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Acker Merrall and the tastingbook.com launch the world's’ easiest to use, largest web based wine appraisal service

Acker Merrall & Condit, America’s oldest wine shop and the world’s leading wine auction house, and Tastingbook.comthe world’s largest wine information source, have today launched the largest web based wine collection appraisal service for its members, wine collectors and Acker Merrall customers around the world. Tastingbook.com, which offers its deep, frequently updated content of wine reviews and evaluations at no cost to wine collectors, was launched in 2015 by the well known Finnish wine writer and founder of the Fine Wine Magazines Pekka NuikkiTastingbook.com has today over one million pages of wine information, over 400,000 pro tasting notes and around 1.5 million visitors every month.  Over 6000 wine professionals from 59 countries are keeping it updated, enabling collectors to know the most up-to-date impressions of the world’s greatest wines from its members. On Tastingbook.com wine collectors will find the most up-to-date tasting reports virtually from every major tastings from all around the world.

 The initial launch of this easy-to-use service will speed the appraisal process for wine lovers who wish to know the value of their wine collections quickly. Within the My Wine Cellar section of the Tastingbook.com site, its members can upload and enter their collections for appraisal quickly by Acker Merrall. They can choose to have their entire collection appraised by Acker Merrall or limit that appraisal to a specific selection of their wines that they choose. A confidential, automated appraisal request will be sent to Acker Merrall, who has been #1 in the wine auction market over the last decade.  Combined with Acker Merrall’s unparalleled knowledge of wine auction trends and prices, collectors can utilize Acker Merrall’s consultative services to determine when, how and where to most effectively auction a portion or their entire wine collection. 

 “I am a frequent contributor and user of Tastingbook.com because it is easy to use, fun and very informative compared to any other wine site out there.  Tastingbook.com has a sophistication and polish that is unique. When Pekka and I began to discuss the need for an easy to use appraisal site for his members during late 2016, I immediately said ‘Yes! Let’s do this together,” said Acker Merrall & Condit Companies’ Chairman John Kapon. “As the world’s largest wine auction firm during the past decade, we know how important it is for wine collectors to be able to know quickly and confidentially the value of their collections.  I am very happy that Pekka and I made the decision to move forward together on the launch of this service.”

 

100 Best Champagnes for 2016

FINE Champagne and tastingbook.com select the World’s Best Champagne – The winner is Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle

FINE Champagne magazine, the international publication devoted to champagne and tastingbook.com, the World's largest wine information source, announce their list of the ‘100 Best Champagnes for 2016’.

After days of blind-tasting hundreds of champagnes, the final results were tabulated. Any champagne making it into the Top 100 in the rigorous tasting by our editorial board and guest specialists can warmly be recommended. Still, there can only be one winner.

In 2010 the title was given to Armand de Brignac Brut Gold NV, in 2011 to Piper-Heidsieck Rare 2002, in 2012 to Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2000, in 2013 to Charles Heidsieck Vintage 2000, in 2014 to Louis Roederer Cristal Rosé 2002 and last year to Ruinart Dom Ruinart Rosé 2002.

This year awards a multi-vintaged prestige cuvée as Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle claims the title of ‘Best Champagne for 2016’.

FINE Champagne’s TOP 10 champagnes for 2016

1          Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle NV                                       95,75p

2          Dom Pérignon Rosé 2003                                                 95,25p

3          Charles Heidsieck Rosé Réserve NV                                  94,50p

4          Dom Pérignon Brut 2006                                                  94,25p

5          Krug Vintage 2003                                                          93,75p

6          Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve NV                                  93,50p

7          Duval-Leroy Femme de Champagne magnum 1996            93,25p

8          Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2006                           93,00p

8          Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millénaires 1995                   93,00p

10       Henriot Rosé Millésime 2008                                             92,50p

10       Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 2006                              92,50p

 

FINE Champagne magazine’s aim with this annual ranking is to taste the vast offering on the international markets in order to select the champagnes that are showing best this very moment. The most important criterion is the quality of the wine and its accessibility today.

The full TOP 100 list, click here

 

Tastingbook Announces its List of the "TOP 100 Bordeaux 2014 Vintage"

Tastingbook.com, the world's largest wine information service and a renowned industry authority, tasted all the best Bordeaux 2014 vintage wines at last week's Primeur-tasting and here is the first public TOP 100 list of them.

