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What to do with your corks…

Winetimes - 15. April 2013 - 13:30
Ever wonder what to do with your used corks after a “long” weekend? Why not refurbish your staircase? For some, you might need to up your wine intake a little more…  

The Ultimate Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Winetimes - 15. April 2013 - 13:00
Mmm. Mmm. Mmm. Is there anything better than a gooey, delicious grilled cheese sandwich that oozes with flavor and the perfect mix of crunch and melt-in-your-mouth goodness? Ingredients Butter 4 slices country white sourdough bread, cut on deep diagonal into 1/3-inch-thick slices (each about 7×3 1/2 inches) 4 thin slices prosciutto 8 large fresh basil [...]

Are you a wine buff? Or just a wine bluffer?

Winetimes - 15. April 2013 - 12:00
According to a report in the independent.co.uk, a quarter of young drinkers claim to know more than they actually do. Are you one of them? A survey of young wine drinkers has revealed that one in four pretends to know more than they actually do. The bluffers were caught out when they claimed to hate [...]

Premier Helen Zille receives the ‘South African Grand Wines Collection’ from SAWI

Winetimes - 15. April 2013 - 10:00
Western Cape Premier and Leader of South Africa’s Official Opposition Party, Helen Zille, accepted the ‘South African Grand Wines Collection’ from the South African Wine Index (SAWI) recently, at her Leewenhof residence in Cape Town. Top Caption: Izak Smit alongside his wife, Gerda, and Western Cape Premier Helen Zille. The ‘South African Grand Wines Collection’ (GWC), endorsed by [...]

Bordeaux 2012: Pessac, Pomerol, Margaux among bright spots

Decanter News - 15. April 2013 - 9:45
The dry whites of Pessac Leognan have come out of this year's en primeur tastings with a solid vote of confidence from Decanter's tasting team â€" followed by Pomerol and Margaux.

Bordeaux 2012: Negociants 'serene' about 2012 but worried about effect on 2011

Decanter News - 15. April 2013 - 9:20
Bordeaux negociants say they are ‘serene’ about the quality of 2012, but most agree that it will severely affect the saleability of the 2011 vintage â€" for the time being.

Distell Buys Top Scotch Whisky Producer for R2,2 Billion

Winetimes - 15. April 2013 - 9:00
The Distell Group, South Africa’s leading spirits, wines and ready-to-drinks business has acquired top-performing producer of Scotch whiskies, Burn Stewart Distillers Limited, for just over R2,2 billion (£160 million) from the Scottish based CL World Brands Limited and Trinidad and Tobago based Angostura Limited, owners of Hine Cognac and Angostura Bitters respectively amongst other global [...]

Bill Koch wins case against Eric Greenberg

Decanter News - 15. April 2013 - 9:00
After years of litigation, multiple failed cases and endless court appearances, billionaire William Koch has claimed the first scalp in his war on what he calls ‘wine fakers’.

Un buon Vinitaly - Firmato Doctor Wine | Pubblicato in DoctorWine N° 79

Doctor Wine by Daniele Cernilli - 15. April 2013 - 1:01
Un buon Vinitaly - Firmato Doctor Wine | Pubblicato in DoctorWine N° 79

E’ vero, a livello giornalistico a far notizia sono sempre le cose negative, gli scandali e quant’altro. Però stavolta, almeno al Vinitaly, non si può dire altro che le cose sono andate bene, e in un momento come quello che stiamo passando in Italia la cosa non è da sottovalutare. Il comparto del vino, nel suo complesso, tiene. Soprattutto perché l’export sta tirando, ovviamente, perché se fosse per il mercato nazionale saremmo alla catastrofe. Ho personalmente potuto avere il polso della situazione intervistando una trentina di importanti produttori o responsabili di consorzi e da parte di tutti c’era un cauto ottimismo per come sono andate le cose. I numeri dicono che sono cresciuti del 6% i visitatori, soprattutto quelli esteri. Molto più Oriente, parecchi Stati Uniti, ma anche molti italiani, più di quanto ci si aspettasse. Come se ci fosse stato uno scatto d’orgoglio, una voglia di rilancio e di rimbalzo, e di darsi da fare, che solo la nostra asfittica politica non riesce a cogliere. Molti ordini, denaro che ricominciava a girare, nuovi importatori di paesi emergenti, anche in Europa. Polonia, Repubblica Ceca, Bulgaria, persino Albania. Piccoli ordini, talvolta, anche per l’esiguità dei mercati, ma significativi. Poi tutti a parlare di Cina, anche troppo, anche in modo ideologico. Certo che sarà il futuro, però, tanto per dare un’idea, in Cina si esporta il 2% della produzione di Brunello di Montalcino, negli Usa il 25% ed in Italia ne beviamo il 35%. Tanto per dare i pesi ai vari mercati. Siamo al pionierismo, insomma, e bisognerà che i consumatori cinesi della nuova classe medio-alta si abituino a bere anche vino prima di poter avere numeri davvero importanti. Ma almeno una strategia italiana per affrontare quel mercato ci dovrà essere, e per ora non c’è.

Ma torniamo al Vinitaly. Ad un Vinitaly brulicante di folla, di operatori indaffarati, di produttori impegnatissimi, che forse hanno dato meno retta ai cosiddetti “appassionati” per chiudere contratti. Alcuni stand erano impraticabili. Velenosi, Masciarelli, molti friulani, erano addirittura “off limits” e per entrare c’era da fare la fila. Le star restavano i veneti padroni di casa, i piemontesi, gli altoatesini, i toscani, questi ultimi molto per merito degli operatori esteri, poi un imprevedibile successo per la Puglia, forse la regione emergente in questi ultimi due o tre anni, con vini di ottima qualità, impensabili solo cinque anni fa, e un fantastico rapporto qualità/prezzo quasi ovunque. Un segno dei tempi.

