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Australian Wine Blogs

Australian Wine Blogs

21 January 2022

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  • Gundog Estate Indomitus Rosa 2021
    21 January 2022


    Lacy pleasure. Delicate and curvaceous. Gee, we are blessed with the high standard of Rosés available on the shelves. Considered winemaking continues to push the bar higher. Here is a brilliant Rosé from Gundog Estate.

    With an onion skin appearance, it opens with red cherries and cherry pip. A delicate creaminess rolls through the mouth followed by watermelon rind and a flash of cranberry juice. Rounded and soft, it slides through with absolute ease leaving a lick of strawberry to close. Fine green tea-like tannins run long and seemingly don't end. Compelling and delicious all at once. Wow!

    Drink now.


    Region: Hilltops
    RRP: $45
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  • Thistledown Gorgeous Grenache 2021
    21 January 2022


    Delicious!  A juicy and energetic Grenache to throw your arms around. For $25, this is a fab drink.

    A blend of Riverland and McLaren Vale fruit, this is bursting with red fruits and berries. There is a vibe here that is hard to resist. Medium-bodied, ribbons of fine spices run long and weave themselves around the mouth. Quite moreish, it's a wine that will take a slight chill on warmer days to add to its versatility.

    Drink to three years.


    Region: Riverland and McLaren Vale
    RRP: $25
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  • Fierce III Pinot Grigio 2021
    21 January 2022

    A new range of wines for Lou Miranda, the Fierce III is a nod to the three sisters behind the business. Here you have a neat Pinot Grigio ready to match a casual meal with friends.

    That slight onion skin appearance captures the eye - have I mentioned previously that I like a Pinot Grigio/Gris with a slight blush? Loaded with pears and a green apple crunch, golden apple cruises along to a long finish. A soft textural appeal adds interest before a drying finish takes hold. Calamari, creamy pasta, sea salt crisps - all the above will do just fine. 

    Drink now. 


    Region: Barossa
    RRP: $35
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  • Dirt Candy The Falcon White Pet Nat 2021
    21 January 2022
    Made with fruit sourced from a derelict vineyard, this Dirt Candy Pet Nat has some street smart textural appeal. My only gripe with Pet Nat is that it can be a lottery with how much you actually get to drink. You see, with sediment in the bottle, like this one, you need to agitate things slightly I upended this bottle twice and opened it five minutes later. I lost close to 20% as it gushed out. Sigh. But that's Pet Nat...

    Back to the contents... Semillon and Muscat make up the wine. Bone dry, scents of honeyed tones come early followed by lemons and underripe white nectarine. I even picked up a whiff of oyster shell and flash of sea spray. Dry to taste, there is a citrusy theme through the mouth with a lemony finish that ticks away longer than expected. The back label suggests dumplings and pork buns - I won't argue with that.

    Drink now.


    Region: Hunter Valley
    RRP: $35
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  • Château La Gordonne La Chapelle Gordonne Rosé 2020
    21 January 2022

    I know, I know. I love Rosé – you get it. But it’s Summer and it is my time to shine. So here I have another Rosé appreciation post for you all on this fine Friday. And this time we’re heading to France with the Château La Gordonne La Chapelle Gordonne Rosé 2020.

    I’ve really expanded my Rosé loving horizons in recent years, but the love affair began with Provence Rosé. Any time I sip it, it takes me back to the French Riveria where there weren’t many moments that I didn’t have one in hand. And so when I find a good one I jump for joy!

    Château La Gordonne is one of the largest properties in Provence with 320 hectares of vines planted that benefit from the mild and constant climate year long. It was founded all the way back in the 17th century with its first harvest in 1652.

    Their wines are AOC Cotes de Provence and since 2021 all the vineyards produced organic grapes only. The winemaker Bruno Mailliard produces wines focusing on freshness, balance and finesse.

    The Château La Gordonne La Chapelle Gordonne Rosé 2020 uses grapes from the oldest and highest quality land parcels which are harvested by hand. It is made using the classic Provence grapes of Grenache Syrah and Cinsault.

    One sip of this wine immediately brought me back to the French Riveria. The classic salmon light pink hue and grapefruit and blossom nose were so inviting. Then the palate burst with strawberries and a touch of creaminess. I loved how refreshing and crisp this wine was yet it had such a gloriously long finish. Each sip was absolutely divine – there’s not much more to say.

    This wine is perfect for enjoying on its own at the end of a hot day, but if you want something to pair it with, think seafood or charcuterie. A cheese platter and this wine would make me one happy lady.

    The Château La Gordonne La Chapelle Gordonne Rosé 2020 retails at $55 and is available at select retailers.

    The post Château La Gordonne La Chapelle Gordonne Rosé 2020 appeared first on The Cheeky Vino wine blog.

  • Chateau Magdelaine
    20 January 2022

     Collecting Bordeaux is not that easy. It takes 10 years for a wine to show its true colours (flavours), and then you can no longer stock up. You can collect well known wines without tasting, but that will cost you. Or you base decisions on an early tasting, if you get the opportunity.

    I decided to buy a number of different wines at attractive prices from the highly regarded 2009 vintage. The results were mixed, but I am in luck today, as I taste the 2009 Chateau Magdelaine.

    In Australia, left bank wines are much more common than right bank, partly a result of relative volumes, but also partly because of the mixed reputation of Merlot, which is the dominant right bank grape.

    This Merlot blend opens with huge aromas of blackcurrant and forest berries, some raspberry even.

    On the palate, black fruited flavours come to the fore; there are earthy notes and mild spice as well. This is a ripe wine, but very balanced, with oak in the background. There is some development in this wine. At this point, it delivers a satisfying sweet/savoury mouthfeel. The tannins are firm and ripe, well integrated. And the finish lasts and lasts.

    I think I am drinking this wine at its sweet spot. It is ripe, but has a decent structure. While it delivers a good package now, it may fall apart sooner than other wines from this vintage.

    Score: 94/++ 


  • Review: Polperro Chardonnay 2020
    20 January 2022

    I’ve enjoyed so much of Sam Coverdale’s recent releases under the Even Keen/Polperro labels. Aside from the overly broad Field Blend, there have been no misses and many gold medals. High fives all round. You know how I was banging on about the challenges of the 2020 vintage in southern Victoria? Yeah well this Polperro Chardonnay 2020 tells me to shove my shitty harvest generalisations where generalisations belong (ie the bin).

    Handpicked over three batches, crushed, transferred to barrel with full solids, fermented wild, goes through full malo, the wine kept on lees for 12 months with a little sulphur in spring the only addition, then bottled unfined and unfiltered. As ever with the Polperro wines, texture is king. Kitchen sink wines for flavour, and I’m ok with it. This is a Chardonnay of some contrasts too – Tight and nutty, with a dose of solidsy funk this looks compelling in its Burgundian shape, yet the palate is quieter, less round and lighter this year, which just makes it even fresher. There is just a little phenolics on the finish, a brashness that doesn’t quite sit with the quiet style, although the contrast ultimately delivers complexity.

    Such lovely grapefruit etched finesse here. Such an enjoyable drink. It feels utterly handmade and yet precise too. Clever.

    Best drinking: good now, but no hurry. 18.5/20, 94/100. 12.1%, $50. Polperro website. Would I buy it? Yes.

    The post Review: Polperro Chardonnay 2020 appeared first on Australian Wine Review.

  • South American wine @ TW2 The Green
    19 January 2022

    Love learning more about the wine, you are drinking? Want to know how to choose better wines? The Winemusing Sessions second LIVE event is now on sale. Exploring the best from from South America! Bring a little spice back into your life! It is NOT just about Chile or Argentina! There are so many great […]

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  • Yarra Yering new wine releases (2020 and 2019 vintages) (subscriber only)
    19 January 2022
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  • 10 drink-me-now summer wines (with no filler, just plenty of Riesling)
    19 January 2022

    While it has been too moist and humid to feel ‘hot’ here in Sydney town in recent weeks, that doesn’t mean we need an excuse to drink refreshing beverages. For my house, that means beer, an outbreak of gin, and more fresh white wines (with comparatively little red).

