• Breaux Kicks Off Its Vertical Tastings

      Breaux Vineyards host three vertical tastings every year, and these present tasters a chance to compare vintages of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Nebbiolo. This year’s vertical started with a lineup of Cabernet Sauvignon that included the 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2012 vintages. The 2012 was a tossed in as a pre-release, and also included in the lineup was a barrel sample of the ...

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    • Sophistication and Elegance Offered at RdV

      We finally made it out to RdV Vineyards! The winery has been on our list of wineries to visit for quite a while, and we made an appointment for the weekend after a wintry week of snow and frigid temperatures. We bundled up and headed out to the winery; as we wound our way up to the facility, we were awed by the beauty of the wintry landscape.

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    • On the art of blending

      The new book The Winemaker’s Hand, which contains interviews of winemakers, is a testament to the art of blending. “Blending is very intuitive…it’s neither linear nor logical,” Cathy Corison tells author Natalie Berkowitz, adding, “A plus B doesn’t equal A plus B.” Her fellow Napan, Bill Dyer, refers to the “hunches and perceptions” involved in winemaking: “Dawnine [his wife] ...

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  • Secrets from the cellar

    … of local tasting groups with their peers, where they share techniques and freely borrow from each other. So the information is out there: you can’t keep it bottled up. One complaint you sometimes hear about this Kumbaya closeness is that it has resulted in wines that taste more and more alike, and less and less of their native terroir. Even if that’s…

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  • Bob Cabral’s next step

    … I am so pleased that Bob Cabral has landed a job that according to his lights will be all that he is looking for. I’ve known Bob for a long time, since my days as California editor of Wine Enthusiast. It was under that guise that Bob always arranged for me to get tasting samples of the latest Williams Selyem releases. Now, given Williams…

    STEVE HEIMOFFin Cabernet Sauvignon Pinot Noir Chardonnay- 4 readers -
  • The Champagnes of James Bond and Rappers: Bollinger and Cristal

    … that Camille Olry-Roederer stepped into when she took over the champagne house Louis Roederer after losing her second husband in 1932 (her first husband had died in World War I). Sales were 264,000 bottles that year, compared to 2.3 million bottles in 1876. But like the other women of Champagne she persevered, hiring professional sales and export…

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  • The Merry Widows of Mousse: Champagne Widows

    … the reins to a new husband. Instead, these celebrated veuves, or widows, took control of their châteaux to produce some of the most prestigious wines in the world – wines that still bear their names: Veuve Clicquot, Pommery, Laurent-Perrier, Roederer and Bollinger. In an era when few women were in business at all, these women headed what were…

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  • Tuesday Twaddle: “Offloading” brands, and the old spinning cone

    … When is it time for a winery to “offload” underperforming brands? It happens. You’ve had a line, or SKU, in the market for years, but for some reason, it’s never gained traction. So the hard decision must be faced: Is it time to pull the plug on Grandma? This is the situation Treasury Wine Estates is facing. The Australian company, which lost…

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  • The Urban Winery Is Not an Urban Myth

    …, so my personal favorite is our Bore Dough. For a white: White Noise, which is made from all local fruit. Old 502 Winery is located at 120 S. 10th St. in Louisville, Ky. They are licensed to sell in stores and restaurants in Kentucky and Indiana (Ohio is next), and can ship from the tasting room to states allowed by law. For more information…

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  • Pierre Sparr Brings Great Value to the LCBO

    … Maison Pierre Sparr By Melissa Pulvermacher We’re all on a constant search of high-value wines for a great price. I always say that your chance of getting a great quality wine for a large price tag is high, and although the odds are less consistent, it feels great to find a killer bottle of wine that doesn’t break the bank. Maison Pierre…

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  • Dominus + Napanook Wine Tasting 2011 to 1991 Vertical

    … Dominus Estate By Olivier deMaisonneuve Montreal Passion Vin is the annual rendez-vous when the Fondation de l’Hopital Maisonneuve-Rosemont invites wine lovers to open their wallets for a good cause. They also get the unique chance to taste world renowned wines and meet the actors behind those famous labels. This year funds were raised…

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  • Dom Perignon Champagne 1998 Vintage Tasting Sparkles

    … the Champagne and add layers into one, already existing identity of Dom Pérignon. I personally feel that Geoffroy’s intentions are assured and very well-articulated with the P2 release as my own experience with the Champagne has certainly created a memory in my mind worth holding onto. Melissa Pulvermacher is an inspired vino enthusiast and writer…

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  • Keswick Vineyards

    … of the 2013 vintages and 2014 vintages. We tasted several 2013 Cabs and cab francs. We also tasted the 2014 Verdajo, Viognier, Chardonnay, Cab Sauv, Chambourcin, Merlot, and Petit Verdot. While these were all wonderful wines and are progressing well in the barrel, the Petit Verdot stood out to me as the winner. It has an amazing color…

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  • Chestnut Oak in Full Bloom

    … will feature estate grown grapes crafted by Eiserman. The tasting began with a very fruity 2010 Rose that was a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Manseng. At 1% residual sugar, it was a pleasing sipper. Three vintages of Petit Manseng were next on tap, and these included pours from 2009, 2011, and 2012. These were all quite distinctive growing seasons…

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  • How to Import Wine, Craft Beer, Spirits into Ontario

    … Industry veteran Steven Trenholme will guide you through the intricate process of importing & selling beverage alcohol in Ontario & Quebec. The morning will be focused on understanding the dynamics of the industry and have the know-how to organize private imports for your personal consumption. With this ‘taste’ of what is involved…

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