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Jamie Goode's wine blog : In Norway for the Sandefjord Wine Festival
Preparing the festival tent I’ve just spent the weekend in Norway, at the Sandefjord Wine Festival. Sandefjord is a small seaside town about two hours’ train ride south of Oslo, and it’s a lovely place to hang out, especially when the weather is favourable. The wine festival is a collaboration between a few local importers, and [...]
Reverse Wine Snob®: Craggy Range Te Kahu Gimblett Gravels – Proof New Zealand Offers Much More Than Sauvignon Blanc
Revisiting one of the bottles that got me hooked on wine, the Craggy Range Te Kahu Gimblett Gravels. 76% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc and 2% Malbec from New Zealand. The wine was aged in 18% new oak barriques for 17 months. Sample submitted for review. The Craggy Range Te Kahu Gimblett Gravels […] The post Craggy Range Te Kahu Gimblett Gravels – Proof New Zealand Offers Much More Than Sauvignon Blanc appeared first on Reverse Wine Snob®.
winegoggle: Wines Worth Burning the Wallet For
Anyone with a nose to the local wine industry will have heard industry pundits, propagandists and prophets implying that this country’s wines are undervalued. Which is nothing more than a euphemism hinting that local and international consumers should be paying bigger for South African wines, and producers should be charging more. In terms of ensuring […]
Jamie Goode's wine blog : Commercializing social media, and being honest with readers
The landscape of wine writing has changed quite a bit since I first started earning money writing about wine. [This is a subject I’ve written about before here and here.] When I started out there were quite a few people making a good professional salary writing about wine. Several writers had specialist columns in newspapers that paid [...]
The Wine Sleuth: The Field in Hackney, Plant based cuisine
When I was in my twenties, I was a rather strict vegetarian, almost bordering on vegan but that was when I lived in Asia (3 years) and it was a fairly easy thing to do. I stuck to it until I went back to the States and once I smelled bacon, that was it for […] The post The Field in Hackney, Plant based cuisine appeared first on The Wine Sleuth.
Natalie MacLean: Best Canada Day Wines: Canada AM
Marci and I chat about the winners of The Great Canadian Wine Match on CTV’s Canada AM this morning. We focused on the winning wines that paired best with cheese, chicken, beef, seafood, pizza and dessert. You can find the complete list of Canadian wines here that were nominated. Here’s a text shopping list of more wines in stores now to celebrate July 1. Happy Canada Day! Natalie Marci: Thousands of Canadians have spoken and out of 279 entries six Canadian wines have emerged victorious in the first ever Great Canadian Wine Match. Here this morning to unveil the […]
Natalie MacLean: Best LCBO Wine Reviews: Vintages Ratings June 23
You can access the 110 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 June 9. 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 before […]
Jamie Goode's wine blog : Impressive new releases from Franco Lourens, a new South African star
Chris Alheit and Franco Lourens Franco Lourens is assistant winemaker with Chris Alheit, and also makes his own wines in the Alheit cellar in Hemel-en-Aarde. I tasted through the latest releases of the Lourens Family Wines and was really impressed, especially by the two new Chenin Blancs. These are pretty serious. Lourens Family Wines Lindi Carien [...]
Jamie Goode's wine blog : In Beaujolais: the elegant wines of Domaine David Chapel
Michele Smith-Chapel and David Chapel David Chapel has a restaurant background, having worked as a sommelier. His father (Alain Chapel) owned a restaurant that had the full complement of three Michelin stars. David also spent three years in Kobe, Japan. His father was good friends with Marcel Lapierre, and David went to work with the [...]
winegoggle: Fire and Beef at the end of the Earth
We had just stopped to see the waterfalls of Madeira when appetite struck. All that oxygen-rich air spilling in from the dense green plant growth and flowing out of the Atlantic Ocean had made us hungry like wolves, and the bowl of peanuts with the granadilla rum punch back in Funchal was not helping. The […]
Grape Wall of China: Rawson’s Retreat advances | Will it cause a ‘Yellowtail effect’ in China?
By Jim Boyce | Will Rawson’s Retreat do in China what Yellowtail did in the United States a decade ago, namely, associate Australia with relatively ...
Jamie Goode's wine blog : Visiting the spectacular Ribeira Sacra region with Envinate
Alfonso and Roberto Envinate began with four friends, who met studying wine at university, near Alicante. They decided to form a wine company together, and are now making some of Spain’s most exciting wines, with a focus on Ribeira Sacra and the Canary Islands. I met with two of them, Alfonso Torrente and Roberto Santana, to [...]
Jamie Goode's wine blog : Valdespino Manzanilla Deliciosa En Rama 2018 bottling
This is the 2018 bottling of the Valdespino single vineyard Manzanilla Deliciosa En Rama. It’s from six casks of the Manzanilla Deliciosa Solera, which comes from the Pago de Miraflores vineyard in Sanlucar de Barrameda, and it is bottled ‘en rama’ straight from the cask. Unusually for a sherry producer, Valdespino own 750 hectares of their own [...]
Grape Wall of China: WinItaly? Simone Incontro on a ‘comeback’ for Italian wine in China
By Jim Boyce | Italy has struggled to gain wine market share in China for the past decade and Shanghai-based Simone Incontro of Veronafiere is ...
winegoggle: Lanzerac and Stellenbosch Royalty
I am standing 400m up on a mountain overlooking the town of Stellenbosch, Table Mountain lurking in the distance. The steep slopes are covered with vines, as are those on the other side of the Jonkershoek Valley. Directly below, the white-washed old buildings of Lanzerac hotel and winery sparkle in the midday sun. I brace […]
Jamie Goode's wine blog : In the Okanagan: the impressive 50th Parallel Estate Winery
Matthew, Sheri-Lee and Curtis When we arrived at 50 Parallel, owners Curtis Krouzel and Sheri-Lee Turner-Krouzel were waiting for us. They look like rock stars, and they have built an incredible winery in the far north of the Okanagan, not far from Kelowna, that rivals even the grandeur of Mission Hill. They are also tremendously [...]