Montepulciano – Abruzzo and Beyond

Montepulciano is a workhorse kind of grape creating wines as a solo performer and in red blends. It also makes a damn fine rosé as well. If Montepulciano is known at all it is most frequently associated with its starring role in Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. This is easily understood as nearly half of the Montepulciano grown in Italy is utilized in the DOC of Montepulciano...

FAULTY CORKS RUIN 3,000 CASES OF TOP WASHINGTON WINE

The Drinks Business 26th October, 2017 by Lucy Shaw A bad batch of corks has wreaked havoc at Cayuse Vineyards in Washington, writing off nearly 3,000 cases of 2015 wine and at a potential loss of $3 million. Among the wines to be affected were some of winemaker Christophe Baron’s top drops, including Bionic Frog Syrah, Cailloux Vineyard Syrah, En Chamberlin Syrah, En Cerise...

Global wine production predicted to slump to 50-year low

The Guardian Wine producers’ body warns production will fall after Italy, France and Spain were hit by freak weather events in 2017 If you haven’t got a wine cellar, it’s time to get one and start stockpiling – because global wine production is to fall to its lowest level in more than 50 years. On Tuesday the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV)...

A Fortified Wine Primer

With autumn creeping in, and winter not far behind, we wanted to address the topic of fortified wines. We offer this fortified wine primer to get you started on your fortified wine journey. This is an introduction to the category, so naturally many generalizations are made. We hope that this kickstarts your exploration of fortified wines. What are fortified wines? Sometimes the name tells...

Versatile and Spectacular Garnacha

Garnacha, or Grenache as they say in France and much of the New World, is an interesting and versatile grape of Spanish origin. It’s absolutely one of my favorite red wine grapes as it shines in so many applications. For the sake of brevity I will simply refer to the grape as Garnacha now that we have established that the varietal has more than...

The Best Rosé You’re Not Drinking this Year – Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo

Despite Rosé now properly being mainstream with the number of choices growing every spring there is scandalously still a Rosé living in obscurity – Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo. Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo is a DOC in central Italy in the region of Abruzzo and within the area designated for Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. I believe that this is the only DOC in Italy that is fully dedicated to Rosato or...

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