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Our Favourite Wine Grower for 2020

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It is undeniable that Hubert de Boüard, one of the most famous names of Bordeaux, deserves the accolades that have been showered on him. A winegrower since 1956, he clearly loves the land and knows his grapes, coaxing the best out of them even as he surveys the unpredictable weather, using experience to guide him on when to prune, when to let the grapes stay on longer, when to gather them.   As co-owner of the Saint-Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé “A” property, Château Angelus (where a single bottle can cost several hundred to thousands of dollars) he not only tends to his...

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Stop Buying Destroyed Wine

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While sunlight helps the grape to grow, once it is off the vine, any further exposure to sunlight accelerates its deterioration. In as little as 3 hours of direct sunlight exposure, a clear bottle of wine will have changed from wonderful to terrible.  Interestingly enough, it is the Vitamin B2's and B5's in the wine reacting with the naturally present amino acids that causes the wine to alter its wonderful aromas into a malodorous mess. WHITE, GREEN, BROWN Green bottles apparently offer more protection, and just visually this makes sense.  We can't see the wine inside clearly and experts estimate that green bottles offer six times more protection or 18 hours...

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The Cheapest Wines in Singapore

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VALUE FOR MONEY With 400 wine importers in Singapore and only 400,000 wine drinkers (some estimate even less due to the exodus of foreigners), it's no surprise that the primary tactic employed by many is "savings", "discount" and "value for money".   AWARD WINNING The other tactic is to scream award medals such that practically every bottle on the screen is award winning, which makes you wonder who is giving out all those awards and does everybody get one just for participating? Nevertheless, here are some award winning wines that are worth hundreds in taste but selling for much less. I DRANK 3,000...

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Five (5) You Don't Really Need to Know Facts About Cabernet Sauvignon

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First off, almost all grape wine varietals in the world of which there are now about 1,400 (don't trust wikipedia's claims between "5,000-10,000" which, come on, is a bizarrely wide range), are made from the grapes of a single species called Vitis Vinifera. So how did all those varieties come about? Well, the Vitis Vinifera had been domesticated for thousands of years (earliest evidence is 6000 BC) so its cultivation meant there was a great chance for cross pollination.   One of the world's most famous cross pollinations is of the (Left pic) Cabernet Franc and the (Right pic) Sauvignon Blanc, producing...

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The Vintage Didn't Have Much Promise

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"Great terroir express their distinction and even their superiority in difficult years. This vintage didn't have much promise, although flowering had gone well. We had nothing but doubts except the fierce resolution that we would not give up and that we had to read the vines and understand their needs." -Hubert de Boüard de Laforest, Château Angélus For the French winemakers, the spring of 2014 had been tricky and the summer was wet with August rainfall. Then, as if the heavens looked kindly upon the worried hearts and hands of the growers, there was only day after day of lovely weather the rest of August....

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