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Wilson Daniels Awards Inaugural Anne-Claude Leflaive Memorial Scholarship

Wilson Daniels Awards Inaugural Anne-Claude Leflaive Memorial Scholarship

St. Helena, CA, November 13, 2017 — Wilson Daniels is excited to announce that Rodney Willis of Houston, Texas is the first recipient of the Anne-Claude Leflaive Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship was founded in honor of the late Anne-Claude Leflaive, whose passion for education and the advancement of sustainable and biodynamic practices made her a legend in the industry and cemented the historic family estate as a benchmark for white Burgundy. Rodney, a Fine Wine Specialist of the Platinum Division at Republic National Distributing Company, was awarded the scholarship based on criteria assessing his dedication to furthering his education and...
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November 13, 2017
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Dynamic wines for a dynamic chicken salad lunch

Dynamic wines for a dynamic chicken salad lunch

"Curry is complex, and any wine meant to stand up to it has to be dynamic in its own right — especially in an instance like this, where spice and sweetness come together. Here are three bottles up to the task: a white from Greece, a white from France and an “orange” from Italy... "2015 Maison Pierre Sparr Pinot Gris, Alsace, France: Subtle sweetness in a white can enhance the sweet and spicy elements of a curried dish. This wine has honey and apricot flavors balanced by razor-sharp acidity. The salad’s ginger and apple will pop with each sip, while the...
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Michael Austin, October 25, 2017
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The Best Red Wine You Are Probably Forgetting To Drink

The Best Red Wine You Are Probably Forgetting To Drink

"Italy abounds with stunning big red wines, from the better grades of Chianti to Barbaresco to collectible Brunello and Barolo. But often overlooked in this impressive mix is one of the nation’s greatest reds, Amarone. What really sets Amarone apart isn’t just that it’s made from much less well-known grape varieties (mostly corvina), but rather how it is made. Unlike other top shelf red wines, the fruit is allowed to dry for months, becoming raisin-like, before wine making commences. The best winemakers use the traditional appassimento method of air-drying the grapes. While this is more similar to techniques associated with...
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Larry Olmstead, October 23, 2017
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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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Mirabelle Brut Rosé Sparkling Wine North Coast

Mirabelle Brut Rosé Sparkling Wine North Coast

"Do you like your sparkling wines more fruity than yeasty and nutty? Deliciously fresh red fruits are at your service in this Mirabelle Brut Rosé by Schramsberg. Hand a glass of Mirabelle to anyone coming over for dinner, and the evening will be a success. Even if you overcook the chicken. "Mirabelle Brut Rosé is a blend of chardonnay and pinot noir. Why are these two grape varieties often blended together for sparkling? They are two of the three grape varieties used in Champagne production (the third is Meunier), but it is not just that. Chardonnay brings citrus fruits, finesse...
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Catherine Bugue, September 18, 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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Reviewers’ Ultimate Wine Cellar Collection

Reviewers’ Ultimate Wine Cellar Collection

"Now and again every collector—or wine lover, in general—daydreams about stocking his or her wine collection up with the very best of the best. (And we can't blame you!) But with the countless selection of fine wines out there, what would you choose for your treasure trove? "We asked some of our reviewers how they would curate such a fantasy—after all, if you're going to tackle such a feat, you may as well take a tip from the expert. Here’s what they had to say: "And from New Zealand: Kumeu River Maté's Vineyard Chardonnay, Kumeu. Even in a country that's relatively...
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Abbe Baker, September 1, 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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