“Prenatal Bourgogne” 2016: reds seem better than whites

By Panos Kakaviatos for Wine-Chronicles.Com 23 November 2016 Now the that the Hospices de Beaune auction is behind us (you can read my report on that here) – with a very good result overall for important charities – we can talk about some very, very early assessments of the quality of the vintage. Having visited […]

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Burgundy 2016

Hospices de Beaune preview and harvest news By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 25 October 2016 In late September this year, I had the good fortune to visit the Hospices de Beaune to preview next month’s famous wine charity auction that has been held there annually since 1859, taking place on the third Sunday in November amid […]

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In praise of 2015 Burgundy: mainly the reds

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  22 November 2015 The 155th Hospices de Beaune auction began movingly with both a minute of silence and a somber rendition of the French national anthem La Marseillaise, as you can see in the video that friend and fellow wine writer Michael Apstein of Wine Review Online took – see end […]

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No crystal balls: assessing prenatal 2014 Burgundy

16 November 2014 By Panos Kakaviatos for Wine-Chronicles.com I always enjoy tasting the pre natal wines of the Hospices de Beaune with Michael Apstein, M.D., who is a frequent contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle, a wine educator for more than 20 years, a freelance contributor to many national magazines, James Beard Award winner for wine […]

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Burgundy’s world famous auction kicks off

15 November 2014 By Panos Kakaviatos for Wine-Chronicles.Com November in Burgundy is known for Beaujolais Nouveau and the Hospices de Beaune wine auction. The latter is more interesting. This year’s auction takes place in the midst of absurd prices for top Burgundies, so we should not be surprised if another sales record is broken. As […]

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