🇪🇸🍷 Capa Tempranillo Region : Spanish Meseta (Central Plateau) of Castilla La Mancha Home to many top Spanish bodegas (wineries), Meseta Central produces nearly half of the wine in all of Spain. In the past, the region was known for producing an ocean of low quality table wines. In recent decades however, when Spain joined EU around 1990, a winemaking revolution that brought in modern vines and winemaking techniques changed the region's image of their wines. Castilla acquired its Vino de la Tierra status in 1999.
🇪🇸🥂 Pepa Albariño Winery : Bodegas Gallegas Founder: Manuel Vázquez Region : Rías Baixas, Galicia Albarino (Alvarinho) is native to Galicia on the north Atlantic coast of Spain. It is best known as being the key grape variety in the Rias Baixas DO, where it makes plump white wines with peach, citrus and mineral characters that pair perfectly with the local seafood. Rías Baixas is a DO wine zone in the Galicia region. Although a comparatively young DO (established in 1988), Rías Baixas has rapidly grown in stature thanks to the efforts of its various enterprising producers, who have adopted modern winemaking techniques to showcase the region's signature Albariño. It is named after the coastal inlets (or rías) that characterize the landscape here. All wines labeled Rías Baixas must be at least 70 percent Albariño, with the rest made up of Treixadura, Torrontes, Loureiro and Caiño Blanco, a rarely-seen Galician grape which is often mistaken for Albariño.
🇫🇷🍷 Michel Lynch Established : 1990 Founder : Jean-Michel Cazes Location : Château Lynch-Bages, Pauillac, Médoc The wine producer is named after Michel Lynch, the knight who owned Château Lynch-Bages and was Mayor of Pauillac during the French Revolution, and is inextricably linked with the great wines of Bordeaux. Born in 1754, Michel Lynch devoted his life to improving the wines on his Lynch-Bages property. A shrewd wine producer, he was one of the prime movers in the viticultural advances at the end of the 17th century, in particular with the early trials of de-stemming (separating the stalk and pips) before fermentation, which subsequently became widespread in Médoc. Towards the end of the 1980s, the owner of Lynch-Bages and tireless globetrotter in the name of promoting Bordeaux wines, Jean-Michel Cazes devised a sort of spiritual affiliation in honour of Michel Lynch, naming this new range of wines after him.
🇦🇺🥂 Jacob's Creek Established : 1847, Jacob's Creek, Barossa Founder : Johann Gramp Location : Barossa Valley, Adelaide Hills, Coonawarra, South Eastern Australia. • One of Australia's leading winery, best known for its everyday wines • 2008 The World's Most Awarded Winery by The World Association of Wine Writers and Journalists Since 1847, Jacob's Creek has been one of the leading wineries in Australia's Barossa Valley. The company Gramp & Sons was established in 1847 when Bavarian immigrant Johann Gramp planted vines along the banks of Jacob's Creek. The first wines were made in 1850, but the Jacob's Creek name didn't appear on a bottle until 1976, with the release of a 1973 blend of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. Today, the brand is owned and managed by global drinks company Pernod Ricard.
🇮🇹🍷 MASI Established : Vaio Dei Masi Owner : Boscaini Family Location : Verona, part of Veneto • Masi now has lands in the best terroir sites of the Venetian regions • Recognised expert in Appassimento, an ancient grape drying technique used to concentrate colour, sugars, aromas and tannins in wine Masi is a leader in the production of Amarone and has always been a passionate advocate of the values of the Venetian regions. The story begins at the end of the 18th century when the Boscaini family acquired premium vineyard sites in the small valley called “Vaio dei Masi”, in the heart of the Valpolicella Classica region. Its President, Sandro Boscaini, is the sixth generation of the family that has made Amarone one of the prestige names of Italy. His love for the Veneto’s king of wines has earned him the nickname “Mister Amarone”, a term first coined in a book dedicated to his career.
🇦🇺🍷 Penfolds Established : 1844, Adelaide. Founder : Christopher Rawson & Mary Penfold. Location : Magill Estate & Barossa Valley, South Australia. • One of Australia's oldest winery. • First used in 1923, the Penfolds logo is one of Australia's most recognised trademarks. • Most known for the "Grange Hermitage", later renamed "Grange", created by the winery's first chief winemaker Max Schubert in 1950s. • In 1959 the tradition of ‘bin wines’ began, where wines are named after the storage area of the cellars where it is aged. Bin 389, Bin 707, Bin 28 and Bin 128, then became the highlights. • 2013 "New World Winery of the Year" by Wine Enthusiast Magazine
🇮🇹🥂 Dessert Long before the Cinque Terre became a tourist mecca, the residents of these five remote villages spent over a thousand years perfecting the craft of the coveted Sciacchetrà, a luxurious dessert wine that has its roots in the Italian tradition of vino liquoroso. In allowing the local grapes to dry and raisin, the Cinque Terre winemakers craft a wine that is sweet, full, big in body, and which promises a much richer flavor than a traditional wine. It’s a painstaking process which requires nothing less than a passionate commitment and extreme diligence to its art. This is an amber yellow sweet wine, rare with limited productions. Intense aroma on the nose and complex sweet notes on the palate.
