• Restaurant Talk: Milwaukee's Best, Brothers Joe and Paul Bartolotta (Wine Spectator)

    How did the Bartolotta brothers, partners in the Milwaukee-based Bartolotta Restaurants group, become leading restaurateurs in the Midwest? Joe Bartolotta, president and co-owner, would point out that his brother, Paul, brought talent and experience from working in the kitchens of storied spots like the Rainbow Room in New York and Spiaggia in Chicago; he had been executive chef at the latter for nine years. But Paul, chef and co-owner, would credit Joe's knack for finding business opportunities
  • Singapore Airlines expand Burgundy wine offering

    Singapore Airlines will be offering an extensive selection of Burgundies. The airline plans to introduce 47 wines from Burgundy for Premium Class customers, rotating them over an 18-month period, thanks to a new sourcing policy which sees its wine consultants visit vineyards to source ‘small-batch’ wines.
    The three consultants – Oz Clarke, Jeannie Cho Lee MW and Michael Hill-Smith MW – have sourced a number of Grand Cru and Premier Cru labels from producers including Faiv
  • A taste of Bolgheri: Ornellaia wine 1990-2016

    The famous Viale dei Cipressi leads to the small medieval hamlet of Bolgheri, renowned for producing some of Italy's greatest wines.A single long road called the Viale dei Cipressi, named after the cypress trees which flank it on either side, signals your arrival in Bolgheri. The region’s vineyards grow just three miles from the Tyrrhenian Sea and are sheltered by a large forrested hillside area called the ‘Magona’. The refreshing influence of sea breezes, allied with night and
  • The Highest Wine Bar in America Rises—12,500 Feet Up (Wine Spectator)

    High up in the Rockies, sunshine skiing season is in full swing, and this year, there's a new way for the slopeside wine lovers to après to the extreme. Just opened this year at Colorado's Arapahoe Basin Ski Area (known fondly as A-Basin), restaurant and wine bar Il Rifugio at Snowplume invites winter sportspersons to get cozy, sip wine and nibble on Italian bites … if they can get to the place, perched 12,500 feet up on the Continental Divide. Claiming the title of "highest restau
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  • Permitted Champagne grapes – Ask Decanter

    What other grapes are permitted in Champagne?Stephen Forster, Enniskillen, asks: I recently tasted an excellent crémant made with Pinot Noir and Gamay grapes.
    I believe that Gamay was permitted in Champagne up until the early 1960s. Why was this discontinued? I also note that apart from the three major Champagne grape varieties, four others are still allowed: Arbane, Petit Meslier, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris.
    Are there any notable producers using these varieties and what characteristics
  • Decanter’s top rated New Zealand wines at Vinexpo New York

    Decanter returned to Vinexpo New York to host another top masterclass with Elin McCoy showcasing New Zealand winners from the Decanter World Wine Awards 2018.For the second year Vinexpo New York returned to the Javits Exhibition Centre in Manhattan. The trade-only show took place on the 4th-5th March.
    Decanter hosted a masterclass featuring eight New Zealand winners from the 2018 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) which was led by wine writer and columnist Elin McCoy.
    Elin McCoy, Wine &
  • Anson: Comparing St-Emilion 1989 and 1998

    Jane Anson compares 1989 and 1990 St Emilion Two ‘five star’ vintages that are now 20 and 30 years old respectively. And both saw the best of the weather and the results on the Right Bank.Scroll down for Jane Anson’s St-Emilion 1989 and 1998 tasting notes
    Tasting St-Emilion 1989 and 1998:
     See also: Jefford tastes 1998 Right Bank Bordeaux
    The post Anson: Comparing St-Emilion 1989 and 1998 appeared first on Decanter.
  • Château Latour releases 2008 vintage

    They include a re-release for the 2008 Grand Vin, priced at £2,550 per six bottles in bond with Fine + Rare, and the first release of Les Forts de Latour 2013 at £825 per six.
    In 2012, Château Latour announced that it was quitting the en primeur system after the release of its 2011 wines, and has since released older vintages each year, still through the Bordeaux merchant system.
    The property has retained all of its new vintages for release when it considers they are ready, in
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  • Great San Francisco wine bars to visit

    San Francisco has a wealth of great bars..This article was updated in March 2019, but still includes relevant bars and restaurants originally recommended by sommelier and winemaker Rajat Parr in 2015.
    Stylish-yet-casual, and a good date venue, newly-opened Verjus offers an extensive wine list with new takes on classic regions, including several fresher styles of wine emerging from California. Natural wine fans would identify with a good proportion of the list, from Georgian orange wines t
  • Private Cellars: In the Wine Cellar of Tabasco's 'Sauce Boss' (Wine Spectator)

    Note: This article originally appeared in the Oct. 31, 2018, issue of Wine Spectator.Wine pairs with anything; Tabasco pairs with anything. And the person pairing both together is McIlhenny Co. CEO Tony Simmons, whose passion for the fruit of the vine—and the fruit of the pepperbush—led to his 3,000-bottle cellar on Avery Island, La.Simmons represents the fifth generation of his family to helm the ubiquitous hot sauce brand, a dynasty he likens to that of a storied winemaking clan&md
  • Tasting Quinta do Noval’s single-varietal wines

    The Douro valley is home to many different grape varieties.I originally encountered Quinta do Noval’s Touriga Nacional and Syrah in 2009. The house, famous for its vintage Port, had access to Petit Verdot and Syrah expertise – as well as pedigree cuttings – from sister-label Château Pichon Baron in Bordeaux and former sister-label, Domaine Mas Belles Eaux in the Languedoc.
    But making single-varietal wines – let alone from French varieties – subverts conve
  • Vintage Wine Estates Buys California Pinot Noir Specialist Laetitia (Wine Spectator)

    Vintage Wine Estates is betting big on California's Central Coast. The Sonoma-based wine company has purchased Laetitia, a Pinot Noir and sparkling wine specialist that helped pioneer the cool Arroyo Grande Valley in the Central Coast region. The sale includes the brand, the winery and 287 acres of vines planted mostly to Pinot and Chardonnay, as well as an additional 400 plantable acres. The sale price was not disclosed, but an industry source told Wine Spectator that it's in the range of $30 m