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Book and lecture on Belgian aristocratic wine culture

25/09/2008 Jozef Schildermans 0

Hingene, November 14, 2008, 20 hrs. Historian Stijn Van de Perre (°1966) recently wrote a chapter on Belgian aristocratic wine consumption in the 19th century in the book La noblesse à table, des ducs de Bourgogne aux rois des Belges / The Dining Nobility, from the Burgundian Dukes to the Belgian Royalty (Brussels University Press, 2008; eds. Paul Janssens & > Read more …

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Awards For Dutch Wines

22/09/2008 Jozef Schildermans 0

The jury of the ‘Nationale Wijnkeuring’ (National Wine Test) of the Dutch Wijngaardeniersgilde and the Wijninstituut Nederland awarded 38 medals to Dutch wines this year. That is almost more than double compared to last year, when 17 medals were awarded. Wijnhoeve de Houterd from Schijndel (Noord-Brabant) made the best red wine. The Betuws Wijndomein from Erichem made the best white > Read more …

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2007 Dönnhoff Schloßböckelheimer Felsenberg ‘Türmchen’ Riesling Spätlese

21/09/2008 Jozef Schildermans 0

2007 Dönnhoff Schloßböckelheimer Felsenberg Riesling Spätlese – Germany, Nahe (9/21/2008) Chalk, lemon peel, honey and ripe white fruit on the reticent nose. The fat palate starts sweet, but the sweetness is balanced by strong, refreshing citruslike acidity, minerals and spices. Almost unbearably intense. Lingers in the mouth. Impressive but oh so young. One for the long haul. 8,5% alc. From > Read more …

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Didier Dagueneau Dies In Flying Accident

18/09/2008 Jozef Schildermans 0

Didier Dagueneau, according to many one of the best winemakers from the Loire, died yesterday in a flying accident. He was 52 years old. Dagueneau was worldrenowned for his white Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé. Yesterday, his microlite stalled and plunged to the ground in the French Dordogne. One other person was seriously wounded in the accident. Dagueneau was known as > Read more …

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Leading Belgian Wine Merchant Buys Competitor

17/09/2008 Jozef Schildermans 0

Leading Belgian spirits and wine merchant Cinoco bought its competitor, le Palais du Vin. The management team at Le Palais du Vin will remain in place for the time being. The deal doubles Cinoco’s turnover to 40 millions euro. Le Palais du Vin was founded in 1923 and until now under French control. Cinoco is controlled by the Belgian family that founded > Read more …

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2006 Domaines de Vinsmoselle Riesling Art & Vin 21 Wormeldange Koeppchen

16/09/2008 Jozef Schildermans 0

2006 Domaines de Vinsmoselle Riesling Grand Premier Cru Art & Vin 21 Sus Hierzig Wormeldange Koeppchen – Luxembourg, Moselle (9/13/2008) Ripe yellow fruit, spicy honey, slate and lemon peel on the nose. Balanced on the palate palate, with ripe fruit, honey, spices, minerals and refreshing acidity. Dead ringer for a German Riesling Grosses Gewachs from a quality vineyard. Amazing quality > Read more …

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2006 Domaines de Vinsmoselle Auxerrois Blanc Art & Vin 21 Remich Hôpertsbour

16/09/2008 Jozef Schildermans 0

2006 Domaines de Vinsmoselle Auxerrois Blanc Grand Premier Cru Art & Vin 21 Sus Hierzig Remich Hôpertsbour – Luxembourg, Moselle (9/14/2008) Creamy nose with fromage blanc, ripe pear and a distinct mineral/slate impression. The palate starts fairly sweet (ripe white fruit), but the citruslike acidity and stony mineral taste bring much needed balance and complexity. Impressive and a good qpr. > Read more …

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Spanish Wine Export Slowing Down

16/09/2008 Jozef Schildermans 0

After a record breaking 2007 Spanish wine exports show signs of slowing down, according to statistics published by the Spanish Wine Federation FEV (Federación Española del Vino). In the first semester of 2008 the export of Spanish appellation wines slowed down to barely plus 0,5% in value and plus 1,3% in volume. In June the export of appellation wines dropped > Read more …

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Paris Judge Investigates New Defamation Charges Against Wine Critic Robert M. Parker

16/09/2008 Jozef Schildermans 0

The Parish investigating judge Nadine Berthelemy-Dupuy is investigating a defamation charge against the influental American wine critic Robert M. Parker. The charge was filed by former Parker collaborator Hanna Agostini, who herself is facing charges for wine fraud in the court of Bordeaux. Agostini claims her innocence, in a fraude case centered on the bankrupt Belgian wine trader Geens. Parker > Read more …