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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A WHIFF OF CONTROVERSY
Dec02

A WHIFF OF CONTROVERSY

Beta-Ionone, 3-Mercaptohexanol, Furanol: Don’t excactly whet the appetite, do they? Yet these compounds account, respectively, for the pleasant aromas of violet, passion fruit and caramel often found in wine. Distinctly strange odours in wine (such as those associated with petroleum, a stable or cat urine) come from aroma compounds. In fact, everything you smell in your wine glass can be attributed to a precise molecule or...

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CHOICE SPARKLERS
Dec02

CHOICE SPARKLERS

Sparkling wines are among the great all-purpose wines, at once celebratory and food friendly. I love effervescent wines. I love their finesse, their liveliness and especially their versatility with food. But not every day is a Champagne day for me. I’m far too curious about wines to always drink the same ones, and, in any case, the price of Champagne puts it squarely in the special- occasion category. Which brings us to sparkling...

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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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