    If your house is anything like mine, then consider this list of 10 drink-me-now summer wines as a worthy shopping list for drinking immediacy. Oh and if you’re looking for more summer reds to add to this list, best head here.


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Wine Investment blogs

Wine Investment Blogs

21 January 2022

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  • Golden opportunity for Scotch whisky as the UK launches talks with India on free trade deal
    20 January 2022

    The UK government has begun talks with India to discuss a free trade deal between the UK and India which could bring enormous benefits for Scotch whisky producers, as the UK Government looks to cut tariffs of up to 150%.

    On the 13th of January, the UK and India have begun negotiations on a truly ambitious Free Trade Agreement at an event in New Dehli.

    Formal conversations began between International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan and her counterpart, the Indian Minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal; this trade deal could create huge benefits across the UK.

    India is one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing economies, with GDP alone growing at 8.4% in Q2 in 2021. So a powerful new deal such as this would put UK businesses at the front of supplying to India’s rapidly growing middle class and indeed high net worth individuals, as such Scotch whisky set to benefit majorly.

    The UK Government aims to slash up to 150% on duties of whisky exports, offering a boost to distilleries and the whole spirits industry as a whole.

    Read the full article published on the Government website here:

    1,300 jobs to be generated from the trade deal in the UK

    A study commissioned by the Scotch Whisky Association assumes that the import tariffs come down to around 25%. With that, it estimates £1.2bn more exports within five years, potentially generating up to 1,300 jobs in the UK.

    Scotch whisky accounts for only 2% of India’s market. However, the values of Scotch whisky sales imported to India have risen significantly between 2011 and 2019 from £60m to more than £150m. This is due to the increased growth of India’s economy and rapidly growing middle-class demand for prestige international brands and products.

    Last year by volume, India became the world’s third-biggest market for Scotch. Yet 60% of that is in bulk, for bottling purposes or blending with local spirits, which is lower value Scotch than exported to other markets.

    Scotch is one of many products which Britain would like to export more of, and the trade deal will also look to discuss other industries such as finance and cars. However, this will involve compromises from both governments.

    Mark Kent, Chief Executive of the Scotch Whisky Association, said:

    “The new year offers new hope for reducing the longstanding 150% tariff on Scotch Whisky in India.

    Launching UK/India trade talks offers a golden opportunity to reach an ambitious tariff reduction in an early harvest deal that could grow Scotch Whisky exports to India by £1 billion over five years. Tackling the tariff and State level regulatory issues would open the market up to smaller producers who are effectively locked out by the substantial barriers to trade.

    Improved market access for Scotch would enable an increasing number of Indian consumers to enjoy our premium product. It would also be good for our industry and Indian government tax revenues – a win-win for all.”

    UK Government Minister for Scotland Malcolm Offord said:

    “Home to 1.4 billion consumers and one of the world’s fastest growing economies, India holds enormous potential for Scottish businesses as part of an ambitious new trade deal.

    On a recent visit to Mumbai, I saw first-hand how Scotland’s distilleries would benefit from the removal of tariffs as high as 150% on whisky. Our thriving services sector would also receive a welcome boost.

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:

    “A trade deal with India’s booming economy offers huge benefits for British businesses, workers and consumers. As we take our historic partnership with India to the next level, the UK’s independent trade policy is creating jobs, increasing wages and driving innovation across the country.

    The UK has world-class businesses and expertise we can rightly be proud of, from Scotch whisky distillers to financial services and cutting-edge renewable technology. We are seizing the opportunities offered in growing economies of the Indo-Pacific to cement our place on the global stage and deliver jobs and growth at home.”

    Following this news, it is an excellent opportunity to begin collecting whisky casks before the
    trade deal is formalised, so be sure to get in touch sooner rather than later.

    The post Golden opportunity for Scotch whisky as the UK launches talks with India on free trade deal appeared first on Elite Wine & Whisky.

  • Looking to join the wine bull run and which fine wine regions offer growth in 2022?
    20 January 2022

    2021 was a rampaging bull of a year for wine investors with the secondary market experiencing record growth. The average price performance trend of the most traded investment wines was 23% and the high-flyers saw values increase by up to 80%. So where should wine investors look for the best returns in 2022?

    What can we learn from 2021 investment wines trends?
    • Liv-ex 100 average growth trend in 2021 – 23%
    • Champagne was the regional top performer – 41.5%
    • Rosé Champagne demand is a key pointer – US buyers up 219%
    • Champagne Salon Le Mesnil 2002 delivered highest 12-month growth of 80%
    • Burgundy secondary market share is near Bordeaux’s, at 30% in December
    • Burgundy returns average 31%
    • US wines drove growth of 22%
    • Rhone wine investments grew an average 14.42%
    • Italian wines delivered an average 13.87% return
    Which regions should investors select wines from?

    All of the key regions are seeing growth and to optimise returns you should diversify your wine investment portfolio by region and vintage. At the start of this year Champagne has got the market fizzing, Burgundy returns are booming, blue-chip Bordeaux are solid bankers, Italy’s va va voom is a crowd pleaser, the US flag is flying high, and Rhone is on the rise.

    Champagne and Burgundy were powerful engines for the market in 2021 and investors should now look to these regions as essential to include in portfolio planning.

    Champagne offers quality and growth normally at a lower entry point and key brands for investors are Dom Perignon, Louis Roederer Cristal, Krug, Bollinger, Taittinger, Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill and top performer last year Salon Le Mesnil.

    Burgundy is a major focus in Q1 every year as the latest en primeurs are released (currently the 2020 vintage). The region also accounted for the top performers in December 2021 with the highly affordable Domaine Leflaive Puligny Montrachet Premier Cru Clavallon 2015 rising 33% in the month. A more typical entry point for high-profile Burgundy investments, Domaine Leroy, Vosne Romanée Premier Cru Beaux Monts 2015 grew 21.3% to £67,200 (12 x 75cl) – an impressive return in one month! Most traded Burgundy vintages on Liv-ex in 2021 were 2015, 2017 and 2018.

    Bordeaux wine investments are still the most liquid in the secondary market and this factor combined with quality and growth are why the First Growths are referred to as blue-chip and cornerstone assets in a wine portfolio along with the iconic Petrus, Le Pin and St Emilion top four. Strong opportunities for growth are the First Growth second wines and up and coming labels like Right Bank Figeac.

    Italy’s Super Tuscans and top Piedmont wines took the market by storm in 2020 and are established as important diversification tools, with Sassicaia vintages some of the most traded on Liv-ex also offering liquidity. Piedmont investment wines are similar to Burgundy in that their very low supply drives higher prices as demand for these labels increases in a developing market.

    The Rhone was a revelation in 2021 and whilst a highly productive wine-growing region, only a very small number of wines have achieved secondary market traction until recently The most notable of these being Guigal’s La Landonne, La Turque and La Mouline, and Chateau Beaucastel, Jean Luis Chave and Paul Jaboulet are also worth watching.

    California’s Napa icons are enjoying increasing levels of trade in the secondary market and despite low supply being dominated by extremely strong US domestic buying, a growing number of releases via La Place de Bordeaux is opening the market up. Screaming Eagle, Opus One, Dominus, Harlan Estate, Scarecrow and Sine Qua Non wines are top performing US wine investments.

    Australia and Spain have a small number of wines which warrant investor attention and the former’s Penfolds Grange vintages are some of the most valuable wines in the world. Spain’s brands of note are Vega Sicilia Unico and Pingus.

    Wine investment market status

    Fine wine investments maintained robust growth throughout 2021 despite the pandemic’s influence on global economies and financial markets. This year the fine wine stock exchange,, has opened with more than £100million of live bids and offers, providing the broadest and most liquid secondary market ever for wine investors to engage in. With growing efficiency and investment services available to you there has been no better time to invest in fine wine, whether as a new investor or if you are adding to an existing collection.

