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October 22, 2014 9:45 am - Posted by Jody in Drink

Investing in Wine Ideas; Global Stock Directory Updated

October 6, 2014 12:48 pm - Posted by Jody in Drink

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( http://www.investorideas.com) a global news source covering leading sectors including food and beverage stocks issues the updated September wine stocks directory for investors.

As global wine consumption continues to rise, interest in participating in the sector has also grown. Separate from investing in publicly traded wine companies, a new crowdfunding platform dedicated to the wine industry has created an interesting way to play in the sector. Although participants do not get shares for their funding, they do get an equivalent in kind.

According to their site ( https://www.fundovino.com), it is free for donors and project owners to register on Fundovino and present a project. When a target amount is reached or exceeded, the funds are released to the project owner, after deduction of a 3% bank transaction fee and a 5% commission for Fundovino. If it is not reached, donors are eligible for a full refund.

Project owners accept a sort of “moral contract” with donors. When they receive their donations, they promise to offer an in-kind reward within a period of up to several months. This system is therefore based on trust between donors and project owners. By promising a gift in exchange for donations, project owners put their reputation on the line to satisfy their donors.

Wine Stocks September 2014

Andrew Peller A NV is a leading producer and marketer of quality wines in Canada. With wineries in British Columbia, Ontario, and Nova Scotia, the Company markets wines produced from grapes grown in Ontario’s Niagara Peninsula, British Columbia’s Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys, and from vineyards around the world. The Company’s award-winning premium and ultra-premium VQA brands include Peller Estates, Trius, Hillebrand, Thirty Bench, Crush, Wayne Gretzky, Sandhill, Calona Vineyards Artist Series, and Red Rooster. Complementing these premium brands are a number of popularly priced varietal wine brands including Peller Estates French Cross in the East, Peller Estates Proprietors Reserve in the West, Copper Moon, XOXO, skinnygrape and Verano. Hochtaler, Domaine D’Or, Schloss Laderheim, Royal, and Sommet are our key value priced wine blends. The Company imports wines from major wine regions around the world to blend with domestic wine to craft these popularly priced and value priced wine brands. With a focus on serving the needs of all wine consumers, the Company produces and markets premium personal winemaking products through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Global Vintners Inc., the recognized leader in personal winemaking products. Global Vintners distributes products through over 250 Winexpert and Wine Kitz authorized retailers and franchisees and more than 600 independent retailers across Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Australia. Global Vintners award-winning premium and ultra-premium winemaking brands include Selection, Vintners Reserve, Island Mist, Kenridge, Cheeky Monkey, Ultimate Estate Reserve, Traditional Vintage, Cellar Craft, and Artful Winemaker. The Company owns and operates more than 100 well- positioned independent retail locations in Ontario under the Vineyards Estate Wines, Aisle 43, and WineCountry Vintners store names. The Company also owns Grady Wine Marketing Inc. based in Vancouver and The Small Winemaker’s Collection Inc. based in Ontario; both of these wine agencies are importers of premium wines from around the world and are marketing agents for these fine wines. The Company has entered into a partnership to market the Wayne Gretzky Estate Winery brands across Canada. The Company’s products are sold predominantly in Canada with a focus on export sales for its icewine and personal winemaking products.

AUSTRALIAN VINTAGE LTD together with its subsidiaries, engages in producing and marketing wine in Australia. The company offers its wine under the McGuigan, Miranda, Nepenthe, Passion Pop, Sunnyvale, Tempus Two, and Yaldara brands. It also owns, operates, manages, and develops vineyards primarily in the Sunraysia, Riverland, and Adelaide Hills regions in Australia. In addition, Australian Vintage Ltd offers packaged and bulk wines; and concentrate and winery processing services. The company sells its products through retail, wholesale, and distributer channels, as well as through regional outlets. Australian Vintage Ltd also exports its products to New Zealand, Asia, North America, the United Kingdom, and Europe.

BROWN FORMAN INC For more than 140 years, Brown-Forman Corporation has enriched the experience of life by responsibly building fine quality beverage alcohol brands, including Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Southern Comfort, Finlandia, Jack Daniel’s & Cola, Canadian Mist, Korbel, Gentleman Jack, el Jimador, Herradura, Sonoma-Cutrer, Chambord, New Mix, Tuaca, and Woodford Reserve. Brown-Forman’s brands are supported by nearly 4,000 employees and sold in approximately 135 countries worldwide.

