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California Cool

California Cool

From the Aug 31, 2020, issue Two excellent vintages await lovers of California Chardonnay, with the highest-rated bottlings reflecting the stylistic evolution that has driven winemaking over the past decade. The move to produce more structured, elegant and pure-tasting wines has been particularly evident in the state's leading cellars, and the two vintages currently on tap, 2017 and 2018, showcase this new style at its best. In 2017, California fully emerged from a multiyear drought with a deluge of rain in the winter months. A pivotal event was the intense Labor Day heat wave that cut yields slightly and sped...
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8/31/2020
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Looking Ahead with Confidence

Looking Ahead with Confidence

By: Alex Schrecengost, AVP Wilson Daniels   Sharing food and wine is, at its heart, a celebration of culture and history. As an industry, we believe that we can make a lasting difference by focusing on the people we work with and how we choose to respond to national and international crises like the protests in support of racial injustice awareness, and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Black employees in the restaurant industry have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic during a time of national reckoning, and we stand unequivocally by their side in the fight for permanent, lasting reform during...
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7/2/20
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Nine Places Preserving the History of American Wine

Nine Places Preserving the History of American Wine

BY JILL BARTH The cellar at Baker-Bird Winery in Augusta, Kentucky/Photo by Bronze Photography From coast to coast, the United States has a rich agrarian history, and wine plays a central role in that. Some Native communities produced fruit wines and ciders, and European colonists and missionaries planted vineyards for economic and religious purposes. Commercial cultivation of the vine magnified this scope, as vineyards and wineries popped up eventually in all 50 states. Of course, the wine industry has changed wildly these days, but many wineries maintain and conserve elements of historical value. Here are nine U.S. wineries that valiantly preserve...
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7/1/2020
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USA, California, Carneros: Hyde de Villaine Chardonnay Retrospective

USA, California, Carneros: Hyde de Villaine Chardonnay Retrospective

ERIN BROOKS 30th Jun 2020 | The Wine Advocate | Issue 249 End of June 2020 Vintage Wines RP 2016 Hyde de Villaine Chardonnay 95+ 2015 Hyde de Villaine Chardonnay 94 2017 Hyde de Villaine Chardonnay 94 2011 Hyde de Villaine Chardonnay 93 2012 Hyde de Villaine Chardonnay 93 View All Wines View 2011 Hyde de Villaine Chardonnay View 2017 Hyde de Villaine Chardonnay View 2015 Hyde de Villaine Chardonnay This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Hyde de Villaine winery, founded in 2000 by Larry Hyde and Aubert de Villaine. The two families are joined by marriage—Aubert married Larry’s cousin, Pamela, in...
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6/30/20
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From Cabernet to Rosé: The 16 Best Wines

From Cabernet to Rosé: The 16 Best Wines

These wines and their makers explore the range of subtleties across terroir, from Burgundy to Tuscany to Napa and Australia. BY JANICE O'LEARY, SARA L. SCHNEIDER ON JUNE 16, 2020 Illustration by Mathilde Crétier The Big Idea: Fresh Restraint Twenty years ago, the job of a good Napa Cabernet was to be big—brimming with lush, ripe fruit, soft tannins and the rich mouthfeel that comes from loads of alcohol (north of 15 to even 17 percent). Critics rewarded these wines; consumers demanded them. Winemakers responded by picking grapes at ever higher sugar levels (losing acidity in the process), extracting ripe flavors to an...
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6/17/20
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A Moulin-à-Vent triptych

A Moulin-à-Vent triptych

Julia Harding MW 16 Jun 2020 Serious beaujolais is one of the best-value wines around. But how do the recent vintages that are currently drinking so well compare? Here's how one of the most ambitious producers sees them. Triptych was the word chosen by owner Édouard Parinet to describe three vintages of his Ch du Moulin-à-Vent bottling, the emblematic cuvée of the estate, which also makes several single-vineyard wines. They form a perfect trinity: two extreme vintages in 2015 and 2017 framing 2016, 'the referee in the middle', as Parinet calls it. My notes on these wines are at the...
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6/16/20
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The battle to get Pouilly-Fuissé the Premier Cru recognition it deserves

The battle to get Pouilly-Fuissé the Premier Cru recognition it deserves

The wines of Pouilly and Fuissé have long been recognised as “first class,” in fact at the start of the Nineteenth Century scholars put the wines on a par with other great wine regions like Meursault and Montrachet. But the Mâconnais is still the only region in Burgundy that does not have vineyard hierarchy. Before lockdown LM Archer travelled to the region to find out how the thirteen-year application for Premier Cru status was progressing for a number of climats, a process that has been temporarily closed down because of the virus. By L.M. ArcherJune 10, 2020 “Some climats in...
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6/10/20
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How Importers and Distributors are Adapting to a New Reality Without Restaurants and Bars

How Importers and Distributors are Adapting to a New Reality Without Restaurants and Bars

How Importers and Distributors are Adapting to a New Reality Without Restaurants and Bars words: TIM MCKIRDY illustration: GERRY SELIAN   It’s no secret that retail alcohol sales have boomed during the Covid-19 pandemic. Most notably, the wine and spirits sectors have seen significant growth. Between March 1 and May 5, retail wine sales increased more than 30 percent compared to the same period last year, according to an IRI data report. Spirits sales, meanwhile, experienced 44.1 percent YOY growth during the same period. While the percentages are positive, not all wine and spirits importers and distributors are enjoying the spoils of the retail boom. In terms...
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1/6/20
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7 Fine And Rare Wines To Try This International Wine Day

7 Fine And Rare Wines To Try This International Wine Day

22 May 2020 by Kelly Sullivan As if we needed an excuse to celebrate wine! International Wine Day gives us the opportunity to share some truly special releases from some of the best wineries from around the world and we've got some exciting bottles to share. We're lucky to live in an era in which such fine and rare wine can be easily accessed online, be it via auction at Christie's or through private trading plaforms such as Berry Bros and Rudd's BBX. We continue to be privy to the ever-changing trends in wine, such as advancements in technology, sustainable...
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5/22/20
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10 Great Bottles of Italian White Wine Under $25

10 Great Bottles of Italian White Wine Under $25

Though noted primarily for red wine, Italy actually makes more white. These are diverse, delicious, great values and not a pinot grigio among them. Credit...Tony Cenicola/The New York Times By Eric Asimov May 21, 2020 Regardless of the ubiquity of pinot grigio and Prosecco, the antiquated notion of Italy as solely a red wine culture retains its tenacious grip on the imagination. It was not true 20 years ago, and it’s not true today. Italy makes more wine than any other country on earth, and it might surprise you, as it did me, to learn that it makes more white than...
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5/22/20
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