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8 February 2016 News

Time Out New York concludes that La Grande Année is the perfect gift in a piece titled: “The Best Valentine’s Day Ideas for Him.” Click here to read it!

8 February 2016 News

A special tasting was held last week at the Naples Winter Wine Festival – Stephen Spurrier, Chateau Montelena and Stag’s Leap joined forces to toast the Judgement of Paris. The first line of the article says it all – “What if there had never been a ‘Judgement of Paris’?” Great anecdotes from Spurrier and Bo Barrett – he recalled he was one of 3 cellar hands, making $3.15 an hour at the time! – and Bo showcased Montelena Chardonnay 1992, 1998, 2001, 2004 and 2008. Awesome.

In addition, Chateau Montelena and Stag’s Leap also joined together to create an auction lot, the details of which you can see here. Special bottles of Montelena Chardonnay and Stag’s Leap Cabernet, visit to Napa, private tours, and more.

8 February 2016 News

Disznoko’s 5 Puttonyos 2006 appears in Saveur’s Top 100 issue, in an article entitled “The Perfect Case.” The author chose 12 wines to cover every occasion – special, casual or otherwise. See his comments on Disznoko below.

“Disznoko 5 Puttonyos 2006
The freshness of tokaji, from a revered winemaking area in northeastern Hungary, makes it more functional than other sweet wines. Unctuous enough to accompany cheesecake, it can also be drunk with spicy dishes.”

Click here to read the full article.


1 February 2016 News

Forbes wine writer Nick Passmore posted an an article on Rose Champagnes for  Valentine’s Day, with Bollinger Rosé first in line and a great comment on Bollinger’s Pinot Noir specialty, and the style of its wines.  Click here to read the piece.

1 February 2016 News

Kim Marcus, managing editor of Wine Spectator, wrote a blog post about last week’s Quinta do Noval’s 300th anniversary tasting in New York, calling the 2011 Vintage Port Nacional “truly monumental.” Below is an excerpt. Click here to read the rest of his comments!

“This is perhaps the world’s most storied Port. It comes a small parcel in the 640-acre estate; its 5 acres are planted to a mix of the native Portuguese grapes Touriga Nacional, Sousão, Tinta Roriz and Tinta Cão, among others. It has a track record for quality and long life that usually sets the standard in the Douro.”

1 February 2016 News

Ray Isle’s piece in Food & Wine has a fantastic title: “Why You Should Keep Drinking Champagne after New Year’s”, and the humorous back story as to why Bollinger did not produce a non-vintage Rosé until 2007.

Click here to read the full article

1 February 2016 News

The Sun Times, Florida, published a piece from Marco Porto, owner of Chop239 and wine connoisseur, on his favorite wine from McLaren Vale. The 2011 G.A.M. from Mitolo, “is a luscious, textured palate pleaser packed with dark, brooding plum flavors, liquorice, and black olive. The tannins are soft and fine, providing a gentle framework for the deep fruit creating a generosity, a sense of comfort that is such a feature of Shiraz in that unique part of the world.” says Porto. Giving readers his down under Australian experience with his favorite “gem of a Shiraz”, click here for the full article.



1 February 2016 News

Great piece running in the Salt Lake City Weekly and Planet Jackson Hole, with both incredibly on-point and humorous lines. A few highlights:

• Whenever I think about the wines of the Rhône Valley in southeast France, what inevitably comes to my mind’s eye are the iconic gold-and-red-hued labels that identify every bottle of wine produced by the family-owned firm of E. Guigal

• Today, Rhône wines are more likely thought of as France’s wild child of wines: untamed, irreverent, spicy, earthy, brooding, dark and lively. They are Lady Gaga to the more Taylor Swiftian wines of Bordeaux and Burgundy—not always appropriate, but certainly exciting.

• A remarkable value at $17.75, E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône Rouge is unique insofar as it takes a wine that is normally Grenache-based (the Southern Rhône style) and instead uses Syrah as the main varietal in Northern Rhône style, brimming with elegance and finesse

• If you’re in the market for a rustic, earthy, spicy and intense red wine, look no farther than E. Guigal Crozes-Hermitage Rouge ($29)

1 February 2016 News

There are fantastic features on Champagne Bollinger and Brewer-Clifton in the just-released Wine Spectator – the cover story is about the WS editor’s favorite picks.

Bollinger Special Cuvée is front and center in the article’s two page opening spread and Bruce Sanderson names it his Critic’s Choice, writing: “I love Champagne, and this is one of my go-to bottles for its rich, complex flavors and mouthfeel. Consistently one of the best non-vintage cuvées, it’s a full-bodied, vinous style courtesy of the high percentage of Pinot Noir (60%) in the blend, partial barrel fermentation of the base wine, and reserve wines of up to 15 years of age.”

Then one of Brewer-Clifton’s 2013 single vineyard Pinot Noirs is selected as one of just three American Pinot Noirs over $50. The Spectator notes: “It’s been more than 20 years since Greg Brewer and Steve Clifton began their quest. They’ve been on a roll of late, making our Top 10 in 2014.”

29 January 2016 News

We held a fantastic tasting with Christian Seely this week to celebrate Quinta do Noval’s 300th Anniversary . Click here to read Dr. Vino’s recap of the event!