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Biodynamics– Cutting Edge Vintners Put Their Wines to The Test in New York

Biodynamics– Cutting Edge Vintners Put Their Wines to The Test in New York

New York -- I had read about them, but I wanted to see them in person. So I went to New York and watched the vaunted lineup in action -- one all-star after another stepping up and pouring it on, dwarfing the pitchers, delighting the crowds, drawing oohs and aahs with every slug. Jeter, Giambi and A-Rod? Try Araujo, Benziger and Sinskey. The pitchers were spit buckets, the slugs were wines and the crowd was New York sommeliers, wine sellers and wine critics. The event was the American premiere of a whole new league in the wine game -- a...
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by Tom Elkjer, July 1, 2004
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Wine Spectator: 8 Sparkling Wines: California vs Champagne Showdown – Featuring Schramsberg Mirabelle

Wine Spectator: 8 Sparkling Wines: California vs Champagne Showdown – Featuring Schramsberg Mirabelle

There's a common misconception that sparkling wine is reserved for special occasions—anniversaries, birthdays, New Year's Eve, etc. In truth, every meal pairs well with bubbly, and today's selection of well-priced Champagnes and California sparklers (all under $50) are worth considering any night of the week. These sparklers come in a variety of styles. From California, Domaine Carneros and Schramsberg offer vibrant and fruity examples, while the blancs de blancs from Gloria Ferrer and Mumm Napa are more polished and elegant versions. SCHRAMSBERG Brut Rosé North Coast Mirabelle NV Score: 91 | $31 WS review: Sleek and vibrant, featuring floral and multilayered...
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19 Delicious Bottles of Wine Under $50 to Uncork Right Now

19 Delicious Bottles of Wine Under $50 to Uncork Right Now

These bottles all scored more than 90 points and taste like wines three times their price. By Sara L. Schneider, Janice O'Leary on April 10, 2020 Photo: Courtesy of Wally's Many of us have been drinking through our cellars over the recent weeks of quarantine and might be getting to those bottles we aren’t quite ready to touch just yet. Or that aren’t quite ready for us to touch them. We decided we needed an influx of quality wines at weekday prices—$50 and under. Enter our good friends at Wally’s Wine & Spirits’ who happened to have the same thought....
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Taste Umbria at Home with an Oh-So-Delicious Black Truffle Spaghetti

Taste Umbria at Home with an Oh-So-Delicious Black Truffle Spaghetti

by Kristin Tice Studeman Celebrate something (anything, really) with a pasta dressed up with truffles.When times call for something simple, comforting, and a bit indulgent, do as they do in the Italian region of Umbria — and make a black truffle spaghetti at home. “Truffles, extra-virgin olive oil, and handmade spaghetti (or tagliatelle) are in our heritage,” says Marco Caprai of Arnaldo Caprai Winery, a 370-acre property in the Montefalco region of Umbria, an area that boasts a long history of rich red wines and prized black truffles. “This dish represents the true soul of Umbrian cuisine — great raw materials with...
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Cascade Effect

Cascade Effect

California vintners continue to build on their success with Pinot Noir ... In Sonoma's historic heartland of Pinot Noir, the Russian River Valley, stalwart producers such as Arista, Dehlinger, Ferren, Hartford Court, Paul Hobbs and Williams-Selyem continue to prime the quality pump with both single-vineyard bottlings and appellation blends. Indeed, the high quality of many appellation blends make them a good buying strategy if you are looking for value. These versions tap multiple vineyard sources within an appellation and are made in significantly higher quantities. They offer solid varietal flavors and structure, with just a bit less concentration and finesse...
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Why Somms Love Wines From New Zealand

Why Somms Love Wines From New Zealand

words: CHRISTINE CLARK ... And despite being a firmly New World wine country, McManus has even found something in New Zealand for the white Burgundy lover, in the single-vineyard Chardonnays from Kumeu River winery. “These are incredibly complex wines with a beautiful richness on the palate while also drinking with freshness,” he says. He recommends buying a few bottles to cellar. ... Full article here
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Robb Recommends: A Sangiovese Bottled in 2012 Is Finally Available. Here’s Why it Was Worth the Wait.

Robb Recommends: A Sangiovese Bottled in 2012 Is Finally Available. Here’s Why it Was Worth the Wait.

Biondi-Santi held back its Riserva until it was just right. BY SARA L. SCHNEIDER  Photo: Courtesy of Biondi Santi They say, “Drink no wine before its time.” For most such sweeping directives, it’s impossible to trace the elusive “they.” Not so, though, for the champion of patience when it comes to wine. The modern-day patriarch of Brunello di Montalcino’s Biondi-Santi, pioneer of superior Sangiovese in the region, was adamant that vintages of the complex, structured red should be held until they were ready to release their beauty.     The 2012 Biondi-Santi Riserva is, in fact, the last vintage overseen by Franco Biondi Santi himself,...
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TOP 100 CELLAR SELECTIONS OF 2020

TOP 100 CELLAR SELECTIONS OF 2020

It might seem counter intuitive to stash a bottle of wine away with the intent to enjoy it at a much later date. We get it—once you have it, why wait to pop it open? And while it’s true that many wines on the market are meant to be enjoyed within a year or two after release, some are able to stand the test of time and will bring even more delight as they age. The good news is, you don’t have to be a wine expert to know which wines will age well, and you also don’t have to spend hundreds...
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12 Things You Should Know About Schramsberg Vineyards

12 Things You Should Know About Schramsberg Vineyards

words: KATIE BROWN illustration: DANIELLE GRINBERG     Nestled in Calistoga, Calif., Schramsberg Vineyards is known primarily for its sparkling wines. The brand, founded by Jacob Schram in the 1800s, has undergone many changes over time. Since 1965, it has been owned by the Davies family, which has made the brand and its property what it is today. With four different vineyards and over 30 varieties of wine, Schramsberg is a force in the Napa Valley wine world. But there’s still plenty you don’t know about the bubbly brand. Read on for 12 facts you should know about Schramsberg. Full article here
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PANCAKE DAY: THE PERFECT WINE PAIRINGS FOR YOUR FAVOURITE PANCAKE TOPPINGS

PANCAKE DAY: THE PERFECT WINE PAIRINGS FOR YOUR FAVOURITE PANCAKE TOPPINGS

Pancake Day is upon us, and in the spirit of never doing things by a half measure, we’ve compiled this guide to the perfect pairings for your favourite pancake toppings with the expert help of Master of Wine Patrick Schmitt. If you’re looking to indulge in the ultimate Pancake Day feast this evening, then look no further than this handy guide – you’ll be raving about the flavour combinations until this time next year once you’ve tried out these wine pairings for pancakes. ... 5. Strawberries and Cream Though a quintessential mainstay of the British Summertime, strawberries and cream are...
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