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I have used this glass in this Video: RIEDEL Performance Riesling
I have tasted the following wines in this Video:
1. Bride Valley Dorset Crémant England – 36 $
2. 2018 Vin de Tahiti Clos du Récif Tahiti – 35 $
3. 2018 Château Purcari Sauvignon Blanc Moldau – 8 $
4. 2019 Winnica Wieliczka Riesling Poland – 24 $
5. 2019 Thomas Walk Vineyard Amurensis Walk Velvet Rondo Irland – 31 $
6. 2019 L.A. Cetto Zinfandel Mexico – 9 $
7. 2016 Monsoon Valley Shiraz Thailand – 17 $
8. 2019 Domaine de Sahari Guerrouane Rouge Marocco – 12 $
The 100 Point Scoring System (from www.robertparker.com):
96-100: An extraordinary wine of profound and complex character displaying all the attributes expected of a classic wine of its variety. Wines of this caliber are worth a special effort to find, purchase and consume.
90 – 95: An outstanding wine of exceptional complexity and character. In short, these are terrific wines.
80 – 89: A barely above average to very good wine displaying various degrees of finesse and flavor as well as character with no noticeable flaws.
70 – 79: An average wine with little distinction except that it is soundly made. In essence, a straightforward, innocuous wine.
60 – 69: A below-average wine containing noticeable deficiencies, such as excessive acidity and/or tannin, an absence of flavor or possibly dirty aromas or flavors.
50 – 59: A wine deemed to be unacceptable.
The wine world is constantly changing, even if it does not always look like it. The grapevine is originally from Asia and was widely planted in the middle east. There is evidence of winemaking in Iran from 5000 BC and there is not much winemaking taking place over there today.
There was also a time in the not-too-distant past when there was no wine production in Australia, New Zealand, the USA and Argentina, and Chile. While these countries are still collectively called the NEW WORLD, they have now arrived in the mainstream. Wine drinkers in the first half of the 20th century would not have believed that there will be a market for New World wines and that people will pay hundreds of dollars per bottle for one of those wines. Then Penfolds Grange, Screaming Eagle, and Almaviva came along.
At the moment we see another slow change in the wine world. Partly triggered by climate change but also by a growing interest in winemaking in different places of the world vineyards and wineries are appearing in areas that were previously believed to be unsuitable for winemaking. I am going to blind taste the eight wines and maybe I am going to find the next Grange in one of those bags …