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Fine Wine and Spirits Importer Wilson Daniels & Biondi-Santi Announce New Distribution Partnership

Fine Wine and Spirits Importer Wilson Daniels & Biondi-Santi Announce New Distribution Partnership

New York, NY, September 19, 2017 – Fine wine and spirits importer Wilson Daniels and iconic Tuscan producer Biondi-Santi are proud to announce that effective October 1, 2017, Wilson Daniels will become the sole US importer of the wines of Biondi-Santi, renowned for making Brunello di Montalcino one of the world’s most famous wines. “We are thrilled to begin this relationship with Biondi-Santi, which fits perfectly into our portfolio of the most exclusive wines in the world,” said Wilson Daniels president Rocco Lombardo. “Our goal is to set the benchmark for fine wine in the United States, and having the...
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September 19, 2017
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THE WINES OF CASTELLO DI VOLPAIA

THE WINES OF CASTELLO DI VOLPAIA

"By any measure, Volpaia is a company town. It’s just happens to be a company town in Chianti Classico, and the company — Castello di Volpaia — happens to make some of Italy’s best wines. "Oh, and Volpaia is tiny — roughly 30 ancient stone buildings crowning a hill, surrounded by vines and olive orchards. The lifeblood of the town is wine, olive oil, vinegar and the tourism that follows. "I haven’t been there yet. But last spring, at a trade event here in Denver, Federica Mascheroni Stianti took me there with her effortless prose. The daughter of Castello di Volpaia’s...
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Kevin Day, September 13, 2017
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Producer Note by Monica Larner

Producer Note by Monica Larner

“The growth of the Novello township within the Barolo appellation has been outstanding. Back in 1994, the Elvio Cogno winery was the only one operating in this area that was once considered removed from the production heart of Barolo. Today, nine producers make wine in this village and have brought Novello to the forefront of the Barolo identity. Valter Fissore and Nadia Cogno are largely responsible for bringing Novello out from the shadows. Today, they are dedicating special focus on the Ravera cru that provides the fruit for all their top-shelf wines, including the Barolo Ravera, Barolo Ravera Bricco Pernice...
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Monica Larner, September 12, 2017
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THE MEANING OF TIME AT COGNAC LHÉRAUD

THE MEANING OF TIME AT COGNAC LHÉRAUD

"Guy Lhéraud doesn’t speak a word of English. He doesn’t want to, nor does he need to. When I met him in April, his expressive hands conveyed at least half of what he was saying. "On that gray spring day, Guy spent the first 15 minutes telling our group — through a translator — that we didn’t have enough time. We were Americans, and it was typical of us to rush things. We ate enormous burgers then stressed out over burning the calories. We were strange creatures. How could we only visit for a few hours and expect to understand...
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Kevin Day, September 1, 2017
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Meet Your New Favorite Summer Wines (for Under $20)

Meet Your New Favorite Summer Wines (for Under $20)

"With the end of summer too soon in sight, every ray of sun, every minute of PTO, every drop of wine seems precious. But you don’t have to dry up your bank account to quench your thirst. From Italy to Argentina, tremendous values can be found in every corner of the wine world. Here are eight summer favorites, no more than $20 each, that sacrifice neither complexity nor your savings. 6. Château Gassier Rosé Côtes de Provence “Esprit Gassier” 2016 (Côtes de Provence, France) "No wine hue has come to emblemize warm weather quite like rosé. But with more of the pink stuff flooding...
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Bryce Wiatrak, August 18, 2017
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New Zealand’s Master of Chardonnay

New Zealand’s Master of Chardonnay

"Michael Brajkovich may well be New Zealand’s first Master of Wine, but he is first and foremost the Master of Chardonnay. "Few winemakers are as duplicitously obsessed with the science and the enjoyment of great chardonnay as Brajkovich. His ability to make this pungently expressive, captivating and delicious white juice at Kumeu River Wines is a thing of wonder. The fact that he does it year on year is akin to a vinous miracle. "Of course he has both his mother (and commander) Melba and his late-father Mate to thank. It was their vision to plant chardonnay in Kumeu and...
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Nick Stock, August 15, 2017
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Please the Palate: A Windmill and Wine at Chateau Moulin-à-Vent

Please the Palate: A Windmill and Wine at Chateau Moulin-à-Vent

"The sun was setting as we drove to our dinner at Chateau Moulin-à-Vent. It was my first time to Beaujolais, and as we turned up the road to our destination, we saw, sitting on the top of the hill in front of us, the iconic Moulin-à-Vent, or windmill. "The 500-year-old structure was breathtaking as the sky turned from a light yellow to a warm orange. After a few photos, we drove 650 feet farther and arrived at Chateau Moulin-à-Vent. "Moulin-à-Vent, located in the southernmost tip of Burgundy, is one of the 10 Crus of Beaujolais. Moulin-à-Vent borders the vineyards of...
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Allison Levine, August 3, 2017
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St. Helena’s old but new stone Grayson Building

St. Helena’s old but new stone Grayson Building

"Thirty-two still and sparkling wines make up the list of those available for tasting in the Grayson Building, the new Davies Vineyards tasting room and visitors center. "On a recent visit, the list included cabernets and pinot noirs from the 2012, 2013 and 2014 vintages and sparkling wines from 2008 and 2011 to 2014. Red wine prices ranged from $35 for two pinot noirs – one from the Napa Valley, the other from the Sonoma Coast – to $400 for a three-liter bottle of 2013 J. Davies Cabernet Sauvignon, made from estate grapes grown on the family’s Diamond Mountain property,...
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David Stoneberg, August 1, 2017
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Chardonnay

Chardonnay

"Back then, it went through some dark moments. In California, the trend was to drench the grape's ripe fruit in butter and spice notes by fermenting it in new oak barrels; in Burgundy, home of the most complex and long-lived wines made from chardonnay, growers were having their own issues with wines that began to oxidize after only a few years in collectors' cellars. "As Jon Bonné wrote in W&S's April 2017 issue, the crisis with chardonnay in Burgundy forced growers to reconsider every aspect of their work so that today, on the whole, the wines are better than ever....
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Joshua Greene, August 1, 2017
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Tempranillo

Tempranillo

"Legend has it that Hemingway wrote his short story "The Killers" in just one morning, May 16, 1926, in a pensión in Madrid. Then he had lunch, took a siesta, woke up and wrote "Today is Friday." And as if those two stories were not enough, he went down to the Forno bar, "that old bullfighters cafe," drank some brandy and, back in his room, wrote "Ten Indians." Just like that. "The owner of the pensión, worried about the health of a young and very thin Hemingway, noticed that the writer had not eaten since noon, so she brought some...
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Patricio Tapia, August 1, 2017
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