Alsace: Put dryness levels on the front label

And the grape names, too By Panos Kakaviatos for 30 June 2018 This may seem a bit like a rant, but I have been living the better part of the last 20 years in Alsace. And I like Alsatian wine very much. The theme of this post? Info! And with Alsace, customers want (more […]

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Through the years with Château Figeac

Going back to 1949, but looking forward to new cellars By Panos Kakaviatos for  17 June 2018 Some of the best wine experiences I can recall involve older vintages of Château Figeac. Take for example a dinner in Saint Emilion that did not happen: hail destroyed table settings just as participants were enjoying magnums of […]

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Divine Alsace

Competitive wine prices and friendly faces By Panos Kakaviatos for  14 June 2018 It was an enjoyable wine evening earlier this month, Sunday 10 June, at Domaine Josmeyer in Wintzenheim. Lady winemakers who form the group DiVINes d’Alsace poured their wines. Alsace is so rich in soil types and terroirs that the sheer number […]

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Mixed bag for en primeur Bdx17 sales

Interview with Sarah Phillips of  13 June 2018 A wine market specialist explains the challenges of selling Bordeaux futures in this 2017 vintage campaign. Prices are the key issue of course: Is it worth your while to lock in hard-earned money on wine that you will not see as a final product for up to […]

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China’s Wine Future

Messe Düsseldorf/ctillmann

As provided by ProWein: Specialist Article / June 2018 By Stuart Pigott & Paula Sidore All photos in this posting: Messe Düsseldorf/ctillmann 7 June 2018 While certainly few of us missed China’s rise to the position of a major economic power, that newly established prowess continues to fight the biased western preconception of wine and China. […]

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Château Margaux: 40 years on

Vertical opulence, with Thibault Pontallier: 1978-2014 By Panos Kakaviatos for 2 June 2018 Over dinner on 9 May this year, I was lucky to attend a vertical of this magnificent first growth from the Médoc: the highly acclaimed – à juste titre – Château Margaux. Vintages included the first-ever under the Mentzelopoulos family, the 1978, […]

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