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DECEMBER 15, 2012 Details surface on buyer of Wine Advocate stake
Soo Hoo Khoon Peng is the newest owner of the Wine Advocate, report blogger Vincent Pousson and Decanter.com. They point to email received from sources close to the transaction saying that he led a syndicate of buyers to pay $15 million for an undisclosed stake in the company.
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DECEMBER 21, 2012 Languedoc Whites “Surprisingly Good!”
Just read this week's issue of Harpers, in which several UK wine buyers went to the Languedoc to experience the wines. Picpoul de Pinet was a huge success, surprising almost everyone in the group.
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DECEMBER 20, 2012 A Wine Service Pet Peeve, and Perhaps, a Solution
Ready for a little complaining? It's the holidays, I know. But indulge me. I was in Stockholm recently and ate dinner at two different restaurants. In both cases I found the wine service to be excellent. I remarked to my dining companions, who also are wine lovers, that I appreciated the service, in particular the fact that the servers were in no hurry whatsoever to pour our wine. Instead they would open a bottle, offer a taste, and then pour a small glass to each person.
DR. VINO Champagne Jacquesson
| FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2012
A pair standout champagnes I tasted this fall were from Jacquesson, a small house in Dizy run by the brothers Jean-Hervé and Laurent Chiquet (brothers of Gaston). Jacquesson has a number of interesting things going on as they drive toward distinction. First, they are making only one wine that is a blend of sites, their nonvintage “700″ series cuvée. (No, No, this isn’t a BMW.) Each NV blend has a different base wine each year and thus gets a different number. MORE >>
DR. VINO Get your holiday decorations on, wine style
| WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2012
Reduce, reuse, recycle. When it comes to corks, we wine geeks don’t want to pull fewer of them. So some of us reuse them this time of year. A couple of years ago, I posted my own feeble efforts at corks and crafts and Christmas trees (would Martha Stewart be proud?). This season, several others have come up with similar creations. Check them out after the jump! Tommy Pace sends in this nice shot. The Corkhoarder shows off his loot! Note barely discernible Gentaz cork in front.). MORE >>
DR. VINO The Rabbit and its ilk
| SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2012
William Grimes laments the fact that wine geeks are so frequently the recipients of “unwanted gifts, of gizmos and gadgets,” especially this time of year. In his sites this time are mechanical corkscrews “a baroque solution to a problem that has baffled no one for the last five centuries.” MORE >>
DR. VINO Soldera, wine writing, couch — sipped and spit
| WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2012
CAUGHT : police have arrested a former employee for the recent destruction of six vintages of Soldera Brunello. A motive appears to be that he was not provided a “mini apartment” at the estate. Corriere della Sera ]. DECEIVED : Palate Press exposes a pattern of Natalie Maclean’s taking other writers’ tasting notes and placing them behind her paywall. Furor erupts both from writers and in the comments, where allegations of winery pay-to-play emerge. PalatePress.com ]. MORE >>