🇮🇹🍾 La Marca Prosecco is named for the La Marca Trevigiana zone, located in the heart of Italy’s Prosecco region. Founded more than 40 years ago, the La Marca winery was included among the “Top 100 Wines of the Year” by Wine Spectator magazine — the only Prosecco producer from the Veneto region to be so honored. Geographically, Prosecco is associated with the hills in the northern sector of Italy known as the Veneto. The unique soils of the area are perfect for cultivating the Glera grape, which La Marca uses in making its sparkling wines. Glera is prized for its delicate flavors and aromatics, and La Marca crafts its Prosecco using the Charmat procedure, as the classic Champagne method would mean aging the wine for several years before release, robbing the wine of its freshness — and La Marca Prosecco is all about freshness. ✒️ Golden straw. Fine, textured bubbles. Citrus on nose. Fresh, crisp, clean with green apple.
🇪🇸🍷Sherry Started by John Harvey II in Bristol, England in 1796, Harveys within 60 years had blended the first dessert sherry dubbed 'cream' which has changed little since 1880 and is known as Harveys Bristol Cream. In the late 17th century, milk sherry or Bristol Milk was so popular, and Harveys also had its own Bristol Milk. They then worked on a new richer, fuller blend and one day, they received an aristocratic lady in their cellars and offered her the new blend. "If that is Milk, then this must be Cream", and so the hugely popular Bristol Cream was born. Harveys Bristol Cream is a classic aperitif sherry, served chilled or not chilled. Offers nutty, raisin notes. The dark, complex amber product is sweet, rich and slightly spicy. ✒️ Deep gold amber. Full, sweet on nose. Rich and intense raisin.
🇦🇺🍷 "Leaving well-paid jobs in the computing industry, Ian Tyrer and wife Linda established Galafrey wines in 1977, becoming one of the earliest pioneers of the Great Southern wine region. By the mid 1980s, Galafrey began achieving domestic and international trophies and has never looked back. Today, Galafrey is a preeminent estate in the Great Southern wine region. The estate is renowned for its dry grown vineyard (i.e. natural irrigation), sacrificing volume for grapes of phenomenal quality. Following the passing of Ian Tyrer, Galafrey Wines is survived by mum and daughter team, Linda and Kim Tyrer." - excerpt from wineedens.com ✒️ Medium bodied, dry, balanced acidity
🇦🇺🥂 La Violetta began producing small quantities of wine at Denmark, on Western Australia’s south coast, in 2008. Grapes are sourced from a handful of trusted growers with exceptional vineyards, some amongst the oldest in the state. The idea is to keep production at a small scale so that each wine is personally hand-crafted. Owner and winemaker Andrew 'AJ' Hoadley is a representative of the new face of Australian wine, where more and more smaller and quality minded wineries are seen flourishing. His interest in wine started when he was backpacking through France and turned his hand to some grape picking. Then he landed gigs in Australia started from Yarra Valley and eventually lured to west the Great Southern by the quality of the grapes. ✒️ Bright transparent green. Floral, grapefruit & rose on nose. Smooth acidity, hints at sweet fruits, dry.
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🇦🇺🍷 Poacher’s Ridge is nestled amongst the undulating hills of the Great Southern, on the western outskirts of the small townsite of Narrikup. The name is took after the founders being mistaken for sheep rustlers when first inspecting this ancient land. A small, family-run vineyard, the winemaker take great care producing hand-crafted wines driven by the land, the seasons and a dedication to honest winemaking traditions. They hand-tend the twenty acres vine, cultivating grapes that best reflect the lay of the land and style of wine: cool-climate, medium bodied varietals, with a particular focus on Riesling, Marsanne, Shiraz, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The yields are forever subject to the mercy of the seasons; the shifting conditions allow tending the harvests fitting to the vintage, creating personable, expressive wines that are truly reflective of the land’s character. This particular award winning label is a proof to the dedication to quality and details of the winemaker. The label includes micro details about the vintage – date of picking & specific rows picked. Individual bottle numbering reinforces limited production, with yields as low as 750 bottles. Cotone Bianco was chosen for its heavy cotton feel, and was printed with an alternating multi layered ‘fleck’ texture to visually support ideas of terroir, and to further individualise each bottle. ✒️ Deep ruby red. Intense black fruit, plum. Spicy hints of black pepper. Dry, balanced tannin.
