10 Exciting White Wines at Vinisud 2016

Last week I was at Vinisud 2016 – the three day exhibition in Montpellier focusing on wines of the Mediterranean. This is a vast fair, making it impossible to taste all the wines I wanted. Many gem…

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rolling in the ruinart


Everyone is over winter. OVER. But there’s nothing like an awesome all-Champagne dinner to brighten your cold and slushy night.

IMG_8998Marika Vida-Arnold, the wine director at the Ritz’s Auden Bistro, puts together Phenomenal Femmes wine dinners throughout the year to showcase wines made by women. At yet another fantastic one last week, I had dinner with Maison Ruinart winemaker Amélie Chatin and 6 of her incredible Champagnes.


Over many many many bubbles, I learned a few amazing things:

1 sometimes I like blanc de blancs

FullSizeRender-3Champagne is traditionally made with one white grape (Chardonnay) and two red grapes (Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier). When only Chardonnay is used, they call it blanc de blancs (“white of whites”). Most people go crazy for it, but I’m in a very small minority who always likes a blanc de noirs instead. I really liked the Ruinart blanc de blancs though – and luckily, because we had…

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Reviews for 2004 Banfi Brunello di Montalcino

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BOTTLZetc Banfi Brunello

93 Points Wine Spectator

Has fabulous aromas of blackberry, black cherry and raspberry. Full-bodied, with wonderfully integrated tannins, fresh mushrooms and milk chocolate. Chewy in the end. We will see if this is better than the 2001 with age. Best after 2010.

93 Points International Wine Cellar

Good full, deep red. Sexy nose offers bitter cherry, raspberry, rose petal and a whiff of marzipan. Juicy, sweet and enticing, with lovely elegance and energy to the flavors of red fruits and candied rose. Firm but harmonious tannins frame the palate-coating flavors without introducing any hardness. This suave Brunello really reverberates on the rising finish.

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Reviews for 2012 Zenato Alamera Rosso

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Wine Shops United Zenato Alamera Rosso

90 Points Wine Advocate

The 2012 Alanera is a new addition to the Zenato portfolio and pays tribute to the family patron who developed the estate’s vineyards. The label depicts three swallows that are symbols of the three main hills that dominate this corner of Valpolicella. This IGT blend is composed of 55% Corvina, 25% . The bouquet shows good intensity with bright layers of spice, dark fruit and prune.Rondinella, 10% Corvinone and 10% other grapes that are aged in part in oak, and in part in stainless steel

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Reviews for 2010 Clos des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape

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BOTTLZetc Clos des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape Rouge

99 Points Robert Parker

The 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape flirts with perfection. A classic blend of 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre and the rest Syrah, Vaccarese and Counoise, all aged in large foudres in Clos des Papes’s air-conditioned and humidity-controlled wine cellar, the wine boasts a dense purple color along with lots of gorgeously pure black raspberry, black currant and kirsch liqueur notes intermixed with notions of spring flowers, tapenade, licorice and spice box. This dense, full-bodied, powerful Chateauneuf is also remarkably fresh and well-delineated. It even exceeded the 2007 in natural alcohol, coming in at 15.9%. With an extraordinary texture and considerable tannin in the finish, it will benefit from 3-5 years of bottle age, and is built for 25-30 years of cellaring. Don’t miss it!


98 Points Wine Spectator

  Number 4

Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2012

Lots of cocoa powder and coffee frame a massive block of dark…

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