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Vinous: To Paint a Picture: Kumeu River Chardonnay 2006-2017 (Neal Martin)

Vinous: To Paint a Picture: Kumeu River Chardonnay 2006-2017 (Neal Martin)

"You are left scratching your head as to why Kumeu River is not uttered in the same breath as Leflaive, Ramonet or Marcassin"   On the heels of last years UK vertical tasting covering each of the Kumeu River Chardonnay's from 2006 through 2017, Vinous's Neal Martin has published an extraordinary piece focused on the history of the property and a detailed look at each of the wines. This is an amazing article. We'll leave you with a few key quotes but we highly recommend you head over to Vinous and read it in its entirety. "Amongst the very best...
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Neal Martin, February 14th, 2019
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Is Royal Tokaji’s Essencia the Most Luxurious Wine in the World? – The Manual

Is Royal Tokaji’s Essencia the Most Luxurious Wine in the World? – The Manual

The title says it all... Hop over to the link below to read Sam Slaughter's incredible article from The Manual. "Enough about the history, though, because Hungarian wines are back and one of them, made by the Royal Tokaji Wine Company, is currently one of the most luxurious wines in the world. Named Essencia, the wine costs hundreds of dollars per bottle and, if you ask us, is worth every damn penny." Read the full article
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Sam Slaughter, January 8, 2019
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SevenFifty Daily: The Impact of Own-Rooted Vines on Wine – Featuring Elvio Cogno

SevenFifty Daily: The Impact of Own-Rooted Vines on Wine – Featuring Elvio Cogno

SevenFiftyDaily's Kevin Day starts 2019 with an insightful look at a handful of vineyards throughout the winegrowing world–including Elvio Cogno's Pre-Phylloxera Barbera– where ungrafted, pre-phylloxera vines are still producing unique, high quality wines. "Yet pockets of ungrafted vines (often referred to as own-rooted vines) still exist in Europe, usually because of a convergence of terroir and luck." "The notable Barolo producer Elvio Cogno tends a small vineyard of centenarian Barbera vines that thrive on an ancient root structure that has somehow survived." “It is definitely an unusual Barbera,” says Valter Fissore, the winemaker and co-owner of the Elvio Cogno estate. He adds with...
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Kevin Day, January 2nd, 2019
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GuildSomm Podcast featuring Royal Tokaji’s Zoltán Kovács

GuildSomm Podcast featuring Royal Tokaji’s Zoltán Kovács

Royal Tokaji's Zoltán Kovács sat down recently at the winery with GuildSomm Chief Instructor and Master Sommelier Chris Tanghe to discuss the history, terroir and wines of this famous property and region. GuildSomm's December podcast highlights some of the worlds best sweet wine producers including Germany's Kracher, Bordeaux's Chateau d'Yquem, and of course Royal Tokaji. Tune in at the 19:40 minute for the interview.   [embed]http://traffic.libsyn.com/guildsomm/Sweet_Wine.mp3[/embed]  
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Chris Tanghe, December 11, 2018
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Decanter: Why Slow Fermentation Pays Off featuring Arista Winery

Decanter: Why Slow Fermentation Pays Off featuring Arista Winery

Decanter's Jane Anson takes an in depth look at the act of slowing a fermentation to as long as 12 months: "‘A year ferment sounds crazy,’ Arista’s winemaker Matt Courtney tells me, ‘and there’s no doubt that you’re never going to read about this in the textbooks. What it really involves is a lot of microscope work, following the yeast population and looking out for anything unusual. And being extremely careful to control any oxygen through topping up the barrels to ensure zero headspace, and keeping the temperature low at around 18 degrees centigrade. We never kick-start the process, and...
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Jane Anson, November 29, 2018
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Snooth: The Greatest White Wines in the World featuring Domaine Leflaive

Snooth: The Greatest White Wines in the World featuring Domaine Leflaive

Snooth's Michelle Williams takes a look at Puligny-Montrachet:  "This is a place where terroir reigns supreme. Complex soils weave together like a tapestry, with limestone, especially on the slopes, playing a leading role. The climate is continental - warm, dry summers and cool winters. Fog and hail loom as constant threats in the spring. Generations of winemakers have studied the area’s topography, developing a detailed map of the region in an effort to understand its influence on the wine." Highlighting the the name synonymous with the appellation; Domaine Leflaive: "The most famous estate in Puligny-Montrachet is Domaine Leflaive. With ancestry...
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Michelle Williams, November 30th 2018
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SevenFifty Daily: 15 Top-Selling Sparklers for the Holiday Season – Featuring Schramsberg

SevenFifty Daily: 15 Top-Selling Sparklers for the Holiday Season – Featuring Schramsberg

"The holiday season is peak time for wine sales in general, but sales of sparkling wines in particular spike in November and December. Whether the end-of-year buzz has guests feeling a bit more celebratory, or shoppers are looking for bubbly gifts for friends and family, restaurant and retail buyers alike are stocking up on sparkling wines from around the world in anticipation of a strong sales season. SevenFifty Daily asked 15 sommeliers, wine directors, and wine shop buyers about the sparklers that they’ve ordered in especially large quantities for the coming months. Prices listed are restaurant or retail price per bottle." 8....
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Courtney Schiessl, November 27, 2018
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Bonfort’s Wine and Spirits Journal: Power 100 featuring Rocco Lombardo

Bonfort’s Wine and Spirits Journal: Power 100 featuring Rocco Lombardo

The Bonfort’s Wine & Spirits Journal Power 100 is a ranking of the 100 most powerful, influential and transformative individuals and trends that are making an impact on the U.S. wine industry #72 Rocco Lombardo - President, Wilson Daniels An enviable portfolio of luxury producers led by Romanée-Conti, Lombardo is a longtime leader in the ultra-premium market who helps luxury brands thrive.
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Cornelius Geary, November 28, 2018
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Forbes: The 25 Best Producers of Barolo – Featuring Elvio Cogno

Forbes: The 25 Best Producers of Barolo – Featuring Elvio Cogno

We're exciting to see  our own Elvio Cogno recognized as one of Barolo's top 25 producers from Forbes Tom Hyland where he states: "One of the world's great red wines, Barolo is also one of the most distinctive." and  "Barolo is one of the few wines which can be mentioned in a serious discussion of terroir, as with Grand Cru Burgundy." Of Elvio Cogno: "Valter Fissore and his wife Nadia have been quietly producing routinely excellent versions of Barolo from the Ravera cru in Novello, in the southern reaches of the Barolo zone. The classic Ravera is first-rate, while the...
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Tom Hyland, November 27, 2018
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Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of 2018, #3 Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Riserva 2015 – 96 Points

Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of 2018, #3 Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Riserva 2015 – 96 Points

  We're excited to announce that Castello di Volpaia's Chianti Classico Riserva 2015 (96 points) has been selected as #3 on Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2018! Click here to head over to winespectator.com to read the full article and watch the featured video! "The Stianti Mascheroni family has worked in the tiny hilltop town of Volpaia since 1966, but they and winemaker Lorenzo Regoli have reached new heights with the 2015 Riserva. Their highest-scoring wine to date, it’s a balanced, complex red with a long, gorgeous finish. The grapes, sourced from eight different parcels, are farmed organically in...
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Wine Spectator, November 15, 2018
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