• Your Rosé May Be Late this Year: Wine and the Government Shutdown (Wine Spectator)

    Benovia winery in the Russian River Valley was planning to label and release its first Blanc de Noirs sparkling wine this spring, but the partial government shutdown has put those plans on hold. Due to the lapse in funding, the government agency responsible for approving Benovia's wine labels, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), has shut its doors and suspended its approval process for new alcoholic beverages, leaving the winery in a bind. "Until you have label approval they won'
  • 8 & $20 Recipe: Chicken Thighs with Pan Sauce, Lemon and Kale (Wine Spectator)

    Eight ingredients, plus pantry staples. That's all it takes to make an entire meal from scratch. Add in a good bottle of wine for less than $20, and you've got a feast for family or friends.Searing meat or poultry adds appealing color and flavors, but it also creates something else: those oils and crispy bits at the bottom of the pan. Too often neglected, the juices and particles left behind after a sear are an excellent way to lend depth to a dish, thanks to the French technique of deglazing, o
  • Napa new releases to drink in 2019

    After a series of challenging years characterised by climatic extremes, 2019 delivers some highly anticipated Napa wine releases...We can’t forget the excessive rain and wildfires that have blighted California over the last few years, but winemakers have battled on through.
     
     
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  • Whiskies dominate Christie’s top 10 ‘wine lots’ for 2018

    Results released by Christie’s show why 2018 may go down as the year when whiskies went mainstream in the fine wine auction market.The Macallan 50 Year Old single malt Scotch, in a Lalique bottle, was one of the top auction lots at Christie's in 2018. Whiskies made up four of the top seven wine and spirits lots auctioned by Christie’s globally in 2018, in US dollar terms.
    Top lot for the year was the record-breaking The Macallan 1926, 60 Year Old single malt Scotch, which sold for $1
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  • Austria: Native vines, Distinctive vines

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    What do Grüner Veltliner, Blaufränkisch and rarities like Rotgipfler, Zierfandler or Sankt Laurent have in common? They are all indigenous Austrian grape varieties, which are all still planted there.
    Whites: an extended family
    Austria’s outstanding player at all levels among white grapes is Grüner Veltliner: invigorating, peppery and refreshing wines, medium-weight examples with firm body, but also highly concentrated, profound and fascinatin
  • Greywacke: Ten years on

    You can't mention Greywacke without mentioning Cloudy Bay...Kevin Judd founded Greywacke after leaving Cloudy Bay.And mentioning Cloudy Bay brings history – the weight of New Zealand’s fate once seemingly hung on its shoulders.
    Of course, brands such as Brancott and Villa Maria have more than played their parts in the high-volume arena, but Cloudy Bay was at the forefront of the country’s transformation into an international power in the ‘fine wine’ sphere, particul
  • Organic Champagnes to try in 2019

    We bring you a selection of organic Champagnes to try from smaller-scale producers...Organic Champagne is produced without the use of chemicals in the vineyard, and only minimal levels of sulphites...According to the Association des Champagnes Biologiques, only 600 of the 33,000 hectares of vines in Champagne are certified organic, or in the process of certification.
    That’s a tiny percentage. The caveat is that not all producers seek certification, citing cost and principles as r
  • Wine Talk: Country-Music Star Carly Pearce Doesn't Hide Her Love of Wine (Wine Spectator)

    With chart-topping songs and a network of devoted fans across the United States, Carly Pearce, 28, is one of the leading ladies of country music right now. After nearly a decade of trying to "make it" in Nashville, the singer-songwriter notched a breakout hit in 2017 with her emotional ballad "Every Little Thing," leading to a record deal, touring gigs with Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan, and an appearance in last year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. She followed her debut success with "Hide the
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  • Valparaíso | Casablanca Valley Best Of Wine Tourism award winners 2019

    Promotional featureThe winning wineries, restaurants and hotels that excel inValparaíso | Casablanca Valley in Chile Winners 2019. The areas that make up Valparaíso|Casablanca Valley in Chile have seen the benefits since its appointment as a Great Wine Capital. As such, the most outstanding wineries and organisations that have enhanced the local economy and tourism were recognised with a Best Of Wine Tourism 2019 award in the categories of Accommodation, Restaurants, Sustainability
  • US Supreme Court hears dispute on wine selling rules

    A wine trade dispute with the potential to set an important precedent on inter-state sales has been heard by US Supreme Court judges this week.US Supreme Court courtoom. A hearing before Supreme Court justices on 16 January has been billed as potentially the most important case since the Granholm v Heald decision in 2005, which helped paved the way for wineries to sell directly to consumers beyond their own state.
    At issue in the current case, Tennessee Wine & Spirits Retailers Association v
  • Best value Rhône 2017 wines

    If you're looking for more bang for your buck, keep an eye out for these wines as they're released by wine merchants...St-Joseph is where the best value can be found. Matt Walls selects St-Joseph as the best value appellation in 2017 in his En-primeur report, stating that ‘in a vintage like this, St-Joseph is home to some of the best value wines of France’.
    But the Rhône contains so much variety that value can be found in plenty of other appellations too. Here, Matt picks
  • Barolo patriarch Beppe Colla dies

    The patriarch of Barolo, Beppe Colla, has died aged 88, in the year he would have celebrated his 70th harvest.The area of Barolo DOCG as we know it today is the result of his hard work. In 1960 he joined forces with Renato Ratti and Gildo Cavallotto (among others) on the commission to plot the outer boundaries of the Barolo wine terroir, preparing the DOC.
    ‘We tried to work on typicity to explain where vineyards have been included in the incoming appellation and where they have been not,&r