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Tunjung – Balinese White Wine

Tunjung – Balinese White Wine Tunjung sparkling wine comes from a grape variety identified as “Probolingo Biru”. The grapes are grown in the north east of Bali at the Hatten Wines vineyard.  This brut sparkling favorite has aromas of citrus peel and flowers, with a lingering scent of light creamy yeast.  The aromas and flavours […]

Red Wine

Aga Red – Balinese Red Wine

Aga Red – Balinese Red Wine AGA Red is a young light red wine made from the local Alphonse-Lavallée grapes. This medium bodied wine is often associated with the genre Beaujolais-Nouveau.

White Wine

Aga White – Balinese White Wine

Aga White – Balinese White Wine Hatten Wines dry white is a delightful wine made from the Belgia grapes grown in Hatten Wines’ own vineyard on the North East of Bali. Fermentation is conducted at a low temperature in order to preserve the delicate lemon-lime flavours.  The wine is matured for over six months in […]

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Why are alcohol levels in wine higher today?

One of the hot topics of debate within the wine industry today relates to the overall increase in the alcohol levels of many wines. Wines that were commonly 12.5% alcohol twenty years ago, now routinely register 14.0%. It would be easy to dismiss this dramatic change in wine as yet another result of global warming, […]

Wine Spirits

How To Know What Wine To Order In A Restaurant

It can be embarrassing if you are out on a date at a fancy restaurant and you don’t know the right wine to order, it’s even worse if you are out with another couple. Even though ordering a bottle of wine while dining out isn’t all that different than buying from a winery you do […]

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Take Control Of The Wine List

Imagine this—you are seated at an upscale restaurant with one of your best clients and then handed a wine list thicker than a college textbook. You want to pick out the “perfect” wine to impress your client but everything looks like it is written in a foreign language. After only a few minutes the server […]

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5 Secrets To Ordering A Great Bottle Of Wine Every Time

I have found that most people want to enjoy wine, but that many of them just feel frustrated and confused by all the jargon and pomp and circumstance. I believe learning about wine should be simple, without attitude and above all else, lots of fun! So here are my 5 secrets to ordering a great […]

Top 10 Wine 2006

Casanova di Neri

Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova 2001 97 / $70 Tuscany 4,830 cases made This family-run winery is one of the best examples of the recent winemaking renaissance in Tuscany. Casanova di Neri has excelled with Brunello di Montalcino, the region’s famous Sangiovese-based red, since its debut vintage in 1993. The 2001 is […]

Top 10 Wine 2006

Quilceda Creek

Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Washington 2003 95 / $85 Washington 3,400 cases made Quilceda Creek has a track record of outstanding Cabernets. The wines have gotten even better since owner Alex Golitzin passed on the winemaking duties to his son, Paul. In 2003, Paul sourced more grapes from Champoux Vineyard and less from Red Mountain. […]

Top 10 Wine 2006

Chateau Leoville Barton St. Julien 2003

Chateau Leoville Barton St.-Julien 2003 98 / $75 Bordeaux 18,330 cases made In 2003, Anthony Barton made his greatest wine ever from this second-growth in St.-Julien. Barton’s family purchased the estate in 1826; today, its 111 acres of vines consist of 72 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, plus Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The wines are fermented in […]

Top 10 Wine 2006

Concha y Toro’s Cabernet Sauvignon Puente Alto Don Melchor 2003

Cabernet Sauvignon Puente Alto Don Melchor 2003 96 / $47 Chile 10,500 cases made Concha y Toro’s flagship Cabernet Sauvignon, Don Melchor comes from 25-year-old vines in the Maipo Valley’s Puente Alto vineyard. The 2003 vintage was long and warm, but cool nights allowed for ideal ripening. The Don Melchor, which contains 5 percent Cabernet […]

Top 10 Wine 2006

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée 2003

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée 2003 97 / $70 Rhône 5,830 cases made Laurence Féraud established the domaine in 1987 with her father, Paul; today they run it with her partner, Mark Fincham. The 2003 Cuvée Réservée mixes 80 percent Grenache with Syrah, Mourvèdre and other varieties. Despite the wildly hot 2003 vintage, the family harvested late, […]

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Lafaurie-Peyraguey Sauternes 2003

Lafaurie-Peyraguey Sauternes 2003 97 / $45 Bordeaux 6,520 cases made Lafaurie-Peyraguey has produced some of Sauternes’ most powerful wines for more than two decades. The 2003 is no exception—Bordeaux’s hottest summer on record produced a full-bodied dessert wine with incredibly intense apricot and honey aromas. To achieve that concentration, the château uses more than 90 […]

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Kosta Browne – Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2004

Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2004 96 / $38 California 1,020 cases made Dan Kosta and Michael Browne have joined the ranks of California’s most accomplished Pinot Noir producers since arriving on the scene 10 years ago. Kosta Browne is red-hot, with six of its seven 2004 Sonoma Pinot Noirs garnering classic scores. […]

Top 10 Wine 2006

Kongsgaard – Chardonnay Napa Valley 2003

Kongsgaard Chardonnay Napa Valley 2003 97 / $75 California 1,200 cases made John Kongsgaard launched his own Chardonnay and Syrah brand in 1996, after 20 years as a winemaker for other Napa Valley producers. The grapes come primarily from his shy-bearing, 10-acre family vineyard in Napa, but are supplemented with grapes from Carneros and St. […]