The Cités des Vins de Bourgogne Has Been Approved

The Bourgogne Wine Board (BIVB) has recently voted and approved the Cités des Vins de Bourgogne.  This new wine tourism, cultural and education facility will be built on three sites located in Mâcon, Beaune, and Chablis.

According to Louis-Fabrice Latour, President of the BIVB, it will be “a project that will affect an entire generation”.  Partners include the Association for the Climats of Bourgogne, the tourism industry, and local and regional authorities.

The main site of the Cités des Vins will be located just outside the town of Beaune, which will also include a five-star hotel.

From the Cité des Vins de Bourgogne –“Each Cité des Vins de Bourgogne is a place where people can find out about Bourgogne wines, with shared content and communication tools, each site also acting as a local showcase. The Climats of the Bourgogne winegrowing region, included on the UNESCO World Heritage List, and a real differentiator for Bourgogne wines, will be presented in each site, in Chablis, Beaune, and Mâcon.”

This project has won  € 17.1 from BIVB and local authorities.

Next steps:

– To define the economic and legal model for each of the Cité des Vins de Bourgogne;

– To select the architects and exhibition designers for the Cités des Vins in Mâcon and Chablis;

– To work with the city of Beaune on integrating the Cité des Vins into the urban project; and

– To design the museographical model of the whole.

Anteprima Amarone – The 2013 Vintage

 The Consorzio per la Tutela dei Vini Valpolicella is happy to announce the countdown for Anteprima Amarone – the 2013 Vintage. The event will take place at the beautiful and historical Palazzo della Gran Guardia, Verona, from January 28th to the 30th.

The three days include: January 28 is press day, January 29 is reserved for enthusiasts and general public, with the last day, January 30th  being reserved for industry.  This year there will be 78 participating wineries with over 150 labels, with some older vintages.

The VDglass Company will also be launching a new stemware specifically designed for Amarone wines that is said to “enhance its expression”.

On Saturday, January 28th there will be a presentation with art critic Philippe Daverio and journalist Andrea Scanzi. The latter will discuss the parallelism—perhaps a bit of a stretch and probably quite entertaining—between works of art and Amarone.

For a complete list of participating wineries and ticket prices visit:  www.anteprimaamarone.it

Sponsors include: AGSM, ATV, Banco Popolare, Faberest, Grafiche Valpolicella, Idea Grandimpianti, Stipa Spa, VDglass, Volkswagen Group Italia Spa.

Consorzio per la Tutela dei Vini Valpolicella

Founded in 1924, the Consorzio per la Tutela dei Vini Valpolicella is an association that includes viticulturists, winemakers, and bottlers from the Valpolicella wine production area, a territory that embraces 19 municipalities in the Verona area.

There are over 80% of the producers that use the “Valpolicella” designation, the consortium creates initiatives that enhance the entire territory: the wine and its land of origin.

The consortium handles the promotion, enhancement, and awareness of the wines and of the Valpolicella territory, protection of the trademark and the viticulture in the Valpolicella wine production area, supervision, safeguarding, and defense of the designation.

 

Five New Year’s Wine Resolutions for 2017

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Happy New Year Wine Lovers!

Here are five New Year’s wine resolutions:

  1. Don’t drink bad wine, life is too short.
  2. Experiment with food and wine pairing.
  3. Expand your wine knowledge by reading or taking courses.
  4. Drink champagne throughout the year, not only on special occasions.
  5. Explore one of your favorite wine regions this year!

Wine Review: 2014 La Crema Willamette Pinot Noir

2014 La Crema Willamette Pinot Noir
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Varietal:  Pinot Noir (100%)
Region:  Williamette Valley, Oregon, USA
Winery:  La Crema/Jackson Wine Estates International

Review by Liz Palmer

liz-palmer.com – November 27 2016

Rating: 90 points

This lush offering is a medium-bodied, satin-smooth Oregonian Pinot Noir that has classic aromas of fleshy ripe cherry and berry in a delicate frame work. Racy acidity on the palate – intense but polished.

Pairs well with grilled salmon, seared tuna, and roast beef.

VINTAGES Number: 385757   |   $38.95

 

 

 

 

Wine Review: La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2014

90/100
This is an impressive wine at price and production level; a great go-to for many occasions. This pinot noir delivers aromas of earthy notes, wild strawberry, with hints of red plum and rose petals, around a light, bright core; while remaining soft and smooth in texture and intensity; finishing with flavors of cherry, cola, and tea.

Vintages Release Date:  October 1, 2016

La Crema Winery
Sonoma County, California
Variety: Pinot Noir
Style: Earthy & Spicy
13.9%