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IPNC: notes on 33 Pinot Noirs from Oregon

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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 [...]

Brooks: Pinot Noir and Riesling from this top Oregon estate

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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 [...]

Nine BA lounge whites, a bit of a mixed bunch, but some surprises

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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 [...]

A wine from Bolivia! Campos de Solano Tannat Malbec

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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 [...]

Winemaking ideologies, my contribution to the Texsom debate

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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 [...]

Texsom: Germany’s finest – VDP Grosses Gewächs

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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 [...]

Texsom: exploring the wines of Mexico

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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 [...]

Texsom: S&M wines seminar

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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 [...]

Texsom: some Oregon whites

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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 [...]

Loire adventure: Nicolas and Virginie Joly, Coulée de Serrant, Savennières

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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 [...]

Some thoughts on Prosecco

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Prosecco is one of the wine world’s success stories. I’m drinking one now. It’s the Bella Covina Prosecco from Tesco, which is as cheap as Prosecco gets at £5.85. Is it bad? No. Is it good quality? Well, quality is judged by fitness for purpose, and for most people drinking Prosecco, including the company I’m with, it [...]

A remarkable Albariño from Eulogio Pomares

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This, I reckon, is the best example of the Albariño grape I’ve encountered. Eulogio Pomares Parcelarios (I) Carralcoba Albariño 2015 Rias Baixas, Spain 12.5% alcohol. This beautifully packaged wine was fermented in two oak foudres of 1200 litres, and it’s quite thrilling. The grapes come from seventy year old vines in Castrelo-Cambados. This is brilliantly complex [...]

Quinta do Vale D Maria, one of the Douro’s best Quintas, is sold by Cristiano van Zeller

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Sad to learn that Quinta do Vale D Maria, one of the Douro’s top quintas, has been sold by Cristiano van Zeller to the Guedes family of Aveleda Vinhos, one of the leading producers in Vinho Verde. Fortunately, Cristiano already has a good relationship with the Guedes (they have family ties) and he and his [...]

Neil Ellis Op Sy Moer 2016, a distinctive white bottled with fine lees

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Warren Ellis, son of Neil, showed me this wine on a recent trip to South Africa. It’s a blend of Palomino from Piekeneerskloof (450 m, Table Mountain sandstone soils), with a touch of Chenin Blanc and Grenache Blanc. All old vines. The interesting thing about this wine is the lees contact: it’s even bottled with [...]

Video: the 2017 i4C in Niagara, Canada, celebrating Chardonnay in style

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A short film from this year’s International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration, in Niagara, Canada. See www.coolchardonnay.org.

Lagar de Cervera 2016, a classic Albariño

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Lagar de Cervera is owned by La Rioja Alta. Back in the 1980s they realized that their white Riojas weren’t the best ever wines, and began searching for a companion white wine winery in Rias Baixas. In 1988 they acquired the Fernández Cervera Hermanos winery, changing the name to Lagar de Fornelos. But they kept [...]

Prophet’s Rock Pinot Noir Cuvée Aux Antipodes 2015, a brilliant New Zealand/Burgundy collaboration

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Francois Millet and Paul Pujol Back in February, I had a chance to try this collaboration between Paul Pujol of Prophet’s Rock and François Millet of Comte de Vogüé in Burgundy when I was sitting next to Francois at the Mornington Peninsula Pinot Celebration. I didn’t get to take a note, so I was glad [...]

Domaines Schlumberger Gewurztraminer Les Princes Abbés 2009 Alsace

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Schlumberger are a major producer based in Guebwiller in the south of the Alsace wine region. They have a sizeable vineyard holding: Guebwiller is the only village in Alsace with four Grands Crus, and of their 140 hectares of vines, half are Grand Cru. This wine, the 2009 vintage of Prince Abbés, has aged really well. It’s [...]

La Rioja Alta Viña Ardanza 2008

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I was impressed by this classically styled Rioja from La Rioja Alta. In a good vintage, like 2008, Viña Ardanza is a bit of a steal. It’s available from The Wine Society and Majestic for £22, which for this quality is really good value. You can cellar this and enjoy it any time over the [...]

Wine tasters are made, not born

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There’s an excellent interview with Barry Smith on ABC (Australia) radio on the philosophy of wine. For a professor of philosophy, Barry is remarkably accessible and good at explaining what could otherwise be quite complex topics. One of the themes in this interview is the difference between experts and social drinkers. Are wine experts ‘born’, [...]

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