Winery of the year belies notions of Old vs New World

By Panos Kakaviatos for 30 October 2015 As more and more wine geeks realize, the lines between “Old World” and “New World” are blurring. I recall an Australian master class organized by Decanter a few years ago, with winemakers there talking about picking at 11 am rather than at 3 pm to retain freshness. […]

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“Sweet” is too simple: Appreciating late harvest wines

By Panos Kakaviatos for 9 July 2015 “Sweet” wine? Some people shrug. Many who dislike “sweet” wines base their judgment on supermarket shelf stuff, the kind of wine that is merely sticky (and/or sweet), without vivaciousness from balancing acidity and/or intriguingly complex flavors and aromas from botrytis-derived spice. Yet some of the world’s greatest wines are “sweet”. Most readers […]

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