Wine tasting 101: The dos and don'tsWine tasting 101: The dos and don'ts

03 Jun, 2024

If you're reading this, chances are you're an adventurous wine lover eager to elevate your wine-tasting experience. If you are planning to visit some wineries to discover new gems before stocking up on winter wines, let's cover the basics. Most wineries will and should charge a tasting fee, underscoring the value of the product and service. Temperature plays a pivotal role in unlocking the full potential of a wine. While white wines served too cold may mask delicate nuances, reds at too warm a temperature can amplify alcohol volatility. Trust the wine educator at the winery to guide you on...
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"Open Doors 2024 "
"Open Doors 2024 "

12 May, 2024

A unique wine-tasting travel experience will have the opportunity to experience friends of wine throughout Greece, participating in the festive spring event of the wineries "Open Doors". The event is organized collectively by the Wine Producers Associations of the country, at the visiting wineries of their members. On Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., friends and friends of wine and wine tourism, will be able to tour Greece's Wine Roads and participate in a variety of activities, which include guided tours, taste tests, contests with gifts and other surprises. It is worth noting...
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Happy International Sauvignon Blanc Day 2024
Happy International Sauvignon Blanc Day 2024

06 May, 2024

Sauvignon Blanc is a delightful white wine produced from the grape variety of the same name. Let’s explore some fascinating details about this wine: Origins and Name: Sauvignon Blanc originates from the city of Bordeaux in France. It might also be a descendant of the Savagnin grape. Flavor Profile: Sauvignon Blanc is known for its vibrant flavors and racy acidity. Depending on where it’s grown and who produces it, the taste can vary: Fruit-Driven: Some Sauvignon Blancs are fruit-driven, with citrus aromas and flavors. Think grapefruit and gooseberry. Savory and Vegetal: Others have distinct vegetal notes, such as fresh-cut grass...
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Find the perfect wines to pair with Easter dinner
Find the perfect wines to pair with Easter dinner

27 Apr, 2024

Magiritsa only for the lovers of the authentic Greek cuisine! Magiritsa is a unique and controversial Greek soup made from lamb offal and lettuce garnished with fresh herbs and finished of with a delicious egg lemon sauce. Ideal pairing with Nykteri Venetsanos Winery, recently awarded a gold medal at the international competition in London Α Bright yellow color wine with green hues. Delicate, intense, and aromas of pear, white flowers, and citrus fruits. Pronounced aromas of bitter orange, with hints of mastic and fennel root. Rich, oily mouth, highly refreshing acidity, and a characteristic saltiness. Enjoyable long aftertaste. Ntolmadakia Dolmadakia...
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RICASOLI 1141, discovering the legendary winery in Chianti Classico
RICASOLI 1141, discovering the legendary winery in Chianti Classico

13 Apr, 2024

The Castle of Brolio: a symbolic place of the Chianti Classico territory Ricasoli is the most representative winery in the Chianti Classico area. Between rolling hills, velvety valleys and dense oak and chestnut woods, the 1200 hectares of property include about 240 hectares of vineyards and 26 of olive trees, in a continuous succession of colors and shades around the Castello di Brolio, in the municipality of Gaiole in Chianti. In this most central portion of Tuscany, since 1993 Baron Francesco Ricasoli has been leading the company towards new challenges, with the deepest respect for his illustrious ancestors who made...
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A Sommelier's Insight: ASI launches own podcast in collaboration with ASI Magazine
A Sommelier's Insight: ASI launches own podcast in collaboration with ASI Magazine

05 Apr, 2024

A Sommelier's Insight: ASI launches own podcast in collaboration with ASI Magazine Welcome to "A Sommelier's Insight", the podcast that decants the world of wine, service and other beverages, brought to you by the Association de la Sommellerie Internationale, in partnership with ASI Magazine. Here, we uncork the secrets of the trade, offering a rare blend of stories, expertise, and passion directly from the lips of the world's leading sommeliers and distinguished guests. Each episode we provide listeners with insider knowledge on hospitality and sommellerie. Join us as we traverse vineyards, explore the bustling backrooms of the world's finest restaurants,...
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Montepulciano, Nero d’Avola and Agiorgitiko can acclimatise to Languedoc
Montepulciano, Nero d’Avola and Agiorgitiko can acclimatise to Languedoc

05 Mar, 2024

Ιn the village of Aniane, in Languedoc, winegrower Jean-Pierre Venture at Mas de la Seranne was quick to take an interest in the way vineyards cope with climate change, drawing on expert advice and insight. “In 2007, I planted Grenache on 418 and 103 Paulsen rootstocks to slow down the ripening process, and in 2012 I planted my first late-ripening cultivars, Counoise and Morrastel”, he recounts. Subsequently, he decided to push the boundaries further, setting aside 2 of his 18 hectares to trial a dozen or so late-ripening grape varieties designed to ripen at lower alcohol levels (below 14% ABV...
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Montalcino, the redemption of the younger sibling: the USA focuses on the red and expands the vineyards
Montalcino, the redemption of the younger sibling: the USA focuses on the red and expands the vineyards

