Thursday, January 19, 2017

PINOT NOIR NEW ZEALAND 2017 - WELLINGTON WATERFRONT

NZ PN 2017 Wellington

Global wine industry leaders to descend on Wellington this month

In just under three weeks, an astounding selection of global wine imbibers and influencers will descend on our nation’s capital for Pinot Noir NZ 2017.

We’ve got a line-up of 30 speakers from Japan, the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand, who are tasked with sparking thought-provoking discussions among 600 Pinot Noir lovers from 20 different countries.

As you know, spearheading the line-up are the world’s most influential wine writer Jancis Robinson OBE, MW, the world’s only Master of Wine and Sake Ken Ohashi and Tool frontman and winery owner Maynard James Keenan.

The sold-out event will champion diverse communicators and innovative thought.  Wine writer and sonic artist Jo Burzynska will consider how wine can be enjoyed in a multi-sensory environment; renowned American writer Elaine Chukan Brown will explore the overall concept of future communication, and award-winning Australian Andrea Frost will discuss new styles of engagement and communication with wine lovers.

These global wine guru’s will be accompanied by a strong kiwi contingent to tell the New Zealand Pinot Noir story to the world. National treasures include New Zealander of the Year, Dame Anne Salmond, awarded for her contribution to New Zealand cultural history, and Rachel Taulelei, CEO of Kono NZ, one of the New Zealand’s food industry champions. Together they will talk about what binds us to our land and our connection to it over time.

Joining them will be four New Zealand Masters of Wine; Jane Skilton, Emma Jenkins and Michael Brajkovich, along with New Zealand’s newest MW Stephen Wong.

We’ll have our own great Pinot Noir creators contributing too, including Larry McKenna, Blair Walter and winemaker/actor Sam Neill. They will evoke a home grown yet international perspective of New Zealand’s place in the world of wine, through the eyes of the Pinot Noir grape.

Pinot Noir NZ 2017 will take place on the Wellington waterfront from 31st January to 2nd February. We’ll be showcasing 115 wineries, with over 600 wines to 600 visionaries, industry leaders, influencers and pure lovers of Pinot Noir. We can’t wait.

Check out the full programme for further details, and read up on our full speaker line-up here.

Kind regards,
Your Pinot Noir NZ 2017 Team
Pinot Noir NZ 2017
PO Box 10 612
Wellington
New Zealand

 

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

SHERRY-LEHAMNN/KEVIN ZRALY BORDEAUX MASTER CLASS NYC

kevin-zraly-bordeaux-master-classExplore the terroir of St. Julien and the great Leoville estate along with its newest acquisition, Chateau Mauvesin with Proprietor Damien Barton-Sartorius and America's Leading Wine Educator Kevin Zraly on Tuesday, January 24th, 7:00-9:00pm, for a reception and seated tasting at the Sherry-Lehmann Gallery, 505 Park Avenue at 59th St. NYC. $250 per person. Limited. RSVP to kevin@kevinzraly.com, or call 1-845-255-1456.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

TOP 7 CHAMPAGNES HOUSES SELECTED BY LES REVUES DE VINS DE FRANCE


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Last weekend I selected Champagne Pol Roger for the Bubbles Bar at a huge Tech party in San Francisco, where we also built and filled a Champagne Tower!
Pol Roger is an iconic house that has maintained a level of quality that very few have.  Pol Roger retained 3 stars by Le Revue Des Vins de France in 2015, France’s most important and respected wine publication, and is one of only 7 Champagne houses to be awarded 3 stars. The Houses are evaluated based on the integrity of the entire portfolio and not simply the Tête de Cuvée of the House:

Agrapart
Bollinger
Egly-Ouriet
Jacquesson
Krug
Pol Roger
Selosse

Look for these and other sparkling wine recommendations here:
http://winereview.planetgrape.com/category/sparkling_wines/

Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

A NEW D.O.C. IS BORN: FRIULI VENEZIA GIULIA D.O.C.

friuli-venezia-giulia-by-free-world-mapsENHANCING THE IDENTITY OF THE TERROIR   THE FIRST BOTTLES OF THE NEW DENOMINATION WILL HIT THE SHELVES IN 2017
 
D.O.C. – F.V.G. Consortium Press ReleaseA long journey that began with plans, ideas and hopes, which lasted several decades, has finally culminated in July with the creation of Friuli Venezia Giulia D.O.C. The first bottles bearing the new denomination will hit the shelves in early 2017 as the 2016 harvest was authorized to be labelled. An organic Pinot Grigio, certified by Ceviq (Certification of quality Italian wines and products) of Udine, has been selected to premier as the first wine of the new denomination.

 Thanks to the 1,700 wine growers and producers, along with the vital support of the regional administration which was determined to attain international recognition in terms of image, marketing and sales, the outcome was achieved. In the midst of various denominations which remain the pride and express the authenticity of the region’s characteristics, the Friuli Venezia Giulia D.O.C. will present a unique reality as a substantial, recognizable presence within international markets.

The new D.O.C. will be a crucial aid for the Friuli Venezia Giulia producers to approach national and foreign markets, acting together as a team creating an easily identifiable brand that possesses remarkable appeal.

