Monthly Archives: June 2016

Tinkering with wine classification

Tinkering with wine classification – is there any benefit? Seduction, style, classic, gran selezione … what do they mean to the consumer? Are they useful? I argue that rather than overloading the consumer with additional labelling terms, resources would be … Continue reading

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Tbilvino Qvevris Georgia 2011

Tbilvino Qvevris, Kakheti, Georgia, 2011 This is an amphora wine, an ancient method of vinification, where crushed grape skins and juice are co-fermented, then partially matured for several months in large clay vessels – qvevris or amphora, buried underground.  The process … Continue reading

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Forge Finger Lakes Riesling 2013

Forge Cellars, Riesling, Finger Lakes AVA, New York, USA 2013 The Finger Lakes are fresh water lakes, 200-600m deep, carved out by glaciers when they dominated this landscape. They filled with water trapped by the terminal moraines left on glacial retreat. … Continue reading

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Dandelion Barossa Shiraz 2012

Dandelion Vineyards, Lionheart of the Barossa Shiraz, Barossa Valley, South Australia, 2012 This wine: varietal shiraz from centenarian vines, open fermented with wild yeasts, then aged for 18 months in 25% new French oak, unfined and unfiltered; screw cap closure, … Continue reading

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Prieure la Chaume IGP Loire 2008

Prieure la Chaume, Orfeo, IGP Val de la Loire, Vendee, France, 2008 Prieure la Chaume is situated at Vix, inland and about 35km north-east of La Rochelle. It is the southernmost vineyard of the Loire and is about midway between … Continue reading

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BBR Chianti Classico 2011

Berry Bros & Rudd, DOCG Chianti Classico, Tuscany, Italy, 2011 This wine: made by Badia a Coltibuono for BBR, sangiovese dominant plus 10% of canaiolo, colorino and cilliegiolo, 12 months in 20hl oak barrels; Diam 3 agglomerate cork closure, 14% abv, BBR … Continue reading

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Flechas de los Andes Malbec 2014

Baron Edmond de Rothschild, Flechas de los Andes, Gran Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina, 2014 This wine: varietal malbec, 14 months in new and second fill French oak, bottled unfiltered, but showing no sediment, natural cork closure, 14.5% abv, Costco £13.80 (2015) … Continue reading

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