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https://www.decanter.com/premium/spains-carinena-resurgence-plus-the-top-20-buys-453475/

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Characterful wines with true local identity – Sarah Jane Evans MW relished the task of picking 20 of her favourites made with this lesser-known but now resurgent Spanish variety.  Sarah Jane EvansFebruary 22, 2021 Cariñena appears in a number of guises in Spain, among them traditionally as a minor blending variety in Rioja (where it is known as Mazuelo), and in Catalonia (as Samsó). What has driven it to top rankings in recent times is the appearance of single-varietal bottlings of the Cariñenas of PrioratDOCa. These are from dry-farmed bush vines grown on remarkable slate soils, and some of the vines are more than...
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Italy, Tuscany: Brunello di Montalcino – A Spotlight on Biondi-Santi

Italy, Tuscany: Brunello di Montalcino – A Spotlight on Biondi-Santi

MONICA LARNER 18th Feb 2021 | The Wine Advocate | February 2021 Week 3 This spotlight focuses on two new releases from Biondi-Santi: the 2017 Rosso di Montalcino and the 2015 Brunello di Montalcino. The upcoming 2013 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva will be released later this year, and I will publish a review of that wine as soon as I have the opportunity to taste it. Of these two samples, it’s worth spending an extra word on the beautiful 2017 Rosso di Montalcino. Rosso is an entry-level category of wine in Montalcino, made with 100% Sangiovese like its big brother Brunello, which has been...
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The 28 Best White Wines for 2021

The 28 Best White Wines for 2021

BUY THIS BOOZE The 28 Best White Wines for 2021 words: KEITH BEAVERS illustration: GERRY SELIAN       For years, the most popular white wine grape on the planet has been Chardonnay. Winemakers love this French grape because of its ability to grow anywhere, as well as its malleability in the winery. We have become used to a certain style of Chardonnay in the U.S: deep, golden-hued wine with dollops of vanilla and butter and often a smack of sweetness from its high alcohol content. But we have evolved. We still dig deep and big Chardonnay, but winemakers across the major wine regions...
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Chocolate, Vanilla or Strawberry – The Perfect Ice Cream Cocktail

Chocolate, Vanilla or Strawberry – The Perfect Ice Cream Cocktail

16th February 2021 Ice cream or Prosecco, which one would you like? How about both? I’ve chosen to use Neapolitan Ice Cream to create 3 different varieties of cocktails, each using the Bisol Prosecco and each containing a few scoops of Ice Cream. Neapolitan Ice Cream originated in Naples, Italy and contains three different flavours, including Vanilla, Strawberry & Chocolate, it’s going to be interesting to see how the Prosecco works with the ice creams. Sparkling Wine – Bisol Bisol has been around for 5 centuries, since 1542 and has had 21 generations creating great tasting wine, the only time Bisol...
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Pink Prosecco Is the Fizz That’s Poised to Ride the Rosé Wave

Pink Prosecco Is the Fizz That’s Poised to Ride the Rosé Wave

The affordable Italian sparkling wine may well become the patron saint of brunch. Here are eight to know. By Elin McCoy February 10, 2021, 6:30 AM EST Source: Vendors What could be more romantic for Valentine’s Day than a glass of pale pink, easy drinking, sparkling wine? Even better, one that costs less than $20 a bottle? Vintners in the northern Italian prosecco region are banking on the combo of ever popular rosé and prosecco—which, over the past decade has gone from niche product to a half-billion bottles in sales annually—to become a “lifestyle symbol” that recalls hanging out at Venetian wine bars and sunning on La Dolce Vita beaches. But the...
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Domaine Laroche Bourgogne Chardonnay 2017, Burgundy, France

Domaine Laroche Bourgogne Chardonnay 2017, Burgundy, France

words: EDWARD DEITCH       Finding great-value Burgundy, whether it’s the white Chardonnay or the red Pinot Noir, is a hit-or-miss proposition at best. But one that really stands out is Domaine Laroche’s 2017 Bourgogne Chardonnay, a fantastic value at around $21. Bourgogne, which simply translates to Burgundy, is the more generic, catch-all appellation Burgundy growers must use on their white and red wines when the grapes are from outside the boundaries of more specific, highly demarcated, and often storied appellations such as Meursault or Montrachet. Read full article here  
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My top 20: food-friendly wines from around Italy

My top 20: food-friendly wines from around Italy

In a country where food and wine have long been two essential pillars of everyday life, the potential for standout pairings is endless. Andy Howard MW selects 20 of his favourite, top-value mealtime bottles, and suggests the best dishes to go with each  Andy Howard MWFebruary 5, 2021 Highlights Italian Supplement 2021 Tastings Home To prove the point that Italian wines are versatile and adaptable, I recall a business dinner a decade ago with Cliff Roberson, the colourful founder of Roberson Wines. Back then I was a supermarket buyer, and when invited out to dinner during the annual Vinitaly exhibition...
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A Dozen Rosé s for Valentine’s Day

A Dozen Rosé s for Valentine’s Day

In this week's Valentines Day episode, Gina and Julie wax poetic about their great wine loves and present a bouquet of a dozen rosés. Send Nudes Rosé , from the folks who bring you Sexual Chocolate, a Rosé of Pinot from Sonoma Thomas Jefferson sparkling, could not resist this since it is also Presidents Day coming up. This is a Cremant de Limoux made from Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc and Pinot Noir. Chimney Rock, cab franc, dark almost looks like cranberry juice Elizabeth Spencer, it's Grenache, dry and tropical, hard to find Chateau Auguste from Bordeaux, right bank style, Merlot, Cab...
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Nicole Rolet of Chene Bleu: 5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Started

Nicole Rolet of Chene Bleu: 5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Started

Alexandra Spirer Follow Feb 9 · 21 min read …We became driven by one guiding principle — that of “balance and harmony” where the winery, its people, and nature remain in healthy, sustainable equilibrium. For my series on strong female founders, I had the pleasure of interviewing Nicole Rolet. In addition to her role as Principal of Chêne Bleu, Nicole has established herself as a trailblazing female in the wine industry. Nicole is the Founder of The Grenache Symposium Associate, Fine Minds for Fine Wines and Areni Global. Drawing on her background in international affairs and think tanks, Nicole Rolet is passionate...
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Meet the Proseccos You’ll Be Drinking This Summer

Meet the Proseccos You’ll Be Drinking This Summer

Italy has given Prosecco rosé the stamp of approval, and producers are starting to send these pink bubblies to America. Credit...Tony Cenicola/The New York Times By Florence Fabricant Feb. 8, 2021 Marry a couple of crowd-pleasers, and the result is a new wine that has success written all over it. Prosecco rosé, which was approved by the Italian government as an official wine category last year, has started arriving in American shops, making it widely available in time for Valentine’s Day. It’s celebratory, easy-drinking, food-friendly and modestly priced enough to make it the evening’s pour. Read the full article here  
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