    For information on which wines are currently offering the best opportunities for wine investors contact our team on 0203 384 2262.

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  • Investors protect cash with fine wine growth as inflation hits 30-year high
    19 January 2022

    Investors are seeking havens for savings as inflation recorded a 30-year high of 5.4% in the 12 months to December 2021. With forecasts suggesting the CPI benchmark could rise to 7% by April savings are at risk. Wine investments recorded average growth of 23% last year and offer investors a tax-efficient option to protect capital.

    The 5.4% CPI growth in 2021 exceeded the economic forecasts of 5.2% and keeps inflation on track for an estimated 7% level in April this year. Whilst some of the factors influencing inflation can be resolved in the short to medium term, i.e. supply chains and even energy, expected to fuel bill increases of around 50% after the cap is removed, forecasters see it remaining above 4% throughout 2022.

    The Bank of England is set to meet on February 3rd to decide on a potential further interest rate rise which is looking extremely likely. Some commentators foresee a lift to 1.25% this year in phased increases.  A difficult decision to impose further challenges on an already beleaguered consumer. Wage costs have been rising due to a tight labour market but the annual average wage growth of 3.8% recorded in December is not keeping pace with inflation and the cost of living is eroding cash.

    How did fine wine perform compared to gold and equities in 2021?


    What does this mean for investors? Further economic uncertainty and likely volatility on financial markets and the real need to look at assets that can hedge inflation and hold or grow value. Looking at the performance of alternative investments like property, wine and even cryptocurrency, fine wine delivered strong growth and stability throughout 2021. Fine wine offers tax efficient returns, an affordable entry point, diversification and liquidity compared to these assets.

    For more information on fine wine investment performance and our recommendations for 2022, contact our team on 0203 384 2262.

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  • Making the Right Choices When It Comes to Sparkling Wine
    18 January 2022

    There are hundreds of types of sparkling wine that you could drink. How do you choose the best one? We’ve compiled a list of our favourite types of sparkling wine, which can be enjoyed at practically any special event when you need something to drink. Take a sip and enjoy!

    Cava on a Casual Week night 

    Cava is made from grapes cultivated in the Penedes region of Spain, namely the Macabeo, Parellada and Xarello varieties. It is a fantastic idea to enjoy a glass of Cava as you prepare dinner with friends. Its large and plentiful bubbles make Cava an excellent choice for anybody looking for a refreshing way to start their evening.

    Pét-Nat While Outdoors

    Pét-Nat is the name given to a sparkling wine produced in the Champagne region of France. Pet-Nat is a type of sparkling wine that does not follow the traditional method (methode champenoise). The wine is bottled before a significant amount of yeast has risen to the surface of the liquid. Therefore, it has less of that characteristic fizz and is less acidic.

    Lambrusco During Pizza Night 

    Lambrusco is a medium-bodied red wine with low alcohol content, perfect for a pizza night. It is manufactured from grapes grown in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. It is a cross between the white Trebbiano grape and the red Pizzutelli grape, a hybrid of the two. 

    Prosecco While Enjoying Brunch on the Weekend

    Prosecco is a sparkling white wine from the Veneto region of Italy. Because of its modest alcohol concentration, this wine is ideal for drinking with friends over the weekend and is best served chilled. Glera grapes from the area are used to produce this wine. This grape variety is known for its zesty flavour.  

    Champagne as a Gift Recommendation

    Champagne is the most expensive sparkling wine you will ever come across. It uses the Méthode Champenoise, a one-of-a-kind technique for producing sparkling wine. First and foremost, a bottle of white wine is fermented and matured for an extended period. The wine is racked and placed in barrels in the following step to go through a second fermentation period. After ageing, the finished product is packaged with a small amount of yeast and sugar to preserve its freshness.

    Magnums for Festivities and Celebrations

    A magnum of champagne is the ideal way to commemorate a significant day with friends and family. Magnums are wine bottles that are double the size of a standard bottle of the same type of wine. 

    Sparkling wine may be enjoyed in a wide variety of contexts. It’s a lovely way to get a party started or commemorate a memorable occasion.

    It doesn’t matter where you are, what you’re celebrating, or who you’re celebrating with. There should be a bottle of sparkling wine to make the celebration merrier. Luckily, there is a wide range of sparkling wines you’ll find which makes it easy to pair with whatever you’re eating. 

    If you are looking for the best wine brands available on the market, Cru Wine is the place to go. We make buying wine simple while also providing a more refined experience for our customers. Take a look around our selection of quality wines now!

    The post Making the Right Choices When It Comes to Sparkling Wine appeared first on Cru Wine Fine Wine & Spirits Shop.

  • Unified Symposium: Wine and the New Now
    18 January 2022

    These are fast times. I used to think about “getting back to normal” and then I started talking about what the “new normal” would look like. Now I don’t really know what normal is — it’s a “new now” every day.

    Crossing the River, Feeling the Stones

    Planning for the future in the “new now” era reminds me of the Chinese saying about crossing a river by feeling the stones with your feet. Know where you are going but be sure to take each step one at a time.

    I am struck by the degree that the program for the Unified Symposium this year reflects the “new now” of the global economy. The environment has long been a concern, for example, but now there is a timely immediacy that spans the global to the local. The Unified examines the issues starting with Dr. Steven Ostoja’s Tuesday luncheon presentation on “Changing Climate, Extreme Weather and Water Scarcity: What It All Means for the Future of Farming” and extending into sessions on vineyard adaptation, living with climate change, and wild fire smoke issues.

    Labor has long been a critical issue in the wine industry, but we often focused on vineyard labor and sometimes, as in Napa, the problem of attracting and retaining cellar staff in a region with sky-high living costs. The labor problem in the “new now,” however, extends throughout the organization, so human resource issues are front and center.

    These are just two of the important “new now” issues the Unified will examine this year. Check out the complete program to see what else is on tap. And don’t miss the trade show, which is where new ideas are put into practice.

    State of the Industry Now

    I will be hosting the State of the Industry session on Wednesday morning and I think you can expect a lot of “new now” thinking from the all-star speaker lineup: Jeff Bitter (Allied Grape Browers), Danny Brager (Brager Beverage Alcohol Consulting), Steve Fredricks (Turrentine Brokerage), and Mario Zepponi (Zepponi & Company). Their collective expertise spans the issues — demand, supply, markets, and investment.

    The State of the Industry session looks back at 2021 and ahead to 2022 and beyond but a “new now” problem is understanding exactly where we are at today given the big swings in wine demand, sales channels, and grape harvests that we have seen. It can be hard see through the thicket of short-term events to pick out the real longer-term trends. Prediction is difficult, they say — especially about the future when the present in unclear. But I guarantee that the team will have revealing insights to share.

    New Now Sacramento

    If you want to get a sense of “new now” maybe the best example of change and adaptation is the Unified itself. It starts with the newly remodeled SAFE Credit Union Convention Center. I haven’t seen it yet but I am told it is state of the art — bigger and better — and safer — than before. I am really looking forward to the new trade show and session spaces.

    And then there is the health and safety element of the “new now.” Bringing together thousands of wine industry people during this pandemic and doing so responsibly requires organization, cooperation, and critical analysis.

    As Cyril Penn reported recently on, the organizers have retained a health data analytics firm to model the Unified from a covid safety standpoint.

    Epistemix develops simulations that approximate risk based on venue, audience and anticipated virus levels with proprietary software developed by a team from the University of Pittsburg School of Public Health. The firm partnered with the Exhibitions and Conferences Alliance a year ago and has worked on risk assessments for conferences and conventions in twenty cities. Reiser said Epistemix has been 95 percent accurate in making event projections thus far.

    The models take into account the number of attendees and their vaccine and testing status, the prevalence of the covid variants, the mitigation protocols, the varieties of activities that the convention entails, and the various ways that the groups are likely to mix.

