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The Best Holiday Bubbles – Crisp and bright and perfect with rich winter dishes, blanc de blancs Champagne is making a big splash this season.

The Best Holiday Bubbles – Crisp and bright and perfect with rich winter dishes, blanc de blancs Champagne is making a big splash this season.

"Behind some of history's greatest cultural contributions-Albert Einstein's theory of relativity, Lord Byron's poetry, and Salvador Dalí­'s surrealism-you're likely to find an eccentric with a mustache. Such was the case with Eugène-Aimé Salon, the creator of Champagne's first blanc de blancs (white wine made from white grapes, as opposed to blanc de noirs, white wine made from red grapes)." Click here to read the full article.
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Heather John, December 2009
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The Best Holiday Bubbles – Crisp and bright and perfect with rich winter dishes, blanc de blancs Champagne is making a big splash this season.

The Best Holiday Bubbles – Crisp and bright and perfect with rich winter dishes, blanc de blancs Champagne is making a big splash this season.

"Behind some of history's greatest cultural contributions-Albert Einstein's theory of relativity, Lord Byron's poetry, and Salvador Dalí­'s surrealism-you're likely to find an eccentric with a mustache. Such was the case with Eugène-Aimé Salon, the creator of Champagne's first blanc de blancs (white wine made from white grapes, as opposed to blanc de noirs, white wine made from red grapes)." Click here to read the full article.
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Heather John, December 2009
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Charitable efforts in Chianti: Volpaia for Ethiopia

Charitable efforts in Chianti: Volpaia for Ethiopia

A high-caliber Chianti Classico in aid of African children is the bet Castello del Volpaia is making to benefit the “Save the Children” fund. It will devote 100% of its revenue from sales of 1,483 bottles of its finest wine to a community education project whose goal is building 4 schools and digging 4 potable water wells in a part of the Ethiopian desert, Tigray, to guarantee a better future for thousands of children and their communities. The wine chosen for the fund-raising is not your garden-variety: it’s the 2006 vintage of Puro, a collector’s Chianti Classico rating 3 glasses...
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November 19, 2009
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Piedmont Comes of Age

Piedmont Comes of Age

This year, I left my tastings of the wines of Piedmont energized and excited. Simply put, I have never encountered so many delicious wines from so many different producers. In order to understand what is happening in Piedmont it is instructive to look at the last 20-25 years of history. Like many regions, modern technology had a profound impact on the quality of wines beginning in the 1980s, with the widespread adoption of temperature control in fermentation, the reduction of fermentation/maceration times and the introduction of French oak barrels, which also led to shorter periods of oak aging. Barolo and...
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Antonio Galloni, October 31, 2009
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James Suckling’s comments on Tuscany’s 2006 vintage

James Suckling’s comments on Tuscany’s 2006 vintage

"The 2006 vintage really illustrates how Sangiovese has come of age in the past decade, producing great wines in many areas, especially Montalcino and Chianti Classico. Since the classic year of 1997, there have been eight outstanding vintages for the indigenous grape variety: 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2001 and 1999. And it seems to be getting better and better. As I have reviewed more wines from the 2006 harvest-and tasted the evolution of others-I have upgraded my overall vintage rating for 2006 in Chianti and Chianti Classico from 93 points to 96 points, just behind my rating for 1997."
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James Suckling, October 31, 2009
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James Suckling’s comments on the 2006 Chianti Classico Riservas

James Suckling’s comments on the 2006 Chianti Classico Riservas

"I especially like the 2006 riservas. Some producers obviously take the riserva category seriously, bottling a selection of their best wines or focusing on a top vineyard and then aging the wine an extra year before release. Here are just a few of the 2006 Chianti Classico riservas to look for: the Castello di Querceto Il Picchio (94, $55), the Casaloste Don Vincenzo (93, $70), the Casalvento (93, $29), the Castello di Bossi Berardo (93, $41), the Castello di Volpaia Coltassala (93, $54) and the Viticcio (93, $32)."
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James Suckling, October 31, 2009
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Touring Tuscany for Less

Touring Tuscany for Less

Budget-Minded Travelers Will Find That Italy's Most Luxurious Experiences Are Now Within Reach - Castello Di Volpaia Nestled within the vineyards and rolling hills of Radda-in-Chianti, the family-run Castello di Volpaia offers gorgeous accommodations (individual villas and apartments are available), an excellent cooking school and outdoor activities. In fact, the Borgo di Volpaia is its own medieval town and the venue is perfect for weddings and bigger groups. A weeklong stay for two people costs from 600 to 2,175 euros ($790 to $2,870) in one of the fully equipped apartments during the spring and summer months. Castello di Volpaia is...
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Monica Larner, June 2009
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Castello di Volpaia Proprietors Release First Wines From New Maremma Estate, Prelius

Castello di Volpaia Proprietors Release First Wines From New Maremma Estate, Prelius

CASTELLO DI VOLPAIA PROPRIETORS RELEASE FIRST WINES FROM NEW MAREMMA ESTATE, PRELIUS Organically farmed vineyards, contemporary packaging and affordable prices Castiglione della Pescaia, Italy (April 10, 2009) – The Stianti Mascheroni family, leaders in Tuscany’s organic viticultural movement, will debut its first vintage of Prelius wines worldwide this spring. The Prelius estate is located in the hilly amphitheater of Tuscany’s Maremma region, which marks the family’s first venture outside its Chianti Classico estate. Prelius wines are made with grapes grown in organically farmed vineyards managed by Federica Mascheroni Stianti, daughter of Castello di Volpaia proprietors Giovannella Stianti and Carlo Mascheroni....
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April 10, 2009
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Under the Tuscan Sun

Under the Tuscan Sun

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Tom Hyland, Winter 2009-2010
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My Wines of the Year

My Wines of the Year

I have become increasingly drawn to what might be called lighter-textured wines. Mind you, I'm not talking here about "light" wines, but rather, wines (especially reds) that deliver a potent flavor impact yet are neither weighty nor leaden on the palate. They are, instead, wines you want to drink by the bottle rather than by the glass. North American Gamays-This is a category that, however premature it may seem, I believe is a coming thing for red wine lovers who seek fine drink-by-the-bottle reds. The emerging fact is that Gamay Noir can be impressive when grown in the same districts...
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Matt Kramer, December 31, 2009
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