Current gold indeed

Zind-Humbrecht 2015 By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 16 March 2017 In 2015, I reported for Decanter on the Alsace harvest as being warmer than usual. The Alsatian Wine Council (CIVA), for example, had allowed acidification in Alsace for the first time since 2003, because acidities were lower than in previous years. But, acidity is above […]

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Wine sales expected to make further gains in 2017: Live-Ex

Industry report via Live-Ex  11 March 2017 Merchants are predicting further gains for the industry benchmark Liv-ex 100 index, which gained 25% in 2016. Liv-ex members are expecting the fine wine market to rise further in 2017, according to the results of a survey conducted in February.  On average, respondents expect the industry benchmark Liv-ex […]

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Petrus for over $30k a bottle

Prestige fine wine market is alive and kicking, especially driven by American and Asian buyers From Sotheby’s  25 February 2017 A Wednesday fine wine sale in London featuring a private collection totalled £1,716,922 (over $2.1m), exceeding the £1.5 million top estimate. Lots found buyers across 21 countries, led by the UK, Hong Kong and Russia. […]

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Unsung? Perhaps, but well done!

The Salon des Vignerons Indépendants  By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com Some great values from the Jura, the Côtes du Rhône, the Loire Valley, Saint Joseph and Champagne among others …   19 February 2017 As I prepare my trip to cover Bordeaux en primeur in late March, I took time to taste through wines from […]

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Hockney graces Mouton

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 9 February 2017 What is it about Mouton Rothschild that makes it so appealing? The wine in the bottle can be amazing. Sure, it is far too expensive for most of us mere mortals. At least it has become so – like the other first growths. I still recall a time […]

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Too varietal? Try it in the sky.

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 8 February 2017 Yesterday, I landed in Frankfurt after flying on business with Lufthansa from Washington Dulles Airport, and the welcome lounge was terrific: well worth the price of paying business. Lufthansa offers competitive business pricing – sometimes nearly half the price of, say, Air France. And when you cross […]

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On wine tasting and objectivity

Too oaky? Too green? Does it depend on the taster? By Panos Kakavatos for wine-chronicles.com  4 February 2017 At a tasting lunch in New York City recently organized by the Wine Media Guild and specifically by my dear friend in wine tasting Mark Golodetz, we went through various bottles of Grand Puy Lacoste, Branaire Ducru and Smith […]

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Price-worthy Bordeaux 2014: Live-Ex weighs in

Special Report: Bordeaux 2014 – where is the value? Submitted by Liv-Ex in London 3 February 2017 As Bordeaux 2014 is released in bottle, Liv-ex takes a closer look at it in terms of price, quality and value compared to other vintages. 2014 is the first recent vintage that has not been reviewed by Robert Parker. […]

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Fit for a wine groundhog 2017

Top Bordeaux back to 1970, with Marla Maples By Panos Kakaviatos for Wine-Chronicles.com  3 February 2017 Bravo to Kevin Shin for making this happen. The DCWino is in top form. And I got to meet some new wine-loving friends in the area as well as seeing old friends. Once again, we found ourselves at Ripple. […]

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Underrated Bordeaux 2014

Worth seeking out from bottle: both white and red 29 January 2017 By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com When I tasted 2014 and 2015 Château Montrose side-by-side in October last year at the estate, I learned that less than 40% of the harvest was used to make the first wine in 2015, while over 50% was […]

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