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Behind the Bottle: Sassicaia
Behind the Bottle: Sassicaia
Sassicaia is without doubt Italy’s most iconic wine and its story is at the centre of the revolution that spurred on the modern-era of Italian fine wine. The influence of Sassicaia in Italy cannot be overstated. As Sassicaia celebrates its 50th anniversary, and we excitedly anticipate the latest Sassicaia 2016 release this week, we look back at the history of ...
ON January 31, 2019
Ornellaia: a cheat sheet
Ornellaia: a cheat sheet
With the release of 2018 Ornellaia on the horizon, we tell you everything you need to know about the estate – and why it’s become such an icon of the Italian fine wine scene   What is Ornellaia?  Ornellaia is one of Italy’s most respected wineries, based in the Tuscan foothills of Bolgheri. Its top wine – simply titled Ornellaia – is a Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot, first produced in ...
BY FINE+RARE,
ON March 25, 2021
The Super Tuscans: everything you need to know
The Super Tuscans: everything you need to know
Sassicaia, Tignanello, Ornellaia: these fabled Super Tuscans are some of the world’s most desirable wines – kickstarting Italy’s fine wine renaissance, re-defining its reputation and proving what was possible. But how did these lowly table wines rise to the top of the fine wine ranks? For a long time, Tuscany was known merely for its squat jugs of rustic Chianti, ...
BY Sophie Thorpe,
ON September 10, 2020
New Releases Not To Be Missed This Month: February 2019
New Releases Not To Be Missed This Month: February 2019
Undoubtedly this month’s biggest release will be Sassicaia 2016, the first vintage to score the perfect 100 points by the Wine Advocate since the legendary 1985, the vintage that made Sassicaia a global icon for fine wine.  Reviewer Monica Larner states that "the 2016 vintage shows pinpoint sharpness and precision” and “stands tall next to the epic 1985” offering “an ...
ON January 31, 2019
The Great Wines of Italy Tasting
The Great Wines of Italy Tasting
Last Friday, James Suckling, in association with Hong Kong Tatler, hosted the Great Wines of Italy event in the Four Seasons Hotel. This is the third year that this successful event has been held. Over two hundred wines from seventy-seven producers, including Bibi Graetz, Castello Banfi, Ceretto, Fontodi, La Spinetta, Luce della Vita, Masi, Ornellaia, Poderi, Aldo Conterno, Roberto Voerzio, Siro Pacenti, ...
ON December 12, 2014
The Great Wines of The World Tasting
The Great Wines of The World Tasting
Jacky Cheng with James Suckling at the Great Wines of the World Tasting Last Friday James Suckling, in association with Hong Kong Tatler, hosted the fifth ‘Great Wines of the World' tasting at the Four Season’s Hotel, Hong Kong. The event featured wines from 11 countries: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Chile, France, Italy, New Zealand, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain and US from ...
ON November 6, 2014
The Other Wines of Gaja
The Other Wines of Gaja
It was a big decision for this Piedmont producer to invest in another region of Italy but Montalcino seemed to be the logical choice. Angelo Gaja explained to us there are obvious parallels between Barolo/Barbaresco and Montalcino, both regions of prestige for fine wine, both made from indigenous varieties and from single varietals that undergo extensive elevage. For Angelo that ...
ON July 19, 2019
On the Hunt for a New Whisky at Gordon & MacPhail
On the Hunt for a New Whisky at Gordon & MacPhail
Following the success of projects such as the Arbikie Highland Casks, we have been on the hunt for another one-of-a-kind whisky to add to our range. This search took us, naturally, to Scotland, a country synonymous with whisky, and the home of Gordon & MacPhail, the world-leading malt whisky specialist who have been selecting and bottling Single Malt Whisky for ...
ON October 18, 2016
What is cask finishing?
What is cask finishing?
Master distillers have been maturing whisky in oak barrels for centuries. While it is generally accepted that “the cask is king” and “the wood makes the whisky”, cask finishing – or second maturation – is a relatively new fashion. Here we look at what it is and why it matters  Maturation, distillation and the base grain combine to give whisky its character. But – while it only takes a week from ...
BY Holly Motion,
ON February 12, 2021
The Top Wines of 2018 - According to the Critics
The Top Wines of 2018 - According to the Critics
As we sing in the New Year, it seems like the opportune moment to reflect on the highlights of 2018. Last year saw some wonderful wine releases from around the world, aptly showcased in the critics' Top Wines of 2018 round-ups. We are living in an age where preserving tradition, embracing technology and sharing knowledge have never been greater. Couple ...
ON January 3, 2019
Tuscany 2016 - A Stellar Vintage
Tuscany 2016 - A Stellar Vintage
Two magnificent vintages back to back: after the powerful 2015 comes the stellar 2016 - a standout for its purity and elegance. After tasting the first major 2015 releases last year it was clear this vintage in Tuscany was something very special. When wines like Solaia 2015 scored their first 100 points from the Wine Advocate and other iconic ...
ON June 28, 2019
The Red Grapes of Fine Wine
The Red Grapes of Fine Wine
We look at the red grapes that make up the finest wines in the world. Where are they grown? What’s their unique character? What makes them so special? Cabernet Sauvignon – From the Left-Bank of Bordeaux It Has Conquered the Globe The most noble and aristocratic of the red grapes, its thick skin and rich fruit always mean long-lived ...
ON October 19, 2015
New Releases Not To Be Missed This Month: September
New Releases Not To Be Missed This Month: September
As the summer holidays draw to a close, the wine industry bursts back into action in September with a flurry of new releases from some of the world’s finest wineries. Top releases this month include wines from almost every corner of the globe, providing something to suit everyone’s tastes. The most notable releases include Masseto 2015, Chateau d'Yquem 2016, Solaia 2015, ...
ON August 30, 2018

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