    The modeling indicates Unified’s masking and vaccination/testing policy at the newly-remodeled Sacramento Convention Center will create a controlled environment with an expected case rate of one in ten-thousand, according to Lindsey Solden Reiser, PhD, Managing Director of Professional Services for Epistemix, Inc. That modeling assumes 12,000 people attend Unified.

    If the projections are correct, the convention will have a much lower expected case rate than Sacramento itself, which has a projected rate of eight cases per ten-thousand persons.

    Wine and the New Now

    The point is that the new now of trade shows and conventions is very different from the old normal, where people like me mainly worried about mundane things like whether the slide-advance “clicker” would work for the PowerPoint presentation.  I am sure I never gave a moment’s thought to the idea that data modeling of pandemic spread would be needed or desired. But here we are now.

    And I think the wine business is in the same situation. We need to analyze the new now and to try to understand it, but without assuming that it will somehow revert to the old normal or remain fixed in place as the new normal, either.

    Better take off your shoes and socks. Time to get your feet wet.

  • Reuters reports that wine investment outperforms Bitcoin as top performing assets in 2021
    18 January 2022

    Reuters reported that the top performing investment wine delivered 80% growth in 2021, outperforming Bitcoin’s 70% and major tech shares. Investors are including fine wine and other tangible assets in their financial plans for 2022 to enjoy growth and to protect capital, tax efficiently.

    2021 Wine Investment Performance Headlines

    • Fine wine trend – Liv-ex 100 grew 23.1%
    • FTSE 100 rose 14.3%
    • Gold declined -4.3%
    • Champagne Salon Le Mesnil 2002 rose 108%
    • Top performing region – Liv-ex Champagne 100 index up 40.5%

    Reuters’ article commented on the fact that leading wine investments delivered stronger returns than Bitcoin and top tech stocks in 2021. Champagne Salon Le Mesnil 2002’s 80% growth was highlighted in comparison to Bitcoin’s 70% in the year to early December at the article date. This performance exceeded the.NYFANG index which monitors Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, Google, Tesla and Microsoft last year. By the end of 2021 Salon Le Mesnil 2002 had grown 108%.

    Key benefits of wine investment are stability, growth and tax efficiency. Wine as an alternative asset is becoming much more widely understood as platforms like Liv-ex bring transparency and efficiency to the market. This combined with strong growth performance and resilience during periods of economic downturn and rising inflation, is attracting more investors into the market.

    Forbes has commented on the increased focus by wealth managers and institutional investors normalising investment in alternative assets like fine wine as returns impress and outperform traditional investments. The value of investment wine as an important diversification tool to gain growth and stability in a portfolio, and the tax-efficient returns that investors can enjoy, were highlighted in 2021 when all previous records were broken.

    The fine wine market has started 2022 on a roll with the total value of bids and offers on Liv-ex at a record level, surpassing £100 million in early January. The secondary fine wine market is broader and deeper than ever and offers a wealth of buying and selling opportunities for wine investors at highly accessible levels.

    We believe every investor should understand and have access to a fine wine investment service and be guided to create a rewarding wine collection as part of their overall portfolio strategy.

    For more information about investing in fine wine in 2022, download our Guide and contact our expert team on 0203 384 2262.

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  • Here Are Some of the Must-Try Red Wine and Food Pairings
    17 January 2022

    Finding the best food to pair with your wine may be difficult. While there are some suggested pairings, such as white wine being the best dessert wine or red wine being perfect for red meat, it all boils down to taste. How one enjoys wine depends solely on their own tastebuds and what tickles their fancy. 

    With that being said, however, there are still some amazing red wine and food pairings that you must not miss out on. Read on below to learn more about them.

    Beef Bourguignon and Burgundy 

    What better way to eat beef bourguignon than with a wine that is already found in its sauce? The red sauce in the famous beef bourguignon often has burgundy for the reason that it masks the strong flavour of the meat. This gives it an acidic taste that one can easily enjoy.

    Pairing this dish with the wine itself may sound a little redundant, but because the wine is not strong enough in the dish, it actually emphasises the dish. However, the burgundy must be strong in taste. Otherwise, it will be overshadowed by the sauce in the beef bourguignon.

    Burger and Malbec

    Most people may not think to eat a burger with wine. In the case that they do, a lighter wine is chosen to strike a balance with the juicy burger. However, a malbec is found to be a perfect choice.

    Its acidity and fruity notes both complement and strike a balance between the greasiness and heavy taste of a burger. If your burger has tomatoes and pickles, the malbec also has the hint of sweetness to balance out the sour flavours of your burger.

    Red Sauce and Sangiovese 

    Some people may think that red sauce with red wine could be overwhelming and empowering on the taste buds, but it is the opposite. As long as you have selected the right wine, red sauce with red wine is a heavenly combination,

    Sangiovese, which can come in different flavours, but is dominantly sweet and fruity, is perfect for the acidic red sauce. The spices will be emphasised even more with the sweeter taste of the Sangiovese, allowing the consumer to enjoy the perfect balance between the pair.

    Steak and Cabernet Sauvignon

    This iconic pair is known well throughout the world, with some dubbing it as the perfect food combination. The charred taste of the steak is strengthened by the cabernet sauvignon’s light, but empowering taste.

    However, this strong, fruity taste that comes out from nowhere does not overwhelm the tastebuds. Rather, it almost feels like it preps it for the juiciness that is about to come from the steak.

    Port and Stilton

    The stilton is a pungent and creamy blue cheese that can be salty if consumed alone. This is why it needs to be paired with something that is on the sweeter side—and what could be better than port.

    Port wine is more sugary and sweet than most wine, making it the perfect dessert wine. It matches with the sweetness of most desserts, but mostly, it is perfect for the saltiness of the cheese. Stilton is perfect because it is heavier in texture and has a strong salty taste.

    How you choose your wine and what you pair it with still depends on you. However, the food pairings mentioned above are must-tries for you to enjoy when you have the chance. The best way to enjoy a great bottle of wine is with the perfect food pairing.

    If you want to purchase wine online in the UK, then Cru Wine is for you. Buying wine has never been easier and more enriching! Shop with us today for the best wine selection you will ever see!

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  • 3 Factors to Consider in Choosing the Best Wine For Newbies
    17 January 2022

    Investing in wine or other alcoholic beverages is never easy. As there are many options available in the market, there are too many factors to consider to come up with the best drink for someone’s taste and preference. However, there’s still hope for newbies wanting to try the best of both worlds. How do you choose the best wine for newbies? Here are some ideas.

    1. Determine the Best Wine Type

    When choosing the best wine, it’s essential to determine the best type of wine to buy. Not all wines are created equal, and not all types are best suited for beginners. The most common types of wines are red and white. These two types can be further divided into categories. All kinds of wines are made differently, and there are several factors to consider when choosing a wine to start with.

    However, there are still some factors that you have to take into account, like the occasion, as it may not go well with the food that you and your friends are about to have. Aside from the event for which it will be used, you should also consider the season. For instance, if you are about to serve a lighter wine for dessert, there are better options for spring and summer. Thus, it is best to choose between a red, a white, or a rosé.

    2. Choose the Perfect Alcohol Content

    Wine is made in different alcohol percentages. Be it a red, white or rosé, the alcohol content varies, even for a specific type of wine. The most common alcohol content of wine is between 13 and 18 per cent for reds, eight and 12 per cent for whites, and eight per cent for rosé wines. However, there are also wines with an alcohol content of over 20 per cent.

    Too much alcohol may result in a hangover, and less alcohol may make the wine taste flat. When looking for a wine with low alcohol content, there are several options. These wines are made with little or no alcohol at all. If you plan to serve these light wines as a dessert or pair them with a meal, it may be best to buy a wine with a two per cent alcohol content.

    3. Consider the Quality and Price

    Just like buying anything else, it is essential to compare the quality of a product with its price. However, this doesn’t mean you should go for the most expensive bottle of wine that you see. There are different quality levels of the same type of wine. For example, some wines have higher-quality grapes which make the taste better. Keep in mind that it doesn’t have to cost a lot to taste good. Most of the time, wine is as good as the ingredients used to make it.

