report in winesearcher.
com, Robert Parker sold the majority shares of The Wine Advocate to a Singapore-based company for $15 million. From this nation-state the operation will be directed by Editor-in-Chief Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW and three new investors. The task of tasting Bordeaux enprimeurs (young wine still in the barrel) has been taken over by a colleague, Neal Martin.
The company will continue to produce wine education conferences and Matter of Taste events domestically and internationally. Matter of Taste programs offer fine wine tastings exclusively for eRobertParker.com subscribers and their guests, feature wines rated RP 90 points and higher by TWA and are handpicked by its world-renowned team of experts. An addition to the team of wine reviewers is Liwen Hao who has been hired to be the new Asian Wine Reviewer. From his Shanghai base Hao is responsible for reviewing Asia's best wines from China, India and Japan. Hao is also supervising the translation of parts of RobertParker.com into Chinese.
TWA has developed a new website that is currently available to subscribers at beta.robertparker.com. The new website offers enriched search capabilities giving members the opportunity to search a database of more than 300,000 tasting notes through nine filter criteria (i.e., color, sweetness, type, variety, rating, author, price and locations). Articles are searchable and the wine information page includes bottle shots and vintage charts.
The Hedonist's Gazette offers more flexible search options and includes restaurants, destinations, recommendations and wines.
To announce the new website and the organizations signature wine/dine tour, Matter of Taste, a press conference was recently held at the elegant Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Manhattan where Krug was generously made available to attendees.
You do not need to have the gourmet palate of Robert Parker to know that sipping Krug Grande Cuvee Brut Champagne creates magical and memorable moments by stimulating the pleasure sensors in the brain. I suspect that I could be stuck in a subway tunnel during rush hour on the E train in the summer without air conditioning and, if I had a glass of Krug, I would not give a damn.
Krug Grande Cuvee is a blend of 120+ wines from 10+ different vintages (up to 15 years in age) and 3 grape varieties (Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier) from different vineyards and each year is it recreated. It takes over 20 years to fashion a bottle of Krug Grande Cuvee, including at least 6 years in the bottle in Krug cellars.
To the eye it presents a deep golden color and fine, spirited bubbles that are sexy and seductive â raising expectations as to what they will feel and taste like. To the nose - an aroma of apples, bananas, lemons with suggestions of flowers, marzipan and ginger. On the tongue the tender bubbles gently lead a path to the palate delivering hints of lemon and grapefruit, apples and bananas. There is a very happy ending that conveys a slightly fruit forward yet sour/sweet finish tempered by honey and almonds.
The House of Krug Champagne was started by Joseph Krug in 1843 in Reims, the center of France's Champagne region. Krug is one of the most famous Champagnes in the world. The major shares of the company are owned by the international conglomerate of LVMH Moet Hennessy/Louis Vuitton SA and the portfolio includes Moet & Chandon, Veuve Clicquot, Chateau d'Yquem and Ruinart. The Krug family continues to be involved in the enterprise but does not manage the day-to-day operation.
Just A Matter of Taste
The special event, A Matter of Taste, included Master Classes that reviewed and discussed selections of unique wines. Estate Director Don Weaver and winemaker Cory Empting hosted a seminar on Harlan Estate, referred to as California's First Growth. Another Master Class featured Lokoya wines that focused on vintages from the winery's mountain appellations and was hosted by Lokoya winemaker Chris Carpenter.
A Century of Colheitas, The Jewel of Ports, was designed for vintage Port followers. Mark Squires led guests through a century of his personal selection of Coheitas that included Taylor Fradgate & Yeatman's 1863.
The Walkabout, held in the hotel's Grand Ballroom, included Chateau Pontet-Canet (Pauillac), Chateau Haut Bailly (Pessac-Leognan), Verite (California, Cayuse (Washington), Clarenden Hills (Australia), Cullen (Australia), Greywacke (NZ), Niepoort (Portugal), Fontodi (Tuscany), JJ Prim (Germany) and March Molitor (Germany), among many others.
Rain Drops or Hurricanes
The wine industry evolves and tastes change; fortunately, people continue to drink wine. Some wine consumers will eagerly read every magazine, ezine and book about wines â never feeling adequately educated to speak authoritatively about the subject and shy about expressing their taste experiences, while others will boldly walk into a wine store, saunter over to the zones marked France or Italy or Portugal and randomly select a bottle for dinner or a gift. This group will develop their own storehouse of wine knowledge, confidently sharing their thoughts and ideas on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. The final outcome is likely to be more and better wines. Competition will ultimately determine who wins and who does not.