Archive for February 2009

Second Salon des Vignerons in Liège, Belgium

Feb 20th, 2009 | By

The second edition of the Salon des Vignerons in Olne, Liège, Belgium, takes place from April 17-19 2009. The exhibition gathers 35 wineries who practice […]

How To Open A Bottle of Wine Redneck Style

Feb 20th, 2009 | By


Older Burgundy’s In Folliez (Vinotopia)

Feb 17th, 2009 | By

The reason for this meeting in restaurant Folliez in Mechelen was the visit of a (hopefully) future American Master of Wine. Reason enough to taste a nice series of older wines. We began with a few beautiful white Burgundy’s with in between them a couple of top California Chardonnays: Kongsgaard and Marcassin. Nice comparison, though the flight was dominated by the 2001 Coche-Dury Perrières. Even the …

2006 Château Malescot St. Exupery

Feb 13th, 2009 | By

2006 Château Malescot St. Exupery – France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux (2/6/2009) Blackberries, chocolate, black coffee, leather and minerals on the quite modern but enjoyable nose. […]

Syrah 101 From Australia

Feb 13th, 2009 | By


Plastic Wine Bottles Gain Popularity

Feb 12th, 2009 | By

Plastic bottles are increasingly used for packaging wines that are ment for quick consumption. Since 2006, the Australian wine giant Wolff Blass sells several of its cheaper wines in bottles made from recycled PET (polyethylene). We wrote about this earlier. PET bottles are also used by some winemakers from the Loire. Jospeh Mollet (Sancerre) showed at the recent Salon des Vins de Loire in Angers plastic bottles with his Sauvignon Blanc ‘Destinea. Frederic Jacquet, chef de cave, sees (in the newspaper Ouest-France) only benefits. Because PET bottles are lighter, the same lorry can carry nearly nine thousand bottles extra. Not only …

2007 Laurenz V. Grüner Veltliner Singing

Feb 10th, 2009 | By

2007 Laurenz V. Grüner Veltliner Singing – Austria, Niederösterreich (6/26/2008) Ripe yellow fruit, flowers on the slightly spicy nose. Fresh on the slightly spritzy palate, […]

Making Red Wine Vinegar

Feb 6th, 2009 | By


2006 Finca Sandoval Manchuela

Feb 5th, 2009 | By

2006 Finca Sandoval Manchuela – Spain, Castilla-La Mancha, Manchuela (1/29/2009) Black berries, ripe black prunes, stable aromas and aromatic herbs on the expressive nose. Masses […]

Stable Results For Champagne Vranken-Pommery Monopole

Feb 5th, 2009 | By

Vranken-Pommery Monopole, the number two in the world for the production and distribution of Champagne, registered a stable turnover in 2008. Sales in Great-Brittain and […]