    However, if you’re on a budget, you can save money by buying wine in bulk. Look for a wine made of quality ingredients but is affordable. You can always purchase wine in size so that you won’t worry about buying too much at once.

    In the end, it’s entirely up to you to decide what type of wine you will buy. There are no rules when it comes to choosing a wine. But if you want to try new things, you need to know what to look for when shopping for a new wine to try. Still, as you may have discovered, there are many ways to enjoy a glass of wine, even for beginners.

    Cru Wine is the leader in providing premium quality wines across the UK. From vintage champagnes to sparkling wines, all our customers have to do is to check out our stash online and pick the best variant for their taste or preference. Shop now on our website and buy only the best drinks for every occasion possible.

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  • What Does Your Wine of Choice Say About You? Find Out!
    17 January 2022

    In this digital age, you may be finding it hard to tell people about yourself. What more is there to say when most of your likes, dislikes, interests, and hobbies are up online? Well, there is still plenty of fun and creative ways to get to know people and vice versa. If you’re a wine lover, an exciting way to find other wine lovers and introduce yourself is through your choice of wine.

    Below are various types of wine. Depending on your choice of drink, find out what it says about you!


    If you opt for this type of wine, you are social, outgoing, and friendly. You’re always up for a good time with your friends who, at the same time, are also your partners in crime. You love to stand out from the rest, and you’re a great friend to have when drinking.

    White Wine

    White wine is often what people drink when they’re not too particular about what they drink and open to many things. You don’t have any preferences when it comes to wine. You don’t like the idea of being tied down to one type of drink. You’re the type of person who enjoys trying out new things. You are also a very flexible person. Different people like different things, so why wouldn’t you?

    Red Wine

    This is a wine that is more serious and classy. If you like red wine, you’re a very simple and straightforward type of person. You’re the type who prefers the classics. You are also a person who likes to settle down traditionally and classically. You don’t want to take chances when it comes to life. If it is not broken, then don’t fix it.


    When you drink rosé, you are a very sociable person, and you love going out with your friends. You’re a very outgoing person, and you’re always the life of the party. You aren’t afraid to speak your mind, and you are a great conversationalist. You are also very creative, and you like to be in the middle of all the action.

    Sparkling Wine

    If you like to enjoy a glass of sparkling wine, you are a person who enjoys laughing and smiling often. You are a very happy person, and you always strive to keep the mood light and comfortable. You enjoy celebrating with your loved ones, and you will always bring that smile to make everyone feel lighter and bubblier.

    Pinot Noir

    This wine is popular among millennials. You like to try new things, especially things that are new. You are also very curious, and you always love to see the world from new perspectives. You are also a very light-hearted person, although you can be pretty serious at times.


    This wine is best for those looking for something familiar and reliable. This type of drink is for those who are very cautious with their life choices. You’re the type of person who likes to be safe with your choices and always play it safe. You are also likely to be very trustworthy.

    Remember, what you drink is not what you are. It’s just a fun way to get to know other people, let them know you, and even start new friendships. It’s fun to learn more about people by their choice of drinks. So don’t be afraid to have that conversation with someone and find out what they like to drink. You just might meet a new friend.

    If you’re interested in buying wine for investment, we can help you. Cru Wine offers fine wine with a modern approach. Wine is a passion and a huge source of enjoyment. Our goal is to make it easier to buy wine. At the same time, we wish to provide you with a more enriched experience. Download our fine wine investment brochure today to learn more!

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  • Burgundy 2020 Vintage Report
    14 January 2022

    “Burgundy’s 2020 vintage has defied the odds and despite a unique growing season, the region has yielded an exceptional array of
    beautifully poised whites and succulent, alluring reds,” stated Cru Wine Founder & CEO Gregory Swartberg. Here he takes us through the season and shares his thoughts on the vintage.

    A snapshot on the growing season

    2020 certainly was an exceptional year. With a long, dry summer it was one of the earliest harvests on record in Burgundy, with many growers starting their picking mid-August. Thanks to a mild winter and without much of a frost threat to bud burst, the vines started their growth early and with a sunny and dry Spring the vines started their flowering in early to mid-May, which pointed to signs of an early harvest.

    Whilst we were busy reaping the benefits of a rare British summer of sunshine, locked down in our gardens and slowly sipping our way through the contents of our wine stores, the vines in Burgundy were also hit with a warm and dry summer. With little frost or hail, the growing season is marked only by the lack of significant rain. Most of the Côte d’Or saw little to no rain fall during a warm but not excessively hot summer season. The dry conditions also meant there were very few issues with diseases and mildew, but the cool summer nights helped to retain acidity levels in the grapes.

    There was some relief in August with rainfall, especially in Chablis. There have been a few reports of some dry stress from the drought, mostly with the fickle and delicate Pinot Noir vines, resulting in lower yields for this grape.

    Picking began in mid-August, with some reds ripe before the whites due to the smaller crop. Weather conditions were warm and sugar levels were reported to leap up quickly between the beginning and end of the harvest. All in all, most producers reported an easy harvest and are extremely happy with the results.

    Picking gets underway at William Fevre in Chablis
    “Une belle surprise”

    Despite the warm growing season, with little to no rainfall across the region, the acidity, freshness and balance in this vintage is outstanding, one which is unmissable for every wine collector. Critics so far are all in agreement on the ageing potential of these wines, given the excellent balance of acidity and tannic structure.

    Many producers have been stumped as to how such a dry growing season has produced wines with such balanced acidity, with vignerons reporting that they believe that the vines “shut down” due to the dry conditions, pausing sugar development which has led to the preserved balance and retained acidity.

    “The 2020 vintage is shaping up to be a prodigious success for white Burgundy.”

    William Kelley | The Wine Advocate

    So far what we have had the fortune to taste as a team in December 2021 has shown impeccable freshness on the whites with excellent minerality while the reds are already showing longevity, packed with powerful flavours.

    With the 2021 harvest looking rather small, do not be surprised to see less availability on the market, tighter allocations and a possible surge in pricing for the 2020’s. First of the major critics to release their findings, Neal Martin, notes that “We must factor in the 2021 growing season, another tiny crop for the whites, which means that Burgundy lovers will double down on securing 2020s, while winemakers are incentivized to withhold their 2020s in order to supplement next year’s shortfall”.

    We are incredibly excited to have added some new producers to our range of Burgundy En-Primeurs for 2020. Available quantities are extremely limited and we are most certainly encouraging collectors to look past their usual ‘go to’ producers. Martin does voice that “So many 2020s deserve attention. You’ll be hard-pressed to find the most sought-after wines, but there is a simple remedy. Expand your purview. Look beyond the label. Venture into uncharted appellations and unfamiliar growers” … and over the coming weeks, we hope we can help you expand your collection.

    In summary

    I think 2020 is a great vintage to add to anyone’s cellar as the wines are fantastic and they are going to age well, notwithstanding that the price doesn’t yet reflect the lower yield for the 2021 vintage. Producers and suppliers will want to keep some wines back to factor the lower volume of next year, so if you can get a hold of some of the great 2020 wines, we highly recommend it.

