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Winemaker Spotlight: Grégory Viennois, Domaine Laroche Technical Director

Winemaker Spotlight: Grégory Viennois, Domaine Laroche Technical Director

"They say when it rains, it pours—in the case of Chablis, when it frosts, it hails. It’s been a difficult couple of vintages, with vines destroyed by hail and frost in 2016, and two weeks of frost again in 2017. At Domaine Laroche alone, more than half the production for the Chablis appellation was lost in 2017, and more than 60% at the premier cru level. Grégory Viennois, technical director for the Laroche estates—which include the labels of Laroche (purchased fruit), Domaine Laroche (estate fruit) and Mas la Chevalière (the company’s Languedoc property)—shrugs in acceptance. “We need to be fatalists,” Viennois says simply. “If...
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Erin Brooks, June 14, 2018
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St. Helena’s Wine Distributors Wilson Daniels celebrates 40th Anniversary

St. Helena’s Wine Distributors Wilson Daniels celebrates 40th Anniversary

"In 1978 Jack Daniels and Winston Wilson launched an innovative wine company with headquarters in St. Helena. Their concept was to provide small family-owned wineries — many of whom were unable to afford a dedicated sales and marketing team — access to important retailers, restaurants and private collectors throughout the United States. The idea took hold and helped fuel some of what are now the world’s most highly sought-after wine brands, including Hungary’s Royal Tokaji, Italy’s Biondi-Santi, France’s Domaine de la Romanée-Conti and Napa Valley’s own Schramsberg. 'Our focus has always been helping bring together our iconic family-owned wine producers...
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Tim Carl, June 14, 2018
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What Does The Best Wine In The World Taste Like?

What Does The Best Wine In The World Taste Like?

What does the best wine in the world taste like and how far would you go for a chance to taste it? Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Romanée-Contiis, without much debate, considered to be the best Pinot Noir, if not the best wine, in the world. And, the Domaine’s Co-Director and co-owner, Aubert de Villaine, is a living legend in the winemaking world. This is a wine that has seduced countless critics, sommeliers and collectors with its gentle majesty, silkiness and savory unctuosity. It is a wine that has been forged countless times and, at one point, held “hostage” by a vineyard...
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Katie Kelly Bell, June 8, 2018
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Wilson Daniels Has Added Brunello Producer Val di Suga to Its Import Portfolio

Wilson Daniels Has Added Brunello Producer Val di Suga to Its Import Portfolio

Wilson Daniels has added Brunello producer Val di Suga to its import portfolio on an exclusive basis, effective June 1. Wilson Daniels will import a number of Val di Suga wines in the U.S., including a Rosso di Montalcino ($26), Brunello di Montalcino ($67), and single-vineyard Brunellos Poggio al Granchio ($88), Vigna del Lago ($99), and Vigna Spuntali ($110). Val di Suga, which was previously imported by Palm Bay International, is part of the Bertani Domains family of wines that also includes Bertani in Veneto, Puiatti in Friuli, Fazi Battaglia in Marche, and Tre Rose and San Leonino in Tuscany.
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June 7, 2018
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The Wine Guys Add Royal Tokaji The Oddity to Their List for Affordable Whites for Summer

The Wine Guys Add Royal Tokaji The Oddity to Their List for Affordable Whites for Summer

Looking for a white wine to kick-off your summer shindigs? Look no further than The Oddity from Royal Tokaji, a Furmint wine that's dry and not sweet. Watch the World Wine Guys, Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen, explain how the wine is great for warm weather and what they'd pair it with this summer.  
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June 6, 2018
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Must-Try Red: Château du Moulin-à-Vent, Moulin-à-Vent, Beaujolis, France, 2015

Must-Try Red: Château du Moulin-à-Vent, Moulin-à-Vent, Beaujolis, France, 2015

From one of the most serious and ageworthy of the 10 Beaujoulais crus, this Gamay is made in quite a modern style, showcasing generous and vibrant dark cherry fruit supported by a firm tannic frame and fine acidity. The complex palate is layered, textured and structured which suggests you could cellar it for several years, but it has enough ample fruit to be enjoyed now. Alc. 13.5%  
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June 1, 2018
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Exclusive: Wilson Daniels Wholesale Expands To West Coast, Entering Oregon

Exclusive: Wilson Daniels Wholesale Expands To West Coast, Entering Oregon

Wilson Daniels Wholesale, part of the Underwood family’s Young’s Holdings, Inc., is set to enter Oregon, SND has learned, marking its first foothold on the West Coast. Wilson Daniels Wholesale has agreed to acquire Oregon-based Galaxy Wine Company, the third-largest wine wholesaler in the state, in a deal expected to close before the end of the second quarter. Terms weren’t disclosed. Following the acquisition, Galaxy will continue to be led by founders Matt Elsen and Bob Liner under the strategic direction of Wilson Daniels president Rocco Lombardo. Galaxy’s portfolio numbers more than 400 producers, including wines from A to Z,...
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May 29, 2018
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Exclusive: Burgundy’s Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Leases Corton-Charlemagne Vineyard

Exclusive: Burgundy’s Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Leases Corton-Charlemagne Vineyard

Burgundy's hill of Corton is one of the most famed spots in wine. Now it is about to grow even more visible. Domaine de la Romanée-Conti has entered into a lease to farm an approximately 7-acre parcel of Corton-Charlemagne owned by Domaine Bonneau du Martray. Aubert de Villaine, codirector of DRC, told Wine Spectator that the lease will start in November 2018 and "our first harvest will be 2019." Armand de Maigret, manager of Bonneau du Martray, sought a partner to farm a small portion of his domaine's 27-acre parcel on the hill of Corton. He wanted a tenant who would share Bonneau du Martray's philosophy...
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Bruce Sanderson, May 14. 2018
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A Conversation With Aubert de Villaine

A Conversation With Aubert de Villaine

At 79 going on 80, Aubert de la Villaine, the director of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (DRC), which produces some of the world’s most expensive and rarest wines, is still going strong, running up and down cellar stairs like a teenager, just to keep ahead of schedule. In November, just after the annual Hospices de Beaune charity wine auction festivities, I sat down opposite de Villaine at the domaine’s headquarters in the small town of Vosne-Romanée to discuss a range of topics spanning de Villaine’s many years in the wine business, and reaching into the future as well. I found him friendly, very thoughtful,...
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Roger Morris, May 14. 2018
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Best Wineries to Visit in Tuscany

Best Wineries to Visit in Tuscany

Biondi Santi, Tenuta Il Greppo "The history of the noble Biondi Santi family is inextricably bound up with the Brunello wines of Montalcino—it was an ancestor of the current proprietor, Jacopo, who isolated its revered Sangiovese Grosso grape clone in the 19th century. This most famous of Montalcino estates comes down on the side of tradition, producing monumental, long-lived wines for collectors. This extraordinary estate offers a range of tasting options with cellar visits, but it’s a must to book ahead." Read the full story here.
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Richard Nalley, May 1, 2018
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