Category Archives: Chile

A stellar Austrian red to start the year off right

Here are a few recommendations from my January 1 Washington Post column, including one of the best red wines I’ve tasted from Austria. I had the pleasure of visiting Franz Netzl and his family in December 2012 in Göttlesbrunn, in Carnuntum, just … Continue reading

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What’s ahead in 2014 for wine lovers?

New Year’s is crystal-ball season in a lot of respects – not just the ball that drops on Times Square, but all the figurative crystal balls that pundits and wine columnists gaze into to predict what the new year will … Continue reading

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A history lesson in a glass

Wine lovers like to wax poetic about “tasting history” when drinking an old wine, as if the warmth of that long-ago summer can be felt and a memory, or an historical event, conjured from the glass. Such history lessons are … Continue reading

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Worth Reading This Week: Local wines from outer space and fantasy lawsuits

Interesting reading this week for oenophiliacs: In the Financial Times, Jancis Robinson takes on the potent issue of potent wines, including recent arguments that rising alcohol levels aren’t because of global warming or more efficient yeasts, but because winemakers are … Continue reading

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Carbon-Neutral Wine

Wineries today tout their green credentials almost as much as their scores from influential wine magazines. Solar power, sustainable or organic or biodynamic (s/o/b) viticulture, and “carbon-neutral” winemaking are all marketing buzzwords for wineries. In today’s column in The Washington … Continue reading

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Life Through Rosé-Colored Glasses

In Bordeaux, Vinexpo week has been blessed with stunningly beautiful weather €“ bright, sunny skies, warm-to-hot-but-not-stifling temperatures, and steady breezes leading into cool nights. It€™s been such a treat after all the rain back home. That rain had me in … Continue reading

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More on the Loss of Billington Wines

In the fallout over the demise of Billington Wines, there is at least some good news: Alfredo Bartholomaus, the company€™s founder and a joyful bon vivant, will not be slipping away into full retirement just yet. Leonardo LoCascio, president of … Continue reading

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The Recession Claims Billington

The recession has taken a bite out of the Washington, D.C., wine community with the recent demise of Billington Wines, the Springfield, Va.-based company that helped put South American wines on U.S. dinner tables. Billington closed its doors May 15, … Continue reading

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The Terroirists Are Coming!

The €œReturn to Terroir€ tasting came to Washington this week, courtesy of the French Wine Society. It wasn€™t as big a tasting as in New York the day before, but I only had to find parking along Reservoir Rd., not … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Wine Curmudgeon!

The Wine Curmudgeon celebrated a birthday this past weekend. Not the Curmudgeon himself, Jeff Siegel, the Dallas-based wine columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, but the Wine Curmudgeon blog. Jeff started it a year ago, and it has become a … Continue reading

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