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27 June 2016 News

Quinta do Noval held its first Great Douro Vineyard Run last week. The half marathon, organized in conjunction with the Taylor Fladgate group and the Symington group, featured a strenuous route through 7 of the region’s most famous Quintas: Quinta do Junco, Quinta da Cavadinha, Quinta da Terra Feita, Quinta do Cruzeiro, Quinta do Noval, Quinta do Bomfim, and Quinta da Roêda. Christian Seely wrote a fantastic first-hand account of the event on his blog. Below is an excerpt; click here to read the full post!

“Each of the quintas had the usual expected water stations, with orange slices and bananas, but also small shots of Port wines of various styles from each of the houses. It would have been impolite not to have tried them all, so we did that. I have never read any self help guides on how to become a better runner that mention the beneficial effect of Port wine on long hill runs in the hot sun. But this is perhaps because I have never read any self help books on how to become a better runner. If they do not mention it, I cannot help feeling they are missing something.”

 
27 June 2016 News

Last week, Vinous Media published the results of a horizontal tasting of 1995 Napa Valley Cabernets. Chateau Montelena’s Estate Cabernet scored higher than many of the region’s most famous wines, including Shafer’s Hillside Select, Ridge’s Monte Bello and Phelp’s Insignia. The review for Chateau Montelena’s 1995 Estate Cabernet appears below. Click here to read the rest of the notes, written by Stephen Tanzer.

“Bright, full medium ruby. Cool, medicinal aromas of black cherry, menthol, graphite, licorice and cinders are quite fresh, even high-pitched. Suave and alive, conveying a slight medicinal coolness to the flavors of dark berries, bitter cherry, leather, minerals and spices. This fine-grained, rather stylish Cabernet is juicy and light on its feet, with enough mid-palate material to cushion its firm tannins. Lovely old-style Cabernet–and not a bruiser.”

 

 
27 June 2016 News

In the new August issue of Wine Enthusiast there is a fantastic full-page feature on Ponzi Vineyards’ Luisa Ponzi in an article entitled, “Growing Up in the Vineyard: Five Second-Generation Oregon Winemakers Share What It’s Been Like to Make a Career in the Family Vineyard.” (See attached and below.)

Luisa represents her family, her winery, and herself beautifully in the profile—noting, as the only woman among the five featured winemakers, that “I think the father-daughter transition is much easier than the father-son transition. For the first couple of years, he [Dick Ponzi] was there with me. But by 1996, he was pretty hands off.”

Click here to read the PDF

 
17 June 2016 News

A review of Rafael Valpolicella appeared last week on the wine blog Gus Clemens on Wine. Clemens describes the wine as a “medium body, light tannin, nice acidity, clean, easy drinker,” providing context on the Valpolicella winemaking region. Click here to see the full post!

 
17 June 2016 News

In the July 2016 issue of Decanter Magazine, a feature story rather predictably titled “Champagne: why size matters” enumerates the reasons that large format is the best way to experience great Champagnes.

And which Champagne do they use to illustrate the formats of Champagne?

Bollinger R.D. 2002, of course.

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17 June 2016 News

James Suckling recently published notes for the 5 most current vintages of Vinedo Chadwick, calling the wine “the pinnacle of Chile’s s winemaking.” Click here to read them! (subscriber-only). The most recent vintage, 2014, received a perfect 100 point score during a tasting of more than 600 Chilean wines this past April.

 
17 June 2016 News

Bollinger Special Cuvée was the exclusive Champagne of the Tony Awards VIP after party at the Baccarat Hotel in NYC on Sunday night—and there was a ton of great press from it, including this priceless Bollinger bathtub shot on Vogue.com

 
14 June 2016 News

The Daily Herald ran a mention of Guigal’s Crozes Hermitage – see below for an excerpt!

“Syrah of E. Guigal goes with anything you throw on the grill

Of all the red wines in the world, Syrah is one of the reddest.

These are gnash-and-tear wines to pair with my kinda town Chicago-style steak, chops, sausage and anything you throw on a grill. I can almost smell the sizzle now.

The secret of Syrah’s meat ability is its skin. Syrah’s blue-red jewel of color goes hand in glove with firm tannic structure, both color and tannin contained in the same chemical compound, called a phenol. Syrah, along with other southern France varieties cabernet sauvignon and Tannat, is the grape highest in phenols.”

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14 June 2016 News

Delish features Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rosé, as below and attached – “because it’s just that good”.

“Memorial Day is here, which means it’s (unofficially) summer and we’ll be drinking pink like it’s our job—so you should, too. After a long boozy hunt, we found the best blush-filled bottles for your buck to help you stay hydrated through Labor Day.”

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14 June 2016 News

“Somm in the City” recommends for father’s day not just one Guigal wine, but three: Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2014, Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2012 and Crozes-Hermitage Rouge 2012. See below for an excerpt. Nice little comment on how the Cotes du Rhone Rouge can age…

“Father’s Day is coming! On June 19th, 2016 get ready to make the day all about dad. Whether he’s a wine guy, a spirits drinker, beer lover, or a gourmet cook, Somm In The City has you covered for Father’s Day gifts.

Wines

Côtes du Rhône 2014 Blanc: Made from 65% Viognier, 15% Roussanne, 10% Marsanne, 8% Clairette and 2% Bourboulenc, this wine is fresh, rich, and complex, with aromas of white flowers, apricot, and white peach. Serve this dry white with appetizers, grilled fish, or spicy Asian cuisine! $15.00

Guigal Crozes-Hermitage Rouge 2012: Aromas of strawberries, raspberries and spice are followed on the palate by darker, bolder fruit. This wine is a large and tannic one, but with plenty of freshness and refined structure from aging. $25.00

Guigal Côtes du Rhône Rouge 2012: This wine offers classic southern Rhone notes of peppery herbs, smoked earth, and chocolate. Medium plus-bodied with fine tannins and bright acidity, that pairs beautifully with a warm spring day. If dad likes to age his wine, it can age for at least another 5-7 years! $15.00″

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