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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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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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A Cheap Person’s Guide to Fancy French Wine

A Cheap Person’s Guide to Fancy French Wine

"We all want to drink like we’ve got Zuckerberg money. But the truth is, expensive wine doesn’t even taste as good as we think it does. According to science, we should be paying less attention to the price of each bottle, and more attention to what’s on the label. "Fortunately, your friendly neighborhood Master Sommelier not only knows how to read a wine label—he or she can tell the difference between good stuff and total plonk. And as the guy or gal buying wine for your favorite restaurant or retail store, an M.S. also knows a thing or two about value. So I’ve asked four...
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Ethan Fixell, January 8, 2018
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Wilson Daniels Spreads Its Wings

Wilson Daniels Spreads Its Wings

"In October 2015, Wilson Daniels launched a new wholesale operation in New York, and it followed up with a similar launch in New Jersey in 2016. By early next year, president Rocco Lombardo predicts the company will have doubled its sales force in the region. “Initially we launched with 12 sales people and a couple of managers, but in 2017 we’re sitting at 20 sales people and four managers,” Lombardo says. “Next year, we’ll have two major brand launches.” While Lombardo was unable to reveal details at press time, he notes that Wilson Daniels “will expand our sales force to...
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Carol Ward, December 29, 2017
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Castello di Volpaia’s Prelius Brand Driving Growth In The On-Premise

Castello di Volpaia’s Prelius Brand Driving Growth In The On-Premise

"Although Tuscan winemaker Castello di Volpaia is widely recognized for its portfolio of upscale Chianti Classico labels, in recent years the winery has spread its wings with Prelius, a larger-volume label produced in the coastal Maremma Toscana DOC. The Prelius lineup includes a 100% Vermentino and a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, both certified organic and priced at $16 a 750-ml. Prelius is aimed at on-premise accounts—its Cabernet Sauvignon is 84% on-premise—with a target by-the-glass price point of $10. "Prelius’ production levels nearly double those of Volpaia’s Chianti Classico–based labels. Between 80,000 and 100,000 bottles of Prelius are produced annually, with Cabernet...
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Julia Higgins, December 28, 2017
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From Vegans to Carnivores, These Wines Will Please Everyone This Season

From Vegans to Carnivores, These Wines Will Please Everyone This Season

"It's that time of year again -- staring down the shelves at your local wine merchant, thinking that perhaps you'd like to spend a little more than usual, or at least break out of your wine rut. But what to buy? My advice is always to find a shop or a clerk with a palate that matches yours, and trust them. But if you haven't done that yet, here are some picks sure to please. "For Italian wine lovers: Castello di Volpaia, Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG "Coltassala" - 2013 Volpaia is among the highest situated vineyards in Tuscany’s Chianti region....
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Jeanne O'Brien Coffey, December 22, 2017
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The Best Wines I Tasted in 2017

The Best Wines I Tasted in 2017

"... These are all wow wines, for sure, but they also reflect what’s new and important in the world of wine today and signal what’s likely to happen next. The continuing emergence of new regions and grapes, the rediscovery of overlooked old classics, and whites from areas normally known for their reds will help shape what we drink in 2018. 2005 Elvio Cogno Barolo DOCG Riserva Vigan Elena "Vigna Elena is Cogno’s top barolo, from a special vineyard parcel planted with a rare nebbiolo grape clone called rosé. It’s made only in great vintages, and of the nine I tasted at...
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Elin McCoy, December 21, 2017
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The 14 Best Wines to Serve at Christmas

The 14 Best Wines to Serve at Christmas

"We surveyed a master sommelier and wine experts around the country to determine the best bottles to serve at your celebratory Christmas meal. Here are 14 wines that will make your feast especially memorable." Red: Dal Forno Romano Valpolicella Superiore 2009 "The night before it was quiet in the house and we had sugar plums dancing in our heads, so why not in our glass too? This bottle from one of the top producers in the Veneto region of Italy is a very big wine filled with flavors of sugar-dusted dark plums, dark cherries, candied prunes and raisins, dark chocolate, jammy black...
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Sam Dangremond, December 20, 2017
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