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The very, very gently sparkling Perle wines of Gaillac are seldom seen in the UK, but this is a nice, summery and inexpensive example.
Tasting the impressive recent releases from the South African project of British husband and wife team, Tim and Vaughan Pearson.
It is impossible to meet with Florent Baumard without reference to the whirlwind of controversy that has swirled around him and his wines in recent months, but these remain some of the world's great wines.
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Tom chooses his favourite wines from June's tastings in four price brackets, from Percheron, Idrias Abiego, Chandon and Craggy Range
The big theme for 2014? Provence for sure. Every retailer is stocking at least a handful of them, and there are just so many lookalikes around.
Berry's Burgundy sale, second-hand wine, Bordeaux Cite du vin, Cellar in the sea
M-Wines is a fascinating project, giving the world's most talented young winemakers an unrestricted opportunity to make their very best wine.
The Sauvignon may have put Cloudy Bay - and New Zealand wine - on the map, but we taste Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and the Te Koko cuvee
The last couple of decades have seen real change and today Sicily produces some of Italy's most exciting wines. We taste over 70 of them in our region by region guide.
One lucky person will win this fabulous case of wines courtesy of Great Western Wines. There's also the chance to sign up for GWW's mailing list and save 10% from your first purchase from their amazing wine portfolio.
Our guide to restaurants offering BYO for you to take along your own wine now has over 500 locations listed, with dozens of brand new entries in this update.
Update on the fine wine markets and wine investment courtesy of Liv-ex.
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Have I ever mentioned how much I enjoy discovering grapes and wines? I'm still almost certain to grab a bottle if I spot a variety that I haven't tried. This attitude was well rewarded when I noticed a lone bottle of Gros Manseng.
"We talk regularly about Champagne and how it can define a moment, or even create one, but the same applies to most any sparkling wine," Richard Fadeley writes. "Why not look at the 'second stringers' of sparkling wine?"
Gamay. Let's face it, this is not a grape that inspires the reverential response reserved for Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon or Syrah.
Rosé wines are tasty all year round, but summer is high season for all things chilled and pink, writes Taylor. "Rosés are custom-made for thirst quenching. It only makes it better that they're affordable too." Here's her report on some good California dry rosés.
Looking at trends in food and dining, you might expect Sherry to be the next big thing. Tapas and "small plates" are hip; and the art of the cocktail is booming. So why not turn to Sherry? This natural cocktail was the original drink for tapas. But it's just not happening.
Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book is an indispensable reference for the wine lover. Updated annually, this handy guide packs an incredible amount of information into a pocket-size volume.
In the Irpinia area of the region of Campania, just east of Naples, the Romano family has been growing grapes and making wine for over 150 years - for themselves. Now they're selling it, and exporting it. Here's Neil Duarte's report.
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2012 Leyda Pinot Noir Las Brisas Vineyard
The 2012 Single Vineyard Las Brisas Pinot Noir is sourced from a cool, south-facing vineyard exposed to the ocean breeze (brisa), which yields 1.5 kilos of grapes per plant, the last Pinot Noir to be harvested. Only 30% of the wine ages in oak barrels, while the rest matures in stainless steel to keep the freshness. It has a very clean, ripe and fruity nose with sweet aromas of raspberries and strawberries. The medium-bodied palate feels a bit sweet, with jammy, ripe fruit with moderate acidity. Drink now-2016. Viticulture is very recent in the Leyda Valley, a small appellation within the San Antonio Valley in the Aconcagua region, a mere 12 kilometers away from the Pacific Ocean, south west of Santiago. It’s a cool region, apt for grapes like Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Syrah. Vina Leyda was created in 1997, and I’m amazed at how they could register the name of a whole appellation for a winery, but they did. I met with winemaker Viviana Navarrete and tasted through some of their most recent releases. Their whites do not go through malolactic fermentation to keep the freshness, not even the Chardonnays. The standard here is for wines with good acidity and freshness, clearly influenced by the sea, quite impressive, at very good prices. New vineyards are planted at higher density, and they want to talk about yield per plant (and they plant 10,000 plants per hectare), not in absolute figures, and the soils in the new vineyards are mostly granite. They also have chalk soils and some red clay, and they vinify the fruit from different soils separately. They have a total of 190 hectares of vineyards, planted in three different sectors from which they produce around one million bottles, which for Chile is a small- to medium-sized winery. Their main interest is Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. Importer: Winebow, Montvale, NJ; tel. (201) 445-0620; www.winebow.com
Rating: 89 Estimated Cost: $22
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One of the things I love about talking shit (aka talking about anything I think will happen in the future) is the fact that sometimes I’m wrong. Go figure. Back in 2013 Snapchat released a feature called stories. Just after that I was at Le Web where I basically shat all over the feature in front of a live audience. My opinion was mainly predicated on my concern with the way they were making me move away from the main screen in order to access people’s stories. I didn’t like that user experience. I thought it was high-friction and that it was a lot to ask of users. On top of that, I really liked the one-to-one nature of the app, and so the move to add a one-to-many feature really felt like a half-pregnant idea (especially since it was...
When you’re dealing with this much media, the most effective way to break through is to care! And the best part is that because of the infrastructure that social media (the plumbing of the internet) provides us, we can care at scale.
#Boom. My best YouTube video to date. This is how to use social media. This is how to use the internet to sell stuff. Don’t look forward, don’t look back. Look at what works NOW and double down.
If you haven’t seen the keynote that comes before this, do yourself a favor and check it out! 00:00 – Don’t you believe that marketers have ruined Facebook dark posts, yet? 2:25 – How did you land your Instagram-resistant CEO as a client? 7:05 – Can I come up to the stage and take a #selfie with you? 8:20 – How can we recruit freight agents using social media? 9:19 – How do we authentically tell our stories when we’re marketing to lawyers? 13:14 – Where do you draw the line to use your personal brand instead of your company’s?
Guys this one got real. I honestly think this keynote in Philly set the benchmark for my new generation of talks. Check it out and let me know what you think!
Awesome to take a look at what my predictions were back between Crush It! and The Thank You Economy.
Notice that I say “120 employees”? That’s right, this is a classic from 2012! But the lesson stays the same: If you’re trying to execute, sometimes you need to say “no” in order to get the right things done and make progress.
You should be thankful for each and every follower! It’s not about how to get Twitter followers, it’s about finding the best way to engage with the ones you have. I made the choice to actually sacrifice Wine Library’s business objectives, but seeing those 27 views was huge for me!
There is a huge difference between making a product that the world uses, and actually changing the world. The act of changing the world has been simplified and scaled down, just a small gesture can have a huge impact in someones life.