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16 Italian in the Top 100 di Wine Spectator

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After launching release in fits and starts on the top ten most anticipated by manufacturers, retailers and wine lovers , the drafting of Wine Spectator has unveiled the wine judged best of the year , Spain’s La Rioja Imperial Gran Reserva 2004 Cune , with a score of 95 / 100 , priced $ 63 , and secondly the Bordeaux St.- Emilion 2010 Château Canon -La Gaffelière , in third place Evenstad Reserve Pinot Noir Willamette Valley of Oregon’s Domaine Serene . Only nectar in the top ten is the Italian Barolo Monprivato 2008 Giuseppe Mascarello & Figlio .


A ranking that , as far as we are concerned , on the whole still spoken mainly in Tuscany and Piedmont. With no absolute results of excellence with respect to the new world wine countries , with France and Spain , but with the positive aspect of seeing among the top 100 wines of the world also territories not so obvious to the general public . In other words: not very well on the assessments recognized that there were 10-15 years ago , its space to the usual suspects , but with emerging territories of absolute interest – in the past completely snubbed – finally recognized at the international level , such as Valtellina , Campania, Basilicata and Sicily. This is the trend that emerges from the famous “Top 100″ prestigious magazine ‘s 2013 American Wine Spectator .


Sixteen Italian wines classified (as in 2012) , of which 5 Piedmontese : 4 Barolo and Barbaresco 1 , and 6 Tuscany : 2 Brunello di Montalcino, Chianti Classico 1 , 1 Nobile di Montepulciano , Bolgheri 1 and 2 IGT Toscana . To keep company with Barolo from Giuseppe Mascarello & Figlio , who finished in 6th place , arrive Barolo Albe 2008 GD Vajra to occupy 16 square ᵃ and Chianti Classico 2010 Poggerino , 18 ° . Following this, the 21st Bolgheri 2011 , Le Macchiole ; 24 ° Brunello di Montalcino 2008 Pertimali Livio Sassetti .


In 50th place is the scene of Sicily, with the Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico 2010 from Cos ; 58th Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2010 Avignonesi ; 61 ° Barbaresco 2007 Barbaresco producers , at an altitude of 66 states Basilicata, with Aglianico del Vulture Macari ‘ 2007 Macarico . At n . 80 stands in the Tuscan Maremma Mongrana 2010 Querciabella , below, at n . 82 – big surprise – from Valtellina Superiore Sassella 2009 Mamete Prevostini . At n . 86 debuts Ranked Barolo La Rosa 2008 Fontanafredda . At n . 91 another great classic of Italian , often unfairly overlooked : Taurasi Radici Riserva 2006 Mastroberardino . At an altitude of 94 Barolo Prapò 2009 Schiavenza . Closure without surprises , the whole of Tuscany, with the Brunello di Montalcino 2008 Montosoli Altesino n. 96 , and with the Tuscany Gates 2011 Badia a Coltibuono, n. 100 .



6 Misunderstood Things About Wine



If you drink wine on a regular basis, you’ve probably already seen Sideways. While Sideways cultivated your love for Pinot Noir, you’ve only just come around to re-appreciate Merlot. As it happens, Merlot is pretty damn good.


Wine divorce My MontrachetIn the same vein, most wine aficionados know the term ‘ABC’, which means ‘Anything But Chardonnay.’ However, it’s a little ironic because one of the most talked about appellations in Burgundy is Montrachet (sounds like ‘Mon-trash-aye’). Montrachet is famous for its rich and buttery Chardonnay. Apparently hard-to-read words make the wine taste better. Perhaps it’s time to get some Krasnostop Zolotovsky (from Russia!)


Instead of letting misinformation about wine slide around and confuse everyone, this article will shed light on some of the current fictions floating around.



White Wine is Only For Girls


MYTH: Perhaps this myth is proliferated in this scenerio:


Man orders Chenin Blanc. Wife falls off seat laughing. Man feels embarrased and never does it again. The same problem happens with men’s pink shirts.


TRUTH: White wine is classy, nuanced and complex. It also has many more affinities to beer, which is traditionally considered a manly realm. Trying to avoid sweet white wine? Here are some savory white wine varieties:




High Alcohol Wines Are the Devil


MYTH: A very prominent wine writer blew his lid about high alcohol levels in wine recently. The argument is that winemakers are purposely over-ripening their grapes so that sugar content at fermentation is so high wines cap out at 17% ABV. The term ‘Ultra-High’ most likely is for wines at 15%-17% ABV.


