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23 September 2016 News

The Houston Chronicle published a review of Tommasi’s Pinot Grigio last week – see below for the excerpt and here for the link!

“Overall score: 18.3 (8.8 for quality, 9.5 for value)
Our tasters: Gave it a unanimous recommendation with three scores of 8.9. “Melons! Clean and crisp on the finish.”
My score: 8.9. Simple but fruity and refreshing.
The wine: The grapes, nothing but pinot grigio, come exclusively from the famous Le Rosse Vineyard and the juice spent four months in stainless steel tanks. Alcohol: 12 percent.
Winemaker notes: “The nose is spicy with hints of tropical fruit, the flavors are clean and crisp and the body is round and soft. It can be described as sitting between the richer, more concentrated pinot grigios from Friuli to the north and racier styles from the Veneto at large.”
The winery: Founded in 1902 by Giacomo Tommasi, Tommasi Viticoltori is based in the the village of Pedemonte in the heart of the Valpolicella Classico region northwest of Verona between the Lessini mountains and the plains around Lake Garda. A fourth generation – six Tommasis in all – now presides over 135 hectares of well-situated vineyards.
Pairings: Smoked salmon pasta, spaghetti carbonara, grilled or pan-fried halibut in cilantro garlic butter
Price: $12.59 at Spec’s”

 
23 September 2016 News

Wine Spectator’s just-released October 31 issue  includes a feature on the rising quality in New Zealand (“Catching Fire”), with multiple mentions of Dog Point Vineyard and THREE Dog Point wines in MaryAnn Worobiec’s Top Wines: Chardonnay 2014 (93 points), Pinot Noir 2014 (93 points and Sauvignon Blanc Section 94 (92 points). Click here to download the coverage!

 
23 September 2016 News

Wine Spectator’s just-released October 31 issue includes a major feature on the 2012 vintage in Tuscany (“Tuscany Triumphant”), with Le Macchiole’s Cinzia Merli as the cover photo AND the Le Macchiole Messorio 2012 listed as Bruce Sanderson’s TOP WINE at 95 points.

Click here to download it!

 
23 September 2016 News

Food & Wine just published a list of the 50 Wines You Can Always Trust, because “It’s easy to find great wines made in tiny quantities that cost a fortune. What’s hard is locating amazing wines that are sold in stores across the country, that are delicious regardless of vintage, and that ring up at $20 or less per bottle. Here are our picks for the most reliable, most readily available wines in the world—50 wines that won’t let you down.”8 French wines are listed, and two of them are ours: Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rouge and Langlois-Chateau Crémant Brut. See below for an excerpt from the article!

“50 Wines You Can Always Trust
It’s easy to find great wines made in tiny quantities that cost a fortune. What’s hard is locating amazing wines that are sold in stores across the country, that are delicious regardless of vintage, and that ring up at $20 or less per bottle. Here are our picks for the most reliable, most readily available wines in the world—50 wines that won’t let you down. Plus, there are bonus selections: five top-notch Bordeaux for less than $25, 12 foolproof pairing suggestions and 10 world-class wines from France and the United States that cost a little more but still offer disproportionate quality for the price.

E. Guigal

Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge

While Guigal’s greatest acclaim derives from its extraordinary single-vineyard Côte-Rôties, which Rhône wine fanatics refer to as the “La Las”—La Mouline, La Landonne and La Turque—this family-owned firm makes top-notch wines at every price. Its typically Syrah-based Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge is full-bodied and compellingly aromatic.

Langlois-Chateau

Crémant de Loire Brut NV

It’s sparkling, it’s from France, it’s delicious—and it isn’t Champagne. Langlois-Chateau, founded in 1885, makes a variety of wines, but its shortbread-scented, pear-inflected Crémant is the one that rises above the rest. A blend of Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc, it ages for 24 months on its lees (the yeast cells left over after fermentation) rather than the nine months typical of most Crémants, which helps give it unusual lushness and depth.”

Click here to see all 50 Wines.

 

 
19 September 2016 News

A recent article in Beverage Media focuses on promising white wines from Spain. In the article, Spanish wine importer Andre Tamers credits Telmo Rodriguez as one of the two leading winemakers, along with Raul Perez, for “showing other winemakers how to use wood as not just a flavor component” and “pushing flavor profiles that aren’t just about wood.” The article goes on to cite Basa as one of the top three “$20 and under” wines from Rueda. Click here to read the piece!

