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The Wine Advocate: My Visit to Biondi-Santi

The Wine Advocate: My Visit to Biondi-Santi

Published July 31, 2019 By Monica Larner   I set off to my appointment at Il Greppo, the venerated home of Biondi-Santi. This historic estate was recently sold to France’s luxury goods firm Européenne de Participations Industrielles (EPI), and the new owners initially put in a French general manger to oversee the estate. For whatever reason, that didn’t work out. The Frenchman was replaced by an Italian—more pointedly, a Tuscan native who came to Montalcino after years as a very successful manager at Frescobaldi. This visit gave me my first opportunity to meet and spend some time with incoming General...
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Monica Larner, July 31, 2019
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The Wine Advocate: Three Decades of Domaine Leflaive’s Chevalier-Montrachet

The Wine Advocate: Three Decades of Domaine Leflaive’s Chevalier-Montrachet

by William Kelley Read the full article at robertparker.com The theme of this fascinating tasting featuring 22 vintages of Domaine Leflaive’s Chevalier-Montrachet was conceived by the estate’s director, Brice de La Morandière, as a celebration of the pleasures of mature wines. “No one has been more candid about the problems of premature oxidation, nor the need to solve them,” he began—and with justice. “But I worry that, partly because of the fear of premature oxidation, we’ve lost the culture of drinking and taking pleasure in mature wines.” All the bottles in this tasting had been reconditioned using the Eternam system,...
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William Kelley, July 31, 2019
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Shanken News Daily: An Interview with Rocco Lombardo, President, Wilson Daniels

Shanken News Daily: An Interview with Rocco Lombardo, President, Wilson Daniels

Wilson Daniels, the marketer and distributor owned by the Underwood family, has come a long way over the past few years, launching an East Coast wholesale operation and continuing to build its national portfolio of fine wines with a focus on Western Europe. This year, Wilson Daniels’ revenues will reach approximately $160 million, up from $50 million in 2015. SND executive editor Daniel Marsteller caught up with Wilson Daniels president Rocco Lombardo to get an update on progress. SND: How is Wilson Daniels’ national brand portfolio performing? Where do you see room for further growth? Lombardo: When I joined the...
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Daniel Marsteller, July 29, 2019
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Wine Spectator Video: Moulin-à-Vent with Edouard Parinet

Wine Spectator Video: Moulin-à-Vent with Edouard Parinet

"The owner and director of Château du Moulin-à-Vent talks about his father-son venture, the debunked folklore behind Gamay, and what makes this Beaujolais cru unique." Click here to watch the video at WineSpectator.com
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July 19, 2019
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Shanken News Daily: Schramsberg Stakes Out Ground at Domestic Sparkling Wine’s High End

Shanken News Daily: Schramsberg Stakes Out Ground at Domestic Sparkling Wine’s High End

Schramsberg Stakes Out Ground At Domestic Sparkling Wine’s High End July 19, 2019 In value terms, the upscale sparkling wine market in the U.S. continues to be led by Champagne brands like Veuve Clicquot and Moët & Chandon, but higher-end domestic bubblies have also been gaining ground, with Napa Valley-based Schramsberg at the forefront. Schramsberg’s depletions are nearing the 90,000-case mark, according to second-generation family member Hugh Davies. While the brand’s flagship Blanc de Blancs ($35) leads the portfolio in volume terms, with depletions of approximately 35,000 cases last year, Davies sees room for experimentation and growth at the higher...
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Julia Higgins, July 19, 2019
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Forbes: Wines of the Week: Two Great Bottles of Brunello di Montalcino Riserva (Biondi-Santi)

Forbes: Wines of the Week: Two Great Bottles of Brunello di Montalcino Riserva (Biondi-Santi)

Brian Freedman July 15, 2019 Any discussion about Brunello di Montalcino by definition begins with Biondi-Santi, since they were the first producer to craft the wine under that name: In one of their cellars hangs a copy of a document from the agricultural exposition of 1869 on which the supposed first reference in writing on an official form appears the name “brunello” (it’s in lower-case on the document, I was told, because the powers-that-be didn’t recognize the word as anything but a marketing ploy by the producer). How things have changed in the 150 years since then! Fast-forward to today,...
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Brian Freedman, July 15, 2019
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Cool Hunting: The Pink Experience From Provence’s Chateau Gassier

Cool Hunting: The Pink Experience From Provence’s Chateau Gassier

  "Radiating from the base of France‘s Mount Sainte-Victoire, the estate vineyards and winery for Château Gassier produces some of the most exemplary rosé wines in the Provence region—from fresh and fun to round and complementary. In fact, their unique microclimate and position within the Arc Valley affords all of these wines the specific designation as a Côtes de Provence Sainte-Victoire—a sub-appellation recognized since ’05. And here, Château Gassier welcomes guests into their home, granting lovers of rosé a detailed, dynamic and quite pink peek into their produce and products. Across their 40-hectare estate vineyard—planted with Grenache, Cinsault, Rolle and Syrah—a terroir of clay and limestone gives way...
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David Graver, June 24, 2019
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Forbes: The Best Wine for Celebrating Your 21st Birthday, Or Any Milestone – featuring Biondi-Santi

Forbes: The Best Wine for Celebrating Your 21st Birthday, Or Any Milestone – featuring Biondi-Santi

"When my firstborn celebrated his 21st birthday last year we honored the milestone with a gift I purchased over a decade ago—-a 21 year-old wine. Let’s be clear, not all wines are meant to be consumed 21 years past their vintage date, but some are made precisely for that reason. Finding a wine that improves with 20 or more years of age is not impossible, but why not purchase one that defined winemaking history as well? Biondi-Santi Riserva Brunello di Montalcino is that wine. Montalcino is a walled medieval village that sits high on a hilltop overlooking Tuscany and Brunello di...
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Katie Kelly Bell, June 28, 2019
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North Bay Voyager: The 24 Best Rosés to Drink This Summer (and Beyond) – featuring Schramsberg

North Bay Voyager: The 24 Best Rosés to Drink This Summer (and Beyond) – featuring Schramsberg

SCHRAMSBERG 2016 BRUT ROSÉ - $47 Napa Valley's Schramsberg remains one of the best sparkling wine producers in the world. Their wines are hard to resist: perfectly balanced and traditionally made. Their 2016 Brut Rosé is no exception. A blend of pinot noir and chardonnay, this salmon colored sparkler is juicy, acidic and is a perfect match for an iconic sparkling pairing: fried chicken.
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Sarah Stierch, June 26, 2019
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Jancis Robinson: California is Fizzing Again featuring Schramsberg

Jancis Robinson: California is Fizzing Again featuring Schramsberg

"There'a a renaissance of sparkling wine production in the golden state." "But then in 1965, Jack and Jamie Davies purchased the historic Schramsberg property on Napa's Diamond Mountain with the goal of producing world-class California sparkling wine, producing the country's first vintage-dated blanc de noirs in 1967. Schramsberg's success with high-quality sparkling wine was undeniable, and no doubt helped to fuel the expansion of the category that would take place over the next 20 years." "'I think they've really made it more practical for some of these new producers to exist and to do the work', says Schramsberg CEO Hugh...
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Alder Yarrow, May 13, 2019
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