The Primeur Week in Bordeaux ended just a few days ago, just before Easter. Thetastingbook.com tasted during those intense days around 400 samples of the best wines from 2014 Vintage. For us, the wines were generally better than we expected and the vintage 2014 has nothing to shame. It will be a good buy in the future, especially if the prices is in a right level.

"The 2014 is not a great vintage like 2005, 2009 or 2010 but it will be able to secure a position as one of the very good vintages of Bordeaux," says Tastingbook's Pro, Markus Del Monego MW. "Especially, the Cabernets took advantage of the late ripening period, presenting convincing wines. However, there are also some excellent Merlots which reward the patience and meticulous work of the vintners. White wines are crisp and elegant and there are some fine examples of sweet wines to be found."

Here are our 10 top-scoring wines from Bordeaux. Click through for links to full tasting notes, ratings and reviews to see the full TOP-100 list.

Chateau Ausone 2014, Bordeaux, France, 97 points

Chateau Cheval Blanc 2014, Bordeaux, France, 97 points

Chateau Haut-Brion 2014, Bordeaux, France, 97 points

Chateau Lafite-Rothschild 2014, Bordeaux, France, 97 points

Le Pin 2014 , Bordeaux, France, 97 points

Chateau Margaux 2014, Bordeaux, France, 97 points

Chateau Mouton-Rothschild 2014, Bordeaux, France, 97 points

Chateau Cos d'Estournel 2014, Bordeaux, France, 96 points

Chateau Leoville Poyferre 2014, Bordeaux, France, 96 points

Chateau Pontet Canet 2014, Bordeaux, France, 96 points

 

 

Tastingbook Created the World's Largest Wine Ranking - The 10.000 Best Wines Ever Made

The World's largest wine information service - thetastingbook.com, has created ranking of best wines ever made, with masses of background information and some useful warnings on counterfeit wines.

In choosing the all-time top wines, the most important criterion by far for us was the quality of the wine today. We believe it is also the only one that really matters to the ordinary consumer. Even the best marketing campaign or award-winning history cannot turn a bad wine into a good one.

The Tastinbook's over 1000 wine professionals have tasted the selected wines more than one hundred times at best; even at worst, at least three. This has given us a comprehensive view of the development and constancy of the wines, and removed errors caused by poorly stored or counterfeit bottles.

Although we have mostly tasted wines from the twentieth and twenty-one centuries, we also opened hundreds of bottles from the nineteenth.

Therefore we can confidently declare that the wines in our top 10.000 ranking truly deserve their places thanks to their quality and their ability to delight drinkers today," said Mr Pekka Nuikki, the CEO of the Tastingbook.

Our main mission here at the tastingbook.com is to help consumers enjoy wines at the time when they offer the greatest enjoyment and value for money. We want to encourage our users to open and experience the wines that are at their best right now. That is why the biggest weighting in our scores is given to the wines' current enjoyability, which we feel should be the factor that most determines consumers' buying habits.

We have tasted each wine at least three different times and on average 7 different times, believing that it is important to take account of the fact that each bottle is different. We eliminated all instances of bad or suspected fake bottles and say. 

"We believe that it is unfair to rank wines based on just one single tasting experience," said Pekka Nuikki, the CEO of the Tastingbook.

The 10.000 Best Wines ever made-listing will be updated every day.

 

 

THE WINNER OF FINE´S 100-TASTING, PENFOLDS GRANGE 1971, WILL TURN WORLD ON TO AUSTRALIA’S FINEST WINES

by Tony Love News Corp Australia Network

THE naming of Penfolds’ 1971 Grange as the world’s greatest wine of the 1970s will have immediate impact on Australia’s reputation in international fine wine circles.

Current Chief Penfolds winemaker Peter Gago, still in shock over the announcement that one of the finest vintages of Australia’s most famous red wine has beaten the greatest French estates to such an accolade, believes the win means just as much for Australia’s wine industry as it does for his employer Penfolds.

“It’s really amazing for Australia,” Mr Gago said.

“This will alter the perception that we are only good for critter and basic commodity wines,” he said.

