Vintage Wines – Refoksa Sun, 14 Aug 2022 04:00:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Vintage Wines – Refoksa 32 32 English wine is gearing up for an “exciting year”, according to Kent winery Balfour Winery, near Tonbridge, winemaker due to hot and dry weather Sun, 14 Aug 2022 04:00:00 +0000

A wine producer says he is celebrating the warm weather as it could lead to “a really exciting year”.

Fergus Elias, head winemaker at Balfour Winery, Tonbridge, says warmer temperatures appear to be having a positive impact on grape production for next year’s vintage.

He explained how hot, dry and arid conditions, like those in southern France or Italy, can lead to better quality wine.

He said: “I think we’re going to have a really exciting year, in terms of quality.

“When you think about a harvest, the components of yield, 60% of your harvest is fixed in the previous year.

“Last year was not a particularly good year. It was quite wet, quite cold and not very exciting at any time.

“As a result, this year’s output is actually quite low, but what this fabulous weather does is make sure the quality of it is going to be through the roof.”

Fergus Elias, Head Winemaker at Balfour Winery

Next spring, customers should be able to notice the differences the hot, dry weather can have in each bottle.

Fergus estimates that half a million bottles will be produced.

He said: “You will have a marked change in weight. So how the wine will feel in your mouth, it will feel heavier. And that’s because the alcohol level will be higher. I would expect that our natural spirits are higher this year than they were last year.

Vineyards at Balfour Winery, Tonbridge.  Photo: Balfour Vineyard
Vineyards at Balfour Winery, Tonbridge. Photo: Balfour Vineyard

“The acid profile will have changed, so it would soften slightly because again the acids should be lower, theoretically. The sugars will be higher and this year the acids will be low, which will make a pronounced difference in the taste of the wine.

Fergus explained how climate change has both positive and negative effects on wineries and recognizes the dangers of extreme weather outside of his industry.

He said: “This warm weather is good for all the grapes combined.

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“From all other points of view it’s obviously slightly concerning, but for us we’re quite happy. I think the quality is going to be very high. We’ve had the best chance of making some really interesting wines.

“We are one of the few industries that likes climate change, but we also have risk factors. Theoretically we will get riper fruit, but climate change has also widened the frost window.

“You used to come in at the end of April and you were pretty safe. You probably weren’t going to get spring frosts after that.

“If you have a spring frost, when the vines burst, it can be deadly. It can end your year on the spot. So that’s problematic.”

]]> The Winery Gourmet Bar offers an all-you-can-eat brunch with Spanish tapas like Aussie striploin, bikini jamon and more Mon, 08 Aug 2022 09:57:04 +0000

Do you want good tapas and good wines? Head toward The gourmet cellar bara hidden gem in Siglap for a all-you-can-eat brunch it may just transport you to Spain.

Photos: The Winery Gourmet Bar, @kevin_the_hiak/instagram

Formerly known as The Wine Cove, this restaurant and bar offers an exquisite selection of contemporary Spanish tapas and one of the most extensive selections of vintage European wines in Singapore. Wine lovers can also explore the cozy single-storey wine cellar.

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The space is inspired by ancient European wine dungeons straight out of the Middle Ages, so you’re in for an experience like no other.

If you’ve always wanted to party at Round tablethere is even King Arthur’s bedrooma themed private dining room that seats six, perfect for a convivial evening feast.

Photo: The gourmet cellar bar

Here’s a feast fit for a king: indulge in the free flow Brunch just S$48 for adults (and $24 for children) of Friday to Sunday.

You have the choice between two seats: 12 p.m.–2 p.m. Where 2:30–4:30 p.m..

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No Spanish dining experience is complete without at least two or more starters. Nibble Huevos Estrellados, Crab croquetasand Ham Bikini while sipping your glass of red, the brunch has only just begun!

Regarding the SectorI think we can all agree that several orders of the Grain fed smoked beef brisket, Binchotan Grill Iberian Pork Chopsand Yakimeshi & Argentine Shrimps are a must.

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Get up close and personal with the classic Burnt Basque Cheesecake and Torrija, a Spanish French toast. Go ahead and ask for a second helping. It’s a dessert, after all.

Photos: @kevin_the_hiak/instagram, The gastronomic cellar bar

If you want the complete works (A.K.A a true bottomless brunch experience), you can get unlimited food and drink to $88. i will have one Sangria Red and a glass of Grenache ‘Fuente Verde’ Bodegas Monfil 2019thank you very much.

