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jamie goode's wine blog: Some lovely high-end wines from Catena, Argentina
By a stroke of coincidence, while I was in Victoria (Vancouver Island, not Australia) today I got to try through this set of wines from Argentina star winery Catena, presented by Catena’s Andrea Nuñez and Daniel Stiefvater of Trialto (the company that brings them into this part of Canada). I was impressed, especially by the [...]
Travel Wine Chick: William Harrison Vineyards and Winery
During my second visit to the Napa Valley in August 2009, I visited William Harrison Vineyards and Winery. My memories of that visit are of the bear in the tasting room, the friendliness of the staff, and their Rutherford Red blend. I am happy to share that very little has changed in seven years. *CLICK … More William Harrison Vineyards and Winery
jamie goode's wine blog: Pinot Noir 2017, Wellington, New Zealand – a film
While I was attending Pinot Noir 2017, I put together a short-ish film of the proceedings, capturing some of the best moments of the three days. It was a trill remarkable event: it wasn’t just the 117 wineries and the lovely New Zealand Pinot Noirs they poured, but instead there was a narrative theme running [...]
jamie goode's wine blog: A lovely meal at Burdock & Co, Vancouver
I’ve eaten in a few places over the last few days in Vancouver, but the highlight was a meal at the fabulous Burdock & Co. It’s a small, intimate place with a menu based on sharing-style plates made from good local ingredients, with a brilliant wine list that’s compact, but offers real diversity, stocked with [...]
jamie goode's wine blog: Canadian Wine at Vancouver winefest: Ontario Pinot Noir
This session at the Vancouver wine festival focused on Pinot Noir from Ontario. ‘It’s a difficult place to grow Pinot,’ says John Szabo, who led the session. ‘There are realities to growing Pinot Noir. It is expensive to grow and it doesn’t always work out well.’ Altogether there are 17 000 acres of vines in Ontario, [...]
Travel Wine Chick: You had me at aphrodisiac!
Working in the wine business, I attend many events. After a while, many start to feel the same. However, at Dutton-Goldfield Winery in the Russian River Valley, which I reviewed previously, the event planners are clearly thinking outside of the box. One such event was their recent Aphrodisiac Food & Wine Pairing Class taught by … More You had me at aphrodisiac!
Grape Wall of China: Tmall of America | New online store to promote U.S. wines in China
By Jim Boyce | Shanghai-based distributor American Wine Merchants (AMW) has announced it is cooperating with several U.S. wine promotion groups to open a Tmall ...
jamie goode's wine blog: Canadian wine at the Vancouver winefest: wines from British Columbia
More Canadian wine at the Vancouver International Wine Festival. This tasting was a tour of British Columbia’s wine regions with a star panel ably led by Rhys Pender. Taking part were Michael Bartier of Bartier Bros, Nikki Callaway of Quail’s Gate, JAK Meyer of Meyer Family Vineyards, David Paterson of Tantalus and Chris Turyk of [...]
Reverse Wine Snob®: Murrieta’s Well The Spur – A Thoroughbred of a Red Blend
Murrieta’s Well The Spur Red Blend, a lovely wine from the Livermore Valley. 40% Petite Sirah, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 8% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 8% Malbecfrom Livermore Valley, California, California. The wine is aged for 24 months in a combination of new and previously used French oak barrels. The Murrieta’s Well […] The post Murrieta’s Well The Spur – A Thoroughbred of a Red Blend appeared first on Reverse Wine Snob®.
winegoggle: VinPro and Wosa Reaction on Swartland Sandmining
Press release An increase in sand mining in the Paardeberg area, Swartland, might have a detrimental effect on wine tourism and South Africa’s reputation as a producer of top quality wines. The South African wine industry bodies VinPro and Wines of South Africa said in a joint statement that sand mining – especially in cases […]
jamie goode's wine blog: Canadian wine at the Vancouver winefest: star whites from Ontario
I’m currently in Vancouver at the Vancouver International Wine Festival. Apparently, this is North America’s longest running and largest wine festival. So far it has been really interesting. Each year there is a theme country, and because it is Canada’s 150th anniversary, Canada is the theme. So I’ll be writing up my Canadian wine experiences, beginning [...]
Natalie MacLean: Discovering the Jewel Grape of Austrian Wine
By Alex and Priya, A Vine Romance Austria. The first thing that comes to mind when most people hear this country is The Sound of Music and Julie Andrews singing My Favorite Things! However, this little European country is known for something else that will likely become one of your favourite things, Gruner Veltliner. Read on as Alex sheds light on this versatile grape as well as other wines that are made in Austria. Priya: I don’t even think I knew Austria made wine! Why do you think it’s such a little-known region to non-sommeliers? Alex: For one thing, Austrian […]
winegoggle: 7 Things to Consider When Choosing a Social Media Champion for Your Winery
It is the newest gig in town, shake an old oak tree in the winelands and nine so-called social media experts fall out of it, each claiming to drive your winery or brand into the stratosphere. No, these folk aren’t all created equal. This is my check-list when deciding on one to use: 1. Wine […]
jamie goode's wine blog: New Zealand Pinot Noir: some favourites from Central Otago and Waitaki
Continuing my round up of top Pinot Noirs from the recent New Zealand trip, here are some favourites from Central Otago, with a couple from North Otago’s Waitaki thrown in too. I’ve been coming to Central Otago regularly since 2010, and there’s been a steady evolution. This is unsurprising: after all, the first commercial wine [...]
Grape Wall of China: Grape Wall Challenge 8 | Chinese consumers judge local wines
By Jim Boyce | Call it our tribute to the Chinese consumer: every year we hold the Grape Wall Challenge and ask occasional drinkers to ...
The Wine Sleuth: Help Send the Winesleuth to Discover India’s Wine Regions
Who doesn’t love wine? Wine is a big part of my life and I don’t just mean drinking it. I am passionate about uncovering the story of wine as well as tasting and finding the best wines and places to drink them for my readers. Especially wines that are undiscovered and need a light shone […] The post Help Send the Winesleuth to Discover India’s Wine Regions appeared first on The Wine Sleuth.