Tag Archives: Wines & Spirits

Analysis: Why California Winemakers Go Public

Two California wine companies are going public this spring, the first major wineries to do so since the late 1990s. Winemakers explain the lessons of past stock offerings from wineries like Mondavi and Ravenswood and why they think the time is now right to join the IPO fray. Photo: Jake Nicol/WSJ

Vineyard Views: ‘Bersi Serlini Franciacorta’ In Northern Italy (Video)

Took me a while to complete this project, but it’s finally done. I am absolutely honored to have shot this piece for one of my favorite winery in my hometown, Bersi Serlini Franciacorta. As many of you know, I’m a big fan of wine and I’m always happy to shoot this kind of projects. Franciacorta is a very special sparkling wine, made with the same method of Champagne.

This piece is also very special because Arturo, the founder, passed away only one year after I shot this documentary and I feel honored I was able to interview him. Everything was shot on BMPCC4K and Canon FDs (24mm f/2.8 and 70-210 f/4) and Laowa 9mm f/2.8. The drone footage was captured with DJI Phantom 4 Pro and DJI Inspire 2 with the X7 camera by Matteo Bertelli. The documentary was edited and graded in DaVinci Resolve using BUTTERY Natural Rec709 LUT. Everything was lit exclusively by Relio lights.

Produced by BUTTERY Films Directed by Matteo Bertoli Sound by Daniele Macchini Original music by Stefano Sacchi Drone footage by Matteo Bertelli

Analysis: The Effects Of Chinese Tariff’s Of Up To 212% On Australian Wine

China imposed tariffs of up to 212% on Australian wine, prompting politicians around the world to criticize what they call Beijing’s “bullying.” WSJ visits a winemaker who hopes global attention will help the industry. Photo: Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images

Wine Regions: Origins Of Barolo In Northern Italy

Silvia Donati |
Fri, 01/08/2021

Barolo is made from the Nebbiolo grape, or more precisely, from three sub-varieties of Nebbiolo, whose name recalls the fog (‘nebbia’ in Italian) that often envelopes the hills and valleys where it’s made at the time of the vendemmia.  

Just eleven comuni (towns) are allowed to produce Barolo, all comprised within a small area in the province of Cuneo, to the east of the regional capital of Turin: La Morra, Barolo, Verduno, Castiglione Falletto, Monforte d’Alba, Serralunga, Novello, Roddi, Grinzano Cavour, Diano d’Alba and Cherasco.

Among Italy’s Unesco World Heritage Sites aren’t just artworks, castles, cities and monuments; there are also entire areas, such as the vineyard landscape of Langhe-Roero and Monferrato in the north-western region of Piedmont; this landscape constitute, according to Unesco, “an outstanding example of man’s interaction with his natural environment,” and an “outstanding living testimony to winegrowing and winemaking traditions that stem from a long history, and that have been continuously improved and adapted up to the present day.” 

It is precisely in this area that one of the world’s greatest wines originated: Barolo

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Travel Stories: ‘Yamanashi – Japan’s Best Wine Region’

Yamanashi, Japan’s wine country, serves up a variety of flavors, crafted by techniques and philosophies as different as the people dedicating to making every bottle their best.

Yamanashi is Japan’s largest and most famous wine-producing region, responsible for nearly 40% of the nation’s annual production of wine. The region is located on the main island of Honshu within a landlocked area. There is an extremely fertile valley in Yamanashi as famous for its peaches and plums as its grapes.

Travel Tours: ‘Kentucky Bourbon Trail’ (Video)

Kentucky Bourbon is known worldwide and is a staple of the American spirits industry. Nowhere else are there so many famous bourbon brands all within a short drive from each other as there are in Kentucky. Amie and I spent the better part of a week trying many of the different distilleries and made this video to showcase how amazing this area is, especially if you like bourbon. This video was shot in January of 2020.

  • 95% of the world’s Bourbon is produced in Kentucky.
  • In order for whiskey to be Bourbon, it must be made with a minimum of 51 percent corn, aged in new, charred oak containers, stored at no more than 125 proof and bottled at no less than 80 proof.
  • There are now 9.1 million barrels of Bourbon aging in Kentucky, which is 2 barrels for every person living in the state.

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Winery Profile Podcast: The Urban Wine Company, London, ‘CHATEAU TOOTING’

Monocle’s Georgina Godwin heads to southwest London to visit The Urban Wine Company, that harvests its bounty from vines across the city.

The Urban Wine Company™ was born out of an idea a few years back. Neighbours Richard and Paul were relaxing underneath a vine enjoying a glass of wine that had been flown half-way across the world. Realising they were sat in an urban garden of Eden surrounded by grape vines, they asked the impossible…
“Would it be possible to make a wine made from London grapes?”

So, in September 2009 they set about harvesting grapes grown in gardens, allotments, behind supermarkets and even at the side of railways. They teamed up with winemaking experts to produce the very first batch of ‘Chateau Tooting’. Pleasantly surprised, if not a little amazed by its ‘Drinkability’ The Urban Wine Company™ was formed. Not only had a fantastic tasting wine been created using grapes grown in a city centre, something unique had also been born.

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French Vineyard Tours: “Château Siran” In The Bordeaux Region (Video)

Owned by the same family since 1859, Siran is an original property with many surprises, including the panoramic terrace with a superb view over the Margaux appellation and the fallout shelter built to keep the Château Siran wine store dating back to 1912.

For more than 40 years, Siran has offered visitors the opportunity to share a family’s passion for the art of creating great wines and tasting them. One of the rare Médoc châteaux which can be visited every day from May to September and the rest of the year from Tuesday to Saturday, by appointment, Siran is worth a detour!

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Travel, Food & Wine: Top Australian Restaurants And Vineyards (Podcast)

Monocle 24 Only In Australia PodcastUnrestrained by culinary tradition, Australia’s fine drinking and dining scene applauds creativity and food fusion. The country’s outdoor eating culture is enlivened by some of the world’s best fresh produce, breathtaking landscapes and ideal growing conditions. 

Get your tummy ready to rumble as Georgina Godwin takes a tour through some of Australia’s finest dining rooms, vineyards and cellar doors, with star wine-makers, foragers of fine food and industry-leading artisans as her guides.

Food & Wine: “A Nose For The Right Wine In Tuscany” – James Suckling (Video)

Monocle FilmsAn invitation to one of James Suckling’s soirées at his Tuscan villa is a rare treat. An influential wine critic, Suckling’s approach to choosing wine is characteristically considered. He will often theme the evening by grape, country or wine style but also might present wines based on the mood or the tastes of people attending. Correct storage of any vintage is incredibly important. The LG SIGNATURE Wine Cellar allows variable control of temperature, humidity, vibration and light levels. Find out how to become the consummate host with LG SIGNATURE in our five-part “The art of hosting” series.