A Mont d’Or neighborhood

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Jefford on Monday: Hail and farewell to Pomerol 1982

Image Eglise-Clinet-Pomerol-church-from-June-2015-300x199.jpgThe vintage that started everything? Andrew Jefford says Ave Atque Vale – hail and farewell – to some great Pomerol 1982 wines…L’Eglise Clinet vines, June 2015Everything, it seems with hindsight, began in 1982.  That was the vintage which, with a crash of cymbals, ushered in the modern wine world – in Bordeaux, of course, but given Bordeaux’s significance, in the wine world more generally. Scroll down to see Andrew Jefford’s Pomerol 1982 wine notes Everything?  In the vineyards, 1982 marked the turning of the tide on ‘chemical viticulture’, and a slow return to the understanding that there can be no great wine without the effort and endeavour…

fall wonderland

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Terroir: the rumours of its death have been greatly exaggerated

There’s a very interesting article on Jancis Robinson.com today, in which she reports on a recent Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW) seminar on mineralogy. It deals with some very interesting issues. In her piece, she reports on Maltman’s talk, but I think she jumps to too-hasty a conclusion about its implications. As geologist Alex Maltman explained forcefully, in a reasoned, well-illustrated talk, there can be no direct link between what is below the surface of a vineyard and the flavours found in the resulting wine. This despite the fact that soil type has long been held to be one of the fundaments of the sacred notion …

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Wine Legend: Hugel, Riesling Selection de Grains Nobles, Alsace, France 1976

Image Hugel-Riesling-Sgn-1976-300x198.jpgThe facts Bottles produced 5,500 Composition 100% Riesling Yield about 15 hl/ha Alcohol 12.8% Release price 130 French Francs Price today £209 (found on a Dutch restaurant wine list) Hugel, Riesling Sgn 1976 is a legend because… Sweet wines from Alsace had probably been made for decades, if not centuries, but it was the Hugels who from 1865 developed the styles that later became known as Vendange Tardive and Sélection de Grains Nobles. The latter is produced solely from grapes affected by noble rot and with a potential alcohol of 15.2%, although in practice the sugar levels are considerably higher. The 1976 vintage proved ideal for these styles, and the Hugels produced quite substantial quantities of them, from Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer as well as Riesling, and made them commercially available…

Where Swiss banks are golden

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Keuka Lake Fall

Image 30019150603_acc7745b57_m.jpgChristopher Walters Photography has added a photo to the pool: A beautiful day greets the colorful fall vineyard covered hills above Keuka Lake in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York. www.christopherallenwalters.com

Why Texas Is America’s Most Underrated Wine Destination – Condé Nast Traveler

Image imagesCondé Nast TravelerWhy Texas Is America's Most Underrated Wine DestinationCondé Nast TravelerNone of them have been around for more than a decade, and they're a blip on the beverage industry's radar compared to California—the state produces 85 percent of the country's wine, and has more than 10 times as many registered wineries as Texas—but …

Hopkins Vineyard event manager Patty Baillargeon talks about wine at a recent tasting.

In the fall, New England is a destination. “Leaf peepers” from across the country come to our little area to see the fiery red, yellow and orange colors adorning the landscape.