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 [...]
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®.
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 […]
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 [...]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 […]
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 ...
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 ...
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 […]
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 [...]
I’m just preparing for a seminar on The New Faces of Beaujolais, and it has got me thinking about what it makes to create a healthy, dynamic wine region? As wine journalists, we can be a bit obsessed by the novel, or people working at the boundaries. Does this distract us from recognizing and celebrating the [...]
Say hello to summer with this refreshing little number, the Cameron Hughes Moscato d’Asti Lot 624. Plus a free shipping deal for readers! Moscato from 30 year old vines in a single vineyard of Asti, Piedmont, Italy. The wine has just 5% alcohol. Only 675 cases produced. This review is brought to you by Cameron […] The post Cameron Hughes Moscato d’Asti Lot 624 – Sweet And Snappy appeared first on Reverse Wine Snob®.
You won’t want to miss our live video chat with Morgan Perry, founder of Yoga Unwined Join us Sunday, August 12, 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 Morgan Perry. Watch previous episodes of the Sunday Sipper Club (SSC) and to find out who’s coming up next. […]
I’m just back from a short trip to Galicia, northwest Spain. One of the regions I visited was Ribeira Sacra, which is one of the most spectacular regions I’ve visited (and I’ve been to a few in my time). The steep slopes have been terraced, but even so, working these vineyards would require a good [...]