Burgundy bargains?

Sure, at Pernand Vergelesses   By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 29 October 2019 In Beaune at the Centre Interprofessionnel Techniques des Vins de Bourgogne, I was welcomed earlier this month by tasting director Hervé Bianchi, to assess nearly 30 white Côte de Beaune wines from 13 producers – both premiers and villages crus – from […]

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Euro wine companies fear consequences of wine tariffs

25% duty goes into effect next week, but only for wines with under 14% alcohol 11 October 2019 From various news sources I have obtained press releases from various wine companies in recent days to react to President Donald Trump’s recent tariff on European wines that will take effect one week from today, 18 October. […]

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Cyclades Log: T-OINOS

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 23 September 2019 French-Greek cooperation had been part of T-OINOS Winery since initial vine plantings in 2002 made T-OINOS a pioneer for Assyrtiko production outside of Santorini in Greece’s Cycladic Islands. Located  some 460 meters above sea level on the windy island of Tinos, the winery thrust Tinos into the modern […]

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Cyclades log: Tinos

Windswept island, great food, superb winery By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 11 September 2019 After several hours cruising from the port of Piraeus near Athens, I arrived to the gusty environment on Tinos Island, whose barren and hilly landscape seems perfect for dystopian cinema. Its beauty is evident from the many windmills and over 50 villages, […]

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Krug on Air France

But SAS remains my overall favorite Euro business experience 5 August 2019 By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com Tis the summer holiday season, and in a recent trip I flew with Air France Business Class to and back from the United States. It was interesting to compare the airplanes: on my way over, it was in […]

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Heady wines, heady times

Climate change and the enduring appeal of Châteauneuf du Pape By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  26 June 2019 A joyful ceremony earlier this month to induct 15 new ambassadors to the official fraternity of Châteauneuf-du-Pape – the Eschansonnerie des Papes – ended with soulful singing in the local Occitan dialect. But not before participants gathered in […]

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Critics Wine Challenge turns 16

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 11 June 2019 For the third year in a row, I joined several judges in an intense, yet well organized and friendly one and one-half day tasting experience called the Critics Wine Challenge this past weekend, under the direction of Robert Whitley and Rich Cook. This year, 13 judges assessed […]

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Hedonism and hard work

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  30 May 2019 I started reflecting on these two words while in Bordeaux during the famous Vinexpo event earlier this month. Every two years, this massive wine and spirits trade fair for professionals includes many fine lunches and dinners. I usually stay for the entire gig, but I was only […]

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For hedonists and intellectuals: Bordeaux 2018

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  7 May 2019 My top barrel samples from 2018 Full tasting notes by appellation and area: Pessac-Léognan+Graves (reds) / Médoc-Haut-Médoc-Listrac-Moulis / Margaux / Saint Julien / Pauillac / Saint Estèphe / Saint Emilion / Pomerol / Fronsac and other bargains / Dry whites including Graves / Sauternes & Barsac NOTE […]

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Fine Fronsac and more 2018

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  7 May 2019 In a very good vintage, you can find economically priced wines, and 2018 is no exception. Once again, many Fronsacs assessed at the always well organized Grand Cercle tastings – this year at the lovely Château La Dauphine – proved yet again the quality of this appellation. […]

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