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Delhaize Wine of Origen Robertson Chardonnay 2009

31/03/2010 Luk Van dycke 0

Deze witte wijn komt uit Robertson. Dat ligt ten oosten van Kaapstad en is één van de grootste wijnregio’s van Zuid-Afrika. Dit gebied is te vergelijken met een woestijnklimaat: overdag heel heet en droog, maar gelukkig voor de druiven toch met enige afkoeling ‘s nachts. De “Chardonnay Wine of Origin Robertson (2009)” is voor 100% gemaakt van de Chardonnay druif. > Read more …

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Lighter Champagne bottle

29/03/2010 Jozef Schildermans 0

The Comité Interprofessionel du Vin de Champagne (CIVC) reports that almost all Champagne houses within two years will use a new, lighter bottle model. The new 75cl Champagne bottle weighs only 835 grams, or 29.5 ounces. The current Champagne bottle weighs 900 grams, or 31.7 ounces. That is 7.2 percent more. The lighter bottles will save on materials and transportation > Read more …

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Carbon-dating wines to weed out fakes

22/03/2010 Jozef Schildermans 2

A team of Australian chemists led by Dr. Graham Johnson (University of Adelaide) has managed to date accurately twenty Australian wines from the period 1958-1997 . Their dating method is based on measuring the isotope carbon-14 that increased significantly in the atmosphere in the years 1944-1963 by nuclear tests in open air. Carbon-14 is every year diluted a little further > Read more …

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2004 Fontanabianca Barbaresco Sori Burdin

16/03/2010 Jozef Schildermans 0

2004 Fontanabianca Barbaresco Sori Burdin – Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco (2/23/2010) Liquorice, black coffee, spices (cloves) and black fruit on the aromatic nose. On the palate coffee, salty liquorice, black and red fruit and refreshing acidity. Best on the second day, but becoming accessible … let it breath though. Delicious stuff. (93 pts.)

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‘Catastrofic’ fall of Bordeaux wine exports in 2009

16/03/2010 Jozef Schildermans 0

Exports of Bordeaux wines in 2009 declined “catastrophically”, says Alain Vironneau, president of the Conseil interprofessionnel des vins de Bordeaux (CIVB). Exports of Bordeaux wines fell globally by fourteen percent in volume and 23 percent in value. In the last three months of 2009 there was a slight growth, but not enough to make good the losses. Bordeaux in 2009 > Read more …

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Wine growers in Italy’s Alto Adige go biodynamic

11/03/2010 Jozef Schildermans 0

The wine growers in the northern Italian wine region and autonomous province of Alto Adige are arming themselves against global warming by planting their vineyards higher in the mountains, reports the British wine magazine Decanter. Biodynamic cultivation is also getting more popular in Alto Adige. Famous wine growers such as Alois Lageder and Manincor already are partly biodynamic. Lageder is > Read more …

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2005 M. Chapoutier Châteauneuf-du-Pape

05/03/2010 Jozef Schildermans 0

2005 M. Chapoutier Châteauneuf-du-Pape – France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape (3/3/2010) Sweet red fruits (cherries, strawberries), kirsch and fruit syrup on the nose. On the palate ripe, clean red fruit, fruit compote, refreshing acidity, kirsch and resolved tannins. Tasty red with a maybe bit of alcoholic heat and some over-ripeness in the fruit. No need to wait longer, drink now. > Read more …

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Spanish wine exports fall by almost ten percent

05/03/2010 Jozef Schildermans 0

2009 was not a good year for Spanish wine exports, according to figures from the Spanish Wine Federation FEV (Federación Española del Vino). Spanish wine exports fell by 13.5 percent in value and 9.7 percent in volume compared to 2008. The average price of one liter Spanish wine on the international market declined by 4.2 percent to € 1.14. In > Read more …