10 top Washington Syrah

10 top Washington SyrahPatrick Comiskey picks his 10 top Syrahs from Washington State, where the climate means the wines retain a fresh acidity and firm contour. After wandering the US viticultural wilderness for nearly 40 years, often mired in a homogeneous stylistic rut, Syrah may have finally found footing in Washington State’s Columbia Valley and its many sub-appellations.
The growing season here is kind to this changeling variety: its northern latitude allows for extra hours of sunshine, the heat ensuring full ripeness, and an autumn that is characterised by milder days and cold nights, such that, if desired, the best wines can retain a fresh acidity and firm contour that effortlessly averts flab and jam. Read more

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:
Adelaide: National Wine Centre of Australia
Calgary: Vin Room West and Mission
Montreal: Hyatt Regency Montréal
Toronto: Enostore
The Netherlands 
Dordrecht : Frans van den Hoogen WIjnkoopers
Florence: Enoteca Falorni
Merano: Enoteca Meraner Weinhaus
Mexico city : Wine Styles Zona Esmeralda
Lisbon: Somelier, Restaurante Tabik (Bessa Hotel) and Sana Myriad
Porto : The Yeatman and Bar Clerigo di Porto
Madrid: La Carta de Vinos
Málaga: Vinoteca los Patios de Beatas
Sevilla: Tierra Nuestra
Birmingham: Loki Wine Merchant and Tasting House
Petersborough: Amps Fine Wines
London: Majestic Wines Mayfair
Manchester: Salut Wines
Plymouth: Le Vignoble
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