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21 January 2022

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  • Global Survey on Sustainable Wine
    21 January 2022

    In November 2021, together with Geisenheim University conducted an online global survey on Sustainable Wine Tourism. To gather reliable information on this topic, we collected answers from 1,579 wineries from more than 40 countries. We will be presenting the global survey in a live webinar. Niklas Ridoff, CEO of and Gergely Szolnoki, Prof. […]

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  • Save the date in Lausanne : Open Cellar Day 4-5 June 2022
    21 January 2022

    Save the date : all Lausanne vintners gather again to welcome guests in a friendly atmosphere in over 300 cellars! Vintners, restaurant and hotel owners as well as terroir products promise a quality welcome to all visitors wishing to spend an authentic moment and to discover some of the Lake Geneva Region’s treasures. So why […]

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  • Il piccolo e sconosciuto dipartimento dell’Isère: i vini di Nicolas Gonin
    21 January 2022

    Oggi viaggiamo insieme, ed è un po’ che non racconto qualcosa della Francia, perché personalmente non è che mi entusiasmi molto l’idea di parlare dei cugini d’oltralpe, ma questa volta ho trovato qualcosa di interessante da raccontare, quindi mettetevi comodi che si parte…

    Questa storia è ambientata in una zona veramente fuori da ogni radar vitivinicolo, e scommetto che in pochi tra voi avranno sentito parlare del dipartimento d’Isère. Lo stesso (che per noi italiani va inteso un po’ come se fosse una provincia) da il nome ad una IGP (per esteso Isère – Balmes Dauphinoises) che raccoglie tutti i vini prodotti in questa area montuosa, sita sul versante orientale della Francia. Sebbene al suo interno non vi siano vigneti appartenenti ad alcuna denominazione AOC (la nostra DOC), l’Isère è incastonato tra due regioni vitivinicole piuttosto rinomate: i vigneti alpini della Savoia si trovano a nord e i pendii soleggiati della Valle del Rodano si distendono a sud.

    Il protagonista di questa storia è Nicolas Gonin, enologo originario proprio di quella zona, a cui è legato da relazioni che definirei quasi sentimentali. Si sa, i francesi sono un popolo per lo più fiero ed orgoglioso della propria identità vitivinicola e Nicolas ha da sempre provato un senso di malinconia nel pensare che le uve della sua terra fossero a rischio d’estinzione.

    Invero, la passione per le uve tipiche della sua terra fiorisce in lui sin dai tempi dei primi esami in enologia, presso la facoltà di Dijon. Tuttavia, prima di poter dedicare corpo e anima a ciò che realmente desiderava, il nostro Nicolas ha dovuto fare i conti con una sana gavetta, che lo ha portato a lavorare in scenari direi niente male, Château Gilette a Sauternes e il mitico Domaine Tempier a Bandol. È qui, nella biblioteca della cantina che, scartabellando in giro, ha ritrovato un antichissimo manuale che elencava tutte le varietà francesi e le zone di origine delle stesse. Ancora oggi, molte delle sue ricerche vengono condotte proprio a partire da quest manoscritto di cui ne possiede una copia personale.

    Nel 2003, grazie all’acquisizione di un piccolo vigneto dello zio Gaston Gonin, Nicolas finalmente può mettersi all’opera nel tentativo di perseguire il suo progetto. All’epoca, la superficie di questo vigneto non era sufficiente per accedere allo status di viticoltore. Tale status in Francia si ottiene solo dopo aver raggiunto la produzione di una certa quantità di uva che varia da regione a regione. A ciò si legava anche la c.d. acquisizione dei diritti di impianto ovvero uno strumento della politica comunitaria, vigente fino al 2015, diretto a mantenere l’equilibrio tra domanda e offerta di vino in Europa, e finalizzato a scongiurare una produzione di vino eccessiva rispetto alla domanda.

    Per ottenere i diritti di impianto era quindi necessario affittare altri appezzamenti, spesso remoti, mal orientati o in cattive condizioni. Parliamo di tutte quelle vigne su cui nessuno voleva più lavorare da anni ormai. La tenuta è stata quindi creata poco a poco, con le vigne di ben 20 diversi proprietari. Dal 2005 l’intera tenuta è stata sradicata e reimpiantata esclusivamente con vitigni autoctoni: altesse, verdesse, jacquère, viognier, persan, mondeuse e mècle.

    Oggi il vigneto è stato ristrutturato, sono stati eliminati gli appezzamenti cattivi e la superficie attuale della tenuta è di 5,5 ettari, ma la passione di Nicolas non ha limite e lo stesso giura che continuerà in questo progetto di tutela e salvaguardia di varietà autoctone anche fuori i limiti della sua Isère.

    Nicolas Godin, Altesse, IGP Isère – Balmes Dauphinoises, 2019
    Il vitigno a bacca bianca altesse si esprime secondo una performance che mi ricorda uno di quei viognier nella versione più snella o scarica di sentori.
    Medio corpo, non troppo espressivo e con una sorta di timidezza che richiede uno spiccato senso di osservazione per definirlo.
    Ci sono i sentori di frutta bianca matura ma è chiaro che i livello di maturazione zuccherina nelle uve era piuttosto modesto, non capace di raggiungere quella esplosione di tonalità tipiche del viognier. Con ciò non voglio comunicare una parere negativo, anzi, direi che il vino era proprio di mio gradimento. Il sorso è comunque lungo e il vino indiscutibilmente esprime fattori di unicità come i riflessi di erba fresca (e non troppo intrusiva) che qua e là possono evidenziarsi al palato.

    Nicolas Godin, Verdesse, IGP Isère – Balmes Dauphinoises, 2019
    In questo caso abbiamo una varietà a bacca bianca capace di esprimere vini più longilinei, con una maggior freschezza e una quella linea di erba fresca che ho menzionato poc’anzi, questa volta più vivida e non semplicemente sfumata. È forte la croccantezza e in bocca lascia una sensazione molto piacevole. Sono un po’ deluso forse dal fatto che non ci sia una grossa complessità, ma nel contesto in cui mi trovo tutto ciò trova fondamento nelle basi di questo articolo. Sono varietà che in passato sono state messe da parte per diverse ragioni, talvolta queste possono anche fondarsi su valutazioni organolettiche.

    Nicolas Godin, Persan, IGP Isère – Balmes Dauphinoises, 2019
    Rosso di medio corpo, affascinante poiché ha una chiara e definita nota di pepe nero, che praticamente prevarica tutto il resto.
    Ci sono soffusi sentori di sottobosco, di foglie secche e frutti rossi non maturi. Agile e speziato, lo trovo interessante.
    Decisamente qualcosa che potrebbe per certi versi ricordare un sorta di pinot nero con una performance da syrah.
    Questo vino con un piatto di salumi fa venire giù tutto lo stadio, come dice Fabio Caressa.

    Per chi sia curioso di provare questi vini, c’è la possibilità che Nicolas possa spedirli direttamente in Italia. Basta visitare il suo sito ed informarsi.



  • Moments in Burgundy
    21 January 2022
    Illustration: Anje Jager

    A passion for Burgundy runs deep for many of our colleagues around the world. Here, they recall their most treasured Burgundy memories, from uncorking special bottles to spending time in favourite cellars.

    A Chambolle shared

    When I worked in the London Shop, I met a customer that had an impressive collection of the old Berry Bros. & Rudd-labelled Burgundies. We established a rapport. One day, he came in with a 1971 Chambolle-Musigny, most likely made by Domaine Doudet-Naudin, and bottled at our Basingstoke warehouse. It was the colour of old Tawny Port and supremely delicate, but delicious. It was extraordinary to share this wine with a customer that bought it from us so long ago.

    Will Wrightson, London

    Dining at Dujac

    I think anyone that has had the chance to visit Burgundy will know that there are a few occasions competing to be chosen as best memories. I would pick out the time when, as part of one of my early trips there, we visited Domaine Dujac. Jacques Seysses was there to taste with us in the cellars – enough of a highlight in itself. But in addition, we were treated to lunch at the domaine, with all the Seysses family. I just remember a whirl of rich and fascinating stories about Burgundy in general; its history; and the history of the Dujac domaine which Jacques himself established. That and the fact that our wines for the lunch were bottles of the 1985 Clos St Denis and 1988 Clos de la Roche, which were brought up from the cellar.

    David Jones, London

    A little masterpiece

    When I worked in the London Shop, my colleague opened an aged bottle of 2009 Bourgogne Blanc, Vielles Vignes from Jean-Philippe Fichet. This wasn’t a hugely expensive bottle, but one sip taught me that this appellation level, in the hands of a skilled winemaker, can yield impressive results. The wine had notes of quince, ripe peaches and even a hint of smoke. The years in bottle had developed this typically easy-drinking white into a masterpiece.