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James Halliday Wine Companion Awards 2023: Best Australian Wines Thu, 04 Aug 2022 03:01:00 +0000
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If you know the Australian wine world, you’ll know that the annual James Halliday Wine Companion Awards are big business. This year, more than 8,000 wines and 50 new wineries were blind-tasted by founder James Halliday and a handful of other wine professionals, and 26 drops were recognized in the James Halliday Wine Companion Awards for 2023. .

Most notably, it was announced this year that Reisling is arguably Australia’s most economical grape variety, and Perth Hills – one of Australia’s oldest wine regions – won a prize for its $50 Shiraz. . Do you still take notes?

If you want to know the full list of winners of the 2023 James Halliday Wine Companion Awards, so you can brag to your friends about your wine knowledge, we’ve listed them below.

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2023 Major James Halliday Award Winners

  • Cellar of the year – Pooley Wines, Tasmania
  • Winemaker of the year – Glenn Goodall, Xanadu Wines, Margaret River, WA
  • winemaker of the year – Tom Carson, Serrat, Yarra Valley, VIC
  • Best New Winery – Living Roots, Adelaide Hills, SA
  • Dark Horse Vineyard – LAS Vino, Margaret River, WA
  • Vineyard at the best value for money – Deeps Woods Estate, Margaret River, WA
  • Wine of the year – Best’s Wines Foudre Ferment Riesling 2021, Great Western – 96 points

2023 grape varieties winners

  • Sparkling White of the Year – Gilbert Family Wines Blanc de Blancs Chardonnay 2016 Orange – 97 points
  • Sparkling Red of the Year – Teusner MC Sparkling Shiraz 2017 Barossa Valley – 95 points
  • Sparkling rosé from Year – Pipers Brook Vineyard Kreglinger Brut Rosé 2017 Tasmania – 96 points
  • rosé of the year – Spinifex Luxury 2021 Barossa – 93 points
  • Sauvignon blanc of the year – Flowstone Wines Queen of the Earth Sauvignon Blanc 2020 Margaret River – 96 points
  • Other whites (and blends) of the year – Briar Ridge Vineyard Albariño 2021 Hunter Valley – 95 points
  • Semillon of the year – Brokenwood Sunshine Vineyard Sémillon 2014 Hunter Valley – 97 points
  • Riesling of the Year (two winners) – Henschke Julius Riesling 2021 Eden Valley – 98 points, Best’s Wines Foudre Ferment Riesling 2021, Great Western – 96 points
  • Chardonnay of the year – Stella Bella Wines Luminosa Chardonnay 2020 Margaret River – 98 points
  • Pinot noir of the year – Lowestoft La Maison Pinot Noir 2020 Tasmania – 96 points
  • Grenache (and Blends) of the Year – Chalk Hill Alpha Crucis Old Vine Grenache 2020 McLaren Vale – 98 points
  • Other reds (and blends) of the year – Koomilya Cabernet Touriga 2018 McLaren Vale – 97 points
  • Shiraz of the year – Battles Wine Granitis Shiraz 2020 Perth Hills – 96 points
  • Cabernet Shiraz of the Year – Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard The Peake Cabernet Shiraz 2020 McLaren Vale – 97 points
  • Cabernet Sauvignon of the year – Bleasdale Vineyards The Iron Duke Cabernet Sauvignon 2020 Langhorne Creek – 98 points
  • Cabernet Sauvignon (and family) of the year – Mount Mary Quintet 2020 Yarra Valley – 98 points
  • Sweet wine of the year – Brown Brothers Patricia Noble Riesling 2019 Victoria – 95 points
  • Fortified wine of the year – Seppeltsfield 100 Year Old Para Vintage Tawny 1922 Barossa Valley – 100 points

If you want to continue your journey of wine appreciation, you can get your hands on the Halliday Wine Companion starting August 5.

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Lakeside Wine Passports now reduced to $65 • Atascadero News Mon, 01 Aug 2022 23:54:47 +0000

Passports are valid until December 31 and are valid at North County businesses

ATSCADERO — The Atascadero Chamber has reduced the cost of its Lakeside Wine Passports to $65. Until December 31, there’s still plenty of time to support North County businesses and enjoy free tastings at 30 wineries, four breweries, two distilleries, one cider house and two olive oil tasting rooms. One free tasting is allowed per passport and per person (no sharing).

Passport holders will also receive free corkage fees at participating restaurants and discounts at four local hotels and two retailers.

Aaron Smith, who recently moved to Atascadero, said, “Without the passport, it would be hard to know where to start to sample the region’s wide array of excellent food and drink. The passport gave my wife and I a map to find new places and start trying some of the delicious flavors along the Central Coast.”