Castle Brands, Inc. is a developer and international marketer of premium beverage alcohol brands including: Gosling’s Rum®, Jefferson’s®, Jefferson’s Presidential Select™ and Jefferson’s Reserve® bourbon, Boru® vodka, Pallini® Limoncello, Raspicello and Peachcello, Knappogue Castle Whiskey’®, Clontarf® Irish whiskey, Betts & Scholl™ wines, cc: wines™. Celtic Honey® liqueur, Brady’s® Irish Cream, A. De Fussigny® cognacs, Travis Hasse’s Original® liqueurs, Gozio® amaretto and Tierras™ tequila.

China Tontine Wines Group Limited sells over 20 different wine products in two main categories – sweet wine and dry wine under the “Tongtian” and “Tongtian Hong” labels. The Group has grown quickly since its inception in 2001. It ranked first in the PRC in terms of manufacturing volume of sweet wines in 2008, 2009 & 2010 and is also one of the “Top 10 PRC Grape Wine Industry Brands”. The Group gets its grape supply from Tonghua Ji’An region, which is a major mountain grapes producing region in the PRC and one of the few regions worldwide where mountain grapes can be cultivated. Through a sales network comprising over 70 distributors, the Group sells its products in 19 provinces and 3 municipal cities in the PRC. The Group places a lot of emphasis on the quality of its products. It has implemented a strict quality assurance system, and obtained ISO 9001:2000 certification in 2005 and ISO 9001:2008 certification in 2009. The Group was also awarded as “Authorized Company to Use Signs of the Geographic Indication Products” and the “Credit Management System Certificate” in 2011 and 2012 respectively. Under the auspices of the senior management team that are well-experienced in the industry, Tontine Wines is dedicated to achieve the corporate mission of the Group – To become a sweet wine expert in the PRC.

Citic Guoan Wine Co Ltd is principally engaged in the production and distribution of wine. Through its subsidiaries, the Company is involved in the farming of grapes, the distribution of wine, the processing and filing of wine, as well as the manufacturing of fruit juice wine, among others. The Company primarily offers grape wines with brands named NIYA, Strong and WESTERN, among others.

Compania Cervecerias Unidas S.A. is a diversified beverage company operating principally in Chile and Argentina. CCU is the largest Chilean brewer, the second-largest Argentine brewer, the second-largest Chilean soft drink producer, the second-largest Chilean wine producer, the largest Chilean mineral water and nectars producer, the largest pisco distributor and also participates in the rum and confectionery industries in Chile. The Company has licensing agreements with Heineken Brouwerijen B.V., Anheuser-Busch Incorporated, PepsiCo Inc., Paulaner Brauerei AG, Schweppes Holdings Limited, Guinness Brewing Worldwide Limited, Société des Produits Nestlé S.A., Pernod Ricard and Compañía Pisquera Bauzá S.A..

Constellation Brands is the world`s leading premium wine company that achieves success through an unmatched knowledge of wine consumers, storied brands that suit varied lives and tastes, and talented employees worldwide. With a broad portfolio of widely admired premium products across the wine, beer and spirits categories, Constellation`s brand portfolio includes Robert Mondavi, Clos du Bois, Blackstone, Arbor Mist, Estancia, Ravenswood, Ruffino, Jackson-Triggs, Inniskillin, Kim Crawford, Corona Extra, Black Velvet Canadian Whisky and SVEDKA Vodka. Constellation Brands is a S&P 500 Index and Fortune 1000® company with more than 100 brands in our portfolio, sales in about 125 countries and operations in approximately 30 facilities.

Corby Distilleries Limited portfolio of owned-brands includes some of the most renowned brands in  Canada , including Wiser’s® Canadian whiskies, Lamb’s® rum, Polar Ice® vodka and McGuinness® liqueurs. Through its affiliation with Pernod Ricard, Corby also represents leading international brands such as Absolut® vodka, Chivas Regal®, The Glenlivet® and Ballantine’s® scotches, Jameson® Irish whiskey, Beefeater® gin, Malibu® rum, Kahlúa® liqueurs, Mumm® champagne, and Jacob’s Creek®, Wyndham Estate®, Stoneleigh® and Graffigna® wines.