🇦🇺🥂 Rockcliffe winery, was an expanse of apple orchards set in Denmark, Great Southern, West Australia. Until 1980’s, a local family took over the property and started to plant dry grown vines. It was christened Matilda’s Meadow. Rockcliffe, is fittingly named by the new owner, Dr Steve Hall, a geologist, after the high granite rock cliffs that dominate the eastern end of Denmark’s main bay. Dr Steve Hall brought the property to a new height under his enthusiastic direction. Over the years, it has won more than its fair share of trophies, gold and silver medals in wine shows. Less than 15kms from the Southern Ocean, the site allows the sea breeze all summer to cool the vineyard, creating the perfect conditions for the slow ripening, cool climate styles that symbolize the Great Southern. They now produce the ranges of Single Site, Third Reef, Quarram Rocks and Rivage. This winery is capable of processing 1200 tonnes of grapes per year and is now one of the biggest and most efficient wineries in the Great Southern. The range of Quarram Rocks is named after a beautiful protected bay in the Southern Ocean. The wines are crafted into “ready to drink now” styles that show great fruit depth and mouth feel. 🖋 Pale straw. Citrus on the nose. Zesty palate. Crisp and dry in mouth. Medium acidity. #winejournal #winetasting #tastingnotes #winelabel #winelabels #品酒 #winelover #sgwine #sgwines #sgwinelover #winetime #winelife #winestory #winenotes #wineartist #australianwine #greatsouthern #sauvignonblanc #semillon
🇪🇸🍷 Familia Castaño is one of the most respected winemaker in southeastern Spain. They own over 410 hectares of vineyards in the Yecla D.O., 80% of their vineyards are planted with the native Monastrell variety. The family is considered to be a pioneer in the area, experimenting with Monastrell to create straight wines and also blend it with other varieties. Yecla is an official DO wine region in Murcia, far southeastern Spain. The classic Yecla wine is a rich, dark, fruit-driven red made from Monastrell grapes. Yecla's hot, dry summers are ideal for the late-ripening Monastrell grape variety, which dominates the local vineyards and wines. Roughly 80% of Yecla's total vineyard area is planted to this variety. Monastrell, as in Spain, also called Mourvedre in France and Mataro in the New World regions. It is a small, black and thick-skinned variety indigenous to Spain and grown all around western Mediterranean for centuries. It gives intense color and mouth-drying tannins. 🖋 Intense cherry red. Ripe red fruit, meaty on the nose. Full-bodied, medium acidity, mouth-drying tannin. Well balanced. A little bit of spicy.
🇮🇹🍷 The Castello di Nipozzano, was built as a stronghold fortress dating back to the year 1000BC. It is situated in the heart of the prestigious Chianti Rufina territory, on the mountain slope overlooking the Arno river valley. The word nipozzano is thought to have historically meant “without a well” – a reference to the area’s very dry lands which are perfect for bearing vines. The estate is today owned by major wine producer the Frescobaldi family, which have been producing wine since 1308. They have a total of six estates in the Tuscany region. The estate are planted with Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petit Verdot. Its’ soil is rich in clay and limestone, ideal for producing elegant, well balanced wines. Chianti Rufina is the most famous of the seven subzones that fall under Italy's iconic Chianti DOCG. The area makes Sangiovese-based wine in possession of good tannins and acidity: close in style to the prestigious Chianti Classico DOCG. Despite calls for a separate DOCG for Chianti Rufina on its own (like Chianti Classico), it is held in great esteem and remain a sub zone of Chianti DOCG. Winemakers are quick to use the Rufina name to their Chianti as it carries some weight. 🖋 Clear scarlet red. Vanilla and coffee on the nose. Full bodied, medium tannin, high acid and well balanced in whole. A little bit of spicy notes and savory nutmeg.
🇫🇷🍾 When Florens-Louis Heidsieck discovered Champagne and its’ wines in 1777, nothing could stop him for an elaborate adventure. “Heidsieck & Cie” was founded in 1785, and the daring self starter quickly found success by bedazzling Marie Antoinette with his first cuvée. Christian Heidsieck & Henri-Guillaume Piper joined and continued the venture. From Emperors to Princesses, all of high society went after the “Heidsieck’s wine elaborated by Piper”. When Henri married the widow of Christian, a sacred union formed and Piper-Heidsieck was born. The House, started an unwavering bond with Hollywood and the cinematic art industry when the champagne made a debut big screen appearance of any bottle of champagne in 1933. Since then, it has become frequent partner of the biggest film festival & award ceremonies like Cannes & Oscar. Marilyn Monroe herself declared that she wake up each morning to a glass of it. ✍🏻 Immediately after my first sip, I am already intrigued by the delicious effervescence. The strong and clear cut flavor, and creamy richness made itself to one of my most memorable. Want more for sure!
🇫🇷🍾 Since 1492, the Family Clouet have been living in Montagne de Reims vineyard, a grand cru village of Bouzy. The founder of the house was a notable printer in the Versailles court of Louis XV and the family printed France’s first wine label. For generations, the descendants continued his work. The gorgeous style of “Ancien Régime” on their labels is an homage to the ancestor. Today the house has 9 hectares of vineyards, which are all classified as 100% Grand Cru. Of the more than 300 wine-producing villages in Champagne, only 17 are categorised as “grand cru”. The house is by appointment to, and on first names with the Royal Family of Sweden. And today, the family’s wines have achieved a cult status under the lead of Jean-François Clouet. Of the all three, my favorite is the refreshing Un Jour De 1911. Textured, creamy, with notes of apple. The others are definitely great bottles too, to me they are impossible to dislike. Get these bubbles from @finewinessg