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Burgundy quality in America? A Pinot Noir from Oregon

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Burgundy quality in America? A Pinot Noir from Oregon

Oregon is the 5th state that produces more wine in America. They specialize in Pinot Noir. In total, they produce 40 million bottles per year and the 62 % of that production goes to Pinot Noir. And, as a matter of fact, in 2016 Willamette Valley, in Oregon, was named the Wine region of the year by Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Yes, there’s more than Napa Valley… Pinot Noir grows pretty good in Willamette Valley. The most popular region in the world for this grape is the french Burgundy, of course, but the cool climate is a common factor between these...

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Graham Beck NV. South African Sparkling Wine

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Graham Beck NV.  South African Sparkling Wine

Graham Beck Brut NV   Have you heard about the sparkling wine Graham Beck? If not, let us introduce it to you. If yes, stay for some fun facts about this sparkling wine from South Africa. This sparkling has been called the “President’s Choice”. The origin of the nickname is the inauguration of Nelson Mandela as the President of the South Africa. Then, this Brut NV also became Barack Obama’s choice when he’s the host. Graham Beck is made of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. It has light yeasty aromas, a limey fresh fruit on the nose and a rich creamy...

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Orange Wine

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Orange Wine

We can start by saying it’s not a wine made with oranges, certainly not a Mimosa, and it doesn’t have a Florida orange juice color or taste like it. To make an orange wine, the first thing you need is white wine grapes. Then you press them and let the juice, skins (hence the name Skin Contact wine) and seeds to macerate and ferment together (usually in large ceramic or concrete vats), from a couple of days to even 12 months, depending on the producer or style of wine. Orange wines are produced in a very natural way, using little...

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Château de Charodon, the new hot stuff in Burgundy

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Château de Charodon, the new hot stuff in Burgundy

 Château de Charodon and the winemaker Louis Vallet are the new hot stuff in the Burgundy, France, wine scene. Louis Vallet has an incredible wine background. He has long worked at different estates and at Domaine Pierre Bourée, his family’s old domaine. He learned his trade from people like Pascal Marchand, a renowned wine grower, and then worked in Chile making Pinot Noir in the Bio-Bio region. Now, Vallet has started his own business buying grapes and making wine in Burgundy. Château Charodon is a fine house in the Beaune plain and the centre of Louis Vallet's business activity. Why do we like this winemaker? Because it is a small...

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It's here! It's here! Chateau Lynch- Bages Pauillac 2018

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It's here! It's here! Chateau Lynch- Bages Pauillac 2018

Folks, we're very excited about this new arrival. 98 points from Robert Parker, 97 points from James Suckling. Chateau Lynch-bages a 5ème Cru Classé, is one of the best-known Médoc estates, and also one of the best from the Pauillac AOP, which combines exceptional climatic and geological conditions for producing one of the greatest wines. The 2018 Lynch-Bages is a classic Bordeaux blend. Coming from the left bank, the dominant grape is Cabernet Sauvignon with a 72%. It also has 19% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. It’s a seductive, surprisingly soft and accessible wine with a deep ruby/purple color,...

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