Participating wineries include Aaron Hill, Ancient Peaks Winery, B&E Vineyard, Bianchi Winery, Black Hand Cellars, Broken Earth Winery, Cass Winery, Castoro Cellars, Chronic Cellars, Derby Wine Estates, Dubost Winery, Eberle Winery, Ecluse Wines, Hidden Oak Winery, Hoyt Family Vineyards, Hunt Cellars, J Dusi, Justin Vineyards & Winery, Kula Vineyards & Winery, Le Vigne, MEA Wine, Opolo, Peachy Canyon, Rava Wines, Ruby Cellars, Seven Angels Cellars, Steinbeck Vineyards & Winery, Tolo Cellars, Vina Robles and Vintage Cowboy.

Participating breweries are Colony Mash Brewing Co., Dead Oak Brewing Company, Tent City Beer Company and Wild Fields Brewhouse. Bethel Road, Bristols Cider House and Forager at Central Coast Distillery also offer free tastings.

Passport holders enjoy free tastings in Groves at 41 olive oil and Olea farms. A one-time free corkage is offered at Don Q, Guest House Grill, La Donna’s, Nautical Cowboy, Union & Vine at SpringHill Suites and Streetside Ale House in Atascadero and Paso Robles. Purchase a passport online at or at the Atascadero Chamber of Commerce located at 6907 El Camino Real, Ste. A. If you have any questions, call (805) 466-2044.

]]> On board Belmond’s British Pullman: what can you eat? Sat, 30 Jul 2022 20:30:00 +0000

The British Pullman, Belmond’s English luxury rail line boasts a well-deserved reputation for culinary excellence.

Aptly describing itself as an “evening on rails”, this train features Michelin-starred chefs, fine vintage wines and elegantly plated seasonal dishes. à la carte menus with an emphasis on regional flavours, freshly prepared from hand-selected ingredients in the British Isles.

Although the precise details may vary depending on the duration, destination or theme of a trip, there are several gastronomic must-haves that British Pullman passengers can expect to enjoy it on just about any route they choose.


These include a healthy cocktail, a multi-course brunch, multiple rounds of tea and coffee, Petit fours, a glass of chilled champagne, half a bottle of fine wine and a three to five course gourmet dinner or lunch.

Related: The 10 best British dishes to try

49623513142_02a3fd75ee_oWelcome drinks

Upon boarding, British Pullman passengers are ushered to their seats – luxurious wingback chairs around an elegant table adorned with bespoke silverware – and presented with a peach bellini.

As the British Pullman signature drink, this simple and nostalgic blend of fresh Prosecco and delicate Italian peach puree marks the beginning of an unparalleled epicurean journey.

Morning tea and coffee

As the train departs Victoria Station, breaking away from the vibrant cacophony of London, passengers are offered a wide selection of gourmet teas and freshly brewed coffees.

Served in fine china and served by liveried attendants, the British Pullman the tea and coffee offerings are a kaleidoscope of distinct flavors, including full-bodied java roasts, subtle chamomile blossoms, zesty citrus blends, and richly spiced flavors. chai masala with hints of vanilla.

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Three course brunch

As the concrete sprawl of London gives way to the rustic splendor of the English countryside, passengers are treated to a sumptuous brunch consisting of three distinct and decadent courses, accompanied by a wide selection of freshly squeezed juices.

The first course, served quickly as guests near the end of their tea and coffee, is light and refreshing. Past trips on the British Pullman offered wild berry and granola parfait, fresh fruit salad with Greek yogurt, lobster medallions with avocado tartar and fruit infused buttermilk scones.

The second dish is more substantial and usually includes the main brunch item. In the past, this has included rosettes of smoked salmon with caviar and Hollandaise sauce, winter truffle omelettes and buttermilk pancakes topped with strawberries with sour cream.

The third course is traditionally sweet and gourmet. Previous selections have included passion fruit cracker puffs; lemon and olive cake with vanilla whipped cream, dark chocolate, cherry meringue, French macrons and bramble tart.

brunch dessert collageChampagne reception

Shortly after the last brunch dish was cleared, British Pullman trips usually arrive at their destination. It may be one of many stops on this line’s vast, ever-rotating itinerary of journeys to quixotic villages, opulent mansions, historic marinas and elegant college towns.

Related: The 10 most charming seaside towns in the UK

After their afternoon outing, passengers are taken back on board for a glass of chilled champagne, usually a vintage Widow Clicquot or one Laurent Perrier– to savor as the train begins its return to London.

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Gourmet dinner

Any return journey to London on a British Pullman The day trip includes a sumptuous three to five course dinner, depending on the outing. Everyone is a seasonal Brit host table, curated and prepared by a Michelin starred chef.

