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New! 2014 October Issue of Wine Spectator

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In the Oct 31, 2014 Issue:

Information from http://www.winespectator.com/issue/show/date/2014-10-31

Sicily

Sicily, Italy’s largest and most southerly island, is a place of many distinctions. Its wines, climate and geography, its people and more. Yet these diverse strands weave an alluring tapestry, and help make Sicily one of Italy’s most exciting wine regions today.

FREE Wine Charts:

Sicily: A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all Sicilian wines reviewed for the tasting report in this issue.

Tuscany: A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all Tuscan wines reviewed for the tasting report in this issue.

Loire Valley: A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all Loire Valley wines reviewed for the tasting report in this issue.

Cover Story

Sicily’s Wine Renaissance – A combination of local culture and modern innovation is transforming the Medi­terranean’s largest island into a winemaking hot spot. From Mount Etna’s elegant reds based on the native Nerello Mascalese grape to crowd-pleasing Chardonnays, diversity and quality abound

FREE: Sicily Alphabetical Listing – More than 330 wines were reviewed for this report. A free alphabetical list is available. WineSpectator.com members can access complete reviews for all the wines tasted using the online Wine Ratings Search.

ABCs of Sicilian Terroir

Recommended Sicilian Wines – 80 wines that deliver the flavors of Sicily

Profiles of Leading Producers – Wineries both large and small are defining the taste of Sicily and setting new standards for quality across the island

WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEO Sicily’s Local Reds: Get the inside scoop on this Italian island’s indigenous varieties as senior editor Alison Napjus tastes wines made from Nero d’Avola and Frappato with Francesca Planeta.

Features

    Tasting Reports

Tuscan Triumphs – Trailblazing super Tuscans and traditional Sangiovese lead the way

FREE: Tuscany Alphabetical Listing – More than 800 wines were reviewed for this report. A free alphabetical list is available. WineSpectator.com members can access complete reviews for all the wines tasted using the online Wine Ratings Search.

Challenges in the Loire – Unfavorable weather in 2012 leads to a mixed bag of quality

FREE: Loire Valley Alphabetical Listing – More than 600 wines were reviewed for this report. Afree alphabetical list is available. WineSpectator.com members can access complete reviews for all the wines tasted using the online Wine Ratings Search.

    People

Masters of the Mosel – Brothers Thomas and Oliver Haag craft distinctive German Rieslings at their neighboring estates

Loyal to Lirac – Château de Montfaucon’s Rodolphe de Pins sheds light on an unsung corner of the Southern Rhône

    Wine

Italy’s Green Heart – Long overlooked, Umbria is gaining recognition with characterful reds and whites

WineSpectator.com: Letter from Europe: Contributing editor Robert Camuto blogs from his trips through France, Italy and beyond, sharing the fascinating and inspiring stories of the winemakers, grapegrowers, chefs and other personalities who shape wine culture.

Grapevine

    World

Earthquake Rumbles Napa Valley – With harvest just days away, vintners assessed damage and began cleaning up

Finger Lakes Vintners Protest Gas Storage Plan

Peter Michael Named Distinguished Service Award Winner

Wine Ad Battle Back in Court

WineSpectator.com: Keep up with breaking news as well as the people, places and happenings that wine lovers are talking about.

    People

In Memoriam – Baroness Philippine de Rothschild

Sicilian Chef Pino Cuttaia – Pino Cuttaia cooks his way to the top of Italian gastronomy by sticking to his roots

    Cheese

What to Ask Your Cheesemonger

WineSpectator.com: Members can reference our full archives of columns and other articles on cheese.

    Spirits

Kentucky Bourbon Country

    Things We Like

Unique Cuisine in San Francisco

Music for Wine Lovers

A Comprehensive Guide to Italian Grapes

    Retrospective

Super Tuscan Flaccianello – The super Tuscan evolves over 26 vintages

Departments

    This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue – Marvin R. Shanken

    Letters

Feedback

    Savvy Shopper

Italian Reds, West Coast Whites and Red Burgundy

    Columns

James Laube – Screaming Eagle and Two-Buck Chuck

WineSpectator.com: In his blogs, James Laube shares updates from his recent tastings and visits with winemakers, and discusses hot-button issues in the wine industry. Join the conversation with other members.

Matt Kramer – Cynics of site specificity

WineSpectator.com: For more of Matt Kramer’s provocative essays and lively online discussions. (Only members may post comments but all visitors may read them.)

    A Perfect Match

Mimmo Ferraro’s Veal Scaloppine, Fried Egg and Fresh Truffles with Barbaresco – Chef Mimmo Ferraro, Ferraro’s Restaurant & Wine Bar, Las Vegas

WineSpectator.com: Find hundreds more wine-friendly recipes, with suggested wine matches, in our online Recipe Search.

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October is Virginia Wine Month

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We hope to add even more wine tastings with Virginia Wineries to our tasting schedule in October, but you can go ahead and count on these!

 

ABOUT THE WINERIES

Fincastle Vineyard & Winery

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Nestled in the Great Valley of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, Fincastle Vineyard & Winery produces wines using traditional Bordeaux small scale techniques. From the vines of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Chardonnay come wines pressed gently and aged in oak. After 10 years in the planning, David, Georgia, and their son, Richard opened Botetourt County’s first farm winery in 2003 with a special emphasis on quality and not quantity. According to the Virginia Wine Guide “Fincastle’s 2001 reds are beautifully handcrafted blockbuster wines, dark, lush and intensely flavored.”

