Showing posts from March, 2011

TONG Magazine, and Jancis Robinson unsure about when to publish her Bordeaux 2010 ratings

I'm angry. I lost the posting I just wrote. It sat on another computer, and now it's gone. It's the first time this has happened to me with a posting, and I feel I don't have the energy to completely rewrite it. It was about exploring the Belgian English-written award-winning TONG Magazine, which is a dream for every wine lover. In-depth stories, no ads, only the most knowledgeable writers in the field. And it just looks great. So yes, it's something I very much recommend. Perhaps I will dive into this subject another time.

I'll make it short this time. Jancis Robinson wrote on her website that she's not sure when to publish her notes on the Bordeaux 2010 vintage. She does not want to contribute to the development of exploding prices. It's an interesting article and food for thought. My feeling says it would be healthy if the influential critics would NOT write anything before the prices are released, but of course this issue is not as simple as it seems…

Alicante Wines and Carnival

Dwayne Perreault - Like anyone, my taste in wine is shaped by what is available to me. I’ve taken numerous trips to Malaga, Valencia and now Alicante over the last few years, and I have to wonder: why don’t we see more from the Spanish Levante on our wine shop shelves?

It can be easy to forget that Spain has 77 quality wine regions, since most of the market here is concentrated on only a few. If you’re talking top quality reds, then you mean mostly Tempranillos from Rioja/Navarra and Ribera del Duero, along with Toro and Cigales. And then there is Priorat. Little mention is made of the wonderful Montastrell varietals and blends from the Levante.

I know some of these wines are available in the Netherlands, but you have to look for them. I stumbled upon Rafael Cambra’s excellent wines the last time I was in Valencia and was impressed by the 100% Monastrell Uno, as well as the Cabernet Sauvignon and Franc blended Dos.

So what would Alicante have to offer? Well, it happened to be Carnival. …