18 September 2017 News

Ray Isle of Food & Wine outlines textbook examples for learning the foundations of the world’s most important wine appellations and styles. With an approachable and non-leading manner, Ray offers primary examples of producers from the major wine producing regions of the world, as well as alternates. Listed among the group is E. Guigal Crozes-Hermitage 2013.  Article here

15 September 2017 News

Wine & Spirits Magazine named Ponzi Aurora Chardonnay 2014 Year’s Best Chardonnay. Rated a stellar 94 points by W&S, Chardonnay vines at Aurora Vineyard range from 10-20 years old. Their roots grow deep into the rich Laurelwood Soil, found in the Chehalem Mountains, which offers more intense flavors to the finished wine.

“This makes the most of a warm, generous vintage, offering plenty of body as well as drive. The scents of hazelnut and pear are lavish, with caramel accents that assert themselves but don’t overreach. The flavors are fulsome and elegant at once, and while you may luxuriate in the texture, its quiet energy will be the lasting impression. Generous now, it has the stuffing to cellar.” 94 Wine & Spirits Magazine

14 September 2017 News

The Wine Advocate is launching a new “Extraordinary Winery Awards” where they identify the top producers in various wine regions. Viña Errazuriz is nominated for Best Chilean Winery 2017! The Parker team states, “we have continually noticed that, for every major fine wine region we cover each year, there is without fail one winery that stands qualitatively above all others.” What an honor to have Viña Errazuriz recognized as a leader in Chile.

13 September 2017 News

Stephen Tanzer recently released a retrospective on 1997 Napa Valley Cabernets. Montelena’s 1997 Estate Cabernet received a glowing 93 point rating, one of the top 3 ratings of the tasting and above Shafer Hillside Select, Mondavi Cabernet Reserve, Corison, Ridge Monte Bello, Dalla Valle, and Stag’s Leap Cask 23 (to name a few.) This acknowledgment speaks to Montelena’s profound ageability—truly a California First Growth.


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11 September 2017 News

The Colorado Gazette featured the 2015 Tommasi Le Rosse Pinot Grigio in “White wine alternatives for summer sipping.” Wine writer Rich Mauro is partial to white wines for summer, and provided a list of “heat resistors” from Germany, France and Italy. Mauro touches upon Italy’s best white wine import, pinot grigio, recommended by him for its light body and melon and citrus notes. When recommending pinot grigio, Mauro notes the Le Rosse is a “a single vineyard wine in a somewhat richer style.” Click here to see the article.

11 September 2017 News

Tommasi’s Filodora Prosecco was named “Wine Pick of the Week for September 6” in The Arizona Daily Sun this week, running both in print and online. Wine writer John Vankat notes “I find many Proseccos a bit clumsy, but the Tommasi Filodora is nicely refined and therefore a wise purchase.” John describes the wine for its “attractive, forward nose, good strength on the palate and is long-finishing.” Click here to see the article.

7 September 2017 News

Etienne Bizot, Chairman & Managing Director of SJB and the SJB board are pleased to announce the appointment of Charles-Armand de Belenet as the General Manager of Champagne Bollinger with effect from 5th of September 2017.

His key objectives will be to ensure the consistency of the style and quality of BOLLINGER champagnes whilst continuing the value growth strategy of the House. He will report to Jérôme Philipon, Chief Operating Officer of Société Jacques Bollinger.

At 46 years of age Charles-Armand de Belenet brings with him 20 years of experience in sales and marketing, both within France and internationally. He holds the diploma of Institut Commercial de Nancy.

Starting his career with Bacardi-Martini as Product Manager, Charles-Armand joined Lindt and Sprüngli in 1999. In 2000 he joined, an internet startup prior to moving to Allied Domecq in 2002. In 2006, he was appointed by Pernod France as Marketing Director and then moved to Pernod Ricard Korea as Marketing Director. In 2011, he was promoted to International Marketing Director of Martell, Mumm and Perrier Jouët.

With family origins in Burgundy, combined with a rich commercial and marketing experience, Charles Armand possesses strong assets to ensure success in his new responsibilities

It is therefore with confidence and enthusiasm that the Bollinger family entrusts Charles-Armand with the management of their main House.

1 September 2017 News

Men’s Health featured both the Guigal Côtes du Rhône Rosé and Condrieu in their online holiday weekend story “13 Bottles of Wine You Need To Buy For Labor Day Weekekend.” Wine and lifestyle writer Markham Heid recommended the rosé as a “delicious and affordable option” to pair with hot dogs at a block party or grill-out in the park, while he shares the Condrieu as a top choice for a cookout at the boss’s house, calling it a wine with “wow-factor” before noting its recent 95-point rating in Wine Advocate.

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1 September 2017 News

Dog Point has just come out with their annual harvest newsletter! Below is a snippet. Read all about the 2017 vintage at the estate here.

“Another busy but rewarding harvest has drawn to a close.

This year’s harvest will be remembered as the shortest one ever at Dog Point Vineyard, starting later than normal due to the abnormally late summer weather and lasting only 21 days. It meant that we had all hands on deck, even the office staff were given a pair of secateurs to help with the hand picking!

The 2016/17 growing season began with warm spring and summer weather resulting in good bud-burst and desirable even growth. This was followed by a period of cool weather in early December and dry, and at times windy, weather mid-summer. Late February rain helped replenish the soil prior to harvest, and cooler but otherwise excellent growing conditions prevailed into the autumn, considerably enhancing the varietal characters the region has become known for.”

28 August 2017 News

Food & Wine Magazine published a list of “Tops under $20” in their current September issue, now out on newsstands. The list comes exclusively from Spain, and includes Telmo Rodriguez’ 2016 Gaba do Xil Godello.

See the notes about the Godello below:

“Ancient vineyards in the Valdeorras region are the source for this fragrant, surprisingly concentrated white.”

Click here to download the article.