Crimson Wine Group, Ltd. is a Napa, CA, based owner and operator of boutique, estate-based wineries that produce world class wines in the finest wine growing regions of California, Oregon and Washington. Crimson’s wineries include Pine Ridge Vineyards, Seghesio Family Vineyards, Archery Summit Winery, Chamisal Vineyards and Double Canyon Vineyards. Since its founding in 1991, Crimson has been committed to the preeminent appellations and vineyard sites of each region, a philosophy of hand-crafted quality and the highest respect for the land. Each CWG property produces distinct varietal wines that reflect the finest characteristics of their place of origin.

Diageo plc ( NYSE:DEO; LSE:DGE.L) is the world’s leading premium drinks business with an outstanding collection of beverage alcohol brands across spirits, beer and wine. These brands include Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, J&B, Windsor, Buchanan’s and Bushmills whiskies, Smirnoff, Ciroc and Ketel One vodkas, Baileys, Captain Morgan, Jose Cuervo, Tanqueray and Guinness.

Diamond Estates Wine & Spirits is a producer, marketer and distributor of wines and spirits in Canada. The company operates two wineries in the Niagara region of Ontario producing VQA and blended wines under such well-known brand names as 20 Bees, EastDell, Lakeview, Dois Amigos, Hat Trick, Dan Aykroyd, Benchmark and Seasons. The company also imports fine wines and spirits from around the world and serves as the marketing and sales agent for these brands in all regions of the country. These brands include Fat Bastard wines from France, Fireball Whiskey Shooter from Canada, Hpnotiq Liqueur from France, Anciano wines from Spain, Francois Lurton wines from France and Argentina and a number of top bourbons.

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The transparency of white wines: Subtlety, nuance shine

October 3, 2014 12:44 pm - Posted by Jody in Drink
It took cheese to teach me how good white wine is. When you travel, you notice that more people drink white wine rather than red with their cheese, unlike Americans. There’s nothing wrong with drinking red wine with cheese; it’s just, to be blunt, stupid. Most of what you want (and have bought) in a red… read more
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Drink Up: Generation Y Has Earned The Title Of ‘Gen Wine’

October 1, 2014 11:30 am - Posted by Jody in Drink
Wine, beer, whiskey on the rocks, shots of vodka, mixed fruity drinks, and any kind of alcohol amalgamation is tossed back into the throats of millions of Americans every year, but young people are setting unprecedented records with their consumption. Generation Ys are unlike any baby boomers bars have ever seen. They don’t need a special… read more
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Calling all aspiring wine writers

September 29, 2014 11:25 am - Posted by Jody in Drink

The Symposium for Professional Wine Writers at Meadowood Napa Valley begins its second decade by helping wine journalists and critics polish their writing voices while increasing the value of what they write. The Symposium will welcome up to 75 working journalists, critics, editors and authors in the fields of wine, wine-food and wine-travel, to enjoy four days in Napa Valley while improving their writing voices, increasing their brand value as writers and elevating their wine knowledge. Registration is now open!

United States poet laureate (2001-2003) Billy Collins, will speak at the 11th annual Symposium for the first time and promises to bring a fresh perspective on the creative process and craft of writing. Collins is a coveted speaker and one of the few contemporary poets to be just as popular on the PBS News Hour or delivering a TED Talk as he is for his 10 published collections of poetry. Collins is joined by a stellar cast of Symposium faculty members who will help writers and editors enhance their own writing for magazines, newspapers and blogs, as well as their books and speaking engagements.

JANCIS ROBINSON TO SPEAK

Jancis Robinson, the London-based journalist, editor and celebrated author, will be the keynote speaker on wine writing, and lead a rare vertical tasting of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Robinson founded JancisRobinson.com, writes for The Financial Times, is editor of The Oxford Companion to Wine and co-author of The World Atlas of Wine and the groundbreaking work of viticultural research, Wine Grapes.

