La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2018

To celebrate International Women’s Day on 8th March I tasted and reviewed La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay from JACKSON FAMILY WINES. Proprietor Barbara R Banke has led the company for the last two decades.

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The ancient Furmint Grape continues to impress

Around two-thirds of vines planted in Tokaji is Furmint. Although it is by far the most used grape in the famous botrytised sweet wines of Tokaji, it is also now widely explored by producers making sparkling and, most impressively, a wide range of very stylish dry wines.

 

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Cedro do Noval, Douro DOC, 2019

New release of this fabulous vinho branco. I must admit some bias. Having spent some days last year beneath the cedar tree (as depicted on the label), enjoying the same wine with an array of fine tapas-style nibbles and in good company, the memory flood of herbaceous and other wild aromas associate freely with Cedro do Noval. 

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Four gastronomic producers from Chablis, Alsace & both ends of the Loire

The Autumnal months are undoubtedly one of the best times of year for quality white wines to show-off their versatility in being paired with a wide range of dishes. SCOTTIE GREGORY delves into the Vignerognes and Vignobles tasting in London to highlight her top picks.

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La Scolca | Expressions of Cortese di Gavi

Spending this winter in Liguria in NW Italy has been joyous for the ongoing experience of the local aperitivo. Social strictures that COVID places on us here mean that dining out in the evening is not an option. Bars and restaurants cease service at 6 pm sharp.

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Kendall-Jackson's Vintners Reserve Chardonnay, 2018 optimistic toast to our American friends this 4th July

Inhaling the soft enticing aromas of this Californian Vinters Reserve Chardonnay, produced by Kendall-Jackson, I can’t help reflecting that this is possibly the most surreal year of my life.

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Delectable Autumnal White Wine List

As the Autumn reaches over us in the Northern hemisphere, our tastes also a-tune themselves to change. There is a stereotypical meme that everybody gives up white and rosé wines, preferring the tannic, darker fruit and woody flavours of various red wines. Balanced pleasure is always a good thing and here are ten white wines to enjoy as we button-up and move into the colder months.

The thread that links these wines together is the acidity that acts as a canvas, up on which the vintage, vineyard site and winemaker can establish the identity for each wine.

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As COVID-19 conspires with the grimmest of winds and rain to force a societal retreat behind our own front doors, the word ennui springs to mind. The muddle of displeasure is pierced when Natalia hands me a large bulbous glass of a liquid I do not recognise.

 

 

Britain’s lamentable exit

On the eve of Britain’s official departure from the EU, my partner and I decided to explore a small town on the Italian Riviera where thewintry cold doesn’t feel so much like cold war bite.

I had warned my significant other that I would be having an inverse departure party, a release of the sanity valve if you like!

 

Sitting inside the ancient castle walls inside the town of Soave, a short drive from Verona in northern Italy, the unique slightly almond aroma of the indigenous grape, Garganega, rises gently from my glass. The castle sprawls up the side of an extinct volcano that gives the region its variant soil structures that mark out the better quality of Soave wines.

 

Tanisha Townsend decided to move to Paris 4 years ago after regularly passing through the city en route to the world’s most famous vineyards. In fact, it was about 2 years ago at the Printemps de Champagne Bouzy Rouge tasting in Reims that I saw (who we shall now refer to as) GirlMeetsGlass chirpily speaking to her web followers on Snapchat.

 

The cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, the final resting place of Saint James, rises out of the landscape, infested with antiquity. The rambling steep streets give way to shafts of dramatic light, emblazoned chapels, and tightly packed tapas bars, dusty, as old novels pressed together in antiquarian bookshops.

 

Driving into the Entre-Deux-Mers region from the north, the vineyards roll out like a bright green deep-pile carpet across the undulating land. It’s hard not to be excited about tasting wines with so much heritage, as we head to Chateau-Sainte-Marie to meet with 5th generation owner, Stéphane Dupuch. 

 

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