On board of British Pullman, the timing of each course is carefully matched to the pace of the journey, with dessert often served to coincide with a breathtaking sunset.

Dinner aperitifs spent on the British Pullman presented a chilled strawberry and champagne soup; truffled cauliflower purée; duck terrine and Granny Smith apple; leaf salad mixed with saffron; ballotine of chicken with tanned tomato; and Roasted Asparagus with Apples and Walnuts sour cream.

Starters have included Welsh fillet of lamb over candied potatoes and spring peas; wild Cornish bass; roast rump of lamb on a wild mushroom ragout, pan-fried rib steak, dauphine potatoes and oxtail jus; and Kent guinea fowl on Niçoise salad.

The desserts consisted of a white chocolate, lemon and blueberry Charlotte with Lemon Custard; an Eton strawberry cheesecake a black forest cake with cognac cream and berry coulis; raspberry rhubarb and custard; a caramel, banana and pecan pudding; and a pineapple and English rum cake drizzled with a spicy caramel sauce.

In addition to the offer of appetizers, entrees and desserts, four and five course dinners on board the British Pullman will also include hors d’oeuvres, a chef’s selection amuse bouche, a plate of British cheeses with fresh jams and homemade chutney, or a combination of the three.

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Fine wine

The British Pullman offers an extensive range of carefully selected vintage wines, all hand selected by an onboard sommelier and carefully paired with each menu. On all routes, a passenger is entitled to half a bottle of wine of their choice, usually served with dinner.

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Evening tea and coffee

Naturally, a final round of tea and coffee is served after dinner on the British Pullman, accompanied by a cuteness, or a sweet after-dinner, to be savored with the approaching views of London’s dazzling nighttime skyline.

These after-dinner sweets tend to be bite-sized but richly decadent, like chocolate-dipped fresh fruit, hand-rolled truffles, or assorted Petit fours.

As the train draws closer and closer to the hustle and bustle of Victoria Station, these final indulgences form the sweetest of literal and figurative notes to wrap up this gloriously extravagant sightseeing and culinary adventure.

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8 hidden wineries around Ottawa where you can sip like you’re in Napa Valley Fri, 29 Jul 2022 05:19:16 +0000

Wineries might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of what to do in Ottawa, but there are so many dotted around town.

You can stroll through the rows of vines and taste different varieties of wine at these eight wineries located less than an hour from Ottawa. Say yes to rosé and discover hidden wine country in your own backyard.

Kin Vineyards

Price: $8 for a tasting of three wines

When: Wednesday to Sunday

Address: 2225 Craig’s Side Road, Carp, ON

Why you need to go: You can sip a glass of wine or a tasting flight at a 47-acre vineyard amid the vines or at the outdoor terrace bar. The winery has partnered with Joe’s Italian Kitchen so you can enjoy Italian dishes paired with your favorite drink.


Chelsea Vineyard

Price: Tasting prices vary

Address: 1582 Quebec Road. 105, Chelsea, QC

Why you need to go: This family-run winery hosts weddings and events, so you know it has to be a beautiful space. You can sip wine in the summer and taste maple treats at the sugar shack in the winter.


Domaine Perrault

Price: $22+ per person, per terrace package

When: Friday to Sunday

Address: 1000 Perrault Road, Navan, ON

Why you need to go: Terrace packages must be booked 48 hours in advance so you can sit on the cellar terrace tasting five different varieties. From local wine selections to a Sommelier Select option with premium wines and a charcuterie snack you can sip on in the afternoon.


Vineyard Clos Du Vully

Price: $12 per person for wine tasting, $60 for picnic package

When: Saturday and Sunday

Address: 2501 Magladry Road, Navan, ON

Why you need to go: This local winery grows five varieties of grapes, and you can drop by the winery to sample a bunch or enjoy an organized picnic. Wine tastings include two whites, two reds, a rosé and a glass of fortified wine. You can also book a wine and cheese pairing or a picnic package with a bottle of wine, a borrowed blanket and a charcuterie plate.


Jabulani Vineyard and Wine Estate

Price: $10 for a tasting of six wines, $6+ per glass

When: Friday to Sunday

Address: 8005 Jock Trail, Richmond, ON

Why you need to go: You can pop in for a cheese platter tasting and snack or make a reservation online if you want to secure a certain spot. You will choose to sit at a barrel or patio table near the cellar veranda or find a hidden spot near the vines or pond.

On August 11, you can participate in a special yoga event at the winery that includes a gentle yoga session, a welcome drink and a tasting of three wines. Tickets are $40 each.


