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Oregon Pinot Noir: tasting 11 top examples blind

For the last few days I’ve been at the Southern Pinot Noir workshop at Hamner Springs. It’s an event that brings together winemakers from across New Zealand to taste and discuss each others’ wines. Everyone brings their wines, and then in groups of eight the wines are tasted blind. The discussion that follows is then [...]

Ata Rangi McCrone Pinot Noir 2006

Ata Rangi is rightly considered to be one of New Zealand’s top Pinot Noir producers. This is a special cuvée that they make from a small portion of the vineyard behind the winery, and the special feature of this plot is that there’s 800 mm of clay above the gravels. This is the debut vintage [...]

Pinot noir and powder on a Sommelier ski day in Alta Badia

Wine has always been a companion for skiing. But it is an especially fine alliance in Alta Badia, Italy - where "Sommelier on the Slopes" days let visitors try local vintages as they ski. Henry Jones finds nirvana.

Pink bubbles: Cloudy Bay and Gentle Folk

Two bottles of pink fizz that went down well. The Cloudy Bay was a real surprise: encountered on a couple of occasions and really delicious. Gentle Folk ‘Pink Fizz’ Pinot Noir Chardonnay Pet Nat 2016 Adelaide Hills. Australia Powerful and funky. Cloudy pale pink with tangy apple, cherry and raspberry, and some spicy phenolic notes. There’s some [...]

Novum, an exciting new producer from Marlborough

Will Hoare, Novum Scratch below the surface and there’s lots of interesting stuff going on in Marlborough. Here’s an example. Will and Rachel Hoare have just launched their new label, Novum, which focuses on Syrah, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay made from interesting sites in Marlborough. Will was previously general manager at Fromm, but he was [...]

Go red or white with wines to match an earthy turkey marsala

Rich and complex, this dish could work well with a white or red. Here are two versions of pinot noir — from the Willamette Valley of Oregon and the Burgundy region of France — and a chardonnay from California’s Carneros region that will complement the dish’s earthy-savory notes, and also give it...

Some Kiwi Pinot: Seresin, Astrolabe, Saint Clair, The Elder

I’ve been drinking a fair bit of Kiwi Pinot Noir of late. Here are a few notes of good bottles consumed. The Elder Pinot Noir 2014 Martinborough, New Zealand 14% alcohol. Supple with lush, textured sweet black cherry fruit and some plum and damson notes. It’s leaning towards richness but also has a nice grainy, stony undercurrent. [...]

King Estate 2014 Pinot Noir, Oregon

One of the great strengths of the Oregon wine scene is that its founders came from all points of the globe from all types of backgrounds. Case in point is Ed King, Jr, the founder of King Estate in 1991, along with his […] The post King Estate 2014 Pinot Noir, Oregon appeared first on Wine School of Philadelphia.

Carneros Hills 2013 Pinot Noir, Carneros

The winery is a project of Jackson Family Wines, and this 2013 Estate Pinot Noir is its debut vintage. A very new winery, but it’s built on some seriously historic dirt. Carneros Hill is built on the site of the original Buena […] The post Carneros Hills 2013 Pinot Noir, Carneros appeared first on Wine School of Philadelphia.

Z’ivo 2012 Pinot Noir, Eola Amity Hills (Willamette Valley)

John Zelko is an interesting guy. He earned his MD from the University of Colorado Denver in 1983.  He’s now a practicing surgeon at The Oregon Clinic’s Portland facility, where he’s worked since 2008. The interesting bit is what John did between 1983 and […] The post Z’ivo 2012 Pinot Noir, Eola Amity Hills (Willamette Valley) appeared first on Wine School of Philadelphia.

Why Aren't There More Central Otago Chardonnays?

3 months agoFood & Drink / Wine : Vinography

Most wine lovers have heard a thing or two about Central Otago Pinot Noir. Found at the bottom of New Zealand's South Island, the wine region of Central Otago has become synonymous with Pinot Noir, thanks to a strong track record of production in the last twenty years. Show More Summary

Winemakers warming to reality of climate change, but issue is sensitive

Droughts. Soaking winters. Heat waves. Wildfires. The last several years have whipsawed West Coast winemakers such as David Graves, who produces that oh-so-delicate of varietals, pinot noir. It is also … Click to Continue »

Singapore Airlines Will Serve $300 Vintage Krug in First and Suites Class

Krug Grande Cuvée is an excellent champagne, and several airlines serve it in international first class. It's a blend of wines from 10 or more vintages and from a combination of pinot noir, chardonnay and pinot meunier. And it's cellared for at least six years. Show More Summary

IPNC: the non-Oregon Pinot Noirs

One of the great things about the International Pinot Noir Celebration (IPNC) is the chance to taste a wide range of Pinot Noirs from around the world. I’ve already written up my notes on the Oregon wines; here are my notes on some of the other Pinots on show. I apologise for the fact that [...]

New releases from Kutch: truly elegant Californian Pinot Noir

The new releases from Jamie Kutch are out. You can read more about him here: he’s making particularly elegant expressions of Pinot Noir from northern California, and also a lovely Chardonnay. Kutch Chardonnay 2016 Sonoma Coast, California 12.5% alcohol. Beautiful stuff, combining sweet ripe pear and apple fruit with some lively grapefruit freshness, and also a subtly [...]

Three lovely Hawke’s Bay Chardonnays

Hawke’s Bay is becoming quite well known for its Chardonnay. It’s a grape that New Zealand hasn’t really owned in the same way as it has for Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, but there are some really stylish Kiwi Chardonnays out there. I enjoyed these three quite a bit. Vidal Legacy Chardonnay 2014 Hawke’s Bay, New [...]

Savor live music on a weekend escape to Saratoga, Calif.

Wine lovers appreciate Saratoga’s laid-back sipping experience. But I wasn't hunting for a great new Cabernet or Pinot Noir on a recent visit to this peaceful town in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. My daughter and I were lured to Saratoga to watch two of my favorite vintage ’80s bands...

Hambledon Classic Cuvée Rosé, one of England’s finest

This is really good. It’s 90% Chardonnay, 10% Pinot Noir, with 95% of 2014 and 5% reserve wines, and retails at £35 in the UK. Dosage is 10 g/litre. Hambledon Classic Cuvée Rosé NV England 12% alcohol. This is quite special. An attractive salmon pink with orange hues, it has aromas of lemons, sour cherries and cranberries, [...]

IPNC: notes on 33 Pinot Noirs from Oregon

The International Pinot Noir Celebration (IPNC) is held each July in McMinnville, Oregon. This was my third time at this remarkable event, which brings together consumers and trade in a happy celebration of this thrilling grape variety, in the lovely setting of the Linfield College grounds. Over the course of the weekend, I tried quite [...]

Brooks: Pinot Noir and Riesling from this top Oregon estate

The view from the Brooks tasting room Brooks is one of Oregon’s unsung stars. Their 14 000 case production is split among many small lots, with the largest fermentation in the winery occurring in 2.5 ton fermenters. They source from a range of growers. They’ve also focused more on a direct to consumer model, which [...]

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