Monthly Archives: April 2010

Yarden Vintage Festival: Rom Yarden 2006 Unveiled

Last evening, the Yarden Vintage Festival opened with the unveiling to the press of the Golan Heights Winery’s new wine Rom Yarden 2006. The wine is a blend of 37% Syrah, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon and 29% Merlot. The grapes were … Continue reading

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Incredible Spanish Wine Values from Jumilla

If you like Malbec, you’ll love Monastrell. The Monastrell (Mourvèdre ) grape produces rich, very flavorful wines at very reasonable prices. It’s mainly grown in Jumilla, which is very hot in the summer, but its high altitude vineyards have the … Continue reading

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Great Rosé Values!

Rosé wines are in style once again. And we’ve found some superb values in a tasting of roses from Argentina, France, South Africa, and Spain. At just $11, the Mas Carlot 2009 Rosé Costières de Nimes, which is imported by … Continue reading

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Southern Hemisphere Sauvignon Blanc Tasteoff

On April 10, 2010, the International Wine Review (IWR) in collaboration with Wine Concepts of the Newlands in Cape Town organized a blind tasting of Sauvignon Blanc from Chile and South Africa at The Boardroom in the beautiful Bistro 1682 … Continue reading

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Shannon Vineyards: South African Viticulture at its Best

Shannon Vineyards is one of South Africa’s premiere cool-climate vineyards, the source of fruit for some of South Africa’s best wine, including a rare 5 Star ranking from Platter’s Guide for the Catherine Marshall 2008 Pinot Noir. To get there … Continue reading

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Raats Wine: The Loire in Stellenbosch

Raats is a rarity in South Africa—a winery that specializes in just a couple of varietals. In this case, it’s Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc, which just happen to be two of the most popular varietals of the Loire. Since … Continue reading

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The World Cup of South Africa Wines by the Glass

Everyone knows how difficult it is to find a restaurant or wine bar that serves more than a couple of mediocre wines by the glass, usually at an outrageous markup. Well, if you’re traveling to Cape Town for the World … Continue reading

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