desperately Googling for what to serve with you Thanksgiving feast. Step One: Relax. There are far more important things...Show More Summary

Some good value wines that impress

I’m aware that many of the wines I recommend here are quite expensive. So these are some wines that I’ve tried recently that represent excellent value for money. These are real stand-outs. Château de Lascaux ‘Carra’ Pic St Loup, Languedoc, France £7.99 Vintage Roots 14% alcohol Organic. Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre. Really fresh and well defined with lovely bright [...]

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