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25 July 2016 News

 

See below and linked here a lovely and succinct profile of Sandrone by wine writer Benjamin Lewin.

The piece captures a good deal of what makes Sandrone special: the balance it strikes between modernism and tradition; the intense dedication to quality through ultra-exacting standards; and above all, the beauty and harmony of the wines themselves.

“I believe that Luciano straddles the divide between modern and traditional in a way that no one else does. He’s constantly experimenting,” says Alan Manley, who has been at the Sandrone winery since 2008. Built in 1998, the winery has a group of quite spacious modern buildings around a courtyard, with a workmanlike interior sunk into the hillside. Although there are vines immediately around the winery, “this is not our vineyard, this is a horrible place for Nebbiolo, but many people are planting Nebbiolo in north-facing vineyards where Dolcetto used to be grown.”

 
25 July 2016 News

The Capital Gazette, a Delaware and Maryland newspaper, featured the Le Rosse Pinot Grigio in wine writer Tom Marquardt’s summer round-up “Wines just right for a summer mood.” He notes the wine has “more substance than your usual pinot grigio” with “apple and grapefruit notes with brisk acidity to keep those summer days at bay.” The story was also syndicated in The Maryland Gazette, The Stanly News & Press and The Athens Banner-Herald, in print and online.

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25 July 2016 News

Parade.com, the website of the popular newspaper insert, featured Tommasi’s Filodora Prosecco in a story on refreshing summer drinks. “Rose may be having a moment, but Prosecco has long held a special place in the hearts of summer cocktail fans,” says lifestyle and wine writer Alison Abbey. She describes the wine as “super-crisp and citrusy with hints of lime, lemon peel and peach.”

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20 July 2016 News, Videos

Ray Isle of Food & Wine joins Kathie Lee and Hoda to discuss wine bar accessories. Most important, Ponzi Vineyards Pinot Gris! Check out the clip below.

“It’s Winesday Wednesday, the perfect time for Ray Isle of Food and Wine magazine to join Kathie Lee and Hoda with accessories for your wine bar, including corkscrews, glasses, buckets and more. Who will open a wine bottle faster: KLG with an electric corkscrew, or Hoda with a manual model? (Run time: 4:23)”

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19 July 2016 News, Videos

Check out AbFab’s Joanna Lumley on the Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon last night promoting the film, with a special (cuvee) guest.

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18 July 2016 News

Jancis Robinson revisits several 1996 Champagnes from Bollinger – see below for her notes from the tasting!

“And the weekend before last at a private dinner, for instance, I tasted two bottles of Bollinger Grande Année 1996 from the same case. The first was served blind and I guessed it was at least 10 years older, probably more. It was barely fizzy and had a severe shortage of fruit – the common fault in 1996s that have not aged gracefully. But a second bottle was much, much fresher and zestier, even though it still finished a little dry. My tasting note ended ‘better than some of the most austere 1996s but not glorious’. (This sort of bottle variation is, alas, all too common in wines both still and sparkling. The reason could be a difference in cork quality, or in how each bottle was stored before being packed in the case.)

On the other hand, BI’s tasting included a magnum of Bollinger 1996 disgorged (separated from the sediment of the second fermentation in bottle) much more recently than these standard-release Bollinger 1996s would have been disgorged. This Bollinger RD 1996, RD standing for recently disgorged, was not disgorged until September 2013 and is sold at a premium (£540 a magnum in bond from BI). This was a much more intense and glorious wine whose density seemed better able to compensate for all that acidity than the earlier-disgorged examples.

Bollinger, RD Extra Brut 1996
£540 a magnum in bond from BI”

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18 July 2016 News

Check out this great press coverage for Bollinger and “Absolutely Fabulous: the Movie” in the Tampa Bay Times. It opens nationally on Friday!

“Any fan of Absolutely Fabulous will recognize that war cry. The BBC comedy series, which ran from 1992 to 2004, starred Jennifer Saunders as London PR agency owner Edina Monsoon and Joanna Lumley as magazine editor Patsy Stone. The pair are enthusiastic party girls and dedicated followers of fashion who simply refuse to age out of their passions (or their miniskirts).

AbFab’s over-the-top humor and Eddy’s and Patsy’s exuberantly overindulgent lifestyle (not to mention Saunders’ brilliant writing) made it one of my favorite TV sitcoms ever. And now it’s back: Absolutely Fabulous the Movie opens Friday, with Eddy, Patsy and the whole gang back with a bang.”

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15 July 2016 News

Dave Buchanan, wine writer for The Daily Sentinel in Colorado, featured the Rafael Valpolicella in “This year’s wine trend? Chill out” as a medium-bodied red that, when served chilled, is perfect for summer sipping. He recommends the Rafael as one of his “favorite Italian reds” and “was pleased to see how well the wines paired with the variety of grilled meats and vegetables.”

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15 July 2016 News

The Dallas, TX region’s D Magazine featured the Le Rosse Pinot Grigio on its “Daily Dish” blog in a summer wine roundup story, “What to Drink Now: Summer White Wines.” Wine writer Hayley Hamilton describes the wine as “lively and balanced, with just the right amount of fruit.” She also touches on the family and the Valpolicella vineyards. “The Tommasi family elevates their Tommasi Le Rosse Pinot Grigio, displaying an earthy, grassy and very fragrant wine from their estate vineyard in Valpolicella.”

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15 July 2016 News

British wine writer Jancis Robinson recently posted a piece on Chateau Montelena, called “That Paris judgment, 40 years on.” Below is an excerpt.

“When his grandson asks him why he is famous, wine writer Steven Spurrier shows him George M Taber’s book Judgment of Paris, a tangible reminder of the fateful blind tasting of California and top French wines he organised on 24 May 1976.

In this 40th anniversary year, Spurrier has been travelling the globe – to Florida, California, Washington DC, Paris and at least five commemorative events in and around London (including this one at Sager & Wilde, reported on recently by Julia, and this one at Christie’s, reported on this week by me) – so long lasting, if slow burning, have been the effects of what he called at one celebration at Christie’s, London, last month ‘a template whereby unknown wines of quality could go against famous ones’. A bottle of each of the winning California wines are even part of the Smithsonian museums’ collection of ‘101 Objects that Made America’.”

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