Galicia | Ribeira Sacra
Dec02

Galicia | Ribeira Sacra

Sampling the wines of Spain turns out to be as delectable as sampling tapas. Though produced in many different appellations, Spanish wines in general tend to be full-bodied and quite powerful. This is due to the hot, dry climate, though of course the winemaker’s hand determines the product’s ultimate appeal. Incidentally, Spain’s whites – the sparkling Cavas as well as still wines – have enjoyed rising popularity in recent years....

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Tuscany | Bolgheri
Dec02

Tuscany | Bolgheri

French grapes, particularly Bordeaux varieties, have pride of place in Bolgheri, the acclaimed wine region in coastal Tuscany. A prime example: Argentiera’s Poggio ai Ginepri, made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot, with berry fruit and wood notes on the nose. Its vineyards are located near the sea, and Argentiera produces wines dominated by tasty acidity, the hallmark of freshness. Italy’s Medoc Bordeaux grapes (Cabernet...

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Tuscany | Brunello di Montacino
Dec02

Tuscany | Brunello di Montacino

Tops in Tuscany Brunello di Montalcino is Tuscany’s most prestigious appellation. Located south of Siena, it obtained DOC status in 1968, largely owing to the efforts of the Biondi Santi family. One grape The appellation produces only red wines made exclusively from the Sangiovese clone Sangiovese Grosso, also called Brunello. Built to last Montalcino is hotter and dryer than the rest of Tuscany, and its nights are cool. Such a...

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Bubbly, CHAMPAGNE FOR ALL!
Dec02

Bubbly, CHAMPAGNE FOR ALL!

By Véronique Rivest When I was introduced to a famous Formula One driver last summer, I had no clue who he was. Once I realized what he did for a living, I blurted out the question that sprang to mind: Why did he and his brethren waste so much Champagne, spraying magnums of the stuff all over the place on podiums? I find it painful to watch. That, and bottles of bubbly shattering against the hulls of new ships… LUXE IMAGE...

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THE SEVEN SATELLITES
Sep06

THE SEVEN SATELLITES

Chianti Classico, the most prestigious delimitedz one in Chianti, has seven so-called satellite appellations. Collectively they account for a little more than 6,000 of Chianti’s total 24,000 hectares of vines. Like Chianti Classico and the generic Chianti appellation, each of the seven peripheral appellations has its own identity. They are: Chianti Colli Senesi, Chianti Colli Pisane, Chianti Colli Fiorentini, Chianti Colli Aretini...

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WINEREGION:  TUSCANY | CHIANTI CLASSICO
Sep06

WINEREGION: TUSCANY | CHIANTI CLASSICO

• Chianti heartland Chianti Classico, Chianti’s “classic” zone, was given its geographical delimitation by the Medici Grand Duke Cosimo III in an edict of 1716 (and expanded in 1932). The historic sector, located in the heart of the region, produces wines that have red-fruit notes, good acidity and firm tannins, and are considered the best Chiantis. • Big-name producers Accounting for just under one-third of the Chianti vineyard area,...

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