 
8 September 2016 News

The Daily Meal featured the Filodora Prosecco in “13 Wines from Italy, Spain, and Portugal,” highlighting some of the best whites and bubblies from these regions to sip while the summer winds down. Wine writer Roger Morris notes the Prosecco has “nice powdery, floral flavors, good balance and richness; and is quite pleasant.” Below is an excerpt.

“Labor Day is the dividing line between the heights of summer and the downhill slide into autumn and winter, so now — while the weather is still blazing hot — is the time to enjoy these cool whites. They come from some of the best-known regions of Italy (Alto Adige, Soave, Prosecco, and southern Sicily), Spain (Rías Baixas), and Portugal (Minho). Even the basic ones are easy-drinking, refreshing, and affordable.”

Click here for the full article

 

 
8 September 2016 News

Salt Lake City Weekly featured the Rafael Valpolicella in “Veneto Vino,” in which wines “that are worth taking the time to track down” are highlighted from the Veneto region. Wine writer Ted Scheffler praises Rafael for being “crisply acidic with a full body and fruity cherry and strawberry flavors.” Scheffler notes that the Rafael is a Corvina Veronese blend of rondinella and molinara grapes that have been aged for 15 months in Slavonian oak casks. The story was also syndicated in Planet Jackson Hole. Below is an excerpt.

“Since Salt Lake City’s new Veneto Ristorante Italiano is the focus of this week’s restaurant review, this seems like a good opportunity to discuss the wines of Italy’s Veneto region as well. Yet, there was a time when I wouldn’t have bothered.

During most of the 1960s and ’70s, the bulk of wines coming out of the Veneto were less than forgettable. Mass produced, easy-drinking Valpolicella, Bardolino and Soave were made in staggering quantities, aimed at unfussy American and British wine consumers. Remember, this was the era of Boone’s Farm and Annie Green Springs wines, which sold faster than a Trump supporter can say, “Build that wall!””

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8 September 2016 News

The Capital Gazette featured the Filodora Prosecco in “Wine, etc.: A few French rosés that will help your imagination” as a fantastic and “very fragrant” choice for summer sipping by Tom Marquardt and Patrick Darr. This story was also syndicated to the online news site, Online Athens. Below is an excerpt.

“This is is the month most Europeans head south for well-deserved vacations on the Mediterranean. It is a mass migration of workers seeking relief from Paris’ stifling heat, complaining customers, politics and screaming kids. Assuming you aren’t in France and your boss is not inclined to close shop for a month, perhaps you can transport yourself to a Mediterranean beach with a glass of rosé.

Rosé in France is as ubiquitous as a baguette. Nearly every restaurant serves it by the glass or carafe and there is no better pastime than sitting at an outdoor café wiling away a summer day over a glass of this special drink.”

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8 September 2016 News

Italian wine guru Ian d’Agata (of Vinous Media), published an in-depth feature yesterday on Petrolo’s Galatrona, including tasting notes on an entire vertical of the wine, spanning vintages 1998 through 2012. He calls it “one of Italy’s most famous and best Merlots,” going into detail about the miniscule yields (just over 1 pound per vine) and the intriguing story of how came Merlot to be planted there in the first place. Below is an excerpt.

“Galatrona is one of Italy’s most famous and best Merlots. In fact, with few exceptions, it is Italy’s Merlots that have reached the highest pinnacles of quality amongst wines made with international grapes. Clearly, no international grape variety in Italy can boast four monovariety wines of the caliber of Masseto, L’Apparita, Redigaffi and Messorio. Galatrona, from the picturesque Fattoria di Petrolo estate, located just outside the Chianti Classico zone near Montevarchi, is right up there with the best of them in most vintages.”

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8 September 2016 Feature, News

Francisco Baettig of Viña Errázuriz has been nominated for Winemaker of the Year by Wine Enthusiast Magazine! Only five winemakers from around the globe have been selected. At the forefront of the Chilean wine scene, Baettig has consistently allowed his fruit to shine, producing wines of elegance and balance that reflect its terroir.

Winners will be announced on December 31st in the “Best of Year” Wine Star Awards issue and the honorees will be presented their Wine Star Award trophies at a black-tie gala awards dinner on Monday, January 30, 2017 in Miami.

Congratulations, Francisco!

Click here to see all the nominees!