Schiopetto’s Cristian Maddalena explains the winery’s key role in the Italian wine revolution since World War II, which saw the bulk of producers transform themselves into high-quality estates. The video is filled with information about Schiopetto’s wines and the property! Click the image below to check it out!
The most recent Errazuriz Harvest Report for 2012 is now available. Overall, the 2011-12 season was warm and dry with moderate yields, with higher temperatures and less rain than the previous season, resulting in healthy grapes.
The 2012 Harvest Report features the climate report and description of the wine quality by zone. In great detail, the report explains the 2011-2012 season’s yields, temperatures, and other harvesting conditions that contribute to the management of the vines and grapes in the each zone. Click the image below to read the full report.
Featured in Errazuriz’ “Good to Know” Number 76, the winery is once again one of the highest-ranked in the Annual Report on Chilean wines from Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar. The “Best New Releases from Chile” report from Errazuriz points out that their Icon Wines achieved the highest scores in the issue, with 93 points each, while Don Maximiano Founder’s Reserve 2009 obtained 92 points. The Single Vineyard and Specialty wines, moreover, had fantastic reviews as well. Check out all the scores below!
The Financial Times features an article on Eduardo Chadwick in their “Buying & Investing in Wine 2012″ section. English journalist John Stimpfig writes about Chadwick’s career and how his driven, hands-on, risk-taking personality allowed him to push boundaries and break new ground to develop Errazuriz into one of Chile’s best known and most successful brands. He continues on to describe the obstacles Chadwick overcame, as well as, all the accomplishments he has obtained. An excerpt as follows:
Michael Cox, Head of Wines of Chile agrees: “The country already owes him a huge debt of gratitude.” Already, the awards are coming thick and fast. In recent years, both Chadwick personally and Errazuriz have collected a string of gongs and accolades including Wine Personality of the Year by the Chilean Circle of Food and Wine Writers. Others have come from Decanter, Drinks Business and the International Wine & Spirit Competition. The one Chadwick is most proud was the government’s Chilean Recognition Award in 2009 for raising the country’s image worldwide. “It was a great honour, partly because it was the very first of its kind. But it wasn’t just for me,” says Chadwick. “It was for all my colleagues, collaborators and partners at home and abroad.” At a fit and youthful 52, Chadwick is still far from finished in his fine wine quest. Apart from planning two more potential prototype icon wines, he is also taking his roadshow tastings to Zurich and Moscow, followed by six more in China later this year. Doubtless, there will be more of the same in years to come as he spreads the gospel. Chadwick compares his expensive and labour-intensive campaign to running a marathon. “It’s tough. But ultimately it’s very rewarding because we’re making good progress. I’d already say that we’re over the halfway mark. Of course, that still leaves a long way to go. However there’s no question in my mind that we’re getting ever closer to our goal.
Decanter Magazine featured our very own Chateau La Serre as one of their St-Emillion “good guys” in their Bordeaux 2012. Their comments on Chateau La Serre are below.
“It’s hard to imagine at La Serre – all peace and quiet, and not a wine shop in sight – that the town of St-Emillion is just a short walk away. Luc d’Arfeille’s family has owned the estate for more than 100 years and the wine is as charming as the owner himself: full of life, fruit and freshness, with no more structure than necessary but an ability to age and evolve. Beatrice d’Arfeuille, Luc’s other half, once scored a scoop by having the then President Jacques Chirac photographed at the estate with a glass of St-Emillion in from of him.”
With Father’s Day just around the corner the Huffington Post featured a nice Father’s Day article by Robert Parker. Parker reflects on his memories and life lessons his father passed on to him that he’ll never forget – “As long as you pursue what you love the most, chances are you’ll be successful”.
After he and his wife adopted a 3-month-old baby girl from Cheju Island, an island off the south coast of Korea, Robert Parker purchased a number of cases of both 1987 Bordeaux and 1987 Napa Cabernet to celebrate her birth year when she was old enough. Of the 1987 Cabernet was Chateau Montelena and intends to save for her wedding or the birth of her first child. 25 years later, Parker feels fortunate enough to pass on his father’s legacy and his own passion for wine to his daughter. To read the full article click here.
Happy Father’s Day to all the dads this weekend!
Alder Yarrow, founder, editor and wine blogger of Vinography, attended this year’s Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri Tasting. The famous organization and guide Gambero Rosso, the Italian Wine Bible, awards one, two, or three “Bicchieri” (“glasses”) to wines of exceptional character and quality from the incredibly diverse regions of Italy. From tens of thousands, there are usually a couple of hundred Tre Bicchieri wines, and every Spring, Gambero Rosso brings many of them to San Francisco for the media, trade, and public to taste. Among the several wines Yarrow had tasted at the event, Petrolo’s 2009 Galatrona was one them he favored. He scored this red at the top between 9.5 and 10 points. His thoughts on Galatrona are below.
2009 Fattoria Petrolo Galatrona, Toscana
“Medium garnet in the glass this wine smells of black cherry and cassis. In the mouth bright juicy cherry and licorice flavors are draped in a blanket of powdery tannins. Flavors of wet dirt emerge in a long finish. Fantastic acidity makes the fruit extremely juicy and bright, and the overall package mouthwatering. Awesome.”
To read the full blog click here.
Tommasi has recently built an incredibly useful iPad app, which is now available for download in the iTunes store. The app provides you with information on all the wines along with beautiful visuals. They are also going to be coming out with the iPhone version shortly! Check out the iPad screenshot of the app below! You can download the app by following the link here or simply search “Tommasi Wine” in the iTunes store.
In Food & Wine Magazine’s July 2012 issue, a New York chef, Alex Raij, during a visit to Spain created a dish that incorporates pan-seared trout, Spanish Serrano ham and Telmo Rodriguez’s 2011 Basa. ”This dish is almost cliché in Navarra, but it’s absolutely delicious,” says Raij. “The Spanish ham keeps the fish from drying out, basting it with its inimitable fat.” Check out the recipe below!
On Stephen Tanzer’s Blog, Winophilia, two sommeliers are asked about difficult pairings they’ve made in the last few years and what wines they ultimately chose. Master Sommelier Virginia Philip paired a delicious potato dish with Errazuriz Carmenere Single Vineyard. Check out the pairing below and click here to read the full piece.
Chef’s Garden Landscape, Potato “Risotto,” Porcini “Soil,” Variation of Powders, Seasonal Baby Vegetables
Errazuriz 2008 “Don Maximiano Estate” Carmenère Aconcagua Valley Chile
The creaminess of the potato risotto is complemented by the medium-plus tannin of this wine and the hint of earthiness enhances the porcini soil and the vegetal characteristics of the dish. This dish looked amazing as the tuile pitchfork added a cool presentation to the dish. The variations of powder, which looked like dirt, were a bit challenging to pair, and the sommelier team tried about six wines before we got to this one. Plus, most people ordered this as an appetizer so we were trying not to overwhelm the palate.