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All Burgundy, All the Time

All Burgundy, All the Time

At New York's La Paulée de New York, fashioned after the original three-day festival in Burgundy, hundreds of guests enjoyed some of the region's greatest wines including Domine Leflaive. Click here for the full article.
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Bruce Sanderson, March 11, 2009
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Tiny Bubbles: Sparkling Wines to Try

Tiny Bubbles: Sparkling Wines to Try

"For holidays and other special occasions, one wine stands out as the most festive and celebratory of them all: Champagne. Schramsberg Blanc de Noirs Brut Vintage Schramsberg, a top California sparkling-wine producer, makes bubblies that are complex, rich, and dramatic." Click here for full article
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Karen MacNeil, January 3, 2009
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Reaching Self-Sufficiency: One Pig at a Time

Reaching Self-Sufficiency: One Pig at a Time

When the Mascheroni Stianti family, proprietors of Castello di Volpaia in the heart of Chianti Classico, decided to return its ancient walled village to its roots of self-sufficiency a few years ago, they were well on the way to reaching that goal. The family had already revitalized the village’s vineyards, winery and frantoio, as well planted gardens and procured chickens. Running water was available. The next step was to source meat. In early 2006, the Mascheroni Stiantis purchased a Cinta Senese—an Italian heirloom pig that is a hybrid between a wild boar and a cultivated English breed. Cinta Senese pigs...
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December 29, 2008
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From Fungus to Fabulous

From Fungus to Fabulous

"Tokaji Aszu, the sweet, botrysized wine for which Hungary has been famous since the 17th century, is grown in the hills of Hegyalja, in the region of Tokaj. Made from white wine grapes, such as Furmint and Hárslevelü, the wine's sugar content and sugar-free extract is indiated by its puttony, which appears on the label. Ben Hawkins, who co-founded Royal Tokaji Wine Company with Hugh Johnson in 1993 to restore the reputation of the world's original botrytized wines from Hungary, sees chefs and sommeliers taking to the category with growing enthusiasm. 'As sweet as they are,' he says, 'botrytis wines...
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Thom Elkjer & Susan Kostrzewa, December 15, 2008
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Racy Reds Rich Whites: The 2006 vintage continues the Rhône Valley’s run of success

Racy Reds Rich Whites: The 2006 vintage continues the Rhône Valley’s run of success

The father-and-son team of Philippe and Vincent Jaboulet, following the sale fo their portion of Paul Jaboulet Aîné, has set up their own small eponymous domaine, which debuted this past year with a Hermitage 2006 (93) and a Hermitage White 2006 (92). The domaine fashions its estate-bottled wines from a combination of vineyards held over the family's previous venture and newly purchased vineyards. Click here for the full article.
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James Molesworth, November 30,2008
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Great Values from Barossa Valley

Great Values from Barossa Valley

2006 Grant Burge Barossa Vines Shiraz "One of Barossa's top producers, Grant Burge first released this straightforward red bottling a few years back. It's aged for 14 months in a combination of French and American oak, giving it some intriguing spice notes."
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October 2008
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Burgundy’s Triple Crown

Burgundy’s Triple Crown

The 2006 vintage marks the third outstanding year in succession for the Chardonnays of Burgundy. This is the good news for fans of these dry, complex white wines... Among the top 2005s in this report are a pair from Domaine Leflaive. Its Chevalier-Montrachet 2005 (97) is creamy in texture and layered with citronella, peach, floral and mineral aromas and flavors, while the domaine's Bâtard-Montrachet 2005 (96) delivers exotic notes of apricot, vanilla cream and a hint of coconut on a heavy-weight frame. Joseph Drouhin's exquisite Montrachet Marquis de Laguiche 2005 (96) displays its layers of spring blossom, honeysuckle, citrus, hazelnut...
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Bruce Sanderson, September 30, 2008
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Natural Buzz: The Philosophy Behind Biodynamic Wine

Natural Buzz: The Philosophy Behind Biodynamic Wine

"Anne–Claude Leflaive decided to experiment with biodynamics in 1989, after having met Claude Bourguignon. The last application of chemical fertilizer to the vines was in 1991, and the entire estate—54 acres in Côte de Beaune—was biodynamic by 1998." Click here for the full article.
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July 7, 2008
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All That Sparkles…

All That Sparkles…

"Back here at home, the sparkling wines coming out of California and Oregon are one more reason to celebrate...The very best, in my opinion, come from Schramsberg Vineyards in Napa Valley, a pioneer in sparkling-wine production in the U.S. Their Brut Rosé is sublime with a grilled veal chop but has enough backbone to stand up to a dish like the Black-Pepper-Roasted Duck Breasts with Grilled Plums."
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Heather John, June 1, 2008
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Ecole du Vin et des Terroirs Debuts

Ecole du Vin et des Terroirs Debuts

ECOLE DU VIN ET DES TERROIRS DEBUTSBurgundy wine growers, scientists and sensory experts join forces to create educational organizationALIGN=CENTER> St. Helena, California (April, 7 2008) – Anne-Claude Leflaive, director of Domaine Leflaive in Burgundy, France, in collaboration with six other highly respected Burgundy vintners, has founded Ecole du Vin et des Terroirs in Puligny-Montrachet. With the goal of broadening wine professionals’ knowledge and understanding, Ecole du Vin et des Terroirs is an educational program that focuses of vine growing and winemaking using an ecological, environmental and humanistic approach. The first school of its kind, Ecole du Vin et des Terroirs...
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April 7, 2008
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