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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
What to look out for this March
What to look out for this March
A new month brings another flurry of fine wine and spirits releases. While Bordeaux en primeur is on the horizon, March sees new vintages from Latour and the Grandes Marques, as well as releases from Tuscany, Burgundy and Ireland’s most exciting distillery: here’s our pick of the bunch The latest from Latour In the wake of last week’s launch of ...
BY FINE+RARE,
ON March 5, 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
A Year in Wine: 1999
A Year in Wine: 1999
In the latest instalment in our Vintage Series, FINE+RARE explores the last year of the 20th century and discovers it was a season to remember. We speak directly with Francois Millet from Domaine Georges Comte de Vogue on what made 1999 so special. Philippe Guigal hadn’t yet met his future wife – it would be another nine years before he ...
BY Rebecca Gibb MW,
ON April 8, 2020
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 Saviour of Terroir?
The Saviour of Terroir?
Is Marco Simonit one of the modern viticultural heroes of our time? Working with the likes of Domaine Leroy and Chateau Y’quem, Marco grew to understand that vine age is central to vineyards expressing their terroir. Without age, the vineyards produce more generic varietal characteristics and not what is particular and special to the region. According to Marco, terroir characteristics ...
ON March 28, 2018
Maya Returns Home to Dalla Valle Vineyards
Maya Returns Home to Dalla Valle Vineyards
The Birth of the Cult Wine in Napa Valley The story of Maya is a fascinating one. Widely seen as Napa’s first cult wine, it was catapulted to stardom following the 1992 vintage becoming the second ever wine from the US to be awarded 100 points from Robert Parker. This was a big deal since Parker at that time was ...
ON November 29, 2019
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
Bordeaux Safari: The Story Behind The Vines
Bordeaux Safari: The Story Behind The Vines
Working the vines is a truly magical thing. We are delighted to launch Bordeaux Safari, an exclusive, first-of-its-kind trip where customers can experience the behind-the-scenes management of a top vineyard, overseen by the very best in the business. As any grower will tell you, great wine starts with great vines. While state of the art equipment and care in the ...
BY FINE+RARE,
ON September 19, 2017
The September Series: the 2021 edition unpacked
The September Series: the 2021 edition unpacked
September sees the latest vintages from some of the world’s top estates released via La Place de Bordeaux. Ahead of the 2021 releases, we run through the vintages and properties that you’ll want on your radar South America’s finest Argentina and Chile have rapidly become hotspots for fine wine. Offering high-altitude sites with glorious sunshine, and varied soils, it’s no ...
BY FINE+RARE,
ON August 25, 2021
Leroy: 2017 Release, Visit & Tasting
Leroy: 2017 Release, Visit & Tasting
Last week FINE+RARE embarked on its annual visit to Auxey-Duresses to try this year’s releases from Domaine Leroy and the Maison Leroy Collection… Leroy's wines are always astounding and these new releases are no exception. They will be fiercely fought over in the marketplace during the coming weeks… Leroy: 2017 Release The extraordinary demand for the latest releases from Maison Leroy ...
ON February 23, 2017
'Wine Anorak' Jamie Goode Meets Marco Simonit
'Wine Anorak' Jamie Goode Meets Marco Simonit
With the upcoming release of L’Età Più Bella (With Age comes Beauty) – the first collection of wines made exclusively from old vines managed by Marco Simonit – we thought who better to extrapolate the important elements behind Marco’s philosophy than celebrated wine writer and self-confessed 'wine anorak': Jamie Goode. Jamie explores Marco's rise to fame - from his formative ...
BY Jamie Goode,
ON July 13, 2020

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