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Grape Wall of China: The full Ponty | A family winery tells all about selling in China
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Reverse Wine Snob®: Villa Maria Bubbly Sauvignon Blanc – A Delicious Twist
Sauvignon Blanc like you’ve never had it before, the Villa Maria Bubbly Sauvignon Blanc. Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand. The wine was fermented in stainless steel and then bottled. The bubbles come from carbonation rather than any kind of secondary fermentation. It has residual sugar of 5.7 g/L. Sample submitted for review. The Villa […] The post Villa Maria Bubbly Sauvignon Blanc – A Delicious Twist appeared first on Reverse Wine Snob®.
Natalie MacLean: Shipping Wine Across Provincial Borders with Dan Paszkowski, Canadian Vintners Association
Do you think it makes sense that Canadian wine lovers can’t access their favourite Canadian wines directly from the winery? Enjoying Canadian wines directly from the winery should be your choice, yet these regulations make it illegal for you to do that. If you think this is ridiculous in this day and age, let your local politician know by emailing them right now! We believe that Direct-to-Consumer shipment respects your consumer choice, and helps grow the Canadian wine industry – something we can all get behind. Some facts: The Canadian wine industry contributes $9 billion to Canada’s economy Over 37,000 […]
Natalie MacLean: Video Wine Chat with Christine Sismondo of the Globe and Mail
You won’t want to miss our live video chat with Christine Sismondo, Globe & Mail Wine & Cocktail Columnist Join us Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 6 pm EST right here: www.facebook.com/natdecants/videos/ Click on “Get Reminder” on the page above to know when we go live. You can also click on “Follow” and “Like” buttons to know when we make updates. Listen to her stories and experiences as we taste wines together. Plus anything you want to ask Christine Sismondo. Watch previous episodes of the Sunday Sipper Club (SSC) and to find out who’s coming up next. […]
Natalie MacLean: Wine Stories with Forbes Wine Columnist Katie Kelly Bell (Video)
You won’t want to miss our live video chat with Katie Kelly Bell, Forbes Wine Columnist Join us Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 6 pm EST right here: www.facebook.com/natdecants/videos/ Click on “Get Reminder” on the page above to know when we go live. You can also click on “Follow” and “Like” buttons to know when we make updates. What wine stories are catching her interest lately? Plus anything you want to ask Katie Kelly Bell. Watch previous episodes of the Sunday Sipper Club (SSC) and to find out who’s coming up next. […]
Jamie Goode's wine blog : Restaurant reviews: Hide, London
Hide is the hot new London opening of 2018. I’m not so good at catching new openings – I’m hardly in the country – but the Monday before last I ate there for the first time, curious to see what all the fuss is about. Here’s my brief review. It’s owned by Yevgeny Chichvarkin, who is [...]
Reverse Wine Snob®: Santa Julia Plus Malbec – More Please!
Delicious Malbec at an outstanding price, the Santa Julia Plus Malbec. 100% Malbec from Maipu, Santa Rosa and Uco Valley vineyards in Mendoza, Argentina. 30% of the wine was aged in French oak barrels for 4 months and it has residual sugar of 4 g/L. Sample submitted for review. The Santa Julia Plus Malbec has […] The post Santa Julia Plus Malbec – More Please! appeared first on Reverse Wine Snob®.
Jamie Goode's wine blog : Matassa, revisiting the debut vintage
I found a bottle of Matassa’s first release kicking around. I bought a six-pack from Sam Harrop when it was first released (£15 a bottle then) and tucked it away. This was the 2002 vintage, and just 1800 bottles were made. I think, if I recall correctly, that this was from a single old Carignan [...]
The Wine Economist: The Cabernet Boom and Its Discontents
Our recent trip to the Napa Valley provokes two columns: this one about the Cabernet Sauvignon boom and next’s week’s about Zinfandel’s uncertain future. >>><<< What winegrape variety comes to mind when I say “Napa Valley …”? There are lots of possibilities. Chardonnay. Merlot. Sauvignon Blanc, of course! Hey, Larkmead makes a tasty Tocai Friuliano. But […]
Jamie Goode's wine blog : Video: the Finger Lakes Wine Region
I’m just back from a trip visiting the wine regions of New York State. Here’s a short film giving you an idea of what the Finger Lakes, the largest of the wine regions here, looks like. Over the next week or so I’ll be writing up the visits in full detail, explaining a bit about the [...]
Reverse Wine Snob®: Free Public Rosé Wine – Uncannily Good
Tasty and extremely convenient, the Free Public Rosé wine in a can is sure to please. The Free Public Rosé canned wine is mostly Syrah with a small amount of Pinot Gris from Columbia Valley, Washington. Sample submitted for review. The Free Public Rosé comes in a 3-pack of 250ml cans (the equivalent of one […] The post Free Public Rosé Wine – Uncannily Good appeared first on Reverse Wine Snob®.
Natalie MacLean: Best LCBO Wine Reviews: Vintages Ratings August 18
You can access the 125 wines that I reviewed as a text wine list with my complete tasting notes, scores, food matches. You can also see my wine reviews for August 4. 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 the […]
Natalie MacLean: What are the Hottest Wine Trends? (Video) with Darren Oleksyn
You won’t want to miss our live video chat with Darren Oleksyn, Calgary Herald Wine Columnist Join us Sunday, August 26, 2018 at 6 pm EST right here: www.facebook.com/natdecants/videos/ Click on “Get Reminder” on the link above to know when we go live. You can also click on “Follow” and “Like” buttons to know when we make updates. What’s the difference between natural wines and orange wines? Is blue the new orange when it comes to wine? Which types of wines are growing most quickly in the liquor store? Plus anything you want to ask Darren Oleksyn. Watch previous episodes of […]
Jamie Goode's wine blog : In Niagara, Canada: Stratus
I’ve been to Stratus a couple of times now. It’s such a distinctive winery, with a very modern design. This isn’t surprising: it was established by David Feldberg, president and CEO of the Teknion furniture business, and whose father Saul was the founder of the Global Furniture Corporation. Stratus’ impressive winery relies on gravity flow and [...]
Reverse Wine Snob®: Target California Roots Red Blend – Surprisingly OK
A solid example of a popular red blend style at a killer price, the Target California Roots Red Blend. Target does not specify the varieties in it’s California Roots Red Blend but we suspect it has a good portion of Zinfandel. The Target California Roots Red Blend is available exclusively at Target for just $5. […] The post Target California Roots Red Blend – Surprisingly OK appeared first on Reverse Wine Snob®.
Jamie Goode's wine blog : On jealousy
Jealousy is one of the ugliest of emotions. A quote, popularly attributed to Gore Vidal, reads thus: ‘It is not enough to succeed; others must fail.’ That sort of professional jealousy, common in the media, isn’t very nice. It raises its head at award ceremonies, and when one of your colleagues releases a new, positively [...]