Upcoming releases and events at King Family Vineyards

King Family has some exciting upcoming releases and events planned for the first half of 2015: – First Wednesday – Wednesday, February 4, 2015 – Crosé 2014 Release – Saturday, February 14, 2015 – Barrel Tasting with Winemaker Matthieu Finot: Session 1 & Session 2 – Saturday, February 28, 2015 – “3” 2013 Release – March 3, 2015 – Wish...

Horatio Alger Lives In California Vineyards

  By Stephen Eliot We hear it in almost every discussion of fine wine; that wine is made in the vineyard, not in the cellar. It is an observation that has become a mind-numbing cliché and is carelessly tossed about in the meandering prose of many who have never set foot in a vineyard but who bow deeply before the altar of holy terroir. It is one of those endlessly invoked homilies that...

Hilltops winery Moppity Vineyards

Hilltops winery Moppity Vineyards has never been backwards when it comes to announcing its wine show successes and other critical acclaim.  But I have to admit its performance in the Great Australian Shiraz Challenge was amazing.  392 wines were entered in this year’s 20th Anniversary Challenge, retail prices for the wines going as high as $ 300 a bottle, and many over $ 100.  During...

February Events Blenheim Vineyards

Blenheim has some fun upcoming events in February: Sunday, February 8th:  Art show and cheese & wine pairing. 1-4pm: Art show Bolanle Adeboye! Bolanle Adeboye is a designer/maker determined to find and appreciate the exquisite in the mundane.  She is very often stunned by beauty lurking in the most unlikely places. She lives and works in Charlottesville. Wish Wish Charlottesville Wine Tours...

Visiting Romanee Conti and La Tache Vineyards With a Stop at Clos de Vougeot Wine Museum

Clos de Vougeot (May 22, 2014) – Our last appointment of the day was at 4:30 at Clos de Vougeot, the ancient wine farm of the Cistercian monks who studied the soils of Burgundy and recognized the unique terroirs that could be found just a few meters apart.  It was their early work that helped to determine the Grand Cru and Premier Cru vineyards of the area. The sky was darkening...

Q & A with winemaker Jean-Claude Martin at Creation Vineyards

1. You are a Swiss-born winemaker and could work anywhere in the world, provided they make wine. Why have you chosen South Africa? There is still so much to discover in South Africa, there is plenty of hidden potential. The difference between the Old World and New World is that everything is tried and perfected in the Old World and here we have potential for site specific vineyards, incredible unspoilt...

Say hello to six brilliant summer picnics in the South African Vineyards – by Su Birch from Tastetrip

Come March the harvest is drawing to a close, but the days in South Africa are still warm and autumn hasn’t touched the vines yet. This is the perfect time to discover South Africa and visit some vineyards for a grand picnic. The picnics offered by wineries are often gourmet fare presented in wicker baskets or stylish designer boxes, and in some cases, served at your own table. Here are 6 of our...

Bosman Family Vineyards

The Bosman family is committed to more than just wine. Instilled with a deep respect for both man and nature, they have long believed in and implemented social, economic and environmental practices that develop the community and promote sustainable farming. The relationship between the family and their team is evident in the fact that many of the 260 full-time workers on the estate are 5th generation...

DuCard Vineyards, Valentine’s Sunday Brunch

Surprise your loved one with a Valentine’s Sunday Brunch at DuCard Vineyards on Sunday February 15 at 11:30am. Brunch will be catered by Chef Mark Gresge of l’Etoile Catering and will also feature the beautiful harp music of Vicky Lee. Click here to see the menu. Brunch is $ 50 per person plus tax and gratuity. There is Wish Wish Charlottesville Wine Tours » Blog

Murray Street Vineyards Gomersal Shiraz

Gomersal is one of the warmest subregions of the Barossa. Soils are varied and some not ideally suited for growing Shiraz. The Murray Street Gomersal vineyard is in one of the better locations with sandy and lime soils, to my knowledge. The 2008 MSV Gomersal Estate Shiraz shows a very strong vanilla bouquet. It dominates the palate as well, covering the underlying concentrated blackberry fruit and...

Vineyard Update – Fertilizing the Vineyards

Montalcino Report

Robert Oatley Signature Series McLaren Vale Shiraz 2012

Robert Oatley Signature Series McLaren Vale Shiraz 2012 Despite an RRP of $23, this wine is readily available and often priced around the $18 and $19 mark on special. It’s very well placed and just what you’d look for in a Shiraz at that price point.Lashing of blue fruit, some earthy characters with a little spice tickle. Soft and supple, a generous length follows rounding off a very...

Atmospheric Disturbance Causes Delay In Organic Fertilization

Atmospheric Disturbance Causes Delay In Organic Fertilization The atmospheric disturbance that has struck Italy from the north to the south, still causing grave damage and deaths, has passed through our land, dumping just a few millimeters of rain.The strong “vento di grecale”, the cold wind from the northeast, continues to blow away the clouds and the rain and it is drying the soils.We are beginning...

Tenuta Il Poggione Winemaker Fabrizio Bindocci Featured In Forbes

Tenuta Il Poggione Winemaker Fabrizio Bindocci Featured In Forbes “During the grape harvest of 2013,” writes Cathy Huyghe in an article published last week by Forbes magazine, “I was visiting Tenuta Il Poggione in Montalcino, home to some of Italy’s most expensive wines. As I walked the vineyards with winemaker Fabrizio Bindocci, harvesters all around us carved gorgeous, lush, fully ripe...

Top 100 SA Wines – Vacancy

Top 100 SA Wines – Vacancy 201308.22Top 100 SA Wines – VacancyCategory: Careers / Tags: no tag / DATA ADMINISTRATORThe companies are innovative leader’s in fine-wine.  Activity includes promotions, events, brand awareness, digital activity and sales. They enjoy local and global reach and activity.The personYou are young, enthusiastic and organized, probably just graduated. You love research...

Cellar Note: New versus Old

Cellar Note: New versus Old ~ Sloping Vineyards in Barbaresco ~ In “Italian wine circles”, and you can conjur up an image of a definition for that term, there is one discussion that is certain to raise the hackles of the “purists” and that is traditional versus avant garde Nebbiolo.Now, I’ve never really cared much for the debate. I am fortunate enough to appreciate...

Ambra, my Ambra

Ambra, my Ambra ~ Vineyards on the Fattoria Ambra Estate in Carmignano ~ It was only a few months that Iinitially reviewedthe subject of today’s article, the 2009 Fattoria Ambra Carmignano. I wasn’t particularly enamored by it then, but after finding some additional bottles, I decided to give it another try.I had forgotten the details of my previous review and I’m glad I didn’t...