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Decanter October 2017

Published by TI Media Limited The world’s best wine magazine. It is simply the “wine bible”. Every month it provides recommendations on the world’s finest wines and tells you where you can find them. From top Bordeaux to the best value wine on the shelf, Decanter guides you through a maze of wine to help you find the right wine for you. It also offers interviews with leading wine personalities, in-depth guides to the wine regions and the latest wine news.

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1 minuti
finca los carolinos, uco valley

Finca Los Carolinos covers 23 hectares of the Chacayes sub-appellation in Argentina’s Uco Valley, which runs along the Tunuyán river in Mendoza at the foothills of the Andes. The vineyard is owned by Dominio del Plata, founded in 1999 by Susana Balbo, and the seven-year-old Malbec vines here grow at 1,100m altitude, receiving lots of sun exposure in an otherwise cool climate. In the distance, the Cordon del Plata or ‘Silver Range’ can be seen, with its snow-capped peaks that rise above 5,000m. Vital snowmelt flows down mountain streams which nourish the region’s vines. Chacayes’ soils vary between alluvial stones and colluvial gravel, along with some sandy loam that aids drainage, and the thick-skinned Malbec berries grown here give medium-bodied, dark-hued wines with fine-grained tannins.…

2 minuti
john stimpfig

CURIOUSLY, JUDY RODGERS’ question (see Notes & Queries, p134) about wine-tasting etiquette and how to spit isn’t the only enquiry I've received on the subject in recent weeks. Last month, someone asked me almost exactly the same question. And most recently, the topic cropped up at the start of Bianca Bosker’s illuminating and entertaining book Cork Dork, which lifts the lid on the secret world of sommeliers in New York. In truth, I am not an expert spitter. Despite 20 years of attending tastings and expelling thousands of mouthfuls of wine, all I can say is that I am still only moderately competent. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not someone who hunkers over the spittoon and emits a meanderingly feeble dribble. Nor am I the incontinent sprayer. However, I’m not…

5 minuti
a month in wine

Fake wine scandal hits Châteauneuf-du-Pape RAPHAEL MICHEL, ONE of France’s largest bulk wine companies, is alleged to have falsely labelled large amounts of cheap table wine as a product of the famed Rhône appellation, Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The alleged fraud is believed to involve 30 million litres of wine, said to have been wrongly labelled under appellation names including Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Côtes du Rhône. To date, no Rhône wine-growers have been implicated in the practice. The CEO of Raphaël Michel, Guillaume Ryckwaert, who was taken into custody by the police in Marseille on 27 June, has been released on a €1 million bail following the allegations. Olivier Morice, his lawyer, told French newspaper Le Parisien that his client had many ‘jealous rivals’. French media have reported that Ryckwaert has been suspended from contact with the company,…

1 minuti
in brief

Dom Pérignon has launched a luxurious click-and-buy service. The Champagne has teamed up with alcohol delivery app Thirstie, promising to deliver a chilled bottle of bubbly within an hour. The service currently operates in New York, Miami, San Francisco, Chicago, Austin, Houston and Toronto. A bottle of Penfolds Grange 1951 has been sold for £31,387 to a private collector at an auction held at MW Wines in Melbourne, 19 July. MW Wines believes it to be ‘a record price’ for this wine in Australia. Monday 7 August saw the start of the 2017 wine harvest in California’s Napa Valley, following a relatively untroubled growing season. Pickers at Mumm Napa started on the Pinot Noir, and harvesting also began at Domaine Carneros, the California estates of Champagne houses Mumm and Taittinger respectively. Millennial Prosecco…

3 minuti
letters

Farewell Sarah Kemp CONGRATULATIONS TO SARAH Kemp after a sterling 32 years at Decanter, and a fascinating feature on what brought her into the world of wine (September 2017). If her job interview, consisting of a tour of the building followed by lunch with several bottles of Champagne, speaks of a much lamented, more hedonistic era, she rightly notes that some things have not changed at all as ‘wine runs like a river through our lives’. Like Sarah, my own path to wine was as much down to luck as to judgement, and one that I have never regretted taking. Let’s hear more from Decanter writers about their own journeys into wine! Charlotte Marples, Brighton Mâcon hidden gem A VERY INFORMATIVE piece about what is happening in Mâcon (August 2017). There was, however, an…

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letter of the month

An ode to Greece HOW DELIGHTFUL TO come across several pages devoted to the wonderful Assyrtiko grape in your August issue. I have long felt that this grape is completely under the radar and the Greek wine industry should be doing more to champion this grape in the way that Spain has done with Albariño and New Zealand has done with Sauvignon Blanc. It was only on a recent visit to Santorini that I realised the potential that Assyrtiko has to be very successful in the UK market. I have always been staggered, given its long winemaking heritage, that Greece does not play a more prominent role on the world wine stage. However, after speaking to several young people (several of whom own small vineyards), I could see why. There is a…