If your June is like ours thus far, you may be dashing betweens wine events, parties, travels and, er, mechanical bull riding. Still, we’ve saved a bit of time for this week’s wine news!
André Lurton, the only Bordeaux winemaker to test out the use of screwcap closures on classified whites, has decided to stop the trial after resistance from French buyers.
Fans of Alsatian wines, there’s an interview with Alsace’s Anne Trimbach on Bottlenotes.
VinePair celebrates the particular beauties of the Viennese urban vineyard and the Austrian heuriger, where winemakers sell their young wines in an atmosphere like no other.
Before you leave the VinePair site, you might also want to take a look at the infographic pairing wine with America’s most famous types of barbecue. I’m trying to imagine some of these flavours together and can’t quite manage it. I must need to eat lots more barbecue and make a thorough study of the issue!
On the subject of wine matching, Fiona Beckett has posted a guide to pairing food with Vermentino — a particularly useful guide in warmer weather.
A trade war may see Canada place huge taxes on imported wine from the U.S. in a dispute over meat products.
Matt Walls offers up a recipe and wine suggestions for oeufs en cocotte. He includes variations with spinach and smoked salmon, and any of them would make a fantastic brunch, lunch or light summer dinner.
World Gin Day is coming up on Saturday. Will you be celebrating?
We are just back from holiday, somewhat sunburnt and quite mad for the seaside. If in the coming weeks we feature more warm weather drinks, wines to go with fish or seafood, or just burst into sea shanties, you will now know why.
On with the wine news!
In this installment of crimes against wine, ram-raiders have hit Domaine Jean Marc Brocard in Chablis and Champagne stolen by the Nazis has been discovered north of Dresden in Germany.
Alder Yarrow has posted an interview with one of the trailblazers in grower Champagne, Anselme Selosse. Don’t miss this one.
If you’re buying Malbec without knowing these five key Argentinian sub-zones, you may be missing out on the Malbec of your dreams.
What is “pét-nat,” or pétillant-naturel?
And finally, does your rosé need a little lift? VinePair has a few suggestions for sprucing up your summer sipping.
Here are our picks of this week’s wine news:
This may help you with your summer parties: Punch is offering what it calls House Cocktail hacks, where top bartenders offer recipes for cocktails using only two spirits, two additional elements (vermouth, amaro, etc.) and two simple syrups you can quickly whip up yourself.
If you’re a fan of Madeira, this might interest you: changes to labelling laws will allow a fifth grape variety, Tinta Negra, on the front label, and a new category for 50-year-old Madeira has been introduced.
In this week’s wine crime news, the head of a French wine producer has been accused of illegally blending other white wines into its Chablis.
Over on Matching Food and Wine, Fiona Beckett sings the praises of Vermentino with seafood.
Whether you are looking for upcoming events, feel a bit scientific, or want to dig in to some of wine’s controversial topics, this week we have you covered!
If you aren’t near London, English Wine Week is coming up from Saturday 23 May to Sunday 31 May. Events will take place all over the country and you can get information about what’s going on in your area on the English Wine Producers website.
In previous years, International Sherry Week followed hot on the heels of London Wine Week and English Wine Week, but the celebration has been renamed Sherry Wine Week this year and shifted to 2-8 November 2015. You can go to the Sherry Wine Week website and subscribe to the newsletter if you want to keep up with the latest news.
English Sparkling Wine Day will apparently be celebrated on St. George’s Day on 23 May 2015. We believe this may be the first year English sparkling has been celebrated, so if you are so inclined, get out there and try some of the best bubbly the South of England has to offer. A peculiar twist of fate means we’ll actually be at an Australian wine tasting on the day, but we tasted 2010 Ridgeview Fitzrovia Rosé, 2011 Ridgeview Bloomsbury, and 2009 Nyetimber Brut Classic Cuvée last year during English Wine Week and posted our notes. The 2010 Ridgeview Fitzrovia Rosé is a particular favourite of ours, so if you’re looking for an English sparkling wine to try, you might start there.
Will Lyons has written an article for the Wall Street Journal on Bordeaux’s Château Lafleur, Pomerol’s tiny, family-owned wine powerhouse.
Researchers at the University of Queensland have discovered the success of Pinot Noir may be down to its ability to incorporate virus DNA into its own genes and evolve.
If you’re looking for a wine adventure in London, the Wine Sleuth recently attended one of the twice monthly tastings held in the 380-year-old wine cellar of the Stafford Hotel in St. James in Central London.
The Academic Wino weighs up the pros and cons of the Ganimede fermentation method and the traditional fermentation method used for red wine.
On Wine Shout you can read about Italy’s Alto Adige DOC and the 2013 Lagrein from Elena Walch Family Estates.
On Wine-Searcher Jason Wilson argues that the intense Summer of Riesling campaign that has dominated Riesling press in the United States for years has actually done more harm than good in promoting Riesling, primarily because sommeliers are still pushing sweet Rieslings.
