DWWA Tasting with Compass Wines

DWWA Tasting with Compass WinesTaste DWWA 2015 silver and gold medal winning wines from Washington State at Compass Wines, USA on 2 September 2015Compass Wines in Washington State, USA, will be land a tasting of three local silver and gold medal winning wines from the Decanter World Wine Awards 2015 in-store for customers to try.
The winning wines you can taste at the tasting are: Read more

Travel: Maremma and Lucca

Travel: Maremma and LuccaAs part of her ideal Tuscany wine tour, Carla Capalbo shares her top picks of where to visit from the Meremma, Lucca and up the coast. Royal Victoria hotel, PisaMaremma and Lucca: Where to eat and drink
Beginning to the southeast of Grosseto, Maremma’s most populous city, for simple grilled meats, hand-made pastas and local wines, Trattoria Cupi, near Magliano in Toscana, features the best of the Maremma; from €40 (www.trattoriacupi.it). Read more

Ian D’Agata’s top 10 exciting wines from Italy

Ian D’Agata’s top 10 exciting wines from ItalyNever has the Italian wine scene been more dynamic, enthuses Ian D’Agata. We are spoiled for choice, with a wealth of wines on offer that communicate the passion of vine growers and winemakers for their land, and for the palette of indigenous grapes available to them.Although France is the source of the world’s most expensive and sought-after wines, it is Italy that offers wine lovers the largest variety of fantastic wines to choose from. Clearly, this is the best of times for Italian wines. When I look back at my last 35 years following Italy’s wines, it’s apparent to me that Italian wines have never been better. Gone are the quickly oxidising colorless wines of the 1960s and early 1970s, which might have tasted fantastic while on holiday but that travelled poorly and rarely had much to say once you were back home. And it is just as rare to find red wines marred by dirty smells and flavours nowadays.
Over the last 10 years especially, there has been an incredible appearance of age, and everyone on Italy’s wine scene seems to be contributing in a generally positive way. There’s a generation of talented young individuals who have taken stock of the potential of their grapes and land, and who are determined to make high-quality wines that speak of Italy – and, even better, of their specific part of Italy. Plus highly professional consultant winemakers who, for the most part, have realised that they can’t just apply the same tried-and-tested recipe to each estate they work with. Government institutions and consortia are also building positive contributions, sponsoring studies to explore the soils and microclimates in specific viticultural areas, and introducing new, more most likely, classifications, often with the help of academia.
He picks his 10 exciting wines showcasing the variety Italy has to offer… Read more

Travel: Montalcino and surrounds

Travel: Montalcino and surroundsIf you're plotting your ideal Tuscan wine holiday, make sure you check out Carla Capalbo's guide to the must visit spots in Montalcino and the surrounding area. Dopolavoro La Foce restaurantMontalcino: Where to eat & drink
Further south and a small east from Siena in Montalcino, the wine bar favoured by appassionati and cult producers is Osteria Osticcio. You can eat as you sample wines from host Tullio’s huge collection (www.osticcio.it). Or try the dining rooms of Hotel Il Giglio, where chef Anna Maria Pinzi cooks with loving care, pairing her food with top local wines. Il Giglio is also by far the nicest place in town to stay (www.gigliohotel.com). Read more

Napa Valley wine train ‘100 percent wrong’, says CEO

Napa Valley wine train ‘100 percent wrong’, says CEOThe chief executive of the Napa Valley wine train has apologised for his staff's 'insensitive' actions after their choice to eject 11 women spurred a wave of criticism on social media. A carriage view of the Napa Valley wine trainSome Chirrup and Facebook users saw the Napa Valley wine train incident as a racial issue – a motive also suggested by the women themselves – and the hashtag #laughingwhileblack has been circulating widely.
The 11 women, most of whom are African American, are part of a book club and travelled on the wine train over the weekend. Staff ordered them off the train for building too much noise.
‘The Napa Valley wine train was 100 percent incorrect in its handling of this issue,’ said wine train chief executive Anthony ‘Tony’ Giaccio. The organisation hired crisis management pr consultant Sam Singer to handle the situation. Read more

Sotheby’s offers taste of Krug 1915 Champagne for $15,000

Sotheby’s offers taste of Krug 1915 Champagne for $15,000Wealthy wine lovers will be given the chance to taste 100-year-ancient Krug 1915 vintage Champagne at a Sotheby's New York auction this September. The Krug 1915 will feature as part of a two day tour and tasting.Bidding for a two-day tasting at Krug cellars in Champagne will start at $15,000, Sotheby’s said.
The LVMH owned Champagne house has promised to uncork one of only four remaining bottles of Krug 1915 vintage in its cellars, as part of a tasting that will encompass Krug vintages spanning the past 100 years.
Sotheby’s’ auction, to be held on 25 September, comes amid higher interest in vintage Champagne amongst the world’s wealthiest wine lovers.
Olivier Krug will lead the tasting and there will also be a vineyard tour that is to include some of the description of the 1915 vintage in Champagne – which took place during World War One. Read more

Jefford on Monday: Up The Steep Hill

Jefford on Monday: Up The Steep HillChateau Latour and Napa Valley Araujo owner Francois Pinault has just been named the eighth richest man in France, but this archived column from Andrew Jefford considers the wide difference in value that exists in wine and reports on a tale seldom reported yet arguably much more predictable. BrandstattThis Jefford on Monday article was originally published on 25 August 2013.
I’ve never, alas, tasted an Araujo Estate Cabernet Sauvignon grown in the Eisele Vineyard, Napa Valley.  My newly bought enthusiasm for fantastic Napa Cabernet, though, suggests that I’d like it a lot.
What was ‘the undisclosed sum’ paid by the Pinault family in late July to bring Araujo into the Latour stable?  No one knows quite which two digits preceded the million dollar abbreviation.  (Or were there, even, three?)   The colossal difference in land values, though, between Napa Cabernet vineyard and those of Coonawarra, Margaret River, or indeed any additional location in the ‘New World’, is remarkable, and merits reflection by landowners in those additional key Cabernet regions. Read more

Rose wine trend taking off in US

Rose wine trend taking off in USUS retailers have been reporting confirmation sales of rosé wine, stretching outside summer months and including more diverse styles. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are fans of Provence rose wineOver the last five years, Washington DC based MacArthur Beverages has seen a tenfold increase in rosé wine sales, to 1,000 suitcases in 2014. This year is liable to be at the same level as last year, store representative Joe Kluchinsky told Decanter.com.
His observations come in the week that Australian wine producer Treasury Wine Estates also talked up a trend for rosé wine in the US. Several market observers have also said rosé wine is becoming increasingly well loved with men, earning it the ‘brosé’ nickname in some circles.
‘It reflects an increasing maturity of wine culture in the US,’ Kluchinsky said. ‘We are seeing customers enjoying rosé throughout the year, not just in the summer, although summer months dominate.’ Read more