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    Germany’s Rieslings on the Tip of the Tongue

    The topic today is German rieslings, and since I already know the first question, let me start with the answer: No, not all German rieslings are sweet. In fact, sweet German rieslings may soon be an endangered species.
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    German Pinot Noir Road Tour

    August 25 – September 1, 2013 Are you up for a European wine tour this summer? Germany’s Rieslings have gone cult. And German Reds are close behind. Pinot Noirs from Germany are in break-out mode. They’re rocking the competition at international blind tastings and setting the cognoscenti abuzz. Join us for a wine tour with a new vibe in August and see what’s behind Germany’s Pinot Revolution.    
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    From Sicily, Reds Worth the Hunt

    The transformation of the world of wine in the last 20 years has been simply astounding. Consumers have been blessed with a profusion of wonderful wines from sources that few would have predicted as recently as the turn of the century. Case in point: Sicily.  
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    A View From The Cellar

    Domaine Chandon de Briailles (Savigny-les-Beaune)

    The Chandon de Briailles cellars this year contained some of the ripest wines I have ever had the pleasure to taste here, but the wines have retained a lovely sense of purity and precision to their underlying terroirs that is rather remarkable at these rather high octane levels. In many cellars, I found the riper side of the 2009 vintage quite reminiscent of either the 1990 or the 1997 reds depending on the style of the specific wine in question, but here at Chandon de Briailles one finds a completely different set of ripe wines. Take for example the stunning Savigny "les Lavieres", which ...
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    Champagnes Below $40 Regain Pop

    WARNING: You may assume that what you are about to read is the usual dutiful holiday roundup of Champagnes and sparkling wines. But you would be wrong. Ignore this at your own peril.Hmm. Wrong tone. Too grim. Not at all the light, exuberant note I’m seeking. Let me try again. Ah, Champagne! Ah, bubbly! Ah, the corks popping anew as we joyously stride forth into the new year! No, even worse...Includes Bowler wine: Joël Falmet Brut Tradition NV
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    Cava Is Overlooked Everywhere but Catalonia

    ST.-SADURNÍ d’ANOIA, Spain — If ever a grape needed a champion, it may well be xarello. It suffers pronunciation woes (in Catalan, it’s shah-RELL-lo; in Castilian, hah-RELL-lo; in English, zah-RELL-oh). It has spelling issues (it’s often written xarel-lo among numerous other renderings). Most important, it is guilty by association as a key component of cava, the Spanish sparkling wine that most people consider at best cheap and cheerful and at worst a headache in a glass.
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    Canary in a wine glass: Drinkers flock to islands' distinct wines

    Four years ago, wine from the Canary Islands was unheard of in America. Unless you were one of the tourists who visit the archipelago each year, you might have assumed that quality grapes couldn't exist 80 miles off the southwestern coast of Morocco.But these days, Canary Islands wines have become almost a constant in good Bay Area wine shops and restaurants, largely thanks to their sole American importer, Richmond's Jose Pastor.
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    Bloomer Creek Wines Make Finger Lakes Hallowed Ground

    Kim Engle pauses mid-sentence as his eyes drift to the window. Looking uneasy, he peers through the foggy pane at his vineyards: "Sorry, the rain made me lose concentration; it makes me nervous." For four summer days, the rain had been driving down in unseasonably high quantities; that morning, the sound of water pounding the roof was like marbles unleashed from the sky. For a vineyard owner, the weather was frightening — particularly when trying to farm organically.
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    BIRTH OF A SALESMAN: A new type of wine merchant emerges

    Call it the boomerang effect. As the wine world has embraced small growers of late, a shadow has fallen over the once-common concept of the négociant, a merchant who makes wine from bulk amounts of purchased fruit. But that meaning has been shed recently thanks to a different kind of négociantbringing a small-grower philosophy to the merchant's role. No one embodies this paradigm shift better than Patrick Piuze in the ...
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    A Montrachet Lunch

    Earlier this month I attended a lunch with Jean-Baptiste Bordeaux-Montrieux, whose family owns Domaine Baron Thenard in Givry. The domaine covers 57 acres of vineyards from Givry, in the Côte Chalonnaise, to Grands Echézeaux, just north of Vosne-Romanée. But its jewel in the crown is 4.5 acres of Le Montrachet on the Chassagne side of the appellation, making Thenard the second-largest proprietor of the esteemed grand cru. We had the opportunity to taste six vintages of the Montrachet at lunch, along with current vintages and a few mature versions ...
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    A Lighthearted German

    David Bowler, an importer and distributor with many German wines in his portfolio, offered another reason for the disappearance of kabinett. He points to the increase in the German thirst for dry rieslings. “They’re letting the vineyards go longer and riper so they can make a good dry wine with 12 or 13 percent alcohol,’’ he told me. There’s no question that dry rieslings are the rage in Germany, and that the dry wines have greatly improved in the last 10 years, even from the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, where it was ...
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    A critical issue to the very existence of the fine wine industry in New York

    A critical issue to the very existence of the fine wine industry in New York has been brought to our attention and we wanted to make you aware of it.  One of the largest liquor wholesalers is lobbying the State Senate to include an “at rest” provision in their 2012 budget. The practical effect of “at rest” means that only those distributors delivering product out of New York warehouses could legally sell you wine. Legislation such as this would affect essentially every wholesaler currently in operation other than the two biggest ones, since they almost all warehouse in New Jersey, including ...

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