By Jim Boyce | Lu Yang has become the first master sommelier from China. Hong Kong-based Lu, the corporate director of wine for Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts during ...
Strong historical and cultural links remain the main reason for the Netherlands being the third largest market for South African wines. René van Hoven, a Dutch wine retailer and consultant who is one of the 22 foreign judges for the Michelangelo International Wine Awards being adjudicated this week in Stellenbosch. “As a former Dutch colony, […]
The International Pinot Noir Celebration (IPNC) is held each July in McMinnville, Oregon. This was my third time at this remarkable event, which brings together consumers and trade in a happy celebration of this thrilling grape variety, in the lovely setting of the Linfield College grounds. Over the course of the weekend, I tried quite [...]
1. Expensive Doesn’t Mean Better: Do you need to pay a lot to get a great wine? Ruffino Prosecco, Santa Margherita Santa Margherita Brut Valdobbiadene Superiore Prosecco Veneto D.O.C.G., Italy 2. Look for Second Labels Mondavi 3. Quick Pairing Tip: Is the Wine Mouth-Watering or Mouth-Puckering? Kim Crawford Rose v Chateau Ste Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon 4. Quick Pairing Tip: Would You Use Lemon or Butter? Lindemans Chardonnay versus Henry of Pelham Riesling 5. In the Restaurant: Sniff the glass first/ignore the cork Torres 6. Don’t Follow Media Hype #ReverseTrendy Beringer Merlot
The view from the Brooks tasting room Brooks is one of Oregon’s unsung stars. Their 14 000 case production is split among many small lots, with the largest fermentation in the winery occurring in 2.5 ton fermenters. They source from a range of growers. They’ve also focused more on a direct to consumer model, which [...]
There are quite a few bottles open in the BA lounge (I’m off travelling again…), so I did a tasting. I’m following the example of one of my wine heroes, Oz Clarke. Whenever he’s in an airport, or on a plane, he makes a point of trying all the wines. I admire his dedication, and [...]
Hello Friends,Today I’m enjoying a delicious flute of Ridgeview’s 2013 Fitzrovia Brut Rosé. Ridgeview Wine Estate is a family-run wine company based in the South Downs of Sussex in England. Founded in 1994 by the Roberts family, Ridgeview specializes in growing high-quality sparkling wines using traditional Champagne grapes and methods. English sparklers are deservingly getting more positive press, and consumers are showing an increased interest in these wines. This is probably why I’m starting to see more selections in DC metro wine shops. Even though Champagne is the crème de la crème of the sparkling wine world, exciting new regions like England are worthy of your attention. The region shares similar chalky soils to the Champagne of France and is located approximately 90 miles to the north -- just across the channel. The English sparklers I’ve had thus far have all been rather delightful and reasonably priced. If your local wine shop does not carry any English sparkling wines, the best thing you can do is ask. Ask your favorite restaurants too. For further information and where you can find this delicious bottle of bubbly, please check out my tasting notes below.Ridgeview Wine 2013 Fitzrovia Brut RoséRidgeview Wine 2013 Fitzrovia Brut Rosé (SRP $35): This traditional method sparkler is composed of 80% Chardonnay, 17% Pinot Noir, and 3% Pinot Meunier. Pale salmon pink in color, there are appealing aromas and fresh flavors of raspberries, ripe cherries, shortbread, and cream. In the mouth, this wine has a delicate texture with a generous mousse and a persistent stream of tiny bubbles. Crisp acidity frames the fruit, adds lift, and heightens the finish, readying you for another sip. Don’t wait for a special occasion. This delightful sparkler will brighten your day and make any occasion special. It is versatile enough to be an ideal pairing partner for everything from truffle popcorn and fried finger foods, to Sunday brunch fare. Region: Sussex, England. Other info: ABV 12%, natural cork enclosure. Click here to find this wine.
