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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English fizz hits the headlines

And it is delicious: Visit to Gusbourne Estate By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  24 July 2016 Just how delicious English bubbly can be was reconfirmed to me over dinner with Gusbourne Estate’s Andrew Weeber and promotion agency Vita Bella’s Guillaume Jourdan. It was the conclusion to a wonderful day of visiting vineyards, tasting wines, and enjoying […]

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Crafting personalized Champagne at Duval-Leroy

Champagne before it becomes Champagne – and making it your own 19 June 2016 By Panos Kakaviatos for Wine-Chronicles.com One of the most unique things about Duval-Leroy Champagne is that the domain permits individuals – usually wealthy businessmen and their mistresses, as I was told at the estate – to craft their personalized bubbly blend. […]

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Dom Perignon 2006: a generous vintage

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 16 April 2016 Dom Perignon. The abbey at Hautvillers. When I visited back in 2014, I had an amazing vertical, reaching back to 1969, my notes were published by Harpers Wine & Spirit. Dom Perignon can be really delicious. I like it most in vintages with extra briskness, like 1996, […]

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Visiting Roederer with Jean Baptiste Lecaillon

Assessing positive impact of grower Champagne (see video) By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 16 April 2016 What a great visit to Louis Roederer, at first guided by Maria Garcia Gragera, pictured below, who seemed as if she had been with this famous Champagne house for ages, as she conveyed so much knowledge. As turns out […]

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Bordeaux 1966, fifty years on (and other surprises)

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  13 January 2016 I have to thank my lucky stars for the great wine loving friends I have in Washington D.C. Since I am turning … 50 in December this year, I wanted to organize a 1966 dinner. And so six of us gathered at the famous wine friendly restaurant […]

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Champagne: Spotlight on Pierre Péters

By Christine Havens for wine-chronicles.com 15 February 2015 My first encounter with Pierre Péters happened innocently enough, at a trade tasting, as such encounters often do. “How much is this?” was my knee-jerk response after the first sip. The company’s owners wanted us to keep our opinions to ourselves until the tastings’ end, including questions […]

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