Category Archives: Sparkling Wine

GUSBOURNE ENGLISH SPARKLING WINE

The English invented sparkling wine, and now they’re making it, and the 15th century Gusbourne Estate in Kent is helping lead the way. South African Andrew Weeber purchased Gusbourne in 2003 and planted vines the next year with the aim … Continue reading

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Champagne: New Reviews of Top Producers

Champagne remains the gold standard for sparkling wines. We’ve written about it extensively over the years, including Report #34 Champagne Revisited, Report #40 Rosé Champagne and Sparkling Wine, and in several iwinereview.com articles.  We continue to taste Champagne on a … Continue reading

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Introduction to the Wines of Brazil

We recently had the opportunity to taste several Brazilian wines provided to us by Wines of Brazil. Brazilian wines are not as well known as those of Chile and Argentina, but it has been gradually gaining international recognition, especially for … Continue reading

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Prosecco, Prosecco Superiore, & Cartizze: Incredible Values from the Best Producers

Sales of Prosecco are exploding in the US, UK, Italy, and everywhere else where consumers seek sparkling wine at an affordable price. In this article, we review the best of the current releases.  Those who can afford to drink Champagne … Continue reading

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Szigeti: Sparkling Wine from Austria

Sektellerei Szigeti is one of Austria’s most important producers of sparkling wine, or sekt, all made using the méthode champenoise, often with extended time on the lees. We recently met up with Peter Szigeti to taste the current releases and … Continue reading

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Utiel-Requena: New Releases from an Historic Spanish Wine Region

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Utiel-Requena, located west of the city of Valencia, is one of Spain’s up and coming wine regions. It has 35 thousand hectares (86 thousand acres) under vine, almost double that of California’s Napa Valley and over one hundred producers. Long … Continue reading

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Ten Astounding Things We Learned About Chilean Wine

We recently traveled to diverse parts of Chile to learn what’s new in Chilean wine. We saw vineyards being planted in extreme locations, adventurous young winemakers experimenting with new grape varieties and winemaking techniques, and a Chilean wine industry that … Continue reading

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Holiday Toasts: Sparkling Rosés from Champagne and America

Champagne and sparkling wines are festive by nature and perfect for holiday toasts. Lively and effervescent, they literally “sparkle”. Rosé Champagnes and sparkling wines are especially festive. They not only have bubbles; many have a touch more fruity sweetness and … Continue reading

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Francis Ford Coppola: New Releases and Virginia Dare’s The Lost Colony

The Francis Ford Coppola Winery is among the few wineries in California that offer a wide variety of high quality wines at affordable prices. Maintaining quality year after year is not an easy task, but Coppola manages to do so with … Continue reading

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Establecimiento Juanicó / Familia Deicas: One of Uruguay’s Top Wineries

Establecimiento Juanicó is one of Uruguay’s largest and most successful wineries, thanks to the radical transformation, and large investment, undertaken by the Deicas Family after they purchased it in 1979. The winery makes the best-selling line of premium wines in … Continue reading

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