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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…

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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…

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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 …

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Vinography Photographs: Lone Tree

Image vinography_desktop_lone_tree-thumb-650x433-6639.jpg Lone Tree DUNDEE, OR: A lone tree in the middle of a Domaine Serene Dundee Hills Pinot Noir vineyard is viewed from the air. The Pacific Northwest is experiencing an economic boom as a result of its European and Asian global business connections through Seattle and Portland. INSTRUCTIONS: Download this image by right-clicking on the image and selecting “save link as” or “save target as” and then select the desired location on your computer to save the image. Mac users can also just click the image to open the full size view and drag that to their desktops. To…

Sky Sports pundit talks Liverpool title chances, predicts winners

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Falling attendances, ‘boring’ football but stability: Did Pulis deserve a new contract?

We ask whether Tony Pulis deserved his new West Bromwich Albion contract.