A cache of the oldest known bottles of Ruinart Champagne have been unearthed in a cellar in Alsace.
There’s a peculiar new infographic from Jacob’s Creek making the rounds to help you match food and wine. Some of these wines aren’t the first we would have suggested, but then some of the foods aren’t either — Sea salt and balsamic vinegar crisps? “Gourmet” Scotch eggs?
One last note, in case you missed it last week: Daniel attended a staff tasting of some of the wines of Famille Hugel in Alsace. Not surprisingly, given that he loves Hugel wines and Alsatian wines in general, he was impressed. You can read the details here.
So far we have avoided stating the obvious to our American readers, but we might as well give in: Cold enough out there for you? Here’s hoping the weather improves where you are very soon, and if it can’t, we hope the cupboards are stocked and you are sitting somewhere warm with a hot drink.
Here’s this week’s news!
Martin Bouygues, owner of Château Montrose, was reported dead over the weekend, but you will be glad to hear he’s actually feeling quite well.
Over on Wine Folly you’ll find an article on the 7 primary styles of Spanish wine. It’s definitely worth a look if you want to get to grips with Spanish wines.
Here’s a headline worthy of a double-take: “Brigitte Bardot Saves Alcoholic Bears.” We’ll just let you read that one for yourselves.
In today’s wine crimes, a man went into the Kellermeister Winery in Australia’s Barossa Valley and opened the taps on four tanks, resulting in the loss of 25,000 litres of wine. Meanwhile, it seems English wine has arrived: Burglars stole 5,000 bottles of wine worth £80,000 from a warehouse at Bolney Wine Estate in southern England. Not the mark of success a wine producer wants, of course.
Tim Atkin picks 10 top wines from 2010 Brunello di Montalcino, along with a good, informative discussion of recent vintages and some of the things that set Brunello apart.
A crowdfunding campaign in support of Champagne Jayne is gathering force on GoFundMe, despite Jayne herself being gagged by Melbourne Federal Court and unable to rally support herself. As you may remember, wine writer and educator Rachel Jayne Powell, known professionally as Champagne Jayne, incurred the wrath of the Champagne bureau CIVC apparently for discussing sparkling wines other than Champagne via her Twitter and Facebook accounts while using the trademarked name “Champagne” in her professional name.
And finally, if the weather where you are is getting you down, why not do a bit of armchair travel? Wine-Searcher offers up a wine-lover’s guide to Paris, while Decanter provides a travel guide for Valpolicella.
All aboard for this week’s wine news!
English wine producer Chapel Down is producing what it believes is the first skin-contact white wine produced in England, using Bacchus grapes from the 2014 harvest.
One of Tuscany’s top producers, the Biondi Santi family, has announced it will not be releasing any Brunello di Montalcino from the 2014 vintage after a poor harvest.
Moët is launching a pop-up Champagne school on London’s South Bank to highlight the differences between Champagne and other sparkling wine. The Moët Academy will cost £40 for a 90-minute session from 13-24 April.
If you’re interested in Spanish wines, you might find this feature on Bobal, another of those grape varieties being rediscovered by Spanish wine producers and wine drinkers worldwide.
The French national appellation authority is considering creating Cru and Premier Cru tiers in Alsace, although the proposal is controversial.
Finally, you might enjoy this Q&A with Craggy Range’s Matt Stafford. Get the low-down on what makes Gimblett Gravels so special from the chief of Wine Enthusiast‘s 2014 New World Winery of the year winner.
January always feels like the longest month of the year — the coldest too, at least where we are. Put on another jumper, grab a mug of something warm, and settle in for this week’s wine news.
Three of the victims of the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack in Paris were also designers of outrageous wine labels. Wine Spectator reminds us of some of their work.
Did you miss all the wassailing events this month in England? We found one taking place in London at the end of February. A strange date for it, and a strangely urban location, but looks like it could be fun. Get the details here, and a tip of the hat to Matching Food and Wine site for bringing it to our attention.
With all the weird pseudo-scientific detox and diet stories making the news, as they always do in January, we are feeling the need for some science. Check out the physics of singing wine glasses, the (lack of) science behind those red wine baths you’ve heard about, and more over on the Academic Wino.
For anyone more interested in comfort food than counting calories this January, there some wine suggestions for macaroni cheese on Fiona Beckett’s website, including a link to a recipe for crab macaroni and cheese from Fiona Sims’s The Boat Cookbook (sneak preview: she pairs that one with Sancerre).
An expert believes he now knows how to win at the ancient drinking game kottabos. Want to know the secret?
And finally, we were incensed to read a headline about someone marketing a dog-calming potion full of alcohol — and then we read the whole article. It’s actually a bit of hand-wringing and attention-seeking over alcohol as a preservative in a remedy intended to be watered down. It’s veterinarian approved and properly diluted should not harm an animal. Now, whether these “flower essences” are likely to help is another question entirely . . . .
