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Chateau La Gaffeliere History, Overview First Growth B. Premier Grand Cru Classe B. Formerly labeled as Chateau La Gaffeliere-Naudes Saint-Emilion Grand Cru. Since 2017, the grape blend of Château La Gaffeliere has been 40% Cabernet Franc and 60% Merlot. Before the modern era of Chateau La Gaffeliere took hold, from all the ruins left behind…

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The sugar in wine is called “Residual Sugar” or RS. That means the sugar in wine is what remains after grapes have gone through the winemaking process. Grapes contain fruit sugars (fructose and glucose) and the residual sugar is what’s left after yeast has chomped on those sugars. Read on: click   Looking for an…

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Grapes exposed to smoke absorb chemicals that can alter—and sometimes ruin—the taste and smell of resultant wines. This so-called “smoke taint” has become a growing concern for the industry. Chemicals in smoke obscure wine’s flavor and fragrance. Read on: click   Looking for an interesting Sommelier position? Have a look or create a job alert…

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Limestone can produce great wines, but it’s not the only choice. Limestone offers beneficial nutrients to grapes that make them grow better and produce sweeter grapes. It’s special because it retains moisture in dry weather, but also offers good drainage in cool weather. Read on: click   Looking for an interesting Sommelier position? Have a…

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“Surface, superficial roots [in compacted soils] do not work well, and eat badly – the top soil is like a Big Mac, while deep down is the gourmet food.” Read on: click

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Cork is an impermeable buoyant material, the phellem layer of bark tissue that is harvested for commercial use primarily from Quercus suber (the cork oak), which is native to southwest Europe and northwest Africa. Because of its impermeable, buoyant, elastic, and fire retardant properties, it is used in a variety of products, the most common…

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The French Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system may not be perfect, but for winemakers, it can provide crucial recognition of their terroir’s greatness—and serve as a valuable marketing tool. Read on: click   Sommelier Interview Series – interested in some Sommelier’s point of view?  click or are you looking for an interesting Sommelier job? click

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The rapid pace of technological innovation will likely have a dramatic impact on the wine industry over the next decade. In some cases, technology will offer solutions to problems facing grape growers and winemakers; in other cases, technology will revolutionize how we package, buy and consume wine. Read on: click   Sommelier Interview Series –…

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Some 48% of respondents stated that the regions being represented were the most important factor on a restaurant’s wine list, while 29% highlighted the price point as the key consideration. Read on: click

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Ireland introduced minimum prices for alcohol in a bid to cut abuse and underage drinking, but critics fear the move may drive buyers to seek cheaper drinks in Northern Ireland instead.  Read on: click

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