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Natural Treasures: Tasting Tokaji Aszu Wines and Essencia

Natural Treasures: Tasting Tokaji Aszu Wines and Essencia

"... When Mahdavian began developing the wine program at the hotel in 2016, he knew the Tokaji Aszú and especially the Essencia would be a perfect match for the venue's clientele and menu. "We wanted to come up with an original wine program through ideas that were luxurious and different, something truly unique that people had never before seen," he explains. "The Tokaji Aszú and Essencia offered me the opportunity to provide a taste of nobility—the ‘Wine of Kings and the King of Wines’—for an accessible price. A taste of rare Tokaji from a crystal spoon awakens a sense of luxury...
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Cliff Rames, April 1, 2018
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Wilson Daniels Wholesale Charts a Course for Growth

Wilson Daniels Wholesale Charts a Course for Growth

"As Wilson Daniels celebrates its 40th anniversary, the company has set a goal for its wholesale divisions to reach $40 million in revenue in 2018. The family-owned fine-wine importer and marketer, based in St. Helena, California, expanded into wholesale three years ago and just announced its latest development: a new wholesale operation in Connecticut as of October 1. "The Connecticut operation will be the third branch of Wilson Daniels Wholesale. The company is fully owned by Wilson Daniels LTD, a subsidiary of Young’s Holdings, Inc., which is headquartered in Tustin, California, and owned by the Underwood family. It’s best known for...
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Kathleen Willcox, March 30, 2018
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The Personality of Cru Beaujolais, From Elegant to Profound

The Personality of Cru Beaujolais, From Elegant to Profound

"Often overshadowed by Burgundy to the north, many wine drinkers are not aware of the excellent quality coming out of Beaujolais. We aim to put that right. Excluding the gush of nouveau that hits shelves every November, this region is producing serious wines at attainable prices. "Beaujolais is a region of two halves: In the south, close to the gastronomic city of Lyons, it produces simple, fruity wines, while the north is known for its rich, long-lived wines from the area’s iconic granite soils. The grape—Gamay—remains the constant, yet the results are very different depending on soil type and vineyard location....
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Roger Voss, March 8, 2018
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Interview with Odilon de Varine Chef de Caves of Gosset

Interview with Odilon de Varine Chef de Caves of Gosset

"BEST CHAMPAGNE HAD THE PLEASURE OF INTERVIEWING ODILON DE VARINE CHEF DE CAVES OF GOSSET. THIS MUCH-ADMIRED HOUSE WAS FOUNDED IN 1584 AND IS THE OLDEST WINE PRODUCER IN CHAMPAGNE.  "In its early days GOSSET produced still wines, mostly red, but then in the 18th century, when the wines of Champagne began to bubble, the House embraced the trend. "Today, the GOSSET champagnes are famous for being full-bodied yet very elegant by avoiding malo-lactic fermentation so that the wines keep all their natural fruitiness and freshness. "Odilon De Varine, a joyful champenois of great pragmatism and with a very clear idea of what champagne...
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Best Champagne, February 26, 2018
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Time Suspended in a Bottle

Time Suspended in a Bottle

New York, NY – February 8, 2018 --- “Nature is capable of creating beautiful things, you just have to wait” is a simple but emblematic phrase pronounced many years ago by Franco Biondi Santi. This statement perfectly describes the choice Biondi-Santi announces today to respect time as a central part of our production philosophy. It is in this spirit that we have decided to keep both the Brunello Riserva 2012 and the Brunello Annata 2013 in the cellar for an additional twelve months, allowing the bottles more time to refine and express their innate elegance. Each bottle of Brunello Biondi-Santi is a journey to the heart...
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February 8, 2018
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Burgundy’s new breed of wine producers

Burgundy’s new breed of wine producers

"Burgundy lovers, such as the hundreds who attended more than 20 tastings during London's Burgundy Week earlier this month, may complain about the recent steep price rises for the wines they enjoy so much. Yet the price of the land that is responsible for them has risen even more sharply. "In the past nine years, while grape prices have risen threefold, the price of prime sites on the Côte d'Or has increased tenfold. "Burgundy's top vineyards are now so valuable that banks are apparently falling over themselves to lend against them. Twelve years ago, Olivier Bernstein owned a modest wine...
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Jancis Robinson, January 27, 2018
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Visit Domaine de la Romanée-Conti – tasting of the 2016s from cask

Visit Domaine de la Romanée-Conti – tasting of the 2016s from cask

"On a rainy and cold day in Burgundy it’s nice to focus on something positive and invigorating … and what could be better that a visit at Domaine de la Romanée-Conti tasting the latest vintage – 2016 in this case. "The tasting this year was conducted by Alexandre Bernier, who also was in charge of the tasting when I first visited Domaine de la Romanée-Conti around five years earlier – back then to taste the 2011s from cask. "Well five years has passed, and while i’m still equally impressed and somewhat lost for words when I enter the cellars of...
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Steen Öhman, January 24, 2018
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Wilson Daniels Celebrates 40 Years

Wilson Daniels Celebrates 40 Years

Family-owned fine wine company celebrates a rich history representing outstanding producers New York, NY – January 17, 2018 --- Wilson Daniels, a family-owned fine wine importing and marketing company, will celebrate four decades of representing some of the world’s most prestigious wine brands. In 2018, the company will commemorate its 40th anniversary with a five-city anniversary tour in June starting in St. Helena, followed by Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago, and ending in New York City. The anniversary events will include tastings of some of the portfolio's latest releases, along with retrospective tastings of older vintages. Among the esteemed producers whose...
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January 17, 2018
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Why Brunello di Montalcino Is The Wine To Collect In 2018

Why Brunello di Montalcino Is The Wine To Collect In 2018

"Brunello di Montalcino might be having a moment says Rocco Lombardo, president of the highly-regarded wine importer Wilson Daniels. The company imports some of the world's most prestigious wines, (Domaine de la Romanée-Conti and Biondi-Santi to name a few), and Lombardo, who is just 30 months into the job, will steer the company into its 40th year this 2018. During a pre-holiday phone chat, Lombardo shared his thoughts on wine and what collectors should be looking for this year. Above all, advises Lombardo, “Wine drinkers should continue down that path of exploration, there will always be something out there to surprise you....
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Katie Kelly Bell, January 9, 2018
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Reconsidering Amarone Della Valpolicella

Reconsidering Amarone Della Valpolicella

“It’s a New Year, and so many in the wine media are prognosticating on what wine trends will define 2018. What wine region will now be cool? Whose star will fade? What will you be drinking four years from now, long after I discovered it in 2018? "It can be a rather ridiculous exercise in navel gazing, especially in the hands of writers and critics who taste thousands of wines in a year. The divide between how they experience wine and what you’re looking for is immutably wide. "However, I will say that wine is not immune to fads, so...
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Kevin Day, January 8, 2018
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