Clos des Réas and the Best Birthday Present. Ever!

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Clos des Réas 1999, 2005, 2009

Clos des Réas and the Best Birthday Present. Ever! What’s the best birthday present you’ve ever had? I’ll tell you mine. It wasn’t apparent at the time, yet looking back, it acted as a catalyst for my wine life’s subsequent direction. Many years ago, there was a red Burgundy wine tasting in London hosted by Clive Coates MW. I was given …

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Philipponnat Champagne Royale Réserve

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Philipponnat Champagne

Philipponnat Champagne Royale Réserve The Philipponnat family have been winegrowers and merchants in the Champagne region for sixteen generations. Their history dates back to 1522; they were suppliers to the Sun King, Louis XIV. But it wasn’t until 1910 that Auguste and Pierre Philipponnat created their Champagne house in the village of Mareuil-sur-Aÿ. There have been several changes in ownership …

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Moratti – Creating the Champagne of the South?

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Moratti OP DOCG

Moratti – Creating the Champagne of the South? I recently took part in a 1-1 online wine tasting with Gian Matteo Baldi, of Castello di Cigognola. The Castello’s Metodo Classico sparkling wine project is from the Oltrepò Pavese area of Lombardy, south of Milan. We tasted four brilliant DOCG sparkling wines; all made from Pinot Noir under the Moratti brand …

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Peter Zemmer Riesling and Pinot Noir

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Zemmer Rolhüt Pinot Noir

Peter Zemmer Riesling and Pinot Noir A recent Wine Alchemy article introduced Weingut Peter Zemmer from the Alto Adige (Südtirol) region of Italy. It featured his “cru” Pinot Grigio Riserva called Giatl. Rather than reprise that piece here, suffice to say that the Peter Zemmer operation is a family-owned winery in the south of the region, at Cortina ssdv. As is typical …

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New Zealand celebrates 200 years of viticulture

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Maori Point Vineyard, Central Otago, New Zealand

New Zealand Celebrates 200 years of viticulture The first record of vines planted in New Zealand was on September 25, 1819. It’s in a journal by Samuel Marsden, an Anglican missionary. (He was born in Farsley, less than ten miles from my home in West Yorkshire). He wrote that there were “about 100 vines of different kinds”. However, there seems …

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Assemblage 2009 released by Champagne Bruno Paillard

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Bruno Paillard Assemblage 2009

Assemblage 2009 Regular readers of these pages will know my liking for the Champagnes made by Maison Bruno Paillard.  This time it’s about vintage Champagne and the new release of Assemblage 2009. The Cuvée This Champagne is made exclusively from the first pressings of the grapes, ensuring the best quality. These came from ten of the best terroirs in the …

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Conte Vistarino – Italian Pinot Pioneers

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Conte Vistarino Pinot Nero

Conte Vistarino – Italian Pinot Pioneers When you think of Pinot Noir, the chances are that you won’t be thinking about Italy. Of course, Italy has its own great native red grape varieties, while the spiritual home of Pinot Noir is in Burgundy. However, in Lombardy, Conte Vistarino has long been a Pinot Pioneer. Pinot Nero In Italy, Pinot Noir is …

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Wines for Christmas 2017 – six of the best

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Christmas 2017

Wines for Christmas 2017 – six of the best What are my Wines for Christmas 2017? ‘Tis the season. Last year I featured 12 wines, all of which I continue to recommend. This year I’m treating the topic a little differently. There are only six wines on my list. Reducing a long list down to only six is way harder than to …

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