    Tatiana Humphreys, London

    A moment in Beaune

    I still remember my first work trip to Burgundy with the team. At Ma Cuisine in Beaune, we came across a bottle of the Berry Bros. & Rudd-bottled 1964 Beaune, Clos des Avaux, Hospices de Beaune. It was still fresh, with enough life in it for us to finish a quick glass. That was a special Burgundy moment for me.

    Jose Lau, Hong Kong

    Drinking history

    My first tasting of Domaine de la Vougeraie’s Clos Blanc de Vougeot is a special memory for me. It was one of the first Burgundian Chardonnays I ever tasted, and it opened my eyes to just how much can be achieved with the variety, given great winemaking and great terroir. People often talk about drinking history, and the Clos Blanc is one of those wines that transcends the present for me. It’s surrounded by Pinot Noir vineyards and borders Clos de Vougeot. It has been used to make white wines for centuries, going back as far as 1110, when it was used to make wine for the Cîteaux monks. The feeling of the years stretching out beyond the glass was unforgettable. There’s always room in my cellar for a case of Clos Blanc when En Primeur comes around.

    Alex Harrison, Tokyo

    Our Burgundy 2020 En Primeur offer is now live.

  • Congratulations Acquiesce!
    21 January 2022

    Wow! Congratulations to Sue and Rodney Tipton of Acquiesce Winery and Vineyards for your honors and awards at the 2022 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. The world’s largest wine competition of North American wines. The competition was held earlier this month, and Acquiesce Winery & Vineyards walked away with an astounding array of achievements. This year, well over 5,000 wines entered from the USA, Canada, and Mexico (who knew that Mexico made wine?) Not only is it the largest in North America, but it is also highly regarded by wine professionals around the world. Wine Competition? Just what exactly is…

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  • 2018 Amarone della Valpolicella, Villa Annaberta, Veneto, Italy & five more beauties!
    21 January 2022

    2018 Amarone della Valpolicella, Villa Annaberta, Veneto, Italy (£18.00, Co-op).  It’s about time I wrote you another shopping list, and this time it takes the form of a billet-doux to the glorious wine buying team at Co-op.  One could be forgiven for not thinking of the Co-op as a fine wine merchant, but there are […]

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  • DTC Wine Shipments Top $4B in 2021, Trends Show a Return to Normalcy
    21 January 2022

    Dear Client:   After a boom in direct-to-consumer wine shipments in 2020 (particularly in volume), the channel still grew in 2021, up 13.4% in value to $4.2 billion and up 1.4% in volume to 8.5 million cases, reflecting a return to normalcy, according to ShipCompliant's annual DTC report.  "2021 looks a good deal like what …

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  • Oregon wine: 2018 Abacela Tannat
    21 January 2022
    Oregon wine: 2018 Abacela Tannat Fault Line Vineyards Umpqua Valley Southern Oregon Oregon 14.3% alcohol Empty bottle weight: 19.4 ounces // 550 grams Cork closure 311 cases produced Southern Oregon is a sweet spot for this unique varietal! Tannat grapes have thick skins and high tannins [...]
  • Cheese + Wine Pairings for National Cheese Lover’s Day
    21 January 2022

    Nothing goes together quite like wine, cheese, and cheers. That’s why at ONEHOPE, we believe National Cheese Lover’s Day deserves to be celebrated near and far. If you’re planning to partake in the celebrations, might we suggest a fanciful wine and cheese party with the most decadent of pairings?

    If you don’t know where to begin, don’t feel blue—(blue cheese, that is)—our team is here to help. We asked our Director of Hospitality and sommelier extraordinaire from our estate in Napa Valley, Garrett Boles, to help us determine all the best pairings. 

    Here’s how he creates the magical marriage of cheese and wine.

    Mild Blue Cheese & Sparkling Moscato:

    The sweet taste of Moscato and the sparkling crispness perfectly accompanies the pungent aroma and crumbly yet dense nature of blue cheeses.”

    Fresh Mozzarella with Pinot Grigio:

    “Pinot Grigio is a delicately fruity and dry wine that goes well with a cheese-like Mozzarella, which has a smooth mild flavor that helps to bring out the flavor profile in the wine.”

    Aged Cheddar / Gouda with Cabernet Sauvignon:

    “Age pronounces the richness already present in these cheeses and allows the cheese to counteract the high tannins and bold structure found in a wine like Cabernet Sauvignon.”

    Goat Cheese with Sauvignon Blanc:

    “What grows together goes together and this pair is the perfect example. Both are the poster children of Loire Valley, France, and the acidic nature of this wine pairs well with the tangy cheese.”

    Feta with Pinot Noir:

    “Pinot Noir’s light and fruity nature goes well with the lean and salty taste of this soft-brined cheese.”

    Whether you’re celebrating today, tomorrow—or any day, really—up your food holiday game with these expert cheese and wine pairings. From aged cheddar to goat cheese, Sparkling Moscato to Pinot Noir, we know how we’ll be eating (and imbibing) today!

    From all of us at ONEHOPE, cheers to you, our fellow cheese-lovers.

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  • A Few Days In Florida
    21 January 2022

    Last weekend we were lucky enough to avoid fighting with the cold here in Connecticut and instead spend the weekend with our friends in Naples, Florida. We had a great time so I want to share that with you – in the form of pictures, of course.

    We were flying out of the La Guardia Airport, and our excitement started as soon as we walked from the garage into terminal B, as we were greeted with a stunning mosaic display. I was flying from La Guardia for the past 20+ years and all the time this was a dingy, run-down place you didn’t want to spend an extra minute at. In 2016, a huge construction project started, which seems to be almost complete right now, and the result is a beautiful, modern, stylish airport, very much comparable with some of the best in the world I had an opportunity to see. The terminal had lots of great food and shopping options, including even the F.A.O. Schwarz store! I was really excited to see the bear and Patrick The Pup!

    So what was exciting in Florida besides, of course, the warm, sunny weather, beautiful flowers, palm trees, and the beach? A few things. First, a huge tomato bush growing on our friends’ property. It turns out that the development where they bought the house was built on the land of an abandoned tomato farm. Apparently, the tomatoes found their way out and considering Florida’s consistently warm climate, instead of a plant these cherry tomatoes grew into the huge bush. There were lots and lots of tomatoes on that bush, and I can’t even describe how sweet they tasted.

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21 January 2022

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  • 01-20-2022 - Wine Industry News, Updates & More with show host, Ron!
    21 January 2022
    Hosted by Ron since 2009.  Wine maker, cellar master, vineyardist and tasting expert, Ron, makes wine less confusing and more fun.  Learn something new each week during the show. We are always looking for guests to talk about their winery, vineyard, wine-related product, enology, horticulture and more.  Visit our website for details on how to "be a guest". We are not taking calls any more during the LIVE show, however, join us in chat on our Facebook page, YouTube or our BlogTalkRadio page
  • Ep. 757 Politics And Wine Trade | Wine2Wine 2021 Recorded Sessions
    21 January 2022
    Episode 757 – Politics and Wine Trade. These sessions were recorded through Swapcard at the Wine2Wine 2021 Business Forum and are being replayed here on the Italian Wine Podcast! Welcome to Wine2Wine Business Forum 2021 Series. The sessions are recorded and uploaded on Italian Wine Podcast. wine2wine is an international wine business forum, held annually in Verona Italy since 2014. The event is a key reference point for wine producers and a diverse variety of wine professionals eager to develop and grow their wine business worldwide.  About today’s Speaker: Mike Veseth is editor of The Wine Economist newsletter and author of more than a dozen books including Wine Wars (2011) and Wine Wars II (forthcoming 2022). He is an authority on globalization and global wine markets who travels widely to speak at wine industry meetings. Mike is Professor Emeritus of International Political Economy at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington USA. If you want to learn more about today’s Speaker, you can by visiting: Facebook:  Instagram: @MikeVeseth Twitter:  @MikeVeseth LinkedIn:  About today’s Moderators Russ Lorber and Gemma Richardson: Russ Lorber IWA is the founder of Wide Roots, an import and wholesale company based in Baltimore, MD, with a mission to combine thoughtfully curated wines with inclusive education. He launched Wide Roots to bring the essence of celebration and culture to more wine drinkers, hoping to help them unlock the world of European wine similar to how he did for himself. He is certified by the Vinitaly International Academy as an Italian Wine Ambassador. His prior experience includes operations management, finance, product management, supply and demand management, and engineering. He has managed organizations as large as 90 people. If you want to learn more about Russ Lorber, you can by visiting: Facebook:  Instagram: @wide_rootsllc  Twitter:  @RussLorber  LinkedIn:  Gemma Richardson IWA As an Ambassador to the city of Genova and of Italian Wine, Gemma shares the stories of a people, a place, and modern perspectives through their Genoese food brand, Love, Annamaria. While their brand is best known for Amorpesto, an artisanal pesto genovese, Gemma also collaborates with restaurants and conducts online classes to shed light on Ligurian heritage. Gemma was raised in NYC and has worked in hospitality across the US, UK, and Italy. Gemma loves trofie al pesto, baci di dama, and the attractive nose of Colli di Luni DOC. If you want to learn more about Gemma Richardson, you can by visiting: Facebook:  Instagram: @annamaria_loves_pesto  LinkedIn:  To find out more about the forum visit: Let's keep in touch! Follow us on our social media channels: Instagram @italianwinepodcast Facebook @ItalianWinePodcast Twitter @itawinepodast Tiktok @MammaJumboShrimp LinkedIn @ItalianWinePodcast If you feel like helping us, donate here Until next time, Cin Cin!
  • From the Archive: Wine Glassware with Maximillian Riedel
    21 January 2022

