Place over grape: making wine waves in Southern Styria (p. 2)

Blind proof  By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles  After discovering the general lay of the land thanks to Tamara Kögl in part 1 of this blog, a blind tasting organized the day of the World Cup Final between Germany and Argentina by Michael Gross of Weingut Gross revealed to me a thing or two about wine – […]

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Place over grape: making wine waves in Southern Styria (p. 1)

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com Take a walk along the sinuous and sumptuous Southern Styrian wine region in Ratsch today and it is hard to believe that but 40 years ago, it was a very poor area with few if any winemakers and many more farmers. Taxes were paid to local officials with oxen or farm produce. “There […]

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Yellow Tail: Was expecting horror, got boredom instead

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  Ripe plum aromas and “bold smooth and easy on the palate”, according to the website. Certainly “easy” is apt: Easily one of the most boring wines I have had – my first ever taste of a Yellow Tail, in this case the Merlot 2013. After having enjoyed some truly exceptional […]

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Tired of expensive wine

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles An original wooden case of six bottles of Clos des Lambrays 2012, purchased direct from the domain, cost me over €600. Clos des Lambrays is hardly the most expensive grand cru Burgundy. While more expensive than, say, most Corton grands crus, it is not nearly as onerous on the wallet as Grands Echezeaux […]

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