Behind the Bottle - 2018 Releases from Descendientes de J. Palacios
We have been huge fans of the wines from Alvaro Palacios’ Bierzo estate, Descendientes de J. Palacios, for many years and following the latest release of his spectacular 2018s we wanted to look behind the bottle to find out what is so special about these wines and the region of Bierzo. Alvaro Palacios is one of the world’s most respected ...
Heroic Viticulture - The Unique Wines of Priorat
This week we caught up with Valenti Llagostera, one of the great Priorat producers from the Mas Doix winery. Valenti's knowledge of the region is unparalleled and fascinating to listen to - from its extraordinary history, its unique soils, its fateful battle with phylloxera, and it meteoric rise back onto the global stage. Priorat is one of the top appellations in Spain, being one of just two wine ...
A Taste of The Northern Rhone
The northern and southern Rhone, from a vinous point of view, are essentially two quite different regions with a shared name. Some weeks back we covered the southern Rhone in a previous workshop, via its King: Chateauneuf du Pape. We ended last week with a workshop on the north. This 40-mile stretch of steep, sloped granite hillsides is one of ...
F+R Visit Castello Di Ama
With the releases of the new Chianti Classico 2016s upon us, there is no greater time than to travel around the region, tasting what this magical vintage has to offer. Where better to start than the beautiful hamlet of Ama in the southern tip and highest point of the Chianti Classico designation. Here you will find the exceptional Castello Di ...
The Most Iconic Rhône Wines
1. Domaine Guigal Cote Rotie “La Mouline” 89% Syrah, 11% Viognier. The vine age ranges from 50 to 100 years grown on 1 hectare of vines planted in the Côte Blonde district of Côte Rôtie. Jeff Leve describes La Mouline as “one of the most exotic and erotic wines on the planet!... The texture is unlike any other wine in ...
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