First impressions of Bourgogne 2017

Early impressions: a bit too low acidity for some whites, better overall from reds By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 19 November 2017 Based on a tasting of wines – to be sold today at auction at the famous Hospices de Beaune – the 2017 vintage seems to reflect a vintage where whites were more challenging […]

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Charles Aznavour to preside over Hospices de Beaune

2017 proves “cruising speed vintage” 13 November 2017 By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles, with text culled from Bourgogne Wine Council press releases In just a few days, world famous crooner and UN goodwill ambassador Charles Aznavour will join Agnès b., Julie Depardieu and Marc-Olivier Fogiel as presidents of the 157th Hospices de Beaune auction, which […]

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2015 Bordeaux from bottle, part 1: Mostly Médoc wines

Margaux shines brightest By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  17 November 2017 – revised, with new video intro, below. How good are Bordeaux 2015 from bottle? Based on two days of tasting top Médoc wines in early November this year, I would say quite good. It does not seem to reach the heights, on a more […]

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16 vintages of Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 24 October 2017 For the third time this year, it was great to welcome a top Bordeaux wine to Washington D.C. After Château Montrose in January and Château Léoville Las Cases in March, this time it was Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, with estate director Nicolas Glumineau. A triple […]

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Déjà Vu: Fine cuisine and wine in Athens

With Thanasis Vassilenas

Vassilenas Restaurant 7 October 2017 By Panos Kakaviatos for Wine-Chronicles You know you are in a fine Greek restaurant when the Taramosalata rivals – Heaven Forbid – your Greek mother’s prized recipe. At Vassilenas Restaurant in Athens, I savored just such a smooth texture, purity of salty roe, accentuated by seamlessly blended lemon. Very thin […]

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Pleasing all senses

Lunch at Le Chapon Fin By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 25 June 2017 I recently revisited Le Chapon Fin, a legendary restaurant in Bordeaux. A few years back, I had attended a Vinexpo dinner with some fine wines, and loved the food. But during the week of this year’s Vinexpo, I was invited to lunch with […]

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“Fine flowering” cause for hope in Bourgogne

News from the BIVB – 20 June 2017 No two years are the same in the Bourgogne winegrowing region. After fast flowering, which was over by mid-June, even in those areas that tend to tardiness, any fears about springtime frosts were soon a “distant memory” according to a press release from the Bourgogne Wine Council […]

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Saint Emilion Multiplex 2016

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  14 June 2017 Saint Emilion tends to be rather heterogenous in quality in any vintage. Given its size, variations in terroir and in style. Sure, a recent trend towards high alcohol and high extraction of tannin is (thankfully) dissipating. Estates like Pavie Macquin and Larcis Ducasse, for example, are being […]

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Celebrating Georgian wine

News from the 8th annual New Wine Festival By Sarah May Grunwald for wine-chronicles.com  (Opening of qvevri photo, above, by Bruno Almeida, sommelier) 12 June 2017 The eighth New Wine Festival, annually held by The Georgian Wine Club, took place on Saturday, May 13th at the Mtatsminda Park, a famous landscaped park located at the top […]

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