The Wine Report
Auntsfield: More Than Just Sauvignon Blanc!!! - Wall Street Journal Top 10 Pinot NoirsThere appears to be a general mindset that Marlborough is a one trick pony when in fact it couldn't be further from the truth. Its far southerly neighbor, Central Otago has garnered all the attention for Pinot Noir, though the top producers in Marlborough more than hold their own.
For starters, Otago Pinot Noir tends to be deeper, fleshier and bigger fruit. The wines have more in common with Santa Barbara than Burgundy. The lighter soils of Marlborough (particularly the hills to the south known as the Southern Valleys) impart a feminine quality and higher acidity to the wines and there is a Willamette/Burgundy thing going on.
Recently Will Lyons, wine contributor to the Wall Street Journal, discussed the differences in Kiwi Pinot Noir and listed his 10 favorite wines. We are thrilled with his selection of 2010 Auntsfield 'Single Vineyard' Pinot Noir to this list. The Cowleys have more than earned this award and the wines continue to be a serious value in the realm of world-class Pinot Noir.
Furthermore Southern Hemisphere wine experts, Tyson Steltzer and Matthew Jukes, recently updated their 'Classification of New Zealand Pinot Noir Producers' and have promoted Auntsfield from 2-stars to 3! DOWNLOAD PDF »
Flametree Wines | Crushes it with Recent PressIf you are unfamiliar with Flametree, then please pay attention. Flametree represents one of the great VALUES of Margaret River. How are $40 & $80 wines "VALUES?" Because when you look at quality in comparison to price...it sits in select company for the region.
Recently others have taken note as well. Namely Harvey Steiman of Wine Spectator, Lisa Perrott-Brown of The Wine Advocate and James Halliday of Australian Wine Companion. READ MORE »
The New York Times' Eric Asimov Rediscovers OzA group of NYC based sommeliers along with one of the most recognized voices in wine writing across the globe recently got together to taste through a few shining examples of Australian wines. The renowned Spotted Pig restaurant played host to the nibbles and wines and the summary is a tremendous read.
Jamsheed and Moondarra were highlighted for their delicacy and intricacies. VISIT WEBSITE »
Wine Spectator's Harvey Steiman says, "signs point to renewed interest as Wine Australia touts diversity."Harvey Steiman, editor of Wine Spectator, recently visited Wine Australia's 'Next Chapter' Australian wine event in San Francisco. Harvey states, "Imagine, San Francisco sommeliers, notorious for seeking the most obscure wines they could find, excitedly sipping Margaret River Chardonnays, Hunter Valley Sémillons, even a Mornington Peninsula Dolcetto. And yes, Barossa Valley Shiraz. In recent years, as Australia's fortunes took a hit, one could hear crickets chirping at this annual event. Not this time."
The fact is that Australia is coming back. There is new generation of wine drinkers in the U.S. who approach Australia without prejudice. "When you describe to them the style of wines Australia was exporting to the U.S. 10 years ago, they look blankly at you," said John Duval (former Grange winemaker and owner/winemaker of his namesake label). "They only care about what's happening now."
The new generation of Aussie winemakers is making a difference in that perception as well. "The young guns are giving it a go at a more elegant expression, using whole-cluster fermentations and other techniques, emphasizing individual vineyard sites, all to make their wines more distinctive," Duval added.
This is definitely worth a read. VISIT WEBSITE »
Bloomberg Top 10 Wines from 2012 From Burgundy to Armenia to SonomaBloomberg editor, Elin McCoy gives her top 10 list of wines she's tasted in 2009. Iconic names like Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, Quinta do Noval and Chateau Haut-Brion highlight the list along with the relatively unknown (as of now in the US) producer, Zorah from the mountains in Armenia.
"This year I sampled more than 4,000 wines in my search for the recommendable, hunting the world’s best in chilly cellars, historic chateaux, at noisy tastings and the tables of generous friends.
Here, in no particular order, are my 10 most memorable wines, from bargain to blowout. They range from a great Bordeaux to a new California red to a scarce bottling from the mountains of Armenia. All reflect the growing diversity of today’s wine world -- and where it’s going in 2013." VISIT WEBSITE »
Vine Street Imports is dedicated to bringing the most exciting boutique and artisan wines from around the globe to the US market. Our wines garner critical acclaim from major wine reviewers and can be found in prestigious retail shops and restaurants around the country. In addition to our national portfolio, Vine Street Imports represents many of the world’s great wineries for exclusive distribution in Pennsylvania.
Like a truffle hunting dog, VSI founder Ronnie Sanders continues to scour the planet in search of booze that shows distinctiveness and a story. It all started with a relationship back in the latter part of the 20th century with a prominent Aussie winery. That association has developed and redeveloped over the years to metamorphose into what VSI represents today. While Australia is the feng shui of the portfolio, the evolution of our global selections continues.
Vine Street Imports represents many of the most talented winemakers and their craft from Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and Germany. Personality and open-mindedness are at the core of our mantra, this is expressed with the labels, styles and varietals that we work with. In the words of Italian Renaissance man Gabriele D’Anuzzio, “Memento Audere Semper” (Remember to Always Dare).