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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Pomerol power in 2016

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine chronicles.com  30 May 2017 Last year’s Pomerol Panache is followed by more serious tannin this year. Whatever the case, Pomerol now has a run of three excellent vintages in a row. With some exceptions, 2016 is the most powerful among the three – more Pauillac than Pomerol. 2014 showcases brightness, and 2015 more […]

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Critics Challenge International Wine & Spirits Competition

Taking part in an international wine competition in San Diego  26-28 May 2017 in San Diego Many thanks to friend and chief judge Robert Whitley, for the opportunity to judge this weekend for the Critics Challenge in San Diego. I am honored to be a part of a panel of great wine connoisseurs. Robert writes the […]

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Terroirs at Trimbach

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  25 May 2017 Earlier this month, it was great to meet Julien Trimbach, son of Jean Trimbach, and nephew of winemaking director Pierre Trimbach of the celebrated Trimbach Estate in Ribeauvillé in Alsace. Trimbach wines are “go-to” in the sense that you can always rely on a pure, dry expression of Riesling, […]

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Environmentally friendly: new Bordeaux initiative

Press release – 23 May Lussac Saint-Emilion, Puisseguin Saint-Emilion, Saint-Emilion and Saint-Emilion Grand Cru winegrowers commit to an “environmentally friendly” approach  At their Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 16th May 2017, the winegrowers of the Saint-Emilion Wine Council voted in favour of adopting environmentally friendly cultivation practices that will soon be added to the requirements […]

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Bordeaux 2016: Top of the Pops

Top of the pops By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  13 May 2017 In a blog post for the American company Total Wine, I submitted those barrel samples that left me with what the French call a coup de coeur: wines that go straight to the heart. Like the Grand Hotel photo (thanks, Miguel Lecuona), my Top of […]

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