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jamie goode's wine blog: On dentists and teeth
I had a problem. I woke up on Saturday with a nagging ache in my mouth, towards the back, at the left. It wasn’t the sharp pain you’d normally associate with toothache, but it hurt, and when I bit down on the last molar, it was very uncomfortable. Oh well, I thought, it will go away. [...]
The Wine Sleuth: Prosecco for the weekend
Prosecco is now the best selling sparkling wine in the UK and for good reason. It’s fresh and bubbly without having to break the bank. A drink that can be enjoyed in celebration, whether it’s a job promotion, birthday or just because it’s the weekend. Prosecco is made from the Glera grape and all quality […] The post Prosecco for the weekend appeared first on The Wine Sleuth.
Reverse Wine Snob®: Carlos Serres Reserva – Silky Smooth Rioja Goodness
The highly satisfying Carlos Serres Reserva at a great Costco price. 90% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano from 30 year old vines in the Finca El Estanque vineyard in Haro, Rioja, Spain. The wine is aged for 24 months in a combination of French and American oak barrels and then a minimum of 12 more months […] The post Carlos Serres Reserva – Silky Smooth Rioja Goodness appeared first on Reverse Wine Snob®.
winegoggle: New Winemaker at De Wetshof
De Wetshof Estate in Robertson welcomed a new winemaker at the beginning of the year with Danie Morkel joining the team of this premier wine farm known for its range of site-specific Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and other wines. A BSc graduate in Oenology and Viticulture from the University of Stellenbosch, Danie also holds an MBA […]
jamie goode's wine blog: Four affordable Kiwi Pinot Noirs
As I write, I’m at the departure gate waiting to embark on a rather long journey to Kiwi land. So a chance to write up four affordable New Zealand Pinot Noirs I had the other night. Seresin Leah Pinot Noir 2012 Marlborough, New Zealand £20 Noel Young, Fareham Wine Cellar, The New Zealand Cellar 13% alcohol A blend of [...]
winegoggle: The Power of Trusting Neil Ellis Wines
There are wine brands that I grow into trusting. Others delicately instil trust through providing impressionable bits of joy and genius. Then, one or three grab me by the throat and force me to trust them through their sheer power of conviction and unbridled brilliance. Neil Ellis and his wines belong in the latter category, […]
Reverse Wine Snob®: Portal da Calcada Vinho Verde – Deliciously Delicious
The Portal da Calcada Vinho Verde, a wine with gastronomic aptitude. An equal blend of Loureiro, Arinto, Azal and Trajadura from Vinho Verde, Portugal. The wine is fermented in stainless steel and has residual sugar of 6g/L. This review is brought to you by Vinho Verde Wines. The Portal da Calcada Vinho Verde typically sells […] The post Portal da Calcada Vinho Verde – Deliciously Delicious appeared first on Reverse Wine Snob®.
Grape Wall of China: Charles Carrard of Paradox | Online wine sales, hypermarket trends and restaurant lessons
By Jim Boyce | I recently talked to a bunch of trade people for a Shanghai retail story in Meininger’s Wine Business International. We could only ... The post Charles Carrard of Paradox | Online wine sales, hypermarket trends and restaurant lessons appeared first on Grape Wall of China.
The Wine Economist: Which Brexit? Good, Bad & Ugly Scenarios for Global Wine Markets
As last week’s column explained, Britain’s exit from the European Union (a.k.a. Brexit) will disrupt global wine markets in a variety of ways. British wine drinkers will be affected, of course, but so will consumers and producers in other countries as global markets react, redirect, and seek out new market equilibria. How much will the […]
jamie goode's wine blog: Two affordable Grüner Veltliners
I’m a big fan of Grüner Veltliner, Austria’s specialist grape variety. Here are two easily available, affordable examples that deliver some of the personality of this grape. Domaine Wachau Weissenkirchen Grüner Veltliner Federspiel 2015 Wachau, Austria £10.99 Majestic, £9.89 mix six price 12.5% alcohol This is nicely aromatic with floral citrus fruits, coupled with some trademark white pepper that’s [...]
Natalie MacLean: Best LCBO Wine Reviews: Vintages Ratings January 21
You can access the 98 wines that I reviewed for as a text wine list with my complete tasting notes, scores, food matches. You can also see my wine reviews for January 7. If you are a Paid Member, you can add my wine picks to your custom shopping list with one click and access that list on your smartphone to find the stock for each wine in your closest LCBO store. These are just some of the benefits of supporting out wine community as a Paid Member. Inventory stock numbers are usually posted online a day or two […]
Natalie MacLean: Icewine: The Complete Story
Icewine: The Complete Story by John Schreiner Icewine: The Complete Story written by John Schreiner, one of Canada’s most talented writers, gives an in-depth history of one of the country’s most coveted wines. Buy it from Amazon Canada: CDN $21.21 Buy it from Chapters/Indigo Canada: CDN $19.95 Buy it from Amazon U.S.: US $13.27 Buy it from Barnes & Noble: US $18.95
Natalie MacLean: Top 10 Icewines from Ontario and BC: Inniskillin Chardonnay Icewine, Megalomaniac Riesling Icewine, Ganton & Larsen Propect Vidal Icewine, Jackson-Triggs Gewurztraminer Icewine
What could be more festive than icewine in the winter. Here are some of my favourites. It always helps to have some back-up choices in case those below are already sold out. You can also add my Top Wine Picks to your custom shopping list by clicking on the little shopping cart icon. Stock up for the chilly weather ahead, then enjoy! Natalie
Natalie MacLean: The Wine that Came in from the Cold: Icewine
Not a breath of wind caresses the snow-blanketed vineyards. The tar-black sky is pin-pricked with stars, and a full moon sends shadows slithering out between the scarecrow vines. Stooped figures in Arctic gear coax their bare fingers to snap off bunches of frozen grapes. That’s what the annual icewine harvest looks like in Niagara at this time of the year. It results in a wine that combines the sweetness of lusciously ripe fruit with a silver edge of acidity that’s as crisp as the winter wind. Despite its modern association with Canada, icewine was actually discovered in Germany, by accident, […]
winegoggle: Heavy Rains hit Northern Cape Grape Farmers ahead of 2017 Harvest
Newsflash! For the Lower Orange River wine region, 2017 started with a deluge of rainfall with some areas to th east of Upington experiencing extraordinary overnight showers of up to 150mm. While much of the drought-stricken Northern Cape rejoiced at the rain, these levels of precipitation are not what grape farmers want at the critical […]
Traveling Wine Chick: Dutton-Goldfield Winery
Once you visit Dutton-Goldfield Winery in the Russian River Valley, you understand the significance of the phrase ‘cool climate’ with regard to winegrowing and winemaking. It is indeed quite chilly in the mornings, with moderating breezes throughout the day. I must confess that if I were not living in the Napa Valley, I would love to … More Dutton-Goldfield Winery