Rich lister Peter Yealands says he has been addicted to work but prizes family and health above all else.
Vineyards In India He's not your average vineyard owner, but then his instinctive gambles have have brought better-than average success. TIM CRONSHAW talks to Peter Yealands, the wild man of the winery world.
Wineries In India The Rich-Lister bought hundreds of the cuddly rodents to keep the grass down between endless rows of grape vines at Yealands Estate.
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Over 450 wine enthusiasts welcomed the upcoming harvest season on the 31st January in Zampa Vineyards in Nasik. 'Do the Twist and crush the grapes to the music!' - was the mantra that was chanted at the Zampa Crush festival as visitors celebrated the grape crushing, writes Jyoti Balani .
Winery In India Ravi Jain, Deepak Roy and Neeraj Deorah played gracious hosts and entertained their guests with several interesting activities which included grape crushing, a soothing foot spa at the top of the hill, live performance by JUNKT and a fascinating tour of the vineyard.
Vineyards In India Private tasting in the Zampa Cellar wit Nik van Arde, chief winemaker Grape stomping uplifted the spirits of wine enthusiasts Ashwin Deo, Kishen Mulchandani, Naaz and Remu Zhaveri and Shamita Singha as they were seen revelling in the celebration and immersing themselves in an afternoon of sheer pleasure. There was a private wine tasting at the winery's cellar where guests tasted wines straight from the barrel by Zampa's South African winemaker, Nic Van Aarde.
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Oregon's quality pinots join the bargain ranks In the wine industry's price-cutting storm, quality Oregon pinot noir is breaking into the under-$20 ranks, and buyers are the lucky ones.
Wines Of India Underwood Cellars 2008 Pinot Noir; $12 Light but honest — meaning it has not been doctored up with petite sirah to make it seem darker and more tannic than it is. Sour cherry, sharp acids and a hint of ground coffee threaded through the finish.
Winery In India BARGAINS ABOUND these days. Recently I've seen ultra-prestigious California cabernets literally offering a free case of wine with the purchase of a case at the regular price; online retailers featuring closeouts on high-scoring wines that simply had the bad luck to be released into this discounting maelstrom; and here in the Pacific Northwest, wineries are scrambling to sell backlogged vintages ahead of the upcoming spring releases.
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Cup for Best Wine of the Hudson Valley, awarded by the Hudson Valley Wine and Grape Association. The wines, costing $60, come in a festive red box bearing a French proverb: “Without wine, love is nothing.” Pinot noir is a tricky grape to grow in any climate, but 2007 was kind to the local crop. “It was a warm, dry year from flowering right through harvest,” John Graziano, Millbrook’s winemaker since 1984, said in a phone interview. “Our growing season is very similar to Burgundy’s, which I guess is why it seems to work.” And which is ripe understatement. His nicely balanced pinots are indeed more Burgundian that Californian: delicate and restrained, with subtle earthiness and delicious sweet-tart cherry and pomegranate flavors. For sweethearts who like bubbles instead, Millbrook offers a duet of its 2002 Brut Proprietor’s Special Reserve and, yes, chocolates for $40.
Wine From India The elegant sparkler, a blend of New York State chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier, is made in the traditional méthode champenoise and custom bottled for Millbrook by the reputable Chateau Frank , in the Finger Lakes region. It, too, comes in a red box, along with four pieces of chocolate white peaches and cream, galaxy way, scarlet caramel and cognac crème brûlée from Oliver Kita Fine Confections in Rhinebeck.
Wines Of India Millbrook Vineyards and Winery, 26 Wing Road, Millbrook. (800) 662-9463; millbrookwine.com . Tasting room open daily throughout the year.
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Here's what you have to ask yourself about Paso Robles. Why? Head north toward Napa or Sonoma, and in an hour and a half you'll be sampling a nice Pinot Noir. Head south toward Paso Robles, and in an hour and a half you'll be passing a garlic field and your first sip of wine will be another 90 minutes away.
Red Wine In India Then again, if you've been to Paso Robles, you know that its open hills of vineyards and oak trees feel more rural than Napa or Sonoma. And that the people who make those heady wines are usually families, happy to show you how to cultivate a field using actual horsepower, or plant a feng shui vineyard. You know that even one night down there feels as if you've really been away.
Wine From India Twenty-five years ago, Paso Robles was cowboy country. Now there are more than 200 wineries making some of the best wine in California, including Justin Vineyards' Isosceles, which Wine Spectator rated in the top 10 wines in the world. Still, in Paso, the vibe is more friendly than fancy. And the wine tasting more about people than product.
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