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Markus Del Monego / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  had a tasting of  17 Wines  from  14 Producers 

On November 8, 2016 an exiting blind tasting was hold to select some of the finest classified wines produced by vintners of the VDP in Germany. It was a wonderful experience showing a huge number of top rated wines. In the categories of Pinot Blanc (Weißburgunder), Pinog Gris (Grauburgunder) and Silvaner, one wine was heading each category. For Riesling, the VDP and myself agreed to decide the best wine of each categaorie of wine areas by drawing lots of all wines with at least 93 points or more. The result of this selection will be available for tasting in the Lufthansa First Class Lounge of Muinch during 2017.

13h 26min ago

Michel Jamais, Wine Writer (Sweden)  had a tasting of  7 Wines  from  1 Producers 

Pinot Noir is just a small part of the Peter Michael Winery portfolio. Of their on average 14 000 cases annual production the pinots counts for only 500 to 700 cases. Yet, the two pinot wines stands for almost 90 percent of the request, reports the sales manager of Peter Michael Winery.
Peter Michael Winery is famous for their great chardonnays as well as the rich Bordeaux blend Les Pavots, and besides a tiny fraction of the latter and the grapes for the chardonnay Mon Plaisir, that are bought from Jess Jacksons vineyards, the grapes are estate grown on the upper slopes in Knights Valley. Then, there are two pinots, since 1997 the Le Moulin Rouge from grapes bought from the famous Pisoni Vineyard in Santa Lucia Highlands and now also a new pinot bought from a highly reputed vineyard in the cool Sonoma Coast.
This is the inaugural vintage of Peter Michael Winery from their new lease of a part of the famous Reuling Vineyard near Forestville, only 25 kilometers from the ocean in the cooler part of Russian River that belongs to Sonoma Coast appellation.

13h 47min ago

Jan-Erik Paulson, Wine Writer (Germany)  had a tasting of  25 Wines  from  1 Producers 

I love the Rheingau Gourmet & Wine Festival! Last Saturday I was leading my fourth event during this years festival. This was splendid - 30 vintages Château Margaux from 1945 to 2003. The stars were many - 1947, 1961, 1983, 1985, 1990 and 1996 the best. There were also some nice surprises like 1948, 1960, 1962, 1991 and 1994.
Nexrt on the line is lunch on Friday with 6 vintages each of Dom Perignon, Roederer Cristal and Clicquots Grande Dame to be followed by 12 different 1986 Bordeaux.
Then there will be time for a diet (not too strict, but 6 kilos has to go). All I need to do is to learn to say no to temptation (never my strongest side).

1d 17h ago

Marie Ahm, Wine Writer (Denmark)  had a tasting of  26 Wines  from  13 Producers 

Weingut Wegeler Rothenberg Riesling 2014 / Tons of peach and mandarin. Expressive and juicy. Spicy notes from orange peel. Beautifully textured on palate. Very juicy, energetic and soft. Vibrant and still so enjoyable. Complex and charmning at once. 92 points

2d 11h ago

Mark Beaven , Pro (United States)  had a tasting of  10 Wines  from  9 Producers 

Sunday dinner with DRC Montrachet 1990, Mouton-Rothschild 1982 and 1986 etc.

2d 16h ago

Ken Gargett, Wine Writer (Australia)  had a tasting of  17 Wines  from  5 Producers 

Bird in Hand Adelaide Hills ‘Nest Egg’ Chardonnay 2015 / A much more serious and impressive wine than the ‘standard’, as it should be at twice the price. Only around 300 cases made. It is elegant, yet focused, and has the underlying power one might expect in a fine wine. There is quality oak integration, good acidity and inspiring length. It offers an array of gentle flavours, nothing dominates, but there is a lovely supple lemony note which is a highlight. Concentration and balance here. Very fine. 

Score: 94/100

Best drinking: will drink well over the next eight years.

