WGBH is one of the main public radio stations in New England. They held an event with the senior producer at Masterpiece, Susanne Simpson, whose Downton Abbey series has been a breakout hit (and won the Golden Globe a few weeks ago for best TV series). Last week more than 300 Downtown Abbey fans came to show their support of WGBH and enjoy the “An Evening Inspired by Downtown Abbey”.
Click below to see the slide show of the event, a few slides show that this group was a very-forward thinking crowd of Edwardian party-goers, clearly enjoying the Noval BLACK served and featured.
Last week in Mendoza the Wines of Argentina competition took place, the most important and prestigious international competition for Argentine wines in the world. This year, 734 wines were judged over 3 days by 12 top international winemakers. Out of all the wines, 18 wines were awarded the highest “Trophy” honor, and only 3 wines in $50+ categories. The Red Blend Trophy honor went to Finca Decero Amano 2009!
After the competition the judges held a seminar discussing the tasting, and illustrated with their explanations why Finca Decero did so well: they believe that Argentina’s wines need to reflect their regions, and that oak, alcohol and ripening need to be in balance as Argentina’s wine industry moves forward.
Finca Decero also received awards for:
Decero Malbec 2010 won Gold (only 70 Gold winners)
We like this comprehensive video on Chile done by the LCBO (Ontario, Canada Liquor Control Board), lots of video of Errazuriz, including a feature with Eduardo Chadwick on the Berlin Tasting about 8 minutes in – take a look!
Decanter ran a tasting panel on Chilean Carmenere and six came out on top, including Errazuriz Carmenere Single Vineyard 2009. Review as follows, which you can also see below by clicking on the image.
“Sweet jam, dark brooding fruit, savoury spice, cumin, chocolate and wood aroma. A very harmonious wine with juicy, ripe, succulent red and black fruit layering spice and bitter chocolate flavor. Good grip and persistence.”
Decanter’s March 2012 cover story is entitled “Burgundy and Beyond”, an issue dedicated to Pinot Noir. Benjamin Lewin MW writes the cover article in search of Pinot Noir outside Burgundy that exhibits both typicity and a complexity and quality comparable Burgundy. He names a total of 12 Pinot Noirs to challenge Burgundy, from California, Switzerland, Oregon, the Loire Valley, Alsace, Alto Adige, Ahr, Victoria, and New Zealand. Dog Point Pinot Noir 2007 is named and pictured, with the following note:
“Bursting with fruit in a similar aroma and flavor spectrum as Beaune or Pommard. Tarry nose opening into earthy strawberries. The palate has full-force earthy strawberry fruit, with glycerin bringing and opulence to the finish. Too powerful for true elegance but has bags of character.”
A huge endorsement not only of Dog Point’s Pinot Noir within New Zealand (there is only one other NZ producer named), but globally.
Click on the images below to see the cover and the feature on Dog Point.
Over the last few weeks some folks from Quinta do Noval have been traveling the country and in addition to the incredible Noval ports have been showcasing some cocktails that can be made with Noval BLACK. The response has been impressive and even better than anticipated! Here are a few cocktails that were created on the spot during visits in Milwaukee, Boston, and in the Mid-Atlantic. Check them out below!
Wine Spectator Magazine, February 2012, gives delicious recipes to impress this Valentine’s Day with wines to match. Of the recipes, one recipe is for a Faultless Chocolate Souffle with a recommended wine pairing of our very own Quinta do Noval 40 Year Old Tawny Port! Take a look at the recipe below!
Chateau Montelena received major coverage in last week’s March 2012 Wine Enthusiast’s issue, “Napa Valley Cabernet: California Historic Reds”. The cover story, “Class of ’72″, Steve Heimoff writes “Fourty years ago, the foundation of California’s modern wine industry was forged. Who is still making great wine today?” Chateau Montelena is the first of five wineries profiled. Heimoff says: “In 1972, no fewer than1 wineries, including some of the most famous in the state’s history, launched operations. It was the apex of the boutique winery movement” in California, and “the turning point in modern wine history.” Also note the great quote from Jim Barrett, “With 550 wineries in Napa alone, you better make wine better than the other guy!” Chateau Montelena remains a vital winery, its historic Calistoga location atop tourist draw.
You can click on the pieces below to read the articles.