    Maximilian Riedel, 11th Generation wine glass maker and CEO of Riedel Wine Glass Company, joins the show to tell us all about why your wine glasses are shaped the way they are! Fascinating Conversation.

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  • Rum
    21 January 2022

    In this episode, Master Sommelier Chris Tanghe explores the vast world of rum. First, he interviews Shawn Martin, Distillery Manager of Papa's Pilar Rum in Key West, who discusses the production methods used to make myriad styles of rum. Then, Chris speaks with Ian Burrell, the Global Rum Ambassador, about rum's origins in the Caribbean, how the colonial power of the Royal Navy informs the legacy of rum, and how the category continues to evolve, and more.

    This month’s blind tasting segment with Emily Nixon features Paula de Pano, proprietor of forthcoming wine shop Rocks + Acid in Raleigh. Can you identify the grape and region purely based on Paula's tasting note? Additionally, Kelly Coggins reveals the wine he presented in the Emerging Regions: Vermont & The Finger Lakes episode

  • Ep. 756 Amy Ezrin Interviews Isabella Oddero | Clubhouse Ambassador's Corner
    20 January 2022
    Episode 756 Stevie Kim moderates Clubhouse’s Ambassadors Corner – In this episode Amy Ezrin interviews Isabella Oddero. These sessions are recorded from Clubhouse and replayed here on the Italian Wine Podcast! Listen in on this series as Italian Wine Ambassadors all over the world chat with Stevie and their chosen wine producer. Which producer would you interview if you had your pick? About today’s guest host: Amy Ezrin is one of three members of The Piedmont Guy, a national importer of artisanal wines from the region of Piedmont in Northern Italy, represented across North America by its most qualified and passionate distributors. She is also in demand as a consultant to the Wine & Spirits industry, focused on supporting wineries to improve their presence in North America. In 2021, she launched her own box wine brand named Sandy Giovese. Recently, she worked for the Italian Trade Agency New York Office as the manager of the Wine Desk, a position created to oversee a marketing and PR campaign funded by the Italian Ministry of Economic Development to promote the diversity and quality of Italian wine. Prior to that, she was Senior Vice President at Massanois Imports, national importer and direct distributor in New York, New Jersey and California, where she curated a diverse portfolio and oversaw a sales team of 30. Before joining Massanois, she worked as the Italian Portfolio Manager for Polaner Selections and, before that, Skurnik Wines, both in New York.She is a Vinitaly Academy Ambassador of Italian Wines, a WSET Advanced Certificate holder, and a Cavaliere del Tartufo and the wines of Alba. She is a native of the state of Connecticut, and currently based in Brooklyn, NY. If you want to learn more about today’s guest host, you can by visiting: About today’s guest producers: Isabella Oddero is the seventh generation owner of one of the most historical wineries in the Langhe hills for the production of Barolo and Barbaresco wines. She is the owner and manager together with her aunt Mariacristina Oddero of the family property. They are the first generation of women in charge of the production and management of the estate after so many generations of men before them. Isabella was born and raised in La Morra, at her family winery, where she learned from everyday experience to have a deep respect for such a prestigious heritage and tradition and she developed a determined will to protect the authenticity of the area. When she was 18 years old she followed her desire to explore a different world and she spent some years in Milano, attending the Catholic University studying business economics and foreign languages where she obtained a degree in business communication and management. After her studies, she realized her priority was to be a good ambassador of the historical Oddero company and its wines in the world, as well as a young spokesperson for the territory of the Langhe hills and its extraordinary soils. If you want to learn more about today’s guest producers, you can by visiting: More about the moderator Stevie Kim: Stevie hosts Clubhouse sessions each week (visit Italian Wine Club & Wine Business on Clubhouse), these recorded sessions are then released on the podcast to immortalize them! She often also joins Professor Scienza in his shows to lend a hand keeping our Professor in check! You can also find her taking a hit for the team when she goes “On the Road”, all over the Italian countryside, visiting wineries and interviewing producers, enjoying their best food and wine – all in the name of bringing us great Pods! To find out more about Stevie Kim visit: Facebook: @steviekim222 Instagram: @steviekim222 Website: Let's keep in touch! Instagram @italianwinepodcast Facebook @ItalianWinePodcast Twitter @itawinepodast If you feel like helping us, donate here
  • Episode 38: Gary Eberle, Eberle Winery - Paso Robles
    20 January 2022

    This one was a first as we have opera loving singing dogs join us on the Cork & Taylor Wine Podcast. Paso Robles renowned winemaker/vintner, Gary Eberle, joins us and gives his take on Paso Robles with some great stories on Robert Mondavi. Unfortunately,  Zoom gave us some technical issues as Luke is frozen which could be a great thing!

    Don't forget to Subscribe, Rate and Review! Also, follow us on our Facebook @corkandtaylor and Instagram accounts @corkandtaylorpodcast.

    Also, Please consider supporting the show as it would be appreciated. This helps me offset  expenses to continue to run and grow the Cork & Taylor Wine Podcast. Thanks! Luke

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  • Two Guys Talking Wine - Episode 273
    20 January 2022

    Two Guys Talking Wine · Let’s Unpack What Trends to Expect In 2022 – Episode 273 Michael and André take […]

    The post Two Guys Talking Wine - Episode 273 appeared first on Andre Wine Review.

  • Two Guys Talking Wine - Episode 272
    20 January 2022

    Two Guys Talking Wine · Are You Doing A Dry(ish) January? – Episode 272 Well, here we are, again … […]

    The post Two Guys Talking Wine - Episode 272 appeared first on Andre Wine Review.

  • American Wine History Part III
    19 January 2022
    We finish our American Wine History series looking at the wine industry from Prohibition to modern day.

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  • The Wine CEO Podcast Episode #59: Are Organic, Biodynamic, and Sustainable Wines all the same?
    19 January 2022

    There are a lot of terms used on wine labels to denote the grape growing practices like "organic", "biodynamic", and sustainably farmed". But what does that mean for the wine? Can these terms be interchangeable to basically mean the wine is healthier? NO! These terms each have unique definitions and don't necessarily mean that your wine is "healthier". Listen to today's episode to learn all about these labelling terms and more! And don't forget to subscribe to the show so you never miss an episode.


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    Episode #22: (Sulfites in Wine): Red Wine is NOT giving you headaches....

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