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Half of Australian Hunter Valley vineyards ripped out

31/01/2011 Jozef Schildermans 0

Almost half of all vineyards in Hunter Valley, Australia’s oldest wine region, were ripped out in the past eighteen months, reports the Australian newspaper Newscastle Herald based on information from the Hunter Valley Wine Industry Association. Fifteen hundred of the 3,250 hectares of vineyards in the valley or 46% of the total have disappeared, especially in the Upper Hunter Valley, where > Read more …

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Growing success for the wines of AOC Cahors

17/01/2011 Jozef Schildermans 2

The AOC Cahors is celebrating its fortieth anniversary. After a long period of declining sales figures, the succes of the “black wines” of Cahors is growing again. The combination of increased sales efforts, leaving fallow 568 acres of vineyards and less abundant crops resulted in higher export figures in 2010. In 2000, Cahors exported only six percent of its harvest. > Read more …

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Revue du Vin de France launches Chinese edition

13/01/2011 Jozef Schildermans 0

La Revue du Vin de France (RVF), the famous French magazine about wine, launches an edition for the Chinese market, according to the Marie Claire Group, publisher of the title. La Revue du Vin de France was founded in 1927 and is the largest European wine magazine and the third wine magazine in the world, after Decanter and Wine Spectator. > Read more …

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2009 M. Chapoutier Viognier Granges de Mirabel

13/01/2011 Jozef Schildermans 0

2009 M. Chapoutier Viognier Vin de Pays des Côteaux de l’Ardèche Domaine des Granges de Mirabel – France, Rhône, Ardèche, Vin de Pays des Côteaux de l’Ardèche (12/13/2010) Honey, buttered toast, a hint of minerals and ripe yellow fruit on the nose and the palate, refreshing acidity, good balance, but quite ripe (slight hint of botrytis?); a touch of bitterness > Read more …

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2008 Albert Mann Riesling Schlossberg

12/01/2011 Jozef Schildermans 0

2008 Albert Mann Riesling Schlossberg – France, Alsace, Kientzheim, Alsace Grand Cru AOC (12/10/2010) Lychee, melon, citrus fruit, slate-like minerals and a hint of honey on the still muted nose. Ripe white and yellow fruit, sweet honey, citruslike acidity, and slate on the palate. This is bit more fruity and sweet than the 2007. (91 points)

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Oldest wine-making facility discovered

12/01/2011 Jozef Schildermans 0

A team of archaeologists from Armenia, Ireland and the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) found a six thousand years old wine-making facility in Armenia. The winery is dated 4100 BCE, and is one thousand years older than the oldest comparable discovery in the eighties in Egypt in the tomb of King Scorpion I (dated around 3150 BCE). The > Read more …