Normally, Bolivia would be far to warm to make quality wines. But altitude changes things. This wine comes from the Tarija Valley in Bolivia, where the vineyards are at 1850 metres (6000 feet). Indeed, the region is practically on the Argentine border, not a long way from the high-altitude Salta wine region. This elevation makes [...]
Yesterday at Texsom I took part in a discussion on winemaking ideologies, with a very good panel. Each of us was asked to prepare something to say, so I wrote something. When it actually came to it, I didn’t cover all this ground, but I thought I’d share it, anyway. Market segmentation is important here. For [...]
This TexSom tasting focused on Grosses Gewächs: these are wines produced from top vineyard sites in Germany by members of a high-end producers club called the VDP, which began life in 1910. As with all things to do with German wine, things are complicated, and explaining the details of how the VDP’s vineyard classification isn’t [...]
You won’t want to miss our Live Video chat this Sunday with Paul Mabray, VP Avero & Digital Maven! Click on the arrow above to watch the video. Discover why Paul says we’ve become a digital society. Listen to Paul’s ideas about helping wineries understand how to look into the future and connect with customers and consumers. Want to know when we go live Sunday with Paul? Click on the Follow and Like buttons on this page to get notified when we go live. We’ll be simultaneously broadcasting on Facebook Live, YouTube Live Stream and Twitter Live Video via Periscope. Watch here at […]
You won’t want to miss our Live Video chat this Sunday with Norm Hardie, Winemaker, Hardie Wines! Click on the arrow above to watch the video. Discover why Norm thinks Prince Edward County is one of the world’s best places to make wine. Listen to Norm’s stories about working in various vineyards around the world, as well as being a sommelier at the Four Seasons Hotel. Want to know when we go live Sunday with Norm? Click on the Follow and Like buttons on this page to get notified when we go live. We’ll be simultaneously broadcasting on Facebook Live, YouTube Live Stream and […]
The second United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Global Conference on Wine Tourism is coming to Mendoza, Argentina on September 28-30, 2017. You can view the preliminary program here). Sue and I had the pleasure to participate in the first UNWTO global wine tourism conference in the Republic of Georgia in 2016 and are excited to […]
You can access the 112 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 August 5. 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 […]
Serafin Alvarado and Wayne Belding presented this seminar on Mexican wines, a subject I’ve virtually no experience of. Mexico isn’t an obvious place to grow high quality wine grapes: it’s a warm country at a latitude of 30 degrees north. There’s very little wine grown at these latitudes in the northern hemisphere, but the key thing [...]
Not all wines are easy. There’s a stream of thought in the wine world that the wine industry should do better at giving ‘consumers’ what they want. We change wines to suit peoples’ tastes and preferences. If people find sweetness in red wines delicious, then let’s give them red wines sweetened up with a bit [...]
Today’s team lunch at Texsom featured Oregon wines. But no reds! This was a chance to look at some of Oregon’s whites, and also to branch out beyond the Willamette Valley a little. The wines were presented by Bree Boskov, and these are my notes. Big Table Farm Chardonnay 2015 Willamette Valley, Oregon There’s a lovely intensity [...]
By Jim Boyce | Few things have influenced my China wine outlook more than a workshop held ten years ago this week in Beijing. At ...
La Coulée de Serrant (Chateau de la Roche aux Moines) is a domaine with a narrow focus. It’s just whites. Just Chenin Blanc. Just dry wines. But it is this narrow focus that has contributed to its fame. These are distinctive wines from a distinctive terroir, and they are not without controversy. Some regard this [...]
You won’t want to miss our live video chat with Kevin Brauch, Food Network TV Celebrity Host! Join us Sunday , August 13 at 6 pm EST right here (click on this link below): www.nataliemaclean.com/live Click on the “Follow” and “Like” buttons on this Facebook page to get notified when we go live. Listen to Kevin’s entertaining stories about traveling the wine world. Get tips on where to plan your next wine vacation. Click on the arrow above to hear Kevin’s story about his visit to Stellenbosch. Watch previous episodes of the Sunday Sipper Club (SSC) and find out who’s […]