Other accomplished writers, critics and editors on the 2015 Symposium faculty are: Karen MacNeil, author, The Wine Bible, and chair, Rudd Center for Wine Studies, The Culinary Institute of America, Greystone; S. Irene Virbila, restaurant critic and wine columnist, Los Angeles Times; Betsy Andrews, executive editor, Saveur; Will Lyons, wine columnist, The Wall Street Journal; Dave McIntyre, wine columnist, The Washington Post; Louise Kiernan, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, associate professor, Medill School of Journalism; Evan Goldstein, Master Sommelier, author of Wines of South America and three other books; Blake Edgar, senior sponsoring editor, University of California Press; Meridith May, owner, The SOMM Journal, co-founder, The Tasting Panel; Joe Czerwinski, managing/digital editor, Wine Enthusiast.

REGISTER NOW FOR BEST RATE

Symposium registration is limited to professional writers and editors who can demonstrate paid, published work during the past year. The fee is $595 per person for registrations made now through November 30 and increases to $695 on December 1. Meadowood Napa Valley also offers a special lodging rate.

Registration includes general and breakout sessions, advanced tastings of Napa Valley wines, three breakfasts, two lunches and two dinners. Two private coaching sessions on career development and/or writing expertise are available to each registrant. Faculty members attend all functions and network closely with registrants.

2015 FELLOWSHIPS

The Symposium offers sixteen fellowships for 2015, which cover the registration fee and lodging at Meadowood, a $1,940 value. Interested professional wine writers are invited to enter writing samples for evaluation by a team of independent judges. The judging is open for submissions and closes November 1, 2014.

Founded by Meadowood Napa Valley, the Napa Valley Vintners trade association and The Culinary Institute of America, the symposium is a non-profit event only open to professional editorial writers and editors. The symposium convenes just after Presidents Day and ends just before Premiere Napa Valley, the annual barrel tasting and auction for the trade, hosted by the Napa Valley Vintners. Register today and remember to

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Using Nanoscience To Make Wine Better

September 28, 2014 9:20 am - Posted by Jody in Drink
Anne-Mette Siem, Aarhus University One sip of a perfectly poured glass of wine leads to an explosion of flavors in your mouth. Researchers at Aarhus University have now developed a nanosensor that can mimic what happens in your mouth when you drink wine. The sensor measures how you experience the sensation of dryness in the wine.… read more
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Mas Blanch I Jove and the art of wine

August 23, 2014 4:05 pm - Posted by Tracy in Drink

The isolated DO of Costers del Segre is the most westerly of the Catalonian DOs. Here, a small handful of wineries cultivate a scant 300 hectares of vines where there are more olives grown than grapes. The area’s high elevation – higher than that of Priorat – means that the cooler climate forces growers to pick at the end of October with the harvest occasionally lasting until late November/early December, depending upon the year. Sometimes, there is snow on the ground by then.

Among the few wineries operating in the region is Mas Blanch I Jove. Although this husband and wife team both come from farming families, they initially chose to start an iron company in 1975, which proved to be quite successful. But, despite their financial success, the family led a simple life, remaining close to home, never going anywhere. Then, in 1984, the family won an all-expense paid trip to London that forever changed them; it opened up their eyes to travel. They starting traveling from that point forward and have been to China, India and Canada among other destinations.

Yet in spite of expanding their horizons geographically, they have returned to their farming heritage with the launch of the Mas Blanch I Jove winery in 2006. The 750 acre estate is given over to olives more than grapes, but the small production (35,000 bottles annually) has meant that the family can stay focused. Starting with pre-phylloxera, ungrafted vines found in the area, they were able to take the cuttings and propagate them on rootstock for use in their organic vineyard, which is primarily planted to indigenous varieties. However, Cabernet Sauvignon, which they do have, while not indigenous, has been planted in the area since 1920.

Their Saó portfolio of wines, which they explained is named for the word that means the optimum conditions in the soil, includes the Saó Blanc (a white blend of Macabeo and Garnacha), Saó Rosé (Syrah and Garnacha) and three reds – Petit Saó (Tempranillo, Garnacha and Cabernet Sauvignon), Saó Abrivat (also Tempranillo, Garnacha and Cabernet Sauvignon, but from older vines) and Saó Expressiu (Garnacha and Cabernet Sauvignon).

