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Herdade Do Esporao: New Face of Alentejo

  A few years ago, I had the good fortune to visit Esporão Wines in Alentejo, a quality red wine region in Portugal. The Romans were the first to discover the region in ancient times. Today Esporão is part of the world wine route and the first wine tourism project to be certified in Portugal. Today […]



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Australia’s First Families of Wine

  The photo of fun loving Chester Osborn above is so typical of the very insightful trade tasting today of the first families of Australian wine. What was interesting is that most people think of Australia as a “new country” yet almost everyone on the panel had ancestors who had been making wine for over […]



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Rhone Odyssey 2015: A Journey Through Time

  What a wonderfully creative experience today at the trade event aptly named “Rhone Odyssey 2015: Past, Present, and Future. The objective was to showcase the long history of the Rhone Valley wines in a way that would entertain and educate the trade audience so as to inspire them to carry their message forth. So […]



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Like Vin Doux Naturels? Something New For the Cocktail Culture

Brilliant lecture on Roussillon Vins Doux Naturels from Caleb Granzer at CorkBuzz … I have been to the Roussillon a few times and love the weather, the scenery, and of course the grapes. Caleb was a talented and energetic presenter, and the range of the wines were very interesting. Yet part of the focus here […]



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Meeting Lorena Deaconu Stoian, Chief Winemaker at Cramele Halewood in Romania

“Welcome,” says energetic Lorena Deaconu Stoian, Chief Winemaker at Cramele Halewood. It is a beautiful sunny afternoon as Lorena welcomes us to the gorgeous manner house called “Conac” in Romanian, near the Carpathian mountains, where we will experience their sparkling wine facility and spend the night. Halewood International was founded in 1978 by the late […]



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So one of the best things for Master of Wine students about ProWein is that it gives one the opportunity to wander around and taste those “hard to find” wines that the MWs are always putting on the exams. So naturally when I passed by the Marqués de Cáceres space I instantly thought “this is […]



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Wine Tasting For the Professional Taster Post #1

So when I first saw the book “Wine Tasting: A professional Handbook” by Ronald S. Jackson on the bookshelf of what must be the world’s most respected wine institution, I decided to order it online and have it delivered to me in NYC. I decided to publish my thoughts in a series of posts because […]



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Meeting Benoit Roussillon of Val D’Orbieu

Very delightful tasting and lunch today with Benoit Roussillon, who is the North American Export Director for Val D’Orbieu wines. The company works with many private estates and cooperatives in France to bring the very best wine of France to markets around the world. Though they work with an assortment of producers to export wines […]



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Alto Adige Seminar: Quality Wines Great Value

So the seminar today in Manhattan was so brilliant both in terms of the wines presented and the speakers. Alto Adige is one of the best regions in the world for white wine … very elegant with great acidity and minerality. The speakers today included moderator Tim Gaiser MS, Tobias Zingerle from Kaltern Caldaro (a […]



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The Week-end des Grands Crus celebrates its 10th anniversary!

Bordeaux is one of my favorite cities for so many people. It’s impossible to say if it’s the welcoming hospitality of its Chateaux owners, the fine and rare wines, or the magic of the city itself. Now in its tenth year, Bordeaux lovers have a rare opportunity to taste over 100 Bordeaux Grands Crus under […]



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Concept of Wine Quality

Okay, so I am doing something very new and taking an online university course in winemaking (as if being a MW student is not enough!) The first lesson is all about wine quality, and in the name of education, I hope to share some of the key points of the learning material. Much of the […]



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Original Grand Cru of Burgundy by Charles Curtis MW: A Review

Burgundy is one of the most fascinating wine regions of the world. It is a land where until as recently as the 1950s, winemakers used ancient Roman presses to make wine. A sense of tradition permeates the area, and during the many festivals of the year you can see the old people of the town […]



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Seeing Ricard Rofes of Scala Dei at the Decanter Mediterranean event

So much fun to see Ricard Rofes of Scala Dei in London at the fabulous Decanter event – we were in London for a day and what better way to spend the afternoon. Richard makes some of the best wine in Priorat – I had visited him a few years back, and you can read […]



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The Gardinier family celebrates 30 years at Château Phélan Ségur

So excited I will soon be in Bordeaux, celebrating with the Gardinier family their 30 years at Château Phélan Ségur. The third dynasty to own the property, the family has created a classic, precise and elegant wine that expresses all the typical character of the great terroirs of Saint-Estèphe. Below is a brief history of […]



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Bordeaux Union Des Grand Crus At ProWein

Fabulous tasting of the 2012 vintage at ProWein 2015, with the chateau owners presenting a spectacular event on Monday afternoon. The event was extremely popular with the attendees and journalists at the trade fare, which this year exceeded 5,000 people. Pictured above is Stephan von Neipperg of Canon la Gaffeliere. *** An upcoming event that […]



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A look at ProWein 2015

“We haven’t been to other trade shows in years,” said one Australian export manager, explaining he wouldn’t be seeing me at other trade fairs in the next few months. Similar statements were shared last year as well, as the apparent ease and logistics of ProWein have made it a favorite with exhibitors, with 5,970 from […]



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#Prowein 2015: Day 1

Very interesting day here at ProWein … within five minutes of stepping into Hall 9 so more than a dozen friends from the Master of Wine program. As usual, a buzz of languages and very animated producers. Most of the tastings and workshops are full – yet after attending one thirty minute tutored tasting (in […]



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BurdiGala Grand Tasting 2015

So I suppose I could have snapped a more “current” picture … let’s say Veronique Sanders of Chateau Haut Bailly, or Alfred Tesseron from Chateau Pontet Canet, or Pierre Lurton from Chateau Cheval Blanc … … and all three (and more) of these celebrated people were there. Yet this snapshot of women stamping labels on […]



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FIAF Wine Tour de France: What a Difference a Year Makes

Fantastic evening last night at FIAF (French Institute Alliance Francaise) where a combination of Manhattan’s best educated collectors as well as new wine lovers came to learn about the differences in vintages in Bordeaux – and how the vintage affects quality and the ability of the wine to improve with age. Leading the seminar was Hortense Bernard, […]



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Franciacorta Comes to NYC!

It’s Fashion week in Milan – do you think they are going to serve French Champagne? Last night Milan’s fashion week was celebrated in NYC at the trendy restaurant Upland where chef Justin Smillie created some wonderful pairings for many different styles of sparkling Franciacorta wine. Franciacorta wines are the first Italian sparkling wines produced […]