Built into the hillside by our farmhouse, the winery is a gravity-fed operation, thus insuring the completely natural handling of the wine. The unique construction of the winery utilizes top-level in-ground primary fermentation storage, below which are three levels of barrel storage, providing for the downward flow of wine during racking.

The vineyard can be seen from the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 100. A simple desire to “do something with the land” has blossomed into a thriving vineyard where once there were only cows and hay.

AmRhein’s Wine Cellars

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All 2014 Wines are ESTATE-GROWN!! AmRhein’s Wine Cellars is a multi-award winning winery with a multitude of White and Red grape varietals produced!

CrossKeys Vineyards

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CrossKeys Vineyards is a beautiful 125 acre Estate situated in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. Here we produce a wide array of award winning, estate, grown, produced, and bottled wines. Surrounded by the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains, CrossKeys Vineyards is the perfect setting for a relaxing day trip, romantic dinner, grand wedding, and everything in between.

 

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Vinho Verde on SALE through Labor Day!

Vinho Verde is a grape varietal, grown in the “Vinho Verde” region of Portugal. Other wines can come from this region in Portugal, such as Tempranillo, Touriga Nacional and even wonderful blended Roses. But most commonly, this region is known for their production of Vinho Verde, white wine. Vinho Verdes are known for having lower alcohol by volume (8-9% ABV), making them easier to drink in the Summer Heat. Vinho Verdes are also known for having a slight bit of effervescence and vibrant acidity. Maybe not technically speaking, but for Americans, Labor Day is the perfect time to enjoy Vinho Verde!

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Conveniently, On Sale Now

for your enjoyment! 

Save $1.00 off all Vinho Verde through Labor Day (or while supplies last).

Mr. Bill’s Wine Cellar will be OPEN LABOR DAY 11am-3pm

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Wine and Chocolate Pairing | August 15. 2014

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Puppie McCloskey, of International Wine Cellars

will pour wine samples and pair with Baylee’s Best Chocolates!

 

The Wine Lineup-

  • Serrus Viura – A dry white wine from Spain. Has the oomph to stand up the chocolate and make your taste buds happy! 
  • Albardiales Tempranillo – from La Mancha. Fresh, intense blackberry flavor just waiting to grab a chocolate accompaniment. 
  • Pocas Tawny Port- Its simply a classic port-chocolate match up you must try!

 

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NOW PROUDLY CARRING!

BAYLEE’S 6PC CHOCOLATE BOXES

 

About Baylee’s Best Chocolates-

Baylee’s is Roanoke’s own Chocolatier! We make our chocolates, confections and custom molded bars right here in our shop at West Village of Roanoke, Virginia. To make our confections, along with the finest European chocolate, I use real fruit, fresh figs and nuts, quality flavorings and the best vanilla and cream. The result is chocolates with thin shells and creamy fillings. You can taste the difference!

 

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Meet The Winemaker: Michael Shaps

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ABOUT MICHAEL…

Michael has been making wine in central Virginia since 1995.  He previously worked with two highly regarded central Virginia wineries – Jefferson Vineyards, and King Family Vineyards.  He currently works as a consultant to wineries in several states and has been involved in the startup of more  than ten wineries.  He was the winner of the Virginia Governor’s Cup Wine Competition in 2004 and has been mentioned in numerous wine publications such as Saveur, Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, Wine Advocate, Washingtonian, and The Washington Post.  Michael is also a partner in Maison Shaps & Roucher-Sarrazin in Meursault, France. Michael oversees all Virginia Wineworks operations and works with partner Philip Stafford on strategic planning for the winery. He holds a BPA (Brevet Professionnel Agricole) in Enology and Viticulture from Lycée Viticole de Beaune, France.  In addition, he has a B.S. in Business  Administration with a  concentration in Marketing from Skidmore College.

MICHAEL SHAPS LABEL…

Michael Shaps wines are produced in small lots from leased vineyards that are grown under the supervision of Michael Shaps and Philip Stafford. Michael has established a reputation for high quality that ranks on an 
international scale with some of the best wines in the world.  For the past ten vintages Michael has created wines with careful attention to the details of fine wine production.  The wines are produced in a traditional old-world style.  The whites focus on varietal intensity and the retention of natural acidity.  The reds are highly extracted and crafted to be age worthy and require cellaring.
 Michael strongly believes in choosing grape varieties that represent the potential of Virginia viticulture.  Michael’s wines prove that Virginia can produce wines that compete head to head with some of the finest wines from the best regions in the wine world.
In addition to wining the prestigious Governor’s Cup wine competition, Michael Shaps wines have earned gold medals in several competitions and have been written up in publications such as Saveur, Wine Spectator, Wine Advocate, Washingtonian, The Washington Post and many others.

WINEWORKS…

Virginia Wineworks wines have been created to meet the need for value-oriented wines.  We realized the most ideal and cost effective packaging are the bag in boxes.  These  have long been used in Italy and France with great success.  We are the first Virginia Winery to produce These wines are made from 100% Virginia grapes.  We work with quality grape growers throughout the state to find the best possible fruit to make fun, approachable wines.  We work to create wines that maintain high standards of quality at reasonable prices.

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Please join us on Friday, April 18 (5-7p) for a special tasting and

Meet The Winemaker with Michael Shaps!

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