TRUTH: This sentiment hurts both wine regions and wine grapes. Some grapes, such as Zinfandel, are wizards at making super high sugar-content grapes. When grapes like these get fermented to wine, it’s easy to get up to 16% ABV. For wine regions, look at alcohol levels in places like Spain, Southern Italy, California, Australia and parts of Argentina. These regions have more sun which makes more sugar and, thus, more alcohol. As much as a winemaker can go in and tinker with winemaking-magic or pick grapes earlier, sometimes the normal results taste great. Why fix it if it ain’t broke?



90 Point Wines Are Better than 89 Point Wines


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MYTH: The Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, Wine Advocate, Pinot Report, James Suckling, International Wine Cellar, Vinous, Beverage Tasting Institute, Connoisseurs Guide to Wine, and various blogs all have their wine ratings used in order to sell bottles.

TRUTH: Would it surprise you to know that there have been studies that prove wine scorers don’t have 100 point depth accuracy? For example, one day the wine is 90 and the next day it might be 89 or 88. So don’t let this pearl of knowledge weigh your choice if you’re picking wine only a couple of points away.



Old Wine > New Wine


MYTH: A professional wine curator for private cellars (you know, for the inexplicably rich) once exclaimed that he was depressed with the amount of over-the-hill white Burgundy he kept seeing in his client’s cellars.


There’s nothing more depressing than cellaring a wine
so long that it dies before you get to kill it.


TRUTH: Today, more wines are being crafted to be drunk when new. The market now is developing the two distinct styles of age-worthy and drink-worthy wine. Here’s a hint: the age-worthy stuff usually has high tannin and acidity and doesn’t taste that great until fully aged.



Old World > New World


MYTH: Since vitis vinifera came from around Armenia into Western Europe it’s now cultivated everywhere. Traditionally wine is split up between New and Old World.


TRUTH: In the last 60 years, so much has changed with the wine industry that the U.S.A. and Australia are no longer the new kids on the block. China, England, Canada, Thailand, Russia and India are all producing wine. The lines are getting more blurry stylistically as winemakers continue to push the boundaries of what’s possible. This is an exciting time to drink wine.



Huge Wine Glass Madeline Puckette of Wine Folly in Portugal

Wine Glasses: Bigger is Better


MYTH: Wine needs space to develop aromas in a glass, thus the bigger the glass the better.
TRUTH: Despite what many glass manufacturers tell you, there is a point when a glass is just too big. When the wine glass completely encloses your face, a wine glass is too big.


Want to know what wine glasses are the right type for you? Find out more about the different types of wine glasses.


Το Chateau Miraval Rosé του χολιγουντιανού ζευγαριού συγκαταλέγεται μέσα στα 100 καλύτερα κρασιά της χρονιάς

Οι Μπραντζελίνα μας κερνούν το καλύτερο ροζέ κρασί στον κόσμο!

Οι Μπραντζελίνα μας κερνούν το καλύτερο ροζέ κρασί στον κόσμο!

Έχουν κατακτήσει το Χόλιγουντ και έχουν μαγέψει τη μεγάλη οθόνη τόσο με το ταλέντο τους όσο και με την ομορφιά τους.

Κι αφού έχουν αποσπάσει βραβεία για τις ερμηνείες τους και το φιλανθρωπικό τους έργο, τώρα ήρθε να προστεθεί άλλο ένα βραβείο για το δημοφιλές ζευγάρι.

Αυτή τη φορά, στο χώρο της οινοποιίας.

Το Chateau Miraval Rosé, το κρασί που παράγει η Αντζελίνα Τζολί και ο Μπραντ Πιτ ανακηρύχθηκε ως το καλύτερο ροζέ στον κόσμο!

Μάλιστα, σύμφωνα με τη λίστα του Wine Spectator, συγκαταλέγεται μέσα στα 100 καλύτερα κρασιά της χρονιάς, καταλαμβάνοντας την 84η θέση.

“Εκλεπτυσμένη γεύση, εξαιρετικής ποιότητας”, χαρακτηρίζουν το Miraval.

Οι δύο σταρ παράγουν  6.000 χιλιάδες μπουκάλια κρασί το χρόνο, με το κάθε ένα από αυτά να κοστίζει από 16 μέχρι 20 ευρώ.