The family has also been able to merge their twin passions of wine and art. Since their iron business still continues to provide a generous income, they are able to use funds from the winery to support “starving artists.” Having noticed that artists make very little money in pursuit of their dreams, they commission local artists each year. Accordingly, a walk through their vineyard is almost like walking through a sculpture garden since various sculptures are scattered throughout the estate. This passion for art extends to the wine’s labels, which are not only beautiful on the front, but also include interesting quotes on the back.

While the parents continue to work daily in the iron business, it is their children that have taken the lead at the winery. Specifically, daughter Sara has chosen to pursue winemaking as her career and looks forward to building her future in the family winery.

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Wine in China

July 5, 2014 8:29 pm - Posted by Jody in Drink

China is on every wine producer, distributor and lover’s mind. It has and will continue to change the world of wine. Frankly China wine will continue to be a huge story in the years to come and this is a region that the Editors of Wine Portfolio have long focused on. Why? Because we love opening up new consumers to the world of wine. And so we are proud to present this exhaustive report of wine in the Middle Kingdom.

Recent years have seen substantial growth in Chinese grape wine market. From 2001 to 2012, the grape wine output in China had shown an upward trend with the CAGR of 16.5%. However, the 18th CPC National Congress called on the restriction of spending by central government bodies on official overseas visits, official vehicles, and official hospitality, “six bans”, and alcohol prohibition in the military, leading to the slowdown of growth or even decline in China grape wine market. In 2013, the output and consumption of grape wine in China went down by 4.7% year-on-year and 13.7% year-on-year, respectively.

By region, the consumption in China grape wine market varies a lot in terms of development. For now, China’s southeast coastal regions, including Shanghai, Guangdong, Fujian and Zhejiang where are economically developed, have achieved provincial-level market scale valuing RMB1-3 billion, city-level market scale valuing RMB100 million, and county-level market scale valuing RMB10 million. However, in the north and the vast central and western regions, the grape wine consumption is still at a stage of market incubation, with the exception of such cities as Beijing and Chengdu.

Due to the restriction of weather and geographical conditions, the grape wine production in China demonstrates higher regional concentration. In China, there are just three provinces and municipalities seeing the annual grape wine output of 100 million liters or more. Among these, the largest grape wine producers come to Shandong (the Bohai Bay area) and Jilin (Tonghua), with the combined output in 2013 amounting to 712 million liters or 64% of the national total. In Shandong, Chardonnay, Carbernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Carignane are major grape wine varities. Also, planting bases of homegrown grape wine producers like CHANGYU, Great Wall and Dynasty are located in Shandong.

With China’s accession into the WTO, China’s import tariff on grape wine was reduced from 65% to 14%, bringing a large inrush of foreign wines into the Chinese market. In 2012, the wine import volume of China reported 394 million liters, equivalent to 2.4 folds of the figure in 2008. In 2013, the Ministry of Commerce launched anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigations on made-in-EU wines. Together with the impact brought by the government call to restrict the spending by the central government bodies on official overseas visits, official vehicles, and official hospitality, China’s total import volume of grape wine witnessed a year-on-year decline of 4.5%. In 2013, China’s import volume of bottled wine accounted for 74% of the total, with France as the major import origin.

China grape wine industry is to enter into a stage for structural adjustment after 2013 (for instance, de-stocking targeting wine dealers, grape wine producers’ orientation to low-and medium-end market), in order to pop the market bubble for a comeback to the right track. It is estimated that the CAGR of grape wine consumption in China between 2013 and 2016 will post 9.7%.

 

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There’s no place like Rhone

June 27, 2014 3:06 pm - Posted by Tracy in Drink, Learn

Situated in southern France, the Rhone Valley is among France’s most important wine regions, producing more quality (AOC) wine than any other with the exception of Bordeaux. Covering a large area (the region runs 125 miles long), the Rhone produces a wide range of wine styles from full-bodied, aromatic whites and deep-colored roses to powerful reds.

