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From Cabernet to Rosé: The 16 Best Wines

From Cabernet to Rosé: The 16 Best Wines

These wines and their makers explore the range of subtleties across terroir, from Burgundy to Tuscany to Napa and Australia. BY JANICE O'LEARY, SARA L. SCHNEIDER ON JUNE 16, 2020 Illustration by Mathilde Crétier The Big Idea: Fresh Restraint Twenty years ago, the job of a good Napa Cabernet was to be big—brimming with lush, ripe fruit, soft tannins and the rich mouthfeel that comes from loads of alcohol (north of 15 to even 17 percent). Critics rewarded these wines; consumers demanded them. Winemakers responded by picking grapes at ever higher sugar levels (losing acidity in the process), extracting ripe flavors to an...
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6/17/20
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A Moulin-à-Vent triptych

A Moulin-à-Vent triptych

Julia Harding MW 16 Jun 2020 Serious beaujolais is one of the best-value wines around. But how do the recent vintages that are currently drinking so well compare? Here's how one of the most ambitious producers sees them. Triptych was the word chosen by owner Édouard Parinet to describe three vintages of his Ch du Moulin-à-Vent bottling, the emblematic cuvée of the estate, which also makes several single-vineyard wines. They form a perfect trinity: two extreme vintages in 2015 and 2017 framing 2016, 'the referee in the middle', as Parinet calls it. My notes on these wines are at the...
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6/16/20
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The battle to get Pouilly-Fuissé the Premier Cru recognition it deserves

The battle to get Pouilly-Fuissé the Premier Cru recognition it deserves

The wines of Pouilly and Fuissé have long been recognised as “first class,” in fact at the start of the Nineteenth Century scholars put the wines on a par with other great wine regions like Meursault and Montrachet. But the Mâconnais is still the only region in Burgundy that does not have vineyard hierarchy. Before lockdown LM Archer travelled to the region to find out how the thirteen-year application for Premier Cru status was progressing for a number of climats, a process that has been temporarily closed down because of the virus. By L.M. ArcherJune 10, 2020 “Some climats in...
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6/10/20
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How Importers and Distributors are Adapting to a New Reality Without Restaurants and Bars

How Importers and Distributors are Adapting to a New Reality Without Restaurants and Bars

How Importers and Distributors are Adapting to a New Reality Without Restaurants and Bars words: TIM MCKIRDY illustration: GERRY SELIAN   It’s no secret that retail alcohol sales have boomed during the Covid-19 pandemic. Most notably, the wine and spirits sectors have seen significant growth. Between March 1 and May 5, retail wine sales increased more than 30 percent compared to the same period last year, according to an IRI data report. Spirits sales, meanwhile, experienced 44.1 percent YOY growth during the same period. While the percentages are positive, not all wine and spirits importers and distributors are enjoying the spoils of the retail boom. In terms...
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1/6/20
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7 Fine And Rare Wines To Try This International Wine Day

7 Fine And Rare Wines To Try This International Wine Day

22 May 2020 by Kelly Sullivan As if we needed an excuse to celebrate wine! International Wine Day gives us the opportunity to share some truly special releases from some of the best wineries from around the world and we've got some exciting bottles to share. We're lucky to live in an era in which such fine and rare wine can be easily accessed online, be it via auction at Christie's or through private trading plaforms such as Berry Bros and Rudd's BBX. We continue to be privy to the ever-changing trends in wine, such as advancements in technology, sustainable...
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5/22/20
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10 Great Bottles of Italian White Wine Under $25

10 Great Bottles of Italian White Wine Under $25

Though noted primarily for red wine, Italy actually makes more white. These are diverse, delicious, great values and not a pinot grigio among them. Credit...Tony Cenicola/The New York Times By Eric Asimov May 21, 2020 Regardless of the ubiquity of pinot grigio and Prosecco, the antiquated notion of Italy as solely a red wine culture retains its tenacious grip on the imagination. It was not true 20 years ago, and it’s not true today. Italy makes more wine than any other country on earth, and it might surprise you, as it did me, to learn that it makes more white than...
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5/22/20
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Understanding Wind, an Underappreciated Part of Wine

Understanding Wind, an Underappreciated Part of Wine

By Roger Morris Illustration by Julia Lea Most winds that sweep through the world’s vineyards bring both positive and negative results for winegrowers, often depending on the time of the season in which they blow. Whatever happens, you often can taste “the wind” in your glass. Whether a gentle breeze or howling tempest, wind is generally an underappreciated part of a vineyard’s terroir. Unlike soil, sun and location, you can’t see wind. Yet, winds are very important to the quality and quantity of the wine. In the U.S., we seldom give names to winds, but Europeans and Asians have honored...
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5/15/20
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Still Essential: Château du Moulin-à-Vent

Still Essential: Château du Moulin-à-Vent

If Anything, the Domaine of Reference for Moulin-à-Vent is Just Getting Better Kevin Day I spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about Opening a Bottle’s Essential Winemakers lists. Now at 52 producers and counting (23 in France, 29 in Italy), they have become my playlists of taste. But when you are curating a list of who belongs on your readers’ wine racks — or who should adorn their kitchen table, or who should initiate their best first taste of an appellation — the stakes seem high. Take for instance Beaujolais, in northeastern France, where Yann Bertrand and Château du...
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5/9/20
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Second Generation Winemaker Hugh Davies Continues To Produce USA’s First Blanc De Blancs

Second Generation Winemaker Hugh Davies Continues To Produce USA’s First Blanc De Blancs

This photo shows bottles of sparkling wine on a riddling rack inside a cave at Schramsberg Vineyards ... [+] ASSOCIATED PRESS The first vintage of Schramsberg sparkling wine was released in 1965, the same year Hugh Davies was born. Said to be the first winery in the United States to produce a Blanc de Blancs, or 100 percent Chardonnay sparkling wine, Schramsberg paved the way for California’s fine sparkling wine industry, which has come to be dominated by producers that are extensions of well-known French Champagne houses. Hugh has been president and CEO of Schramsberg since 2005. In addition to making...
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5/6/20
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Wine and spirits suppliers hopeful as US restaurants reopen

Wine and spirits suppliers hopeful as US restaurants reopen

4th May, 2020 by Roger Morris Despite late invoices, importers and distributors plan to partner in getting the critical, but severely wounded, wine market back on its feet. In the best of times, restaurants run on very thin financial margins requiring a large percentage of their tables be filled every day their doors are open. So when the coronavirus pandemic caused American governors and mayors in early March to shut down restaurant dining rooms as a public health precaution, many owners declared it was doubtful they would ever open again. That prophecy has resonated with the country’s smaller importers and...
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5/4/20
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