Alc:  13.5%

4d 12h ago

Essi Avellan MW / Editor of the Champagne magazine, Pro (Finland)  had a tasting of  9 Wines  from  1 Producers 

The Breuer family has grown wine on the slopes of Rheingau for a hundred years. During that time, they have become one of the most prestigious producers in the area. The Breuers seem to have a hand in everything in the village of Rüdesheim. There is a wine boutique in connection with the vineyard where people can taste their wines free of charge. The family also runs a hotel and wine restaurant, plus a private restaurant in the village. The owner-manager, Heinrich Breuer, rather surprisingly relies on child raising methods in making wine and has an interesting way of comparing wine to human beings when clarifying difficult issues:

―A vine is like a human being, very flexible. Both are complicated individuals with mood swings and basic needs. We use a motley bunch of equipment in fermentation: steel tanks, large wooden vats and oak barrels. We have about 200 tanks and 80 barrels. True, it is expensive to produce in small quantities, but it is a way to retain the personality of each batch. For the same reason we do not regulate the temperature. This gives us more blending choices and versatility. Wines made with temperature regulation is like putting all children into the same school. Soon everybody would behave just like everybody else. And that would be a pity.

5d 11h ago

Thomas Girgensohn, Wine Blogger (Australia)  had a tasting of  13 Wines  from  8 Producers 

Wynns John Riddoch Magnum 1996 / There is still a lot of the dense blackcurrant fruit in this 1996 Wynns John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon. It is a pity that Magnums are priced at a premium in this country, and as a result are not overly popular. The cork on this wine was in great condition and the wine at very high shoulder. Well stored, Magnums mature at a slower pace, and primary fruit can still be present at close to 20 years, while secondary characters are well developed.

This wine is dominated by its firm, dusty and dry tannins. The structure of this wine is still excellent, but it needs red meat to go with it. The tannins are actually very similar to an aged Barolo, and so is the colour of this wine. The mouthfeel is reasonable, but falls off at the finish a little bit.

This is a classic Coonawarra wine, holding up well, and still showing the terra rossa infused vibrant fruit.

Score: 93/+++

6d 18h ago

Achim Becker / Wineterminator.com, Wine Writer (Germany)  had a tasting of  27 Wines  from  27 Producers 

A Taste of Greatness -tasting with perfect wines like Martha's Vineyards 1974, Harlan 1994, Sassicaia 1985, Pingus 1995, Yquem 1899 etc.

8d 11h ago

Andrew Caillard MW, Wine Writer (Australia)  had a tasting of  16 Wines  from  1 Producers 

Penfolds Bin CS 389 2010 / Deep crimson purple. Impressively powerful with intense blueberry, blackberry, liquorice aromas and dark chocolate, ginger, marzipan, oak nuances. A substantial palate with remarkable richness and concentration. Saturated blackberry essence, juicy fruit, liquorice, aniseed flavours are balanced by abundant ripe generous tannins and plenty of vanilla, malt, ginger oak notes. It finishes chocolatey firm with tremendous drive and depth of flavour. All the elements are in harmony. It’s delicious but ultimately this wine needs time to reveal its true potential. Keep.

9d 16h ago

Juha Lihtonen, Sommelier (Finland)  had a tasting of  7 Wines  from  1 Producers 

If you want to understand biodynamic winegrowing, make appointment at Gaja with Gaia Gaja, pack your sneakers and prepre for a run around San Lorenzo vineyard. Thanks Gaia for being the first person who has explained to me in understandable manner about the biodiversity in vineyards. And from now on, I will not have my hair cut on full moon!

10d 23h ago

Jeannie Cho Lee, MW (China)  had a tasting of  6 Wines  from  1 Producers 

Colgin Tychson Hill 2013 / A luscious, generous Cabernet with velvety tannins, ripe plum, a hint of eucalyptus and blackberry fruit. The mid-palate offers sweet flavors of fresh prune and licorice with lively freshness. Delicious now even in its youth. 94 points

11d 15h ago

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