Posts tagged wine
Posts tagged wine
Intensity, Power, Balance
Numanthia brings back the history and culture of Spanish winemaking. The town 2000 years ago resisted the siege of the Roman legions who conquered the whole of Europe. Drawing a parallel to the history of the lands, these vineyards in Toro resisted the phylloxera outbreak that affected vines all around the region.
If one were to think of drinking and Mad Men, you’d think booze. But there’s another side to the drinking too: wine.
Over the course of six seasons, wine has made inroads into Mad Men’s cocktail culture, and Alyssa Vitrano has been tracking it along the way. Vitrano is the proprietor of Grapefriend.com, which tries “to teach people a little bit about wine through what they’re seeing in pop culture,” by tracking everything from what Justin Timberlake served at his wedding to the number of bottles that appear in each season of Mad Men.
Learn about each of Italy’s 20 wine producing regions with this interactive feature by OperaWines
Adler writes: “I’ve often said that if forced to choose a single country, I’d drink the wines of Italy for the rest of my life, forsaking all others. It wouldn’t be an easy choice, mind you, but in that proverbial gun-to-the-head scenario, I could certainly face my fate with a certain amount of equanimity, knowing I could range from Lombardy to Sicily for the rest of my life.
Yes, I love Italian wine, and I’m not afraid to admit it.”
The concept of OperaWines2013 is simple: choose the best 100 wineries in Italy, and have them each pour their best wine.
Simple in concept, difficult in execution. This is, after all, Italy.
Wine Spectator is called in to make those tough choices. ”We review twenty thousand wines a year, of which three thousand and growing are Italian,” said Thomas Matthews, Executive Editor for Wine Spectator. “Why would we partner with an entire country to put on a wine tasting event? We’ve never done this before. Americans love Italy. It’s the first destination for American tourists. It’s the #1 most imported wine in the United States. Italian wine and food are in fashion now. I live in Brooklyn and the whole restaurant scene has become Italian there. We’re not just in the good old days of Chianti, every corner of the country is fascinating to Americans.
Saint-Emilion estates Château Angélus and Pavie were wrong to put their prices up this year, according to one of their neighbouring estates.
Jean-Michel Laporte, director of Château La Conseillante in Pomerol, said he didn’t understand the châteaux’s decision to put their prices up following their dual promotion to “Premier Grands Cru Classé A” status.
“I disagree with their move to raise their prices this year when everyone else was lowering theirs – Angélus sold but Pavie didn’t, so it backfired on them,” he said.
Laporte believes the ongoing court battle over the St-Emilion Classification might eventually result in the entire region being declassified.
“It won’t really matter for the top two though, because everyone will remember that Ausone and Cheval Blanc were the original class “A” châteaux.”
Taking the opposite tack to Angélus and Pavie, Laporte revealed that putting La Conseillante’s 2012 prices down 20% on 2011 helped the wines sell out en primuer this year, while other châteaux struggled to sell.
“We were very lucky as we were one of the few Bordeaux châteaux to sell all our wine this year, and the wines have already been sold on by the négociants. “There was a big take up from our key merchants – lowering our prices on 2011 definitely helped,” he said.
In April, Angélus released its 2012 vintage at €180 a bottle ex-négociant, 30% up on 2011’s €138 bottle price and a staggering 205% up on the 2008 price of €59 p/b. Pavie also released its 2012 vintage at €180 p/b, a 58% increase on the €114 bottle price asked for in 2011.
- 5 being Italian!
Last month, the Chinese government warned the EU that it would “take necessary steps” to defend its national interests, if any duties were levied against its goods.
Observers suggested that Beijing’s latest move was a direct consequence of the EU decision.
The Different Types of Wine
Why should anybody who cares about what they eat and drink settle for familiar and icy rather than something full of character? Skip the insipid wines. Go right to good bottles. Discriminate.
The parallel universe of provocative Greek wines, made primarily from moschofilero, roditis and assyrtiko, are very much an available reality, offering a wonderful trove of wines that can be stimulating, even riveting, and rarely boring.
In March 2011, Warwick Ross began shooting “Red Obsession,” his new documentary about China’s impact on the Bordeaux market.
It was good timing, he now acknowledges, having captured the height of the wine boom. “The arc we saw over the rest of the year was Shakespearean in proportions,” he said in an interview. “There was arrogance, greed and hubris among the French. We had no idea it would unravel like that.”
Bordeaux growers, boosted by demand from Chinese wine collectors, were charging higher prices than they ever had, but the buying stopped in 2012. Prices plunged more than 20% and wounded French pride in one of the country’s most iconic industries.
Mr. Ross, who owns a vineyard in Australia, traveled to China five times for the film, visiting both growers and collectors to see how the Chinese were learning how to drink and make wine. “Red Obsession,” narrated by Russell Crowe, screened last month at the Tribeca Film Festival and will open in the U.S. later this year.
Mr. Ross spoke with The Wall Street Journal about China’s influence, the bursting of the Bordeaux bubble and working with Mr. Crowe.
The label of this award winning wine, The Prisoner was named after Goya’s etching, La Petite Prisonier.
Using its 32 sensors, the device, which the researchers claim is more sensitive than a human nose, can currently only distinguish between the odors emitted by chopped apples and pears.
“The fruit samples are placed in a chamber into which an air flow is injected that reaches the tower with the sensors, which are metal oxide semiconductors that detect odorous compounds such as methane or butane,” said researcher José Pelegrí Sebastiá.
Software is then used to gather real time data and the information is processed through classification algorithms.
The results can be viewed on a 3D graph that distinguishes between the apple scores and the pear scores.
The study, published in the “Sensors and Actuators A” journal, is the starting point for research the team is involved in to develop multisensory systems that increase the capacity to differentiate complex mixtures of volatile substances.
Sebastiá believes the technology could one day be used in the wine industry to distinguish between grape varieties and recognise a wine’s vintage.
However, the news has been met with skepticism from winemakers.
“The human nose is amazingly sensitive and can detect whether or not something smells good; I’m not sure how you could program a computer to do that,” Daniel Baron, chief winemaker at Silver Oak Cellars in the Napa Valley, told TechNewsDaily.
He did concede however, that the electronic nose might come in useful when winemakers lose their sense of smell through a head cold.
“If I get a cold in January all work stops. Maybe with a mechanical nose I wouldn’t have to worry about it,” he said.
A further six lots of Port from Noval, Taylor’s, Graham’s and Fonseca will go under the hammer at the sale.
Christie’s specialist, Noah May, said they made a “fitting backdrop” to the sale of the vertical and signed copy of the original map, which are expected to fetch £5,400 to £6,200.
The map (above) is the work of English writer and artist David Eley and measures 3.2 metres by 1.1m. It is decorated with 130 illustrations depicting the principal winemaking quintas as well as local flora and fauna of northern Portugal.
The work is directly inspired by the maps created by Joseph James Forrester, who famously mapped the Douro in the 1830s (see below).
Eley said: The Douro is the oldest formally demarcated wine region in the world and its wines the equal of Bordeaux and Burgundy Grand Cru, in creating this map I wish to define a 21st century Douro and lend a pictorial narrative to Port’s majestic origins.”
The Quinta do Noval being sold alongside the map includes: one bottle each of 1994 and 1997 Nacional and two bottles each of 2000 and 2003 Nacional; one bottle apiece of 2000 and 2003 Quinta do Noval; one bottle each of the 1937 and 1997 Colheita and two bottles of Colheita 1968.
The sale will take place in London on 6 June. It will feature 703 lots in total and is expected to realise £1 million.