Here’s the wines on Trump’s inauguration lunch menu

Here‚Äôs the wines on Trump‚Äôs inauguration lunch menu US officials have risked re-opening old wounds with Champagne houses by picking a ‘California Champagne’ for president Donald Trump’s inauguration lunch. See the full menu below – and it doesn’t include bottles from the Trump winery in Virginia. ‚Ė™California ‚ÄėChampagne‚Äô, plus Cabernet and Chardonnay make the line-up…

Champagne makers blame Brexit for lower 2016 sales

Champagne makers blame Brexit for lower 2016 sales Champagne has seen its global growth trajectory dented after fewer people popped corks in the UK following the country’s EU referendum, show preliminary figures. –¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Global¬†Champagne¬†sales estimated at 306 million bottles in 2016, versus 312m in 2015 –¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Value of orders hits 4.5bn euros, down on 2015…

Parker power: Controversial Pavie 2003 hits new high

Parker power: Controversial Pavie 2003 hits new high The controversial Pavie 2003 traded at a new high of ¬£2,440 per 12√ó75 last week after rising substantially this year.     Critic reviews of the vintage have been divided. Jancis Robinson famously scored the wine 12/20 in barrel, calling it ‚Äúridiculous‚ÄĚ; Robert Parker awarded it 97-100…

Updated: Tasting notes decoded

Updated: Tasting notes decoded   How to understand tasting notes: Are you puzzled by terms like dosage and flavours like leafy? Dosage After a traditional-method sparkling wine is disgorged, the liqueur d‚Äôexp√©dition is added to create the final dosage. This addition of sugary liquid is used to balance the high acidity levels. With the correct…

Who can take over from Robert Parker?

Back in April 2016, Robert Parker announced he will be no longer rating new wines during en primeur for Bordeaux. He handed the reigns to his successor Neal Martin. I followed Neal Martin for many years before he joined Robert Parkers team. I always admired his easy reading style of critique on fine wines. However…