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    Good News for Pinot Fans

    Chile may yet become the answer to Pinot lovers prayers. Quality and affordability. This new offering from Errazuriz is an exciting mix of warm climate ripe flavours and old-fashioned earthy wine character. Great stuf...

    7 readers - By Billy's Best Bottles

    Cave’s Great Gamay Story

    I’ve been drinking Cave’s Gamay ever since the winery opened and have to say it’s been an wonderful ride. Early vintages had the fruitiness/tartness of Beaujolais, and I recall a chefs’ lunch where it was pronounced to be the best partner for alfresco meals. More recent vinta...

    6 readers - By Billy's Best Bottles

      Aged Riesling fromt the Angels

      Billy's Best Bottles - - 5 readers - Fans of ‘aged’ Riesling will love this new release from Angels Gate. Wonderful freshness and purity along with the herbaceous/petrol flavours that characterize aged Rie...

      Tuscan Red

      Billy's Best Bottles - - 5 readers - TUSCAN RED TAKES A WALK ON THE SMOOTH SIDE Everyday Tuscan reds used to be light ‘n lean but many have taken on a more crowdpleasing personality. A gentler, friendlier feeling. F...

      Burgundy hit by hail — again

      Dr Vino's wine blog - - 1 readers - A violent hailstorm sprayed large hailstones over some Burgundy vineyards leaving many incipient grapes destroyed. Anne Parent of Domaine Parent in Pommard, described the violent storm as a “like a machine-gun attack” of the...

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      Tuscan Red

      … TUSCAN RED TAKES A WALK ON THE SMOOTH SIDE Everyday Tuscan reds used to be light ‘n lean but many have taken on a more crowdpleasing personality. A gentler, friendlier feeling. Frescobaldi’s Remole has the ‘just right’ feeling for everyday meals and times. Also perfect for BBQ’d white meats. Lightly chill. FRESCOBALDI 12 ‘Remole’, Tuscany…

      5 readers - By Billy's Best Bottles

      Cave’s Great Gamay Story

      … in Niagara Gamay. The 2012 vintage is still in the Italian camp, but this time with the more gentle feeling of Valpolicella. Excellent general purpose wine that will flirt with pizza, pork loin or poulet. Fantastic with burger too. Now in handy screw-cap. Get some, and don’t forget to lightly chill. CAVE SPRING 12 Gamay, VQA Niagara 228569 $15.75 …

      6 readers - By Billy's Best Bottles

      Good News for Pinot Fans

      … Chile may yet become the answer to Pinot lovers prayers. Quality and affordability. This new offering from Errazuriz is an exciting mix of warm climate ripe flavours and old-fashioned earthy wine character. Great stuff for fans of rustic and hearty. I love the non-commercial character – it is what it is. Smooth palates stay away. Lamb dishes for sure, or anything in the Mediterranean camp. ERRAZURIZ 12 Pinot Noir, Chile 226696 $13.95 …

      7 readers - By Billy's Best Bottles

      Aged Riesling fromt the Angels

      … Fans of ‘aged’ Riesling will love this new release from Angels Gate. Wonderful freshness and purity along with the herbaceous/petrol flavours that characterize aged Riesling. Not as rich as the Alsace variety – more of the purity and mineral zing of a German Mosel. ANGELS GATE 2009 Riesling ‘Mountainview’ VQA Beamsville Bench 373175 $16.95…

      5 readers - By Billy's Best Bottles

      G.D. Vajra in Barolo – “clean traditionalist”

      … Giuseppe Vaira was caught in a fight when he was in elementary school. It wasn’t the sort of meet-you-at-the-bike-racks kind of thing. No, it encapsulated what might happen only to the son of a winemaker, or even the son of a Barolo winemaker. He was classmates with two other kids who were also from wine families. One said proudly that he…

      3 readers - By Tyler Colman/ Dr Vino's wine blog

      Burgundy hit by hail — again

      … rules sometimes disallow nets. Further, some skeptics of nets say that they reduce the amount of light the plant receives. It is very sad news that will undoubtedly make some growers re-think pinning their financial hopes on the roulette of Mother Nature. And it will likely reduce the crop from some of my favorite appellations, which will compound the problem of rising Burgundy prices. The post Burgundy hit by hail — again appeared first on Dr Vino's wine blog. …

      1 readers - By Tyler Colman/ Dr Vino's wine blog

      World wine consumption: USA up, France down

      … The OIV, an international wine organization based in Paris, released their annual report of the state of the wine world last week. In it, they showed the US market becoming the largest in the world for the first time. Even though this got some play last week, we already broke out the foam fingers a couple of years ago when another organization…

      1 readers - By Tyler Colman/ Dr Vino's wine blog

      Opus One: The Evolution of an Icon Pt. 2

      … Rick Bakas When I told some friends I was going to visit Opus One on my birthday they scoffed. “Ooooh, GOD! They are sooo pretentious there!” they said. “Don’t forget to kiss the ring on the way in”. I brought my Mom and Mrs. B along for the ride because, hey, it was my birthday. Not sure…

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      Opus One: The Evolution of an Icon pt. 1

      … Rick Bakas Twenty years ago if you were in a restaurant and ordered a bottle of Opus One you were important. You were a fine wine connoisseur and you liked the best. Opus One raised the bar for Napa Valley and for domestic wine. If you were drinking Opus One you were drinking a regal wine that... …

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