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【SCMP】Wine-lovers can take it a step further by creating their own wines

There are times when the same wine tastes great on some days and not so great on other days. PHOTOS: THINKSTOCK
THERE ARE TIMES WHEN THE SAME WINE TASTES GREAT ON SOME DAYS AND NOT SO GREAT ON OTHER DAYS.
You have decanted the 2011 Shiraz Grenache and let it breathe. Taking in the aroma - subtle tannins with a hint of oak and spicy plum characteristics - you swirl the medium red in its appropriate Riedel wine glass before tasting this gold medal vintage. However, it does not quite live up to expectations. There is a reason, and it has nothing to do with an unsophisticated palate. It has to do with the moon, gravity and the actual day you taste the wine - the biodynamic wine.

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【明報週刊】遲來的甜 - Laurent Bannwarth Gewürztraminer Vendanges Tardives 2006

Gewürztraminer Vendanges Tardives Laurent Bannwarth 酒記 Wine

 “酒莊拜月掏心,小量手作,還原Alsace的風土,回歸自然,才是超越一般為了市場需求而造的葡萄酒的原因。”

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【Macau Daily Times】Grow your own

champagne

Grower Champagnes are intended to express terroir – the unique combination of characteristics of a particular vineyard or series of vineyards, and in particular soil and micro-climate. They allow the champagne lover to begin to understand the difference between a Chardonnay (blanc de blancs) from Avize and, say, one from Mesnil-sur-Oger, a pair of villages which are both grand cru appellations. To understand which part of which sub-region gives Pinot Noir a particularly pronounced minerality. To get to try a champagne made exclusively from Pinot Meunier.

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