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Tokaj bottles waiting to mature. 1999, 5 puttonyos Aszu

Nine network, wines on a niner

Leaving a troubled 2018 behind for a better 2019? Anniversary wines to go with it. Leaving behind a troubled 2018, both in vinous terms, with difficult weather, and for the world as a whole, it is time to think about 2019. What wines should you consider if you, or someone you know, have a 9 […]

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The harvest 2015 in France

Overall it has been a very good year in France. We have seen many happy faces in the vineyards. But nothing is perfect and some regions have had problems. Burgundy: Very high quality. Early flowering, very hot and dry summer and the rain that came in August were much needed. No diseases and the producers […]

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Richard "the nose" Paterson, Dalmore

Unique “vintage” whisky with age: Dalmore Constellation Collection

Exclusive distillate at exclusive prices Among the most exclusive of whiskies is the Dalmore Constellation Collection. It is a series of vintage whiskies created by the legendary Master Blender Richard “The Nose” Paterson. The entire collection contains 21 different whiskies back to 1964, priced from about 2000 euro to some 20,000 euro. Per bottle. Richard […]

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Time to try the IWFS vintage chart?

Some people find a vintage chart with year ratings invaluable. Others think it is unnecessary. If you want a small, convenient and reliable vintage chart you can do worse than to try the one published by International Wine and Food Society in handy pocket format. Starting with the latest edition of the chart we at […]

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The 2013 vintage in Chablis

A harvest report from Chablis Here is a summary of the vintage 2013 as seen by the growers’ association BIVB-Chablis. In summary, they say: A difficult growing season due to the weather, that led to: Late harvest and Small volume. Nevertheless Sufficient maturity and Balanced wines According to the growers’ association. A few other interesting […]

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Rain, wind and hail. Then heat and more hail.

The bad spring turned into a cold, rainy and windy early summer in France. Hail, storms and even small tornadoes have occurred. Some regions have suffered worse than others. For example, Vouvray in the Loire valley was hit by devastating hail combined with extremely strong wind on the morning of June 17. A large part […]

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Bordeaux wines from the 2000 vintage. Are they still good?

Roberson Wine recently launched an internet based wine shop targeting the Swedish consumer market, as well as one in the UK. The Roberson selection is focused on top-level and exclusive wine. They introduced their activity to Swedish wine lovers by organising a tasting of rare Bordeaux wines from the 2000 vintage. BKWine’s reporter Wilhelm Arnör […]

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Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte, Pessac Leognan, Graves

Luxury: nine top-class Bordeaux clarets from the legendary 2000 vintage

A tasting from the Roberson Wine’s selection Roberson Wine recently launched an internet based wine shop targeting the Swedish consumer market, as well as one in the UK. The Roberson selection is focused on top-level and exclusive wine. They introduced their activity to Swedish wine lovers by organising a tasting of rare Bordeaux wines from […]

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A perfect 10? | By Stuart George

How was it for you, 2010? In some ways it was a remarkable year, another magnificent vintage in Bordeaux for example. But a horrific one in Chile that was struck by a quake. Stuart George (one of our new contributors) is also an expert on wine auctions. In A Perfect 10? he looks at the […]

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The world’s oldest Veuve Clicquot

When Chris James bought the Torosay castle on the Scottish isle of Mull it came with the furniture. In a cabinet that had no key but that he eventually managed to open James found what is believed to be the oldest bottle of Veuve Clicquot. The vintage on the bottle was 1893. Vitisphere.com

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350, 600 and 400 years old vines

Some time ago we wrote about some very old vines in Bordeaux. Vinavisen.dk, our Danish colleague, has picked up on the story and has found one that is 350 years old in Alto Adige in Italy, at Schloss Katzenzungen in Prissian. That ancient vine was also well know to one of our readers. She even […]

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The five factors that determines a successful vintage

According to professor Denis Dubordieu at the wine university of Bordeaux there are five main factors that determines the quality of a vintage: 1) a rapid and early flowering; 2) moderate lack of water during early summer (at “nouason”, grape set); 3)end of shoot growth towards veraison (change of colour of the grapes) so that […]

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