Among the best known appellations in the region is Chateauneuf-du-Pape, named for the Pope’s castle when the papacy was centered in Avignon. Producers of Chateauneuf-du-Pape are permitted to select from 13 different grape varieties, with the reds mostly focused on Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre and, to a lesser extent, Cinsault. Although not as well known (since they account for only 5% of production within the AOC), the white Chateauneuf-du-Pape wines are also produced from a blend of varieties, notably Grenache Blanc and Clairette.

This diverse selection of grape varieties is partially attributed to Joseph Ducos, a local winegrower who was instrumental in replanting the area’s vineyards in the wake of phylloxera. Ducos was owner of Château La Nerthe, one of the region’s oldest estates (dating to the 12th century).

Situated within the heart of the Chateauneuf-du-Pape appellation, wine production at Château La Nerthe has been documented since 1560. Originally under the aegis of the Tulle de Villefranche family, Ducos purchased Chateau La Nerthe in 1870. Since 1985, the property has been owned by the Richard family and it is presently managed by Christian Voeux. The Chateau’s vineyards are 40 years old, on average, and have been certified as organic since 1998.

Chateau La Nerthe produces four wines: Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc, Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge, Clos de Beauvenir and Cuvée des Cadettes, the latter being a name first used by Joseph Ducos and revived in 1986.

Chateau La Nerthe Clos de Beauvenir Chateauneuf du Pape 2010, Rhone Valley, France, $130.00
A beautiful blend of Roussanne, Clairette (along with a bit of white Grenache and Bourboulenc), this small special cuvee is produced from a small (2.5 ha) single vineyard. Fermented in used barrels, with 8-9 months on the lees, the wine is dry with medium+ acidity and full body; aromas and flavors of waxy, peach, floral, musk, oak linger in the wine’s long length. Chateau La Nerthe has been certified organic since 1998. Previous vintages of this wine could easily age 10-12 years, but with a shift to fermenting a percentage of the wine in oak (in addition to aging it in oak), it is expected that the wine can age for 15 years.

Chateau La Nerthe Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 2010, Rhone Valley, France, $48.00
With a majority of the blend given over to Grenache Noir, the wine is rounded out with Syrah, Mourvedre and Cinsault and aged in a combination of oak barrels, casks and wooden vats. The oak is well integrated on both the nose and palate, offering notes of vanilla, wood and spice, along with black cherry, smoke and leather. Beautiful and complex, this wine can certainly age for a decade or more.

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Dessert Wine and Food Pairings from De Bortoli Winery

April 10, 2014 10:18 am - Posted by Jody in Drink

Delicious combinations fit for a luxurious hamper

 

De Bortoli Wines is a well known private wine company that’s been run by three generations of De Bortolis. It was first established in 1928 by Vittorio and Giuseppina De Bortoli, and then expanded by their son Deen. After his passing his children maintained the company’s premium status with their iconic Noble One dessert wines and prominent wines from Yarra Valley.

The core values of this family business involve “a culture of hard work, generosity of spirit and of sharing good food, good wine and good times with family and friends”. What better way to share great memories with loved ones than by gifting them with wine and dessert?

Below are just a few ideas on how to pair De Bortoli dessert wine with the most decadent desserts, resulting in hampers rich in sweet and tasty goodness.

Noble One Botrytis Semillon 2010

Desserts like stilton cheese, pear and almond tart, and a peach trifle can very well enhance the citrus and butterscotch flavors of Noble One. The wine could also be packaged with a pannetone since it also seems to be a recommended pairing; however it also appears to be an unpopular and also unforgiving dessert. It might be best to stick with the cheese or tarts.

The Hermits Hill Botrytis Semillon 2008

According to The Atlanta Wine Guy, Marks and Spencer’s wine expert Chris Murphy once said that when picking the right wine, “it’s certainly not about paying more money; it’s about a tangible difference in quality and discovering something new”. This budget friendly yet excellent tasting wine is best paired with fruit tarts, cream puffs, and blue cheeses. An assortment of desserts could really make the gift basket that much more luxurious.

De Bortoli Sauternes Botrytis Semillon 1983

From the family’s vintage collection, this wine has earned multiple awards from the early 1980s to the early 1990s. A truly remarkable wine, it boasts the essence of honey and marzipan. An orange soufflé packaged with this Sauternes would complete a gift basket with light and sweet flavors.

 

 

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