The VDP.German Prädikat Wine Estates presents Germany’s best vineyard sites in an online interactive map

Munich | Terroir digital – The VDP.German Prädikat Wine Estates launch Germany’s best vineyard sites into the digital age. With VDP.Vineyard.Online, Internet users can now use any computer in the world to scroll between Lake Constance, Bonn and the Elbe River to find detailed information about the country’s best vineyards. The digital maps do not only depict all VDP.GROSSE LAGE® and VDP.ERSTE LAGE® vineyards, but per mouse-click can also pull down an information window that includes photographs, facts about each vineyard like steepness, elevation, aspect, soil and climate, as well as a descriptive text about its particularities and history. The user can also discover which VDP.Vintners produce wines from the vineyard site. The VDP takes its first step by going “live” with the wine regions Ahr, Franken, Mosel, Mittelrhein, Nahe, Pfalz, Rheingau and Rheinhessen.

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ROBERT PARKER WINE ADVOCATE to host the 2nd Edition of SWITZERLAND’S BIGGEST FINE WINE EXPERIENCE IN 2018

“MATTER OF TASTE” IS RETURNING WITH OVER 800 HIGHLY RATED WINES FROM AROUND THE WORLD TO TASTE OVER A WEEKEND, PRESENTED BY OVER 250 WINERIES

  • Save the date: on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th February 2018 at the Dolder Grand Hotel Zurich, the largest fine wine tasting open to the public in Europe will feature a unique selection of highly rated wines with scores from RP90 to RP100.

 

  • Expert masterclasses, a Grand Finale Dinner and an amazing two day walkabout tasting will be hosted by The Wine Advocate critics and over 250 renowned wine makers and wine personalities coming from all over the world to Zurich for this great gathering of talents.

 

SINGAPORE, Wednesday, 17 January 2018– This February, Robert Parker Wine Advocate, the world’s most recognised authority on wine, is bringing back its much-lauded Matter of Taste wine event for its second edition at Grand Dolder Zurich. This edition will feature over 800 iconic wines rated 90 Robert Parker (RP) points and above, including wines rated RP100.
The signature wine event of the year brings together specially curated wine selections from around the world, and offers expert masterclasses and unforgettable wine-pairing dinners hosted by star winemakers and Wine Advocate reviewers. In past years, the event has featured over 1,800 fine wines in nine cities, including New York City, London, San Francisco, Hong Kong and Zurich.

 

Grand Walkabout Tasting

 

Iconic wines of the world

Saturday, 24th February: 12:00 to 18:00

Sunday, 25th February: 11:00 to 17:00

 

The two large ballrooms of the Dolder Grand, one of Switzerland’s finest 5-star hotels, will feature wines grouped by regions presented by wine makers, winery owners or representatives from around the world. Guests are invited to walkabout, taste, compare, learn and share insights in an expert yet casual setting.

 

The walkabout tasting will take guests across the globe — from Bordeaux to Piedmonte, Veneto, Tuscany, Campania, Basilicata, Puglia, Sicily, Sardinia, Macedonia, Alentejo, Dao, Bairrada, Douro, Setubal, Aragon, Castilla de Leon, Montsant, Navarra, Penedes, Priorat, Murcia, Rioja, Catalonia,  Maimara, Mendoza, Salta, Aconcagua, Atacama, Maipo, the Thracian Lowlands, the Bekaa Valley, Rhone, Languedoc, Roussillon, Champagne, Haut Rhin, Bas Rhin, Rhiengau, Rhein Hessen, Nahe, Pfalz, Mosel, Kremstal, Steiermark, Niederösterreich, Burgenland, Stellenbosch, Contantia, Western Cape, the Walker Bay, the Barossa Valley, the Clare Valley, Margaret River, Martinborough, Central Otago, Waiheke Island, Napa, Sonoma, Virginia, Oregon, Yunnan, Vaud, Auvernier, Deutschweiz, Ticino and other wine regions.

 

Great classics will be there such as 1st classified growth Bordeaux Chateau Lafite and from Pomerol  Chateau Lafleur Petrus, Napa cult wines such as Realm, offbeat wonders such as Sine Qua Non, super Tuscans such as Tua Rita and Ornellaia, Chilean kings of Cabernet such as Don Melchor and Sena, Barossa celebrities such as Chris Ringland, and of last but not least, some of the best Switzerland has to offer with over 15 top Swiss producers. It is noteworthy that for many wine makers this will be a first and exciting encounter with the Swiss wine market as their wines are not yet available in Switzerland.