Little red cart wine estate

Price: Tastings start at $5, $6 a glass

When: Friday to Sunday

Address: 165 Chem. de Calumet O, Shawville, QC

Why you need to go: Located on a historic fruit farm where blackberries and heritage grapes still grow, as well as its many vines for wine, this winery often hosts dinner parties and entertainment events. They serve from a small appetizer plate menu with a homemade dessert option available and flatbread pizzas on Fridays.


Smokie Ridge Vineyard

Price: $25 per person for a guided tour and tasting of five wines

When: weekends until December

Address: 10090 Cameron Road, Mountain, ON

Why you need to go: You can try a variety of different wines during a guided tasting and take a tour of the cellar. They offer a number of different tour and tasting packages, including cheese and bread, international wines, a charcuterie board, and chocolates. There is also a vegan option.


Pontiac Village Estate

Price: $3 for a tasting, $8 for three wines, $6 for a glass

When: Friday to Sunday until October 9, 2022

Address: 1259 Chem. of the Cemetery, Quyon, QC

Why you have to go: You can enjoy a guided tour of the vineyard or taste different wines in a historic barn. The winery also has a car museum where you can browse a bunch of vintage cars housed in a barn.


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Charles Lachaux announces an exclusive agreement with Crurated Wed, 27 Jul 2022 12:14:22 +0000

Rising Burgundy winemaker Charles Lachaux has announced a partnership with digital fine wine club Crurated.

Lachaux, who represents the sixth generation of the Vosne-Romanée estate in the Côte-d’Or, has earned a reputation as a rising star in the world of wine, pushing the boundaries of viticulture in Burgundy. An established estate run by a young and talented winemaker, he is the one who db rated as “one to watch” in 2019.

The deal means that Lachaux’s award-winning wines, which are all produced in small quantities and as such are in high demand, will be sold exclusively to Crurated members via the platform’s private sales, although commercial sales to restaurants will be always managed by the distributors.

Lachaux wines will be offered on the platform in several phases throughout the year, starting this week with a mixed box including wines from six appellations – Bourgogne Aligoté, Les Champs d’Argent, 2021, Bourgogne Rouge, La Croix Blanche, 2021, Côte de Nuits Village, Aux Montagnes, 2021, Aloxe-Corton premier cru, Les Valozières, 2021, Nuits Saint Georges village, La Petite Charmotte, 2021, and Nuits Saint Georges premier cru, Aux Argillas, 2021.

Each bottle will come with an NFT verifying the authenticity of the bottle and providing details such as ownership history, vintage, vineyard location and varietals in the blend. The bottle history is updated via a new blockchain record each time the wine is resold and the token is passed from one customer to another.

Lachaux said innovation in winemaking was “the key to producing and distributing an exceptional bottle of wine”, but for decades wine was distributed “regardless of how the process can be improved”.

“Crurated streamlines access to rare wines and their use of blockchain technology and NFT provides buyers with much-needed authenticity and provenance for this industry,” he said. “They are the perfect partner for us as we enter a new era of direct-to-consumer wine sales.”

Crurated founder Alfonso de Gaetano said the team had been fortunate to work with some of the world’s greatest wines and winemakers.

“We are the first member-based wine community to offer full transparency and asset value protection,” he said. “Our blockchain-based technology platform has revolutionized the way rare wines are bought and sold.”

“This model already redefines the wine cellar well beyond the four walls.”

Crurated was launched in 2021, designed to connect connoisseurs directly to world-class wine producers, with information and provenance assured through blockchain technology.

Who are the winners of the 2022 Central Pennsylvania Wine Spectator Restaurant Award? Looked Sat, 23 Jul 2022 13:06:00 +0000

Sean Arnold is the owner and head chef of Left Bank Restaurant & Bar, an award-winning restaurant and cocktail bar in downtown York.

His most recent accolade is a Restaurant Award from Wine Spectator, a list that was announced earlier this week. The Left Bank is one of 67 establishments in Pennsylvania to receive the 2022 vintage of the annual award, a slice of more than 3,150 dining destinations recognized by Wine Spectator nationally and in 70 countries.

“This restaurant award has put La Rive Gauche in the national spotlight. It’s a big deal for us, but more importantly, it’s a tribute to our staff,” Arnold said. “Our team will continue to keep the Left Bank top of mind for all our loyal customers and to attract new customers by pushing our limits of creativity and hospitality.”

He said that award was partly the result of The Left Bank’s wine list being re-evaluated last year and diversifying and expanding.

“We looked at different areas of Pennsylvania and we wanted to bring in different wines from California, Europe, bring in different distributors around the world, Australia, New Zealand,” he said. “We actually doubled or tripled our wine list during this time.”