The half-million dollar, internationally judged tasting of hundreds of famed labels from France, Spain, Germany, Italy and new world producers like Australia and the US placed Penfolds 1971 Grange at the top of an astounding collection of luxury global wines.

Included in the judging, held by European FINE Wine magazine FINE, were the greatest French wines from Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne and the Rhone.

 The 1971 Grange tipped out the legendary Chateau d’Yquem 1975 Sauternes, considered the world’s best sweet wine, in a 98.5 points to 98 points showdown, while other Granges from the 1970, 1972 and 1976 vintages also made it into the top 100 listings.

The results of the tasting will reverberate around the fine wine world, Mr Gago said after being told of the judges’ decision.

“Grange always gets benchmarked against similar wines, but the fantastic thing was this was the best of the best across the whole decade,” he said.

“It’s a whole new level of seriousness and will be noticed by the elite wine connoisseurs of France, the UK and US and Germany.”

The 1971 vintage of Grange has long been considered one of the great years of the famed lineage of Australia’s most famous red wine, made mostly from shiraz but in this outing also including 13 per cent of cabernet sauvignon.

Along with the 1955 and 1990 vintages, it has convinced prominent overseas wine judges and critics to name Penfolds Grange as a global icon.

Its fame has led to many other South Australian shiraz being lauded as one of the continent’s leading gifts to the wine world. Wines such as Henschke Hill of Grace Shiraz are also revered by collectors around the globe.

Australia also is renowned in international circles for its extraordinary history of aged fortified wines from the Victoria’s northeast Rutherglen region, and its capacity for Hunter Valley Semillon to age for many years to deliver one of the most unique white wine styles.

 

100 Best Champagnes for 2015

FINE Champagne magazine selects the World’s Best Champagne – Ruinart Dom Ruinart Rosé 2002 claims the crown

FINE Champagne magazine, the international publication devoted to champagne and a renowned industry authority, announces its list of the “100 Best Champagnes for 2015”.

After days of blind-tastings of hundreds of champagnes the final results were tabulated. Any champagne making it to the Top 100 in the rigorous tasting of our editorial board can warmly be recommended.  Still, there can only be one winner. In 2010 the title was given to Armand de Brignac Brut Gold NV, in 2011 to Piper-Heidsieck Rare 2002, in to 2012 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2000, in 2013 to Charles Heidsieck Vintage 2000, and last year to Louis Roederer Cristal Rosé 2002. This year rosé’s triumph continued with the majestic Ruinart Dom Ruinart Rosé 2002 claiming the title of the ‘Best Champagne for 2015’

 

FINE Champagne’s TOP 10 champagnes for 2015

 

1          Ruinart Dom Ruinart Rosé 2002                 94,44p

2          Laurent-Perrier Alexandra Rosé 2004        94,27p

3          Louis Roederer Cristal Rosé 2004              94,06p

4          Ruinart Dom Ruinart 2004                         94,02p

5          Charles Heidsieck Vintage Rosé 1999        94,00p

6          Dom Pérignon Brut 2004                           93,81p

7          Piper-Heidsieck Rare2002                          93,63p

8          Krug Vintage 2000                                    93,52p

9          Louis Roederer Cristal 2004                      93,38p

10       Henriot Millésime 2006                               93,15p

 

FINE Champagne magazine’s aim with this annual ranking is to taste the entire offering on the international markets in order to select the champagnes that are showing best this very moment. The most important criterion is the quality of the wine and its accessibility today.

 

 Our Fifth Anniversary Dinner 

Five years! Yes, that is how long it has been since the FINE Wine & Champagne India magazine began to pave the path to change the landscape of fine wine in India – a very challenging task in very challenging conditions.

The milestone fifth FINE Anniversary was celebrated just as it has been in the past – with grandeur and diplomatic pomp – the “FINE Ambassadors’ and High Commissioners’ Table” was co-hosted by H.E. Aapo Pölhö, the Ambassador of Finland to India, and Rajiv Singhal, Publisher of FINE Magazines, at the grand Residence of Finland in New Delhi. 

H.E. Aapo and his wife, Inkeri Siekkinen, have been very gracious hosts – they plan everything to the minutest detail. This year, they brought the very talented Peruvian chef, Enrico Tosso, to take charge in the kitchen. Chef Enrico, very painstakingly, created the