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How Radical Risk-Taking Made Olivier Bernstein One Of Burgundy’s Top Producers

How Radical Risk-Taking Made Olivier Bernstein One Of Burgundy’s Top Producers

Katie Kelly BellContributor ForbesLife I cover what's interesting in wine, spirits, food, and travel. Olivier Bernstein talks about making wine in Burgundy. OLIVIER BERNSTEIN Olivier Bernstein, owner and winemaker for his eponymous winery, is not from Burgundy; he did not inherit a vineyard and yet, as of now, he owns two of Burgundy’s Grand Cru vineyards (that posses some of the oldest vines in the region) and he can claim worldwide critical acclaim for his wines. So, how did an outsider in Burgundy, a notoriously insular region, manage to elevate his wines into the stratosphere of connoisseurs and collectors in such...
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11/17/20
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Carneros Cruising

Carneros Cruising

Senior editor Kim Marcus believes that Carneros is one of the stars in the California winemaking firmament, and explains why its future looks bright for its continued evolution. Senior editor Kim Marcus (David Yellen) By  Kim Marcus One of the most hallowed sites in Carneros is Hyde Vineyard, which the Hyde family began developing in 1979. It now covers 200 acres, with its biggest plantings to Chardonnay, followed by Pinot Noir and Merlot. Like Hudson's, Hyde's grapes are coveted by top vintners; Larry Hyde makes his own wines as well. Leading the pack from Hyde is a joint venture the...
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11/15/20
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New Zealand Whites: The State of Play

New Zealand Whites: The State of Play

BY REBECCA GIBB MW | NOVEMBER 10, 2020 New Zealand Chardonnay virtuosos Kumeu River also have an interest in Hawke’s Bay since buying a vineyard in 2017 to add to its Auckland estate. Rising property prices in the country’s biggest city and urban sprawl meant expansion in Kumeu was no longer viable. Their focus on Chardonnay on the warmer North Island and early flowering meant that the Auckland fruit was safely in the winery before lockdown hit and while the 2019s have just been released, winemaker Michael Brajkovich MW suggests the best may be yet to come:“2019 was fabulous then...
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11/10/20
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The Perfect Wine Tasting Pairing for Your Holiday Meals

The Perfect Wine Tasting Pairing for Your Holiday Meals

We spoke to both Coravin and Giselle Sigala, Wine & Spirits Specialist at Chelsea Wine Vault, for expert advice on wine pairings this holiday season. BY GEAR PATROL STUDIOS NOV 10, 2020 Dish: Classic Roasted Turkey with Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, and Cranberry Sauce Chelsea Wine Vault Pairing: Clau de Nell Grolleau 2014 "Switch up the usual Beaujolais wine pairing this November with Clau de Nell’s biodynamic Grolleau, a local variety of the Loire Valley which exudes notes of tart cherry, raspberry compote, and black plum." - GS Full article here  
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11/10/20
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Cru Beaujolais From Château du Moulin-à-Vent Now Available at Whole Foods

Cru Beaujolais From Château du Moulin-à-Vent Now Available at Whole Foods

Posted on November 10, 2020 Château du Moulin-à-Vent, located in the most renowned cru appellation Moulin-à-Vent in Beaujolais, will now see its 2000 cases of Couvent des Thorins listed at over 180 Whole Foods stores throughout the U.S.A. The placement will guarantee wider availability of this affordable, food-friendly, 100% old vines Gamay wine to U.S. consumers just in time for the holidays. This approachable and accessible wine demonstrates the evolution in quality of Beaujolais. Consumer perceptions of Beaujolais have been dominated by the Nouveau style – youthful, quaffable wines released within a month of harvest in late November. However, this...
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11/10/20
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Why Volcanic Wines Are Erupting in Popularity Right Now