Οι αμπελώνες τους έχουν έδρα στην Προβηγκία, στη Νότια Γαλλία. Τζολί και Πιτ έχουν την πολύτιμη βοήθεια της γνωστής οικογένειας οινοποιών Perrin, ιδιοκτήτες του Château Beaucastel.

Η κατανάλωση κρασιού δημιουργεί ισχυρότερο σπέρμα

οίνος and more…



Οι άνδρες που πίνουν κρασί μέχρι και τρεις φορές την εβδομάδα δημιουργούν ισχυρότερο σπέρμα, έδειξε μια πρόσφατη μελέτη .

Όπως αναφέρθηκε από το το Wine Spectator , η μελέτη, που πραγματοποιήθηκε από ερευνητές του Nofer Ινστιτούτου Ιατρικής στο Lodz της Πολωνίας , διαπιστώθηκε ότι το σπέρμα ήταν ισχυρότερο και είχε πιο ισχυρό λαιμό , όταν οι άνδρες έπιναν τακτικά κρασί με μέτρο.

Τα ισχυρότερα σπέρματα είναι καλύτεροι κολυμβητές , αυξάνοντας έτσι την πιθανότητα γονιμοποίησης .

« Τα αποτελέσματα της μελέτης δείχνουν ότι ο τρόπος ζωής μπορεί να επηρεάσει την ποιότητα του σπέρματος , » κατέληξε η μελέτη , που δημοσιεύθηκε στο τελευταίο τεύχος της Βιολογίας Συστημάτων της Αναπαραγωγικής Ιατρικής ,.

Με την αύξηση του ελεύθερου χρόνου , την κατανάλωση ελαφριού καφέ και την χρήση των εσωρούχων μπόξερ βελτιώθηκε η αναπαραγωγική δύναμη του σπέρματος, ανακάλυψαν οι ερευνητές .

Ωστόσο, η μελέτη διαπίστωσε ότι η τακτική χρήση κινητού τηλεφώνου για περισσότερο από μια δεκαετία μείωσε την κινητικότητα του σπέρματος.

Τα ευρήματα έρχονται σε αντίθεση με πρόσφατη έρευνα στο Ηνωμένο Βασίλειο που ισχυρίστηκε ότι οι επιλογές στον τρόπο ζωής , όπως η κατανάλωση αλκοόλ και το κάπνισμα δεν έχουν καμία επίδραση στην αναπαραγωγική υγεία .


Ιστορία του κρασιού από το Wine Folly The History of Wine


Wine has been with us since the dawn of recorded history. Let’s a take a look at how far we’ve come and what has been popular from the ancient times to the modern day. This History of Wine Timeline highlights some of the most notable wine moments.

Wine Timeline


History of wine timeline by Wine Folly


The Modern Era


Since so much has happened in the last 50 years in wine, we’ve added some additional notes about the modern era below:


  • 1964 Sangria introduced to the US at the World’s Fair in Seattle, WA
  • 1965 Box Wine invented in South Australia
  • 1972 First Corkscrews were used by Swiss winery called Hammel.
  • 1975 Zinfandel and Primitivo linked as the same (later confirmed by DNA profiling in 1994)
  • 1976 Judgement of Paris and first issue of Wine Spectator
  • 1980′s The Tonia Group begins to import vitas vinifera (Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon) to India
  • 1982 Cork taint is identified as a wine fault.
  • 1983 Modern outbreak of Phylloxera in Napa
  • 1985 Austria is exposed for adding diethylene glycol, a poisonous substance, to wine. Although no recorded illness or deaths occurred, the scandal completely collapsed the Austrian wine market. One of the convicted Wagram winemakers, Karl Grill, proprietor of Firma Gebrüder Grill, committed suicide after being sentenced.
  • 1994 Chile discovers their ‘Merlot’ is actually the lost grape of Bordeaux called Carmenere. DNA profiling confirms in 1997.
  • 2005 Chateau Hansen in Inner Mongolia (the Gobi dessert) China opens
  • 2010 Most expensive wine ever auctioned – 1869 Lafite-Rothschild sold for $230,000
  • 2012 Wine Grapes comes out with 1368 ‘official wine grapes’
  • 2012 Penfold’s debuts 2004 Block 42: the world’s most expensive non-auction bottle of wine 2004
  • 2012 Christies has 1st online wine auction
  • 2016 $1 Billion “Wine City” to open in Yantai, China


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