The award follows a PennLive story last week that Arnold put the upscale bistro up for sale after operating it since 2017, including through the chaos of the pandemic and accompanying closures and restrictions. . It’s on the market for $395,000, according to Rock Commercial Real Estate. The sale includes goodwill, furniture, fixtures, equipment, use of the hotel’s liquor license and proceeds.

“As I plan to move out of the market, the announcement is bittersweet,” Arnold said. “We are very proud of what we have built in York since we took ownership five years ago, winning numerous regional and national awards for our menu, cocktails, wine selection and service,” Arnold said in a statement. Left Bank, at 120 N. George St., has operated in York for nearly 30 years.

The Wine Spectator Restaurant Awards are awarded on three levels: the Prix d’Excellence, the Best Prix d’Excellence and the Grand Prix, with 1,782; 1,290; and 97 winners this year in each respective category, according to a statement. They were launched in 1981.

Two winners of the Grand Award, the program’s highest honor, take home the award for the first time: Gabriel Kreuther in New York and Press Restaurant in Napa Valley.

Included in the special Restaurant Awards issue of Wine Spectator: an account of how restaurants today – through actions such as showcasing greater diversity among the winemakers represented on their wine lists and attention to environmentally friendly winemaking practices – are more creative and inclusive than ever.

Said Marvin R. Shanken, editor and publisher, Wine Spectator. “These awards not only guide our readers to dining establishments with impressive wine lists and exceptional service, but also serve to honor restaurants for their achievements and commitment to maintaining immaculate cellars.

1700 Degree Steakhouse is located at the Hilton Harrisburg. It was a 2022 Restaurant Award winner. Dan Gleiter | PENNLIVE.COMPENNLIVE.COM

The Restaurant Awards appear in the July 12 issue of The Spectator. Here is a link to the full list of winners.

While Philadelphia and Pittsburgh and their surrounding suburbs are well represented on the list, central Pennsylvania also has its share.

These include:

1700 Degree Steakhouse, Harrisburg

Amorette, Lancaster

Devon Seafood + Steak, Hershey

DiSalvo’s, Williamsport

Elizabeth’s, an American bistro, Lewisburg

Grace, State College

Inn at Herr Ridge, Gettysburg

Osteria Avanti, Leola

The Circular, Hershey

The Left Bank Restaurant and Bar, York

Tutoni’s, York

Victor Italian Restaurant, York


Pennsylvania winery partners with ‘best of the best’ to distribute its Gruner, Riesling

Maryland winery begins to offer customers a taste of what’s in the barrel

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Despite the fires, the wine glass is still half full Thu, 21 Jul 2022 20:02:10 +0000 Although the vintage may take a hit, it remains unlikely that the European fires will lead to a global shortage of wine.

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| Despite the fires raging across Europe, the glasses are unlikely to remain empty for long.

If you watch the heat and the fires in Europe, you might be wondering what happens if the three biggest wine producers in the world – Italy, France and Spain – all have bad vintages.

So I, too, contacted experts in the wine trade. But first, let me put the importance of these countries into perspective.

In 2020, according to the OIV, these three countries produced 52% of all the wine produced in the world. You can add up all the wine produced by the next three highest producing countries – the United States, Argentina and Australia – and that doesn’t equal the amount produced by Italy or France.

The environmental situation is bad in every country. In addition to the extreme heat, these three major wine producers (along with Greece and Portugal) have been hit by forest fires, with smoke noticeable in the city of Bordeaux. Extreme heat will likely suppress yield in both locations, and some areas may be concerned about the smell of smoke. Italy is also suffering from a drought, which will also reduce yields.

It’s probably not a great vintage in Europe, but that’s nothing new: the fires of July have replaced the rains of September as a concern. What if it was a disaster vintage? Would this mean a global shortage of wine? Would other countries suddenly have great opportunities to enter stores and restaurants they had never entered before?

I asked two of the top wine market analysts I know – Jon Moramarco of bw166 and Rob McMillan of Silicon Valley Bank – if a wine shortage was a real possibility.

Both were optimistic: they assured me that we will have enough wine next year. (Phew.)

“I look at it historically,” said Moramarco, who is also an editor and partner at Gomberg Fredrikson. “You have cycles where Europe would have a vintage down, but if it’s down 10%, the next vintage should be out a month earlier. It could happen. Then I looked at the temperature at Bordeaux In 2019 it reached 41.2 degrees Celsius In 2003 it was 40.7 This year there are hot temperatures, but historically there have been other hot temperatures.

