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Silvery rain for Valdobbiadene DOCG Prosecco Superiore Brut Fagher

The Decanter WWA and Concours Mondial de Bruxelles medals It’s time to update Le Colture summer palmarès! This time the attention is focused on the Valdobbiadene DOCG Prosecco Superiore Sparkling Brut ‘Fagher’ protagonist of an excellent placement at two of the most acclaimed international wine competitions, being awarded with two Silver Medals at the DWWA … Continue reading

Maison Lavau – Château Maucoil

Grape varieties: Grenache noir (50%), Syrah (40%), Mourvèdre (10%) Tasting notes: This wine is deep on the nose with pronounced spicy aromas (peper, nutmeg), typical of the appellation and which accentuate the aromas of blackcurrants and raspberry jam. On the palate, the wine shows a solid yet nicely coated structure , volume and superb length … Continue reading

2011 Brunello Riserva Renieri 93 points on Wine Spectator!

Fresh and pure, boasting cherry, strawberry, floral and leather aromas and flavors. There is a sense on elegance and firm, well-integrated tannins. Fine length. Best from 2018 through 2028. 2,000 cases made. Sebastiano Sanna

VINNATUR: PRODUCERS ELIMINATE PESTICIDES

  Analysis on 80 samples of VinNatur wines confirm the complete absence of pesticides. In the meantime, pilot projects on biodiversity continue. A great result has been recently reached by VinNatur. None of the 80 samples analysed in order to check wine quality contained traces of pesticides, thus confirming that VinNatur offers consumers real guarantees … Continue reading

CLAYVER, THE INTELLIGENT WINE POT LANDS IN US

Suitable for both vinification and ageing, Clayver has surprised more than a few. With a 2017 growth rate of +78%, the porcelain stoneware pot is ready to conquer US wine producers Created in 2014, Clayver has made a big hit in the market. After having conquered producers such as Veuve-Clicquot and Tarlant with impressive results … Continue reading

The Essence of Ornellaia 2014

The desire to nurture the Estate’s exceptional qualities has shaped Ornellaia’s philosophy since the beginning. Ornellaia is a cuvée of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc & Petit Verdot and the faithful expression of unique terroir developed in harmony with nature.   For Axel Heinz, Ornellaia’s Estate Director and Winemaker, the 2014 vintage exhibits the character … Continue reading

South African wine wins platinum at World Wine Awards

At the recent Decanter World Wine Awards 2017 (DWWA). Klein Constantia estate with Vin de Constance 2013  won a platinum medal. Vin de Constance is a recreation of a world famous wine of the 18th and 19th centuries; this is a unique and naturally sweet wine. Due to a prolonged winter and cool spring, the growing season … Continue reading

SA wine grape harvest excels despite drought

The South African wine grape harvest is slightly larger than last year following a dryseason and consumers can look forward to exceptional wines from the 2017 vintage. The wine industry body VinPro says the 2017 harvest, that is at 1 425 283 tonnes 1.4% larger than in 2016, was initially expected to be smaller. “A … Continue reading

ExpoVinis Brasil 21st edition

  Luis Gutiérrez, of The Wine Advocate magazine – of the critic Robert Parker – comes to the country exclusively to give lecture at Forum ExpoVinis. Between June 6 and 8, 2017, São Paulo (SP) will host the 21st edition of ExpoVinis Brasil, considered the main meeting of wines in Latin America, with more than … Continue reading

New Wine of Origin Cape Town Flies Flag for South African Wine Industry

  The profile of South African wine is set to attract greater international attention now that a new Wine of Origin District named after Cape Town, one of the world’s foremost tourism brands, has been approved by the South African Wine and Spirit Board. This ground-breaking move aimed at elevating the profile of South African … Continue reading

The Slow Food Chefs’ Alliance in Russia is gaining more and more members across the country. At the June 10–11 event organized by the Tipografia restaurant in Gorno-Altaisk, the first Siberian chef will join the Slow Food international project, committing to cooking and promoting products from the Slow Food Ark of Taste and communities of … Continue reading

Macron as ‘Ambassador’ of Bacchus

The newly elected President of France Emmanuel Macron reportedly is a connoisseur of French wines, which is a splendid news for wine lovers in the  5th Republic, and around the world. Decanter, the UK reputable wine journal, claimed Macron appears to be not only a wine lover but a skilled enthusiast with serious blind-tasting skills. And … Continue reading

Luca Melilli – a stylist of Trumps Taormina galas

“When I received the email I read it over a few times, because it almost didn’t seem real to me”, – said Luca Melilli (39), a Sicilian wedding planner, or ‘scenographist of events’, who reportedly dressed gala dinners for Donald & Melania Trump in picturesque city of Taormina for G7 Summit. Luca Melilli (pictured) has already … Continue reading

Fred Brander – a Vinter of the Year

Pioneering winemaker Fred Brander is being honored as Vintner of the Year at the February 17, 2018, Santa Barbara Wine Auction. The biennial auction is a benefit for Direct Relief and is coordinated in part by the Santa Barbara Vintners Foundation. The foundation is the charitable arm of the Buellton-based trade association Santa Barbara Vintners. … Continue reading

California wines hit record high

  The value of California wine shipments to the US market hit $34.1 billion in 2016, up 4.6% on the previous year and a record for the golden state’s winemakers. The volume of shipments also increased by 2%, shipping an all-time high of 238 million cases to the US, as reported by the Wine Institute. … Continue reading

South African Winery Stellenzicht new ownership

  The co-owner of Ernie Els Wines is expanding his Stellenbosch presence, buying the neighboring Stellenzicht winery. Baron Hans von Staff-Reitzenstein, who has been majority shareholder in Ernie Els wines since 2015, has purchased the farm and winery from Lusan Holdings. According to Els executives, the deal is part of a strategy to secure more … Continue reading

Slow Fish 2017 in Genoa: We are the net!

The eighth edition of Slow Fish – the international event organized by Slow Food and the Region of Liguria – will be held from Thursday, May 18 to Sunday, May 21, 2017 in the Genoa’s Porto Antico (Italy). Dedicated to the world of fish and marine ecosystems, this international event ties together the pleasure of food with the protection of marine biodiversity. Admission … Continue reading

Know your bubbles

Bubbles are the soul of any champagne. Their delicate fizz, at once lively and refined, are what give champagne its character and personality. Unlike non-sparkling wines, champagne is privy to a second fermentation inside the bottle, which infuses the base wine with carbon dioxide. This alone doesn’t create bubbles, though. Rather, they appear when you … Continue reading

Consortium Prosecco: stop at Glyfosate, Folpet and Mancozeb

    The Assembly of Consortium Prosecco DOC, confirmed the commitment of the President Stefano Zanette to ban, for the vintage 2018, Glyphosate, Folpet and Mancozeb, removing the same principles, already this year, from the Handbook viticulture 2017. “We planted the first nail and from here we will never go back, but the summit is … Continue reading

Massimago Zurlie, bottle re-fermented Corvina

A Sur-lie reminds us ancient vinifications styles.  When wines used to be just a little less perfect,  and imperfections were probably their greatest qualities. Not just a fragrant and fresh wine, easy to pair, but also  an easy-going wine concept.” This sur-lie comes from my idea of playing the variety ‘native Corvina: natural, fragrant, fresh … Continue reading

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