 

Masterclass Showcase


Matter of Taste Zurich will play host to eight exclusive wine tasting masterclasses on 24th and 25th February, offering guests the opportunity to explore and expand their knowledge of more varieties, styles and wine regions in guided wine tastings. These Masterclasses will be conducted by the expert wine critics of the Robert Parker Wine Advocate team, namely Editor-in-Chief Lisa Perrotti-Brown (MW) who will cover the Bordeaux and Californian masterclasses, Stephan Reinhardt who will cover the Swiss and Champagne masterclasses, Luis Gutierrez who will cover the Spanish and Chile masterclasses, and Monica Larner who will cover the Italian masterclass. Visiting wine makers will be there and participants will be thrilled to hear the stories and meet the faces behind the wines such as Manfred Krankl of Sine Qua Non, from Champagne Benoit Tarlant and Delphine Brulez of Louise Brison Hugh de Payen, Scott Becker of Realm Cellars, Alessandro Mori of Il Marroneto, Elisabetta Geppetti of Fattoria Le Pupille and many more.

 

Ticketing information:

1-Day Pass: CHF129

Weekend Pass: CHF159 (imited numbers issued)

Grand Walkabout Tasting tickets come with a one year subscription to Robert Parker Wine Advocate (worth US$99). Special offers are available on the second ticket for those who come in couple or with a friend.

 

Luis Gutierrez will present his first solo book during the masterclass “A New Generation of Spanish Winegrowers”, a dedicated book will be offered to each attendant.

 

All ticketing information is available at www.a-matter-of-taste.com.

 

See below for your invitation, the full programme and some information on Robert Parker Wine Advocate.

Pictures and event visuals are available on this link.

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Das erste, internationale Weinereignis des Jahres: Die grosse Weinwelt zu Gast bei ZWEIFEL

Zürich, 19. Januar 2018 – Unter dem Motto «Neugierig auf neue Winzer, neue Weine und neue Jahrgänge?» führt Zweifel am 28. und 29. Januar 2018 die grosse jährliche Neuheiten-Degustation im Fasskeller des Zweifel Vinarium Höngg durch. Rund 40 Produzenten aus Europa und Übersee sind persönlich anwesend. Besucherinnen und Besucher können kostenlos rund 300 Weine degustieren.
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Settimana della Cucina Italiana nel Mondo

Nach dem Erfolg des letzten Jahres findet dieses Jahr vom 20. bis 26. November unter dem Motto „Settimana della Cucina Italiana nel Mondo“ in der ganzen Welt die 2. Ausgabe dieser Aktion statt. Dabei handelt es sich um eine Initiative des Italienischen Ministeriums für Auswärtige Angelegenheiten und internationale Zusammenarbeit und des Italienischen Ministeriums für Landwirtschaft, Ernährung und Forstpolitik. Es ist auch das Resultat einer Zusammenarbeit zwischen privaten und öffentlichen Akteuren, welche die Italienische Küche und Italien in der Welt vertreten.
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Italien: 2017 ein kleiner Jahrgang? Keineswegs

Mitte August sahen die Winzer noch schwarz. Während einer nur sonderbar zu nennenden Wachstumsphase war alles und noch mehr passiert, vom Spätfrost bis zu heftigen Hagelschauern, dann Dürre und eine stark verfrühte Reifung der Trauben.
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Maison Gutowski, M-G 2016, Grand Vin, Côtes de Provence

Des émotions. Oui certains vins suscitent des émotions. Et on ne s’en plaindra pas. Et même s’il s’agit d’un rosé !
Je l’avoue, la dernière fois que cela est arrivé avec un rosé, il s’agissait de celui de Patricia Ortelli en Côteaux Varois. Une extra-terrestre et un vin que l’on n’oublie plus jamais…
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Lanson Green Label: Erster biodynamischer Champagner einer Grossmarke

Als eines der ältesten Champagnerhäuser der Welt mit über 250 Jahren Erfahrung bringt Lanson als erste unter den grossen Marken einen biodynamischen Champagner auf den Markt. Den Lanson Green Label. Damit beweist Lanson abermals, dass Tradition und Innovation sich gegenseitig bedingen und befruchten. Der Lanson Green Label ist ab sofort in der Schweiz in ausgewählter Top-Gastronomie, im Fachhandel sowie bei Aligro und auf www.drinkdirect.ch erhältlich.
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Der kleine Johnson 2018, das Buch

Kaum zu glauben, aber wahr: Seit über 40 Jahren das erfolgreichste Weinbuch der Welt.
Jedes Jahr neu stelle ich Ihnen diesen kleinen Johnson gerne wieder vor. Sein Namensgeber Hugh Johnson ist einer der führenden Weinautoren weltweit. Weinliebhaber kaufen hier für wenig Geld ein Standardwerk, das leicht verständlich ist, Kaufhilfen anbietet, ein Nachschlagewerk für Sammler ist und stets aktualisierte Fakten zum Wein und zum Weinanbau auflistet.
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