Decanter May 2019

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soave, veneto, italy

The small commune of Soave, in northern Italy’s Veneto region, has recently hit the headlines after being included on a list of ‘Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems’ by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations. This FAO recognition acknowledges the special characteristics of the Soave region, including its terraced vineyards, the unique pergola Veronese training system and the appassimento technique for producing Recioto di Soave. This image shows a typical Soave landscape in the district of Castellaro, with its characteristic patchwork of vineyards.…

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john stimpfig

OVER THE PAST 30 years, I have had the immense privilege of meeting and interviewing many of the great and the good in the fine wine world. Sadly though, some giants got away. One of them was undoubtedly Bernard de Nonancourt, who died in 2010 at the ripe old age of 90. The aristocratic, down-to-earth de Nonancourt rebuilt Laurent-Perrier from scratch just after World War II to what became – and remains – the fourth largest house in Champagne. During that time, just some of his pioneering achievements were the introduction of stainless-steel vats, the re-introduction of L-P’s Ultra Brut, and the creation of its magnificent Rosé and the great Grand Siècle. It really was a glittering career studded with success. Not least because de Nonancourt knew everyone from Rostropovich to de…

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a month in wine

John Shafer 1924-2019 NAPA VAllEy PIONEER and winemaker John shafer died on 2 March at the age of 94. shafer was part of the early influx of winemakers who saw the potential of Napa in the 1970s. ‘The world of wine always inspired Dad, and he loved nothing more than to work with the shafer team to improve quality, enhance everything we do and to discuss future projects,’ said his son Doug shafer, president of shafer Vineyards, in a statement. ‘He also loved Napa Valley and worked to make it a better place for everyone. We’re receiving amazing messages from a huge number of people whose lives he touched with his generous spirit.’ shafer was formerly a successful publishing executive in Chicago, but in 1973 he decided to buy a vineyard in stag’s…

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around the wine world

Climate change represents a ‘global emergency’ Hundreds of industry representatives attended the Climate Change Leadership conference in Porto – a follow-up to the Porto Protocol launched with former US President Barack Obama in 2018. The conference, held in March, was organised with the Fladgate Partnership, owner of Taylor’s and Croft Port houses. In the closing speech, former US Vice-President and Nobel Laureate, Al Gore, highlighted the ‘global emergency’ posed by climate change to the planet’s resources – from water, topsoil and forests to the state of the oceans and biodiversity. The energy trapped in the atmosphere by manmade global warming, Gore said, was equivalent to exploding 500,000 Hiroshima atomic bombs a day, 365 days a year. He likened extreme weather events around the world in recent years to ‘something out of the Book…

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in brief

Germany’s Marc Almert, 27, is the 2019 Best Sommelier of the World. He beat 66 other finalists from 63 countries, including runner-up Nina Højgaard Jensen of Denmark, aged 26, and third-placed Raimonds Tomsons of Latvia, 38. Held this year in Antwerp, Belgium, it was the 16th edition of the contest, which is run every three years by the Association de la Sommellerie Internationale. Installing ‘colossal’ wind turbines in Chablis vineyards will ‘completely spoil’ the landscape and could threaten the region’s economy, which has benefited from tourism, said producer Jean-Marc Brocard. A public enquiry ruled that the turbines should be permitted, despite an ‘overwhelming majority’ who opposed the plans, he said. Interest in blue-chip producers of rare Burgundy drove fine wine prices up 9% in 2018, according to the latest Knight…

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Enraged or inspired by what you’ve read? Email, or write to: The Editor, Decanter, 1st Floor, 161 Marsh Wall, London E14 9AP, UK Going for gold OUR LOCAL WINE tasting group used your list of 2018 Decanter World Wine Awards Gold Winners as the basis for our own tasting. Our 12 members scored all of the wines (prices were revealed later). We also provided food, always matching with the wines as best as we could. This tasting was voted one of the best we’ve done, with many members buying more of the winning wines they had tried. This may have to become an annual tasting, to check we are not missing anything. Thank you Decanter! Kathryn and Ian Stuart, Farnborough, Hampshire Thirst for knowledge I READ THE article ‘Back to (Wine) School’ (April 2019…