Did we miss a wine story you found interesting this week? Let us know!
Welcome to the final installment of the wine news for the year! Did you see these winey news items?
Decanter asked people to post photos of the bottle they enjoyed on Christmas with the hashtag #mychristmaswine. If you missed it, take a peek at what other people were drinking here.
Decanter also offered a guide to cheese and wine, including tips from Gerard Basset, Master of Wine, Master Sommelier and 2010’s Best Sommelier in the World.
We found a lot that interested us on Decanter this week, come to think of it. There was also this difficult 20-question quiz on Bordeaux. Only the brave need apply.
Bill Ward posted on ordering wine in restaurants without feeling intimidated or foolish. Some great practical tips included.
Ordering Chinese? VinePair’s article on what to drink with standard fare from Chinese menus in the US will help you pick the perfect bottle. (Janet swears Chinese food in the UK is often significantly different, so although these are also standard dishes on menus in the UK too, you may not have the same luck with these pairing suggestions.)
Still organising a New Year’s Eve bash? Wine Spectator‘s article on Spanish pintxos (two-bite hors d’oeuvres served with drinks), including recipes and wine suggestions, might inspire you.
And last, but not least, Fiona Beckett posted an end-of-the-year round-up of her twelve best drink pairings of 2014. See if you missed one of these intriguing matches.
Have we told you lately that we appreciate your interest in our little blog? We do. We are posting weekly and as we have time around other commitments, and we are posting just what we find interesting or worthwhile, so it’s lovely to find that people share those interests and enjoy the posts. Happy New Year to all our readers, and here’s to a brilliant start to 2015!
It’s a busy week here, but aren’t they all this time of year? All the same, let’s stop for a moment and talk about what’s going on in the world of wine.
Campaigners in Germany have filed a criminal complaint against a plan to build a new bridge over the Mosel, which they believe will endanger one of the country’s finest wine regions. Decanter has the full coverage.
Wine Folly published a piece on Lugana, a small wine region in northern Italy that may lose 25% of its vineyards to a railway expansion. There is an alternative plan that campaigners say would only add four minutes travel time and would save 750 acres. Read about it on Wine Folly and if you’re so inclined, sign the petition.
To break this week’s trend for alarming wine news items, we will point you in the direction of Wine Spectator‘s offering of three recipes to accompany Port and cheeses: Cherry and Black Pepper Mostarda, Tomato and Piquillo Pepper Marmalade, and Apricot and Peach Chutney.
Last, but not least, we had our first mulled wine of the season a few days ago. For this batch we tried Felicity Cloake’s recipe for the Perfect Mulled Wine, a recipe from an article in the Guardian a few years ago. We skipped the garnish, but otherwise stayed fairly close to her recipe and the results were quite good. That might be our go-to mulled wine recipe for the season, although I ran across an old recipe of Marguerite Patten’s that adds brewed tea to mulled wine, and that sounds like a fascinating experiment. If we do try that one, we’ll report back.
I think it’s Tuesday, so here’s the wine news that interested us in the last week. The fact I am not sure it is Tuesday isn’t a good sign, however . . . .
It’s either Curry Week or Chocolate Week, or perhaps both (we’re eating chocolate as we type this bit about curry, just to cover all the bases).We discovered there’s a website specifically for Chilean Carmenere paired with curry, and the site includes news, events, and even recipes. If you’re looking for additional wine and curry pairing suggestions, try Fiona Beckett’s site, where she suggests rosés, whites and reds, as well as general tips for what might work and what almost certainly won’t.
For a decade, the Santarelli family have supported Dutch archaeological excavations at their Casale del Giglio vineyard in Lazio, which has slowly uncovered portions of the pre-Roman town of Satricum and artefacts such as wine urns and goblets.
The Independent featured a round-up of the 10 best ports and madeiras. Go on, get ahead of the holidays and start enjoying that port and Stilton now.
Any fans of wine trivia here? There are lots of good tidbits in this article on Wine-Searcher about how wine bottles came to be the way they are today, from the punt in the bottom of the bottle to that bit of wire around a Rioja.
The Daily Sip’s editor Karen MacNeil is hosting a live Twitter tasting of Sonoma Pinot Noir on 23 October from 1-2 PST. Get the details on the wines here and don’t forget to use the hashtag #SipWithKaren on your tweets and to follow the conversation.
On the Wine Spectator website, chef George Mendes of Aldea in New York discusses bringing Portuguese food to the American public and offers up a recipe for Mozambique Shrimp with Okra and Piri Piri, along with some wine pairing suggestions.
And, finally, if you’re near London or London-bound, the Vinorium will be opening a pop-up shop on the South Bank from 15 October to 4 January. Expect to see two two-storey shipping containers equipment with a rotating collection of wines, Enomatic machines for tasting, and a heated terrace area upstairs.