No smoke without fire

As for the smell of smoke, one thing we learned in California is that it tends to affect vineyards closest to fires. The images of forest fires in Europe are striking because we are not used to seeing them. Some areas could be affected, but most are highly unlikely.

Additionally, while our understanding of smoke odor is still evolving, Moramarco said smoke tends to be absorbed closer to harvest. Grapes in France, Spain and Italy have probably gone through veraison, so they are getting bigger and softer and becoming vulnerable to the smell of smoke, but harvest is still likely over a month away and could be delayed. if the heat stops the vines. If the fires persist into August, this will be a much bigger problem.

It is not too early to predict a small vintage. But Moramarco points out that Bordeaux, even though it makes an ocean of wine, is probably responsible for less than 2% of all the wine in the world. In the worst-case scenario, the global wine market could handle a complete zero of a vintage from even the largest wine region without a shortage.

Although a global wine shortage is unlikely, the forest fires in Europe have still caused unimaginable damage.

| Although a global wine shortage is unlikely, the forest fires in Europe have still caused unimaginable damage.

Of course, for wineries and wine regions it is different. If your favorite region is hit hard by fires and smoke, this wine might not exist for 2022.

“The real problem in natural disasters is with specific areas and wineries,” said McMillan, executive vice president of Silicon Valley Bank’s wine business. “Some won’t get a harvest, some won’t produce a vintage, some will downgrade everything, and the best wineries, as long as there’s no smoke impact, will still make great wine from the vintage. Other wineries will produce as normal and will not be impacted.”

In Napa Valley, a wildfire in 2020 and the resulting smoke kept many high-end wineries from releasing their wines. I wondered if a similar situation in Burgundy, Bordeaux and other high-end European regions would lead to fewer wines for the high-end market. Moramarco was even more optimistic about it.

“With the high-end market, these are wines that are not consumed immediately,” Moramarco said. “When you actually work with collectors’ cellars, believe me, they have a lot of wines they can drink in their cellar. Most of the big chateaux hold back certain amounts of each vintage. If there’s a small vintage that year, they could release them again.”

I asked if this was an opportunity for wineries in the southern hemisphere – which had a much less eventful vintage earlier this year – to break some wine lists that had previously been dominated by European wines. With one very interesting exception, Moramarco said no. Chile and Argentina probably won’t benefit, but he thinks Australia could.

“I look at the Treasury and the issues they’ve had with Penfolds, and they make some great wines,” Moramarco said. “Perhaps Penfolds could see a bit of a revamp in China if there is a shortage of very high-end European wines.”

In 2003, European vineyards were not prepared for the massive heat wave. The wines of this vintage are very different to this day. (It should be noted that in some areas known to be very cool, such as Beaujolais and Germany’s Moselle region, the 2003s are considered excellent.) Moramarco said wineries have learned from this experience and will process the 2022 grapes differently in the cellar. Also, winemakers have more experience with extreme heat and viticulture methods are different now. Because of this, it’s entirely possible that, unlike the 2003s, you won’t be able to choose the 2022s in a blind tasting.

That said, McMillan wonders if we haven’t seen the end of Europe’s “grand crus” for a while.

“I could be wrong, because who can predict the volatility of weather patterns,” McMillan said. “They seem to be more impacted by frost, wind, hail, heat spikes, flooding, smoke, fires and who knows what else. I’m not a meteorologist but I think that they have more difficulty because of the weather conditions, the proximity and heat of the seas and oceans, the impact of the Alps on the weather and the wide reach of very large wine regions.No region can get a pass there – low, it seems, in the event of a weather event.

As for California – I don’t want to jinx it – but 2022 has been pretty mild so far. Knock on an oak barrel!

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Climate Change Affects Michigan Wine Tue, 19 Jul 2022 13:30:16 +0000
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Sspring is hard youIme of the year for Andy Fles, the vineyard manager of Shady Lane Cellars, a vineyard and winery in Suttons Bay, northern Michigan. Spring is when the buds burst happens: when the brown, scruffy vines burst into greenery. Grape buds emerge from the winter vine in delicate shoots and begin the process of producing this year’s vintage of wine grapes. For Fles and other vineyard managers, bud burst signals new life, new seasons and endless possibilities for this year’s vintage.

Bud break typically occurs in May, Fles says, depending on heat buildup. “When that happens, we are all very nervous because of the frost.” In Michigan, the first days of warm spring are almost inevitably followed by another hard freeze – and sometimes several. “Once the green tissue is out, it’s very sensitive,” says Fles. “It’s not like the leaves of an apple tree that can tolerate sub-freezing temperatures. If we reach 32 [degrees] or below for more than an hour or two, then we’re going to have some damage there.