The “Friuli Venezia Giulia” label will be a guaranteed endorsement allowing the industry to speak with a single voice, even if there are differences that bring out the beauty of the wine production in Italy. It will provide trade and consumers with an overall picture, which will have an impact from all points of view, of the outcome of production that is complex and all-embracing at the same time.    “Joining the denomination will be voluntary,” underlined Pietro Biscontin, Chairman of the DOC-FVG Consortium. “But the first responses are positive and we are certain that Friuli Venezia Giulia D.O.C. will be a great opportunity to re-launch the Friuli economy, starting with the wine production division. In this regard, we would like to thank the regional institutions, starting with Cristiano Shaurli, the Agricultural Resources Director, for believing in the project and for the commitment in making this dream finally come true.”

For information: D.O.C. – F.V.G. Consortium promozione@consorziodocfvg.it www.consorziodocfvg.it

Thursday, December 8, 2016

WINTER WINE COCKTAILS

Simple Winter Sangria & Mulled Chardonnay Cider from Adirondack Winery in New York

Simple Winter Sangria
Recipe Date:
November 21, 2016
Cook Time:
00:00:00
Difficulty:
Easy
Measurements:
Imperial (US)
This simple winter sangria is sweet and spicy and perfect all year round! Best of all, you can make it white or red!
Ingredients
  • 1 bottle Adirondack Winery Wild Red or Pinot Gris
  • 1 Apple
  • 1 Pear
  • 1 Orange
  • 1 Lemon (optional)
  • 3 Cinnamon Sticks
  • Lemon Lime Soda
Directions
Just about any wine will taste great in this simple sangria made with fresh fruits that you can find all winter long. Wild Red & Pinot Gris are 2 of our favorites … and it’s so easy to make you can try it again and again with different wines to see what you like most!

Microwave lemon and orange for 20 seconds and roll on counter to loosen juices.  Puncture skin slightly all over with fingernails to release oils. Slice into ¼ inch rounds. Core apple and cut into ¼ inch slices. Place lemon, orange, apple and cinnamon sticks into pitcher. Cut pear into slices, or if using canned pears, drain most of syrup out and pour into pitcher. Pour wine over fruit. Muddle contents of pitcher with a wooden spoon and mix. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Top with soda (to taste) immediately.

Citrus Mulled Chardonnay
Recipe Date:
March 1, 2016
Serving Size:
6
Cook Time:
00:45:00
Difficulty:
Easy
Measurements:
Imperial (US)
 
Ingredients
  • 1 Bottle of Chardonnay
  • 1 Orange, sliced (plus extra for garnish)
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1/2 cup Honey
  • 1 1" piece of fresh Ginger (peeled and sliced thin)
  • 3 Whole sticks of Cinnamon
  • 6 Whole Cloves
  • 1/2 cup Cranberries (optional)
Directions
1. Combine the fruit, water, honey, ginger, cinnamon and cloves in a saucepan and simmer over
medium heat for 10 minutes Stir gently to dissolve the honey.
2. Remove the saucepan from the heat and add the Chardonnay to the spice and fruit mixture. Cover the pan and allow the wine to mull for half an hour.
3. Strain the mulled wine through a mesh strainer to remove the cooked fruit and spices.
4. Stir and ladle your hot mulled wine into mugs or wine glasses. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and a slice of orange and serve!

* Not ready to serve? Your mulled wine can also be refrigerated overnight! Before serving, reheat the mulled wine at a low simmer on the stove or in a slow cooker. If you want a stronger flavor, throw in a few more cinnamon sticks, cloves, and another piece of ginger while you reheat. Be sure not to cook the wine too long or too hot, but you may keep it warm to serve throughout the evening.

* If you're not a fan of Chardonnay, or want a sweeter mulled wine, we suggest substituting "White Diamond" or "Prospect Mountain White."

This recipe was adapted from “Cranberry Citrus Mulled Chardonnay” on www.WineMakingTalk.com by Theresa Sinclair. 

For more information on Adirondack Winery:
http://www.adirondackwinery.com/

Check back soon for our reviews of Adirondack wines

Sunday, December 4, 2016

SUNNY HOLIDAY CHEER


It’s here! Holiday shopping, festive parties, and the time of year to rock the ugliest sweaters ever made. I have selected some of my personal favorites wines and spirits of 2016 to assist you with your holiday beverages and up your game. These are all value-priced and easy to find online @drync or @eBay wines, or at your favorite shop.

Bubbly Personality
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nv Chloe Prosecco Veneto

Crowd Pleaser
Monteviejo Festivo
2014 Monteviejo Festivo Malbec Valle de Uco Mendoza

Sweetie Pie
2015-gewurztraminer-f
2015 Gundlach Bundschu Gewurztraminer Estate Vineyard Sonoma Coast

Your Favorite Wine Snob
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2011 Chateau Lafite Monteil Bordeaux Superieur

Hipster Cool
Margerum AMARO
Margerum Amaro Santa Barbara California



Happy Holidays from Planet Grape Wine Review!