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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Cyprus wines

A work in progress By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 11 May 2017 The fresh sea and air. The music. Fantastic food and kind people. Pafos, Cyprus? “Paradise,” quipped our lovely and engaging tour guide Mary Patrouklou. I joined several other participants on a tour of Cypriot vineyards earlier this month, to learn about their ancient history […]

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Médoc 2016 from barrel

Mags of Château Potensac and Château de Lamarque, among other good deals! Bordeaux 2016 barrel tasting notes 10 May 2017 By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com As seen already, the northern Médoc did very well especially from barrel. Budget conscious buyers will find cru bourgeois level wines with high quality. Including for example Château Potensac, which was […]

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St Emilion 2000, 15 years on

15 years in bottle: How do the “big boys” compare? By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 2 May 2017 Since January this year, I had wanted to organize a blind tasting of Saint Emilion 2000, to compare the top classified growths against “lesser” pedigrees. It would be a follow up to a blind tasting that I […]

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Pauillac and Saint Julien: Sweet Spots

Bordeaux 2016 barrel tasting notes New addition: Sensual and strong Saint Julien! By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  2 May 2017 When I was tasting barrel samples in Bordeaux with wine author Jane Anson, exclusive Bordeaux en primeur critic for Decanter, blogger and ace photographer Miguel Lecuona and Bloomberg writer and wine author Elin McCoy, we […]

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The revenge of Saint Estèphe

Bordeaux 2016 barrel tasting notes By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  29 April 2017 Most readers have read the positive feedback from the barrel samples of Bordeaux 2016, including from me.  Yes, there is hype, as usual, and some prices are high (such as for Cos d’Estournel, one merchant told me), but I do believe that […]

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Terrible frost strikes vineyards across Europe

From various news sources 28 April 2017 It is very sad to see the news unfold across many parts of Europe, where winegrowers faced a cold weather pattern in recent days that has killed young buds from just emerging vines. Three weeks ago, I was in Bordeaux admiring early bud development, for example, from Petrus in […]

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