29 Jan, 2024

Baby Brunello, a cousin of the DOCG, Montalcino's second wine: there are many and varied "labels" that can be given to the Rosso di Montalcino. According to the Wall Street Journal, which recently praised it in an article, it could be seen as a more affordable Brunello for wine lovers who are both impatient and budget-conscious. In fact, despite having the same grape variety, territory, and producers, it costs one-third of Brunello (on average around 30 euros versus 90 euros for Brunello) but is available on the market much earlier than its more famous relative. The regulations for Rosso specify...
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Results of the 38th Concours des vins de Chablis
Results of the 38th Concours des vins de Chablis

26 Jan, 2024

The 38th Chablis Wine Competition took place on Saturday January 20, 2024, under the presidency of leading French sommelier: Jean-Luc Jamrozik, President of the Association des Sommeliers de Paris.Discover the winners ! The Competition of Chablis Wines, organised by the Office du Chablis in partnership with the Bourgogne Wine Board (BIVB), took place on Saturday January 20, 2024, under the presidency of leading French sommelier: Jean-Luc Jamrozik, President of the Association des Sommeliers de Paris. This year, the 63 members of the jury tasted the 2022 vintage of the Petit Chablis, Chablis and Chablis Premier Cru appellations, and the 2021...
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 Domaine Leflaive, Weather 2023!
Domaine Leflaive, Weather 2023!

17 Dec, 2023

Weather 2023! A rare enough fact worth noting: the 2023 vintage, generous in quantity and balanced in quality, follows an equally magnificent and tasty 2022 vintage. Winter was once again mild, with little rain. At the end of winter, in February and March, conditions were cooler and more regular. As spring awakens, April was temperate, with no morning frosts or excessively low temperatures. May was cool and rainy, which helped to replenish the water table. This weather continued until mid-June, with warmer days and cool nights. These conditions were excellent for good vine and flower development. At the beginning of...
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“Liv-Ex Power 100” 2023: Gaja (number 7), Giuseppe Rinaldi and Tignanello Antinori the top Italian wines
“Liv-Ex Power 100” 2023: Gaja (number 7), Giuseppe Rinaldi and Tignanello Antinori the top Italian wines

03 Dec, 2023

Giacomo Conterno, Ornellaia, Biondi Santi, Bruno Giacosa, Roagna, Tenuta San Guido, Vietti, Masseto, Montevertine and Quintarelli are in the ranking The “black year” for Liv-Ex is continuing unabated, and following years of tumultuous growth, is now witnessing a significant decrease, often in double figures, of all the main indices (Italy, although “at a loss”, is doing better than average). The “Liv-Ex Power 100” 2023 recently published, demonstrates this trend and points out that the market is substantially normalizing, after the tumultuous growth over the past few years, registering around -12% decline in the main indices compared to 2022. Regarding the...
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Rose Anagallis, the flavour of style
Rose Anagallis, the flavour of style

30 Oct, 2023

As we enter the last day of October and the thermometer insists on a short term summer at least here in the south of Europe, we welcome the arrival of the "naughty" November with a wine that moves between simplicity and elegance.An expression of Santorini's terroir that floods the mouth with floral and red berry aromas. Let's taste Anagallis Rose Venetsanos Winery. Rosé semi dry wine PGI Cyclades, Grape variety Assyrtiko 30%, Aidani 50%, Mandilaria 20%. Appearance: Darker pink Nose: A nose full of charming pomegranate aromas, with distinctive hints of rose, wild strawberry, and cherry Body: A full-bodied wine...
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The Finger Lakes AVA Masterclass Riesling in Mondial Des Vins Blancs Strasbourg 2023
The Finger Lakes AVA Masterclass Riesling in Mondial Des Vins Blancs Strasbourg 2023

24 Oct, 2023

Wine is produced all over the length and breadth of the USA. Let's first get to know the legislation governing the term AVA. The US system of geographical indications is based on the term American Viticultural Area (AVA). AVAs vary considerably in size. The Rutherford area in Napa County is very small, while the Central Coast area covers the stretch from San Francisco in the north to Santa Barbara in the south. AVAs may include land from more than one state and may also overlap each other, such as the Sta. Rita Hills AVA is located within the boundaries of...
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Harvest 2023, good in quantity the North, bad the Center and the South
Harvest 2023, good in quantity the North, bad the Center and the South

