Is 2012 a good year for wine in Napa Valley?

It’s hard to overstate how stunning the 2012–2014 vintages in Napa and Sonoma were for pretty much every variety of wine. The three-year stretch of great quality and quantity came on the heels of a couple of rough years, especially the 2011 vintage.

What is the best Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ever made?

The 1985 vintage was arguably the best of the decade for Napa, and these wines continue to impress more than 30 years later. My friend has dozens of bottles of 1994 Napa Cabernet in his collection–it was the very first Napa vintage that he started collecting in earnest.

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What is the best Italian white wine this year?

Our customers’ vote for the best Italian white wine this year goes to Siddùra “Spèra”, Vermentino di Gallura DOCG. “Spèra” means “beam of light” in the dialect of Northern Sardinia, where this fabulous wine is from. As the name suggests, it is incredibly bright and fresh, with flavours of zingy lemon tempered by some minerality.

What is Italy famous for wine?

Italy is also famous for its sparkling wines, especially Prosecco (produced from the grape Glera) and Moscato (from Moscato Bianco). In terms of Italian white wines, the most famous is Pinot Grigio which is made from the grape of the same name, as well as Gavi (from the Cortese grape), and Soave (from the Garganega grape).

What is the most ageable wine in the world?

Made from Nebbiolo, the wines of this small appellation in Italy’s northwest are among the most ageable in the world. Whether it is saved for next year, five years, ten or twenty years, this is one Italian red that showcases the benefits of aging wine.

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How long should I age my Rioja wine?

For white wines in Rioja, the minimum ageing period is 2 years, with at least 6 months in casks. Selected wines from exceptional vintages which have spent at least 2 years in oak casks and 3 years in the bottle. For white wines, the minimum ageing period is 4 years, with at least one year in casks.

What was so special about Rioja?

It was accessible and fruity but also mature and sophisticated. Compared with say Bordeaux, rioja was consumer-friendly with distinctive brand names, attractive packaging, and an easy to understand hierarchy based on oak ageing: crianza, the youngest aged wines, followed by reserva and gran reserva at the top.

Could Rioja producers be about to start their own bodegas?

You will meet an encouraging new generation of Rioja producers starting their own bodegas. ‘Only recently has Rioja bowed to the demand to identify single vineyards. It’s a great leap forward, letting consumers easily discover where a wine comes from and associate the wine with its landscape.

What are the best Rioja wines?

A lighter touch from Rioja, the Bodegas Beronia Crianza. 94% Tempranillo, 5% Garnacha and 1% Mazuelo from Rioja, Spain. The wine … [Read more…] Revisiting this real deal Rioja Reserva aged 30 months in oak barrels, the Kirkland Signature Rioja Reserva. 100% Tempranillo from … [Read more…]

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What are the best wineries in Tuscany?

The 7 Best Tuscany Wineries. 1. Barone Ricasoli. Italy’s oldest wine estate, and believed to be the second oldest in the world, this institution is one that essentially invented Chianti wine as we know it. The Brolio Castle in the heart of Chianti Classico is an imposing castle dating back over 900 years.