Why Volcanic Wines Are Erupting in Popularity Right Now

Interest in these mountainous wines is sky-high. BY MIKE DESIMONE, JEFF JENSSEN TOKAJ-HEGYALJA, HUNGARY Royal Tokaji   VOLCANO: Szt. Tamás, part of the Telkibânya Volcanic Dome Field WHAT TO KNOW: Much of Hungary’s surface is volcanic, and underground hot springs abound. The Telkibânya Volcanic Dome Field, which straddles the Slovakian border in the northeast, is responsible for the iron-rich soils in the country’s most renowned region, Tokaj-Hegyalja, the birthplace of sweet Tokaji wines and dry Furmint. ONE TO TRY: Royal Tokaji Szt. Tamás Single Vineyard 6 Puttonyos Aszu First Growth 2013 ($136) The Szt. Tamás hill is one of over 400 volcanoes that dot the region. This...
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11/09/20
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Wine Legend: Royal Tokaji, Nyulászó Aszu 6 Puttonyos 1993

Wine Legend: Royal Tokaji, Nyulászó Aszu 6 Puttonyos 1993

A vintage that has stood the test of time...  Stephen Brook November 8, 2020 Wine Legend: Royal Tokaji, Nyulászó Aszu 6 Puttonyos 1993, Tokaj, Hungary Bottles produced 12,007 Composition Furmint-Hárslevelű Yield 0.5hl/ha Alcohol 10.7% Release price $77 Price today £234/50cl A legend because… After decades of Communist state monopoly, the Hungarian wine industry underwent gradual privatisation after 1990. Royal Tokaji was one of the very first to benefit from international investment. Initial vintages of that decade were not exceptional, but ideal conditions in 1993 allowed new producers to make Tokaji of high quality. Although vintages of the early 1990s have not aged particularly well, 1993 has...
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11/9/20
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In Trying Times, 20 Wines Under $20 That Revive and Restore

In Trying Times, 20 Wines Under $20 That Revive and Restore

If you are tired of drinking the same old thing, these bottles, from nine different countries, represent the wide range of great values now available. Credit...Tony Cenicola/The New York Times By Eric Asimov Oct. 15, 2020, 11:54 a.m. ET The hours of daylight are shrinking, and the nervous tension grows. These are strange days in which the daily cocktail of pandemic, politics, protest and natural disaster continually challenges the capacity to endure. “When you think that you lost everything, you find out you can always lose a little more,” as the Nobel laureate Bob Dylan once put it. I’m not here to tell...
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10/15/20
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Vinous Lockdown Special

Vinous Lockdown Special

BY ANTONIO GALLONI | OCTOBER 01, 2020 As the reality of a prolonged lockdown started to settle-in this past Spring, I thought it would be fun to do something different, to write an article on regions and estates I don’t usually cover and that have been missing from our pages. I hope you enjoy this tour through some of my favorite properties. This report includes a number of estates, many of them reference-points. Some of the highlights include a large section dedicated to François Chidaine’s stunning whites, both young and old. Domaine Huet’s new releases are off the charts. Gerhard...
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10/1/20
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Top 100 Wineries 2020: Château du Moulin-à-Vent and Elvio Cogno

Top 100 Wineries 2020: Château du Moulin-à-Vent and Elvio Cogno

Congratulations to the Top 100 Wineries of 2020 Argentina     Trapiche Bodegas Weinert Zuccardi Valle de Uco     Australia     Bindi Wines Chambers Rosewood Vineyards d’Arenberg Penfolds     Austria     Sattlerhof Forstreiter Prager     Chile     Concha y Toro Montes     France     Champagne Bollinger Domaine Bouchard Père & Fils Domaine Chanson E. Guigal Louis Jadot Krug Lucien Le Moine Frédéric Magnien Château Maris Château du Moulin-à-Vent Domaines Ott La Pousse d’Or Remoissenet Père & Fils Château de Saint Cosme Rotem and Mounir Saouma Trimbach Jean Vesselle J. de Villebois  ...
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09/20/2020
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