12 Sep, 2023

Harvest 2023, good in quantity the North, bad the Center and the South, with drops between -20% and -40% The estimates of Unione Italiana Vini (Uiv), Ismea and Assoenologi. The average decrease estimated at -12%, for 44 million hectoliters The average drop in production estimated for the 2023 Italian harvest, at -12% on 2022, for 44 million hectoliters, is not dramatic. But if the North holds, with -2% of Piedmont, for example, and even grows, with + 5% of Veneto and + 15% of Lombardy, for example, from the Center to the South the data are much worse: ranging from...
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The Hospices Civils de Strasbourg, Alsace
The Hospices Civils de Strasbourg, Alsace

02 Aug, 2023

The Hospices Civils de Strasbourg: a hospitable and wine-growing heritage at the service of the community In the heart of the city of Strasbourg is a historical, medical and wine treasure: the Hospices de Strasbourg. Founded centuries ago, this iconic hospital has played an essential role in supporting patients, making medical advances, preserving local heritage and producing exceptional wines. The origins of the Hospices de Strasbourg date back to the thirteenth century, when Conrad de Lichtenberg, the bishop of Strasbourg, decided to create a refuge for the sick and needy. Since then, the Hospices have continued to grow, expanding their...
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Strange birds: Tourism on the road to recovery
Strange birds: Tourism on the road to recovery

28 Jun, 2023

Graham Howe reports on the post-pandemic tourism trends highlighted at ATE23 which he attended on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia, in early May. Orange Winery, New South Wales. Orange Winery, New South Wales. "We have a major job to do, rebuilding tourism and aviation infrastructure after the pandemic. After ten years of growth we fell off a cliff," declares Phillipa Harrison, MD of Tourism Australia. She was speaking at ATE23, the annual Australian Tourism Exchange, the biggest travel show in the southern hemisphere, attended by 2300 delegates and eighty journalists from 32 countries. The five-day showcase on Queensland’s iconic...
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South African wine harvest report 2023: Cooler vintage drives slow ripening for top quality
South African wine harvest report 2023: Cooler vintage drives slow ripening for top quality

19 May, 2023

The 2022/2023 season will be remembered for the dry and warmer winter, generally good growing conditions during the vegetative growth phase, good rain shortly before véraison which benefited quality, and a cool and wet ripening period which gave grapes a chance to ripen optimally at a slower rate. “Wine lovers can look forward to high-quality wines from this season,” says Schutte. “Smaller berries driven by the dry conditions during the cell division and enlargement stage benefited grape quality to deliver excellent flavour and colour profiles. Viticulturists and winemakers are particularly excited about excellent colour extraction, low pH levels and high...
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The list of finalists of the Miglior Enotecario d'Italia competition has been published.
The list of finalists of the Miglior Enotecario d'Italia competition has been published.

11 May, 2023

Following the semi-final, held online on March 28th, the Jury chaired by Stefano Caffarri carefully evaluated the tests received, and finally we can reveal the 6 finalists of the Best Enotecario d'Italia 2023 Competition! Here is the list of finalists in alphabetical order, three for the classic bottle category and three for the category of public establishments specialized in wine and spirits pouring: FINALISTS 2023 Classic bottle shops Andrea Lauducci, Ferrara Daniele Liurni, Rome Loredana Santagati, Misterbianco CT Wine bars with pouring Silvia Angelozzi, Alba Adriatica TE Matteo Bertelà, Vigevano PV Luca Civerchia, Jesi AN The final will take place...
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Happy May with the taste of Venice
Happy May with the taste of Venice

01 May, 2023

Welcome May! Happy tasty news from Venice. When a trip ends bring together memories, scenes and tastes. After a short trip in Vinitaly 2023 we brought with us the original Venetian Spritz, Select aperitivo. Our Venetian friend who ordered the Select was determined to convince us that the memory of Venice is only worth remembering if we taste the perfect food pairing with the Select. Watching the process of making the drink, the result did him right. Let's have a look to his secret recipe: 3 parts of sparkling wine 2 parts of Select Aperitivo 1 splash of soda Garnish...
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Happy Lent, winelovers
Happy Lent, winelovers

25 Feb, 2023

After the rapid developments regarding the conspiracy of red wines against meat and crispy fats, it's time for Clean Monday. According to our exclusive information, the events for Koulouma have been organised again this year with interesting prospects. Municipalities, institutions and family friends are ready for the battle of lasagne, taramas, halva, with special mention in this article, pickles and of course seafood. A great loss of the canned squid made in Califormia, which marked our childhood! In related articles on the dishes of the day, the ammunition of the culinary battle is mentioned, including the dolmades of the box,...
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