Monthly Archives: December 2012

Henschke Masterclass at Decanter – Australian top-level Shiraz

It was quite interesting to see the themes of the six Masterclasses that were held in connection with this year’s Decanter Fine Wine Experience. Three were each devoted to one well-known Bordeaux château – Pichon Baron, Palmer and Figeac. A … Continue reading

Posted in Riesling, South Australia, Syrah | Tagged | 1 Comment

Older vintages of Faustino I Gran Reserva including a birthday Rioja at the end of the world

Off and on there are many insults one has to stand in life, but one of the worst I’ve suffered is that that the goddamn Mayan calendar put the end of the world on my birthday, 21 December. Well, since … Continue reading

Posted in 1964, 1968, 1970, Rioja, Tempranillo | Leave a comment

Ridgeview – English sparkling wine

The Decanter Fine Wine Encounter featured one single producer from their own country, Ridgeview from Sussex, which is a sparkling wine producer, the style of wine that England seems to have had most success with. “Just as rainy and dreary weather … Continue reading

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Burgundy quality control: Louis Latour Corton 2002 and Tortochot Les Champeaux 1999

I recently had reason to check out two red Burgundies, both from good appellations and vintages but where I frankly was uncertain about what quality to expect under the cork. In their December news, the Swedish monopoly (Systembolaget) launched a … Continue reading

Posted in 1999, 2002, Burgundy, Pinot Noir | 1 Comment

Red Burgundy Grand Cru tasting

Systembolaget, the Swedish alcohol monopoly, although never offering free tasting of any products or any tastings during opening hours, do arrange paid after-hour tastings of wine and other beverages in some of their shops, and those tastings can include some … Continue reading

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Burgundies from Louis Latour and Laroche at Decanter Fine Wine Encounter

Two weeks ago, this year’s edition of Decanter Fine Wine Encounter was held in London. It is the largest wine event held by Decanter. Some of the Masterclasses tend to be of particular interest; this year I attended a vertical tasting of … Continue reading

Posted in Burgundy, Chablis, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir | 2 Comments