Due parole per commentare la manifestazione che ha di fatto aperto le danze, quell’Opera Wine organizzata da Vinitaly con la collaborazione di Wine Spectator al Palazzo della Gran Guardia. Grande successo, ottima selezione di produttori, tutti italiani, fatta tenendo presente i mercati internazionali, ma “location” di nuovo troppo angusta per poter apprezzare sul serio tutti quei vini di straordinario valore per un affollamento davvero eccessivo fin dai primi momenti. Con spazi più adeguati potrà diventare davvero formidabile. Me lo auguro sinceramente fin dalla prossima edizione.

Un'icona laziale - Il vino del giorno | Pubblicato in DoctorWine N° 79

Doctor Wine by Daniele Cernilli - 15. April 2013 - 1:01
Un'icona laziale - Il vino del giorno | Pubblicato in DoctorWine N° 79

Nel Lazio è un’icona. Merito di Paola di Mauro, leggendaria produttrice dei Castelli Romani, ed ora di suo figlio Armando e di suo nipote Valerio. Tutti pronti a tenere alta la bandiera della famiglia.

New grape made for oysters

Daily Wine News - 15. April 2013 - 0:00
Always on the hunt for cool new ideas in the world of food and wine, Batemans Bay oyster grower Steve Feletti is now planting grapes to make Piquepoul Blanc wines, which he says are a great match for oysters. The variety, he believes is unknown in Australian winemaking, which makes his April plantings an Australian first, although he’s heard rumours of more on the way, reports the Newcastle Herald.

Vineyards stung by European wasp invasions

Daily Wine News - 15. April 2013 - 0:00
The invasive European wasp continues to be a threat to Tasmanian wine producers and soft fruit growers - 54 years after it was first discovered in the state. Some vineyards have reportedly had their worst season in some time dealing with the insect, while others have had little to no drama this year. Josef Chromy Wines vineyard manager Andrew Terry said the pests had been persistent around his Relbia vines, reports The Examiner.

Wine: A toast to prose (NZ)

Daily Wine News - 15. April 2013 - 0:00
On this day 350 years ago, famed diarist Samuel Pepys wrote that he "drank a sort of French wine, called Ho Bryan [Haut Brion], that hath a good and most particular taste that I never met with". Pepys' epiphany with this top Bordeaux is one of the many references to wine that runs through his work, as well as that of numerous other writers, inspired by the liquid itself and the imagery it evokes. Go back further in time and wine flows strongly through the literature of Ancient Greece, reports The New Zealand Herald.

Super sun but rain's a bugbear (NZ)

Daily Wine News - 15. April 2013 - 0:00
The last couple of weeks have been challenging for wine grape growers in the region. The 2013 growing season has been absolutely outstanding, with plenty of bright sunshine and vineyards wrapped in a nice warm blanket of summer heat. The vintage was shaping up to be one of the best in memory and then a mere week before pristine local fruit was due to be harvested it rained, reports the Nelson Mail.

Len Evans Foundation Auction

Daily Wine News - 15. April 2013 - 0:00
The lots on offer in this special auction have been donated to raise funds for the Len Evans Foundation, a charitable organisation with tax-exempt status. All donations to the Foundation by Australian taxpayers are deductible. Highlights of this exceptional auction include some of the finest wines from Australia and Europe including; a double magnum of Cullen Diana Madeline Cabernet Merlot 2005 in original timber case donated generously by Cullen Wines and a Seppeltsfield Para Liqueur Port Anthology Set,1907 to 1912 in original timber case, generously donated by Seppeltsfield.

Treasury hunts for cooler vineyards as climate shifts

Daily Wine News - 15. April 2013 - 0:00
Treasury Wine Estates, the world's second-largest listed wine company, is seeking out vineyards in cooler regions in preference to ones in warmer areas as climate change starts to shift growing seasons, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. The winemaker's land acquisition teams are looking to buy and lease vineyards in Tasmania, Chief Executive Officer David Dearie said in an interview. Harvests are already starting as much as a day-and-a-half earlier each year as a result of climate change, he said.

Barossa Grand Cellar

Daily Wine News - 15. April 2013 - 0:00
Barons of Barossa have created Australia’s first regional wine cellar, the Barossa Grand Cellar. The concept of a regional wine cellar has been mooted for years among the region’s winemakers. It is envisioned that the wines in the Barossa Grand Cellar will not be released until they are at least 10 years old, reports the Barossa Herald.

Warm weather puts pressure on pickers (NZ)

Daily Wine News - 15. April 2013 - 0:00
Vineyard workers face a hectic harvest as grapes ripen at once following a scorching summer and frost-fighting also kicks in. Viticultura Central Otago co-owner Tim Deaker said vineyards and varieties normally reached picking point at different times, but this season the hot weather had ripened grapes at a similar rate, putting pressure on harvesting staff. Frosts had also started on cue on April 4, further stretching vineyards' resources, reports The Mirror.

Take a walk on the wild side with Frankie Fenner and Zonnebloem Wines

Winetimes - 14. April 2013 - 11:02
There is something about the earthy, almost primitive flavours of Springbok meat that evokes autumn nights, roaring fires and long, leisurely dinners with friends and family. Of course, a bottle or two of good South African wine completes the picture. To ease us into winter, popular Cape Town meat merchant and cookbook author, Andy Fenner [...]

Jury Awards Bill Koch $12 Million in Counterfeit Wine Lawsuit (Wine Spectator)

WineSpectator.com News & Features RSS - 12. April 2013 - 22:00
Court finds that collector Eric Greenberg defrauded Florida billionaire at wine auction