Vinography Unboxed: Week of July 16, 2017

bigstock-box-of-wine-on-the-plain-backg-26760620.jpgHello, and welcome to my periodic dig through the samples pile. I'm pleased to bring you the latest installment of Vinography Unboxed, where I highlight some of the better bottles that have crossed my doorstep recently. This week's wines included a number of gems, including a nice pair of French Colombards from the grape's leading proponent in California Yannick Rousseau. He offers two bottlings, one fermented in steel, the other fermented in wood, and both are interesting and worth checking out. Napa's best Riesling was also on offer this week, in the form of the annual bottling from Smith-Madrone on Spring Mountain. This vintage is particularly charming. I opened a clever bottle of Beaujolais this week, produced collectively by the village of Moulin-a-Vent as a way of demonstrating what their particular patch of Beaujolais tastes like. It's a nice bit of marketing, and one that some other regions of the ...
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Vinography Images: Another Load

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PESSAC, FRANCE: A worker unloads another load of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes on harvest day at Château Haut-Brion in Bordeaux. The estate dates back to the year 1525, with the main chateau building begun in 1549. Haut-Brion is unusual among the list of Bordeaux's First Growths as it is the only property in the Pessac-Léognan region of the area known as Graves. INSTRUCTIONS:
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Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 7/16/17

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Welcome to my weekly roundup of the wine stories that I find of interest on the web. I post them to my magazine on on Flipboard, but for those of you who aren't Flipboard inclined, here's everything I've strained out of the wine-related muck for the week. Enjoy. What Makes a Great Wine Great?
Dwight Furrow prefers great to not be subjective This Winery's Secret Weapon Is a Flock of 200 Sheep
Tablas Creek gets woolly. Is Sauvignon Blanc the World's Most Reliably Good White Wine?
Matt Kramer professes his admiration. Though I would vote for Santorini Assyrtiko or Vienna's Gemischter Satz instead. Seeking Depth in New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc
Speaking of Sauvignon Blanc....     Unearthing California's Pre-Prohibition Wine Roots
Frances Dinkelspiel recounts some history. The Case of the Counterfeit Krug Champagne
The tip of the (sparkling) iceberg, here. Anson: Making wine in India - Not for the ...

The Wine Dinner Advocate

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On 5 July, the tyre company (and restaurant guide publisher) Michelin announced their ownership of a 40% stake in wine critic Robert M Parker, Jr's The Wine Advocate for an undisclosed sum. The press release issued by Michelin concerning the purchase is remarkably short on strategic intent. Even the closest read of the announcement would have you believe that Michelin made this investment in order to continue holding high-priced wine dinners that pair Michelin-rated restaurants with wine producers who have earned top scores from The Wine Advocate. The two publications have been organising such dinners around the world, notably in Asia, since 2016.

'The partnership between Michelin, the global reference in gourmet dining with the MICHELIN guide, and Robert Parker Wine Advocate [sic], the world leader in wine tasting and rating, will enable our customers who enjoy upscale restaurants and fine vintage wines to experience unique moments', says Alexandre Taisne, ...

Vinography Images: The Approach

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MARGAUX, FRANCE: An early morning mist filters light down the driveay approaching Chateau Margaux in Bordeaux. Margaux is one of four original Premier Grand Cru classé wines according to the famous 1855 Bordeaux Classification. The estate is located in the commune of Margaux on the left bank of the Garonne estuary in the Médoc region, in the department of Gironde. INSTRUCTIONS:
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Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 7/9/17

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Welcome to my weekly roundup of the wine stories that I find of interest on the web. I post them to my magazine on on Flipboard, but for those of you who aren't Flipboard inclined, here's everything I've strained out of the wine-related muck for the week. Enjoy. Fire Nears Historic Vineyard and Wineries
Ruh roh. Jefford on Monday: Value in the Langhe
Andrew digs his Produttori. The Mother-Daughter Team Rocking Italy's Wine Scene
Tom Mullen profiles the Masciarellis. Pairing Wine And Weed: Is It A California Dream Or Nightmare?
Marijuana messes with your tastebuds, people. Aligoté, Burgundy's Other White Grape, Makes Its Case
Eric Asimov advocates the unsung, rare white grape of Burgundy. Are Hand-Picked Grapes Better Than Machine-Harvested?
The answer is "it depends." Fake Krug 1947: LVMH claims victory over Acker Merrall
But if you think this will change anything, I've got a bridge to sell ...

Vinography Unboxed: Week of July 2, 2017

bigstock-box-of-wine-on-the-plain-backg-26760620.jpgHello, and welcome to my periodic dig through the samples pile. I'm pleased to bring you the latest installment of Vinography Unboxed, where I highlight some of the better bottles that have crossed my doorstep recently. This week's wines included another gorgeous still wine from the Penedes region of Spain made by one of their top producers of sparkling wines Raventos i Blanc. Made from the same local grape used for Cava (Xarel lo) this bottling named "Extrem" is a crackling mineral mouthful of crispness. Don't miss it. Closer to home, Dry Creek Vineyard has a very nice Chardonnay on offer from Block 10 of their estate vineyard. Speaking of Chardonnay, lovers of the grape will doubtless enjoy the rendition from Capensis in South Africa. Before we move on to reds, Poggio al Tesoro's Vermentino is worth looking at, too, especially for anyone looking to expand their white wine horizons. ...
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