Sardinia, Italy: Decanter Travel Guide

One of the world’s most well loved holiday spots, this Italian island is a haven for those wanting an authentic food and wine experience, finds Carla Capalbo. SpargiSardinia, Italy’s second largest island, has striking landscapes with pure, rocky coastlines giving way to rugged mountains subdue sparsely populated by shepherds and their sheep. Nearly despite its coastal accessibility, the island remains closed and introspective at its heart; many islanders prefer lamb and goat to fish. Yet in recent years Sardinia’s better wines have progressed from stubborn rusticity to a more open, modern approach. Read more

DWWA in partnership with Enomatic

DWWA in partnership with EnomaticThis year, Decanter is proud to be partnering with Enomatic, the global leader in wine serving equipment, to showcase a selection of Decanter World Wine Awards winners around the world. Enomatic was established in 2002 from a desire by founder Lorenzo Bencistà Falorni to be able to taste fantastic wines by the glass. This desire led to the creation Enomatic, the worldwide leader in wine serving equipment.
A series of promotions will take place on an international scale this November, from USA to Spain and Mexico to the UK. Don’t miss the opportunity to taste award-winning wines at a venue near you.
The venues include:
Australia 
Adelaide: National Wine Centre of Australia
Canada
Calgary: Vin Room West and Mission
Montreal: Hyatt Regency Montréal
Toronto: Enostore
The Netherlands 
Dordrecht : Frans van den Hoogen WIjnkoopers
Italy
Florence: Enoteca Falorni
Merano: Enoteca Meraner Weinhaus
Mexico
Mexico city : Wine Styles Zona Esmeralda
Portugal
Lisbon: Somelier, Restaurante Tabik (Bessa Hotel) and Sana Myriad
Porto : The Yeatman and Bar Clerigo di Porto
Spain
Madrid: La Carta de Vinos
Málaga: Vinoteca los Patios de Beatas
Sevilla: Tierra Nuestra
UK
Birmingham: Loki Wine Merchant and Tasting House
Petersborough: Amps Fine Wines
London: Majestic Wines Mayfair
Manchester: Salut Wines
Plymouth: Le Vignoble
USA
Delray Beach: N2 Wine Bar
Dunwoody: Vino Venue
Fairfax: Whole Foods
Greensboro: Zeto Wine & Cheese
Key West: The Gardens Hotel
La Fayette: The Village Café
Maryland: Vini Culture
Miami Beach: The Forge
Mount Pleasant: Ardoa Wine Bar
Myrtle Beach: Boom Boom Wine Room
New Orleans: Wine Institute New Orleans
New York: Zachys Wine & Liquor
Snelville : Niko’s Wine Corner
St Petersburg: Try Wine
Winter Park: The Wine Room
 
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Accolade Wines acquires Chile’s Viña Anakena

Accolade Wines acquires Chile’s Viña AnakenaAccolade Wines has bought Chile’s Viña Anakena in a deal which the companionship says makes it the first business to have a presence in all major New World wine regions. Vina Anakena vineyards, ChileAccolade Wines, owner of Hardys, Kumala, Geyser Peak and Mud House, paid an undisclosed sum for Anakena’s brands, inventory, winery, vineyard, cellar door and tasting room.
Founded in the late 1990s in the Alto Cachapoal area by friends Felipe Ibáñez and Jorge Gutiérrez, Anakena has an export presence in 50 markets, including the US.
Accolade Wines said it would retain the current management team, including Anakena MD Ricardo Letelier and winemaker Gavin Taylor.
Chairman Nick Greiner said the acquisition meant Accolade now had a presence in each major New World wine-producing area, including Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, North America and South America. Read more

Hopes are high for Prosecco harvest

Hopes are high for Prosecco harvestItalian producers are optimistic about this year's wine harvest, particularly in Prosecco and the north of Italy, thanks to a warm summer. Hopes are high for the Prosecco harvest thanks to a warm summer. This is salutation news after Italian winemakers faced a hard harvest in 2014, due to high rainfall throughout August last year.
Speaking at the Decanter Simply Italian trade and consumer tasting this week, Andrew Bettini, Export Manager for Piera Martellozzo said ‘We’ve had a excellent summer, unlike last year which was terrible.’ Read more

Where to buy Californian wine

Where to buy Californian wineThere's an array of affordable and tasty Californian wines on UK shores, says Jane Parkinson, who picks the best places to buy Californian wine. Roberson wine won the 2015 Decanter Retailer Awards for Specialist - AmericasWhere to buy Californian wine: London & nationally
Scooping numerous awards for its West Coast wines, including the 2015 Decanter Retailer Awards accolade for Americas Specialist, Roberson Wine is a wine merchant that champions California like no additional. It proudly and actively disregards ancient-fashioned, huge, alcoholic, point-scoring Cabernet Sauvignons and Chardonnays, favouring modesty and elegance instead. Read more

Jefford on Monday: L’Eglise Clinet tasting with Denis Durantou

Jefford on Monday: L’Eglise Clinet tasting with Denis DurantouAndrew Jefford heads to Bordeaux's right bank for a tasting of Chateau L'Eglise Clinet wines and a catch-up with owner and winemaker Denis Durantou. L'Eglise Clinet vines, June 2015I pushed the bell. Nothing happened. I waited. A small before long I tried again. Subdue nothing. I looked at the scruffy, sunlit garden. Then Denis Durantou – the man to lead our L’Eglise Clinet tasting – came skipping around the side of the house from everyplace at the back, smiling, impish as ever, full of speed and surprise, just as I remembered him.
I hadn’t seen him for some years. I was grey-haired; he was nearly colorless. We used to taste together with the Farr Vintners team and Bordeaux veteran Barry Phillips, touring the left bank at en primeur time during the before long 1990s.
I remembering him introducing himself to some of the grand left-bank proprietors; you could see by their blank looks that they had no thought who he was.
I recalled, too, the freshness and drama of young Eglise Clinets like 1998 and 2000, served in dripping glasses perched on barrels in the equipment-strewn small cellar. Those wines are now worth double the fee of many left-bank second growths from the same vintages. Maybe now the Médocains recognise his name.
I was back this June with some American and Asian students.
The Eglise Clinet wines
Denis quickly rounded us into his simple colorless tasting room, hung with his wife Marie Reignac’s paintings, for a look at 12 wines: Eglise Clinet in 2010 and 2012, plus the same vintages of his additional wines: Read more