Good Grapes

(847)446-8000 Postbus 87, 2990 AB Barendrecht
Barendrecht, 60022
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  • After two years of tough weather, the Loire Valley is on the rebound. Local wine sources are reporting that the region enjoyed a warm September, which promoted ripening in the wake of a cool summer which brought with it rain and the increased possibility of rot. Though conditions were not ideal, winemakers breathed a sigh of relief after experie... Read More

    From the article Breaking Bad Luck: Loire Valley Sees Promising Vintage


  • One winery in Australia may just be stomping on the country's fabled wine traditions. Noisy Ritual, an upstart wine producer founded in the basement of a house in Melbourne's north side, will release its first vintage this weekend. The project started in a very unlikely way, according to the company's crowdsourcing page.  “When winemakers Alex a... Read More

    From the article Urban Winery In Melbourne Takes Crowdsourced Approached


  • Earlier this month beloved English wine legend Mike Roberts passed away.  Roberts was the chairman of English Wine Producers and a leader at East Sussex's Ridgeview Winery. He helped bring Ridgeview into the international arena in 2010 when his estate's 2006 Grosvenor Blanc de Blancs beat several Champagne wineries to win the Decanter World Wine... Read More

    From the article A Legend Passes: English Winemaker a Pioneer


  • Jon - Kékfrankos is the name for BF in Hungarian! "Kék" means blue, so you have Kékoportó, which means Blue Portuguese, which is another red grape in Hungary.Szekszárd is known for their Kékfrankos, and it's one of the ingredients in Bikaver, or "Bull's Blood", which unfortunately was so debased under communism that it's basically a joke today i... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Got Blaufrankisch?


  • Not much grown in CA - it's a grape that does well in slightly cooler areas and too many people think that Pinot Noir is the only grape worth considering when you get to that category. I think that's mostly because of marketing and because people just don't taste very many grapes other than the top ten.In any case, the literal translation is Blu... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Got Blaufrankisch?


  • Despite having been a center of viticulture since the Roman era, it could be argued that the wines of Chablis have never had such cachet among wine geeks as they do right now. As more and more wine lovers have the chance to try older vintages of these steely, austere, and mineral-driven Chardonnays from Burgundy’s northwestern corner, more of th... Read More

    From the article Your Ticket to First-Class Chardonnay: Chablis


  • This past week's HKTDC  International Wine and Spirits Fair offered more than just a few good drinks. It was at the yearly event that Asian winemakers launched Asian Wine Producers Association, a group of wineries and winemakers from 13 different Asian countries. Although the the association was initially started at the 2013 HKTDC International ... Read More

    From the article New Asian Wine Association Debuts at HKTDC Fair


  • Just when we thought this much fun couldn’t possibly continue we had day three.Started off with another fine breakfast at our B&B to lay in a good base and then off to our first appointment at Emeritus. Our enthusiastic host Laurel started us off with a taste of their Hallberg Ranch pinot and a tour of the vineyard and winery. This was followed ... Read More

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  • RRV, what a fantastic place!OT, Fogline has been added to the list, not sure if/when we'll get over to that side of town during the remainder of our time here.Big Al, I'm always open to recommendations, thanks. Sunday is going to be our Napa day but we're already booked with 3 appointments. Apsara, Failla and Spring Mountain.First wine stop on d... Read More

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  • We're doing a long weekend in Russian River and Napa this weekend. Flew into San Francisco yesterday with no problems. Friend picked us up at the airport, definitely beats the heck out of fighting the huge crowd at the rental car counters. Why don't they have a contiguous highway from the airport to hwy 101.So what's the first thing to do in win... Read More

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