In recent years, bud burst has been getting earlier and earlier. But because frost often still follows, winemakers like Fles have to perform acrobatic mental calculations to try to predict their harvest. The average air temperature, monthly precipitation, and sun exposure averages in Michigan’s climate all change rapidly. Climate change is affecting how Michigan winemakers grow grapes, how they manage their vineyards, and even the varieties of wine they produce. Vineyard managers need to find creative ways to account for climate change, including adding more varieties suitable for longer periods of heat. But while that might sound like great news for wine production in the state, extreme weather conditions like those forecast can make it difficult to plan from seed to bottling.

Over the past 60 years, Michigan’s grape growing season has shrunk by almost a month. This adds growing degree days – the accumulation over a year of average daily temperatures above a threshold temperature for a particular crop. That’s good news for winemakers in one of the country’s northernmost wine regions. Not good news for Michigan grape growers is the increased weather volatility predicted by climatologists in the coming decades.

Paolo Sabbatini is an associate professor of horticulture at Michigan State University. He has spent nearly 20 years working with Michigan grape growers, studying the short- and long-term effects of climate change on the industry. For Sabbatini, the big takeaway is that Michigan will remain, as he dubs, “constantly inconsistent.” The polar vortices of 2014 and 2015 devastated the cultures of the region; Sabbatini and climatologists predict winter weather will become increasingly volatile and harder to predict, with more violent storms and polar vortices.

Michigan is home to five distinct United States Vineyard Zones, or AVAs, each with unique soil, microclimate, and growth patterns. All of these, as well as most of the state’s fruit orchards, are on the west and north coasts of the state. There, the high volume of water leads to more frequent snowfall. This snow helps insulate from extreme cold by creating a blanket that retains heat and protects sleeping vines. “Winters are very, very complicated [to predict] in Michigan, because the temperatures depend on many different factors related to the enormous amount of water around us,” says Sabbatini. “So harsh winters are winters when the lake freezes: you lose the lake effect, because there is ice on top of the lake. throughout the season.

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Certified sommelier Liz Martinez of the Backbone Hospitality Group. // Photograph by Hayden Stinebaugh

In 2017, Sabbatini and his colleagues compared historical weather data from Michigan and Napa, California since 1970. While the average temperatures of the two regions over the course of a year have increased dramatically, Michigan’s temperatures have oscillated sharply. In Napa, temperatures varied from ideal temperatures for viticulture by 10% in each direction. That is, the average temperature remained 10% cooler or 10% warmer than the ideal temperature for growing wine grapes. In Michigan during the same years, the temperature variation from the ideal was 40% in each direction.

“It’s the constant inconsistency,” says Sabbatini. “Yes, we are on a streak of more heat. But the streak doesn’t come cohesively, like in Napa Valley and other areas, but with a lot of variability. It’s a bit like the financial market. It’s still going up, but through a lot of different bumps. You always win in the long term, but in the short term you can lose. And it’s Michigan time.

It’s not all bad news for Michigan’s growing wine industry. A longer growing season means more chances for high quality wines. Advances in weather forecasting and vine breeding and cultivation can mitigate some of the worst effects of storms. Shady Lane’s Fles even sees advantages for Michigan growers over growers in other areas: “We have varieties that are well suited to a cooler climate, and I think we’re going to stay that way for quite a while.” We don’t see the same kind of things you see in the West, where there’s a lot of talk about whether the region is getting too hot for Pinot Noir.

As wildfires and extreme heat waves ravage West Coast wine regions, Fles notices a new group of fruit growers and grape growers moving into Michigan. One of the main advantages of Michigan winemakers is all around us. “We have water security here,” says Fles. Thanks to this lake effect, Michigan grape growers don’t have to rely on irrigation, which saves a lot of money and bodes well for future grape growers. Fles recently helped a Colorado market gardener move to Michigan; this decision was motivated in large part by the change in access to water.

As the industry grows, Michigan winemakers are making increasingly complex and flavorful wines. Certified sommelier Liz Martinez is group director of beverage and hospitality for Backbone Hospitality Group, which owns Mink, Marrow, Folk and The Royce in southeast Michigan. Since moving to the state five years ago, she has been impressed with the rapid evolution of the quality and variety of her wine. Long known for its sweet Rieslings, Michigan now produces competitive, quality red wines, including Cabernet Franc and Pinot Noir, two rather temperamental grape varieties. “If you’re a smart winemaker,” says Martinez, “you can find a way to adapt and find the varieties that are right for the region. Michigan could soon stand out.

This story is from the July 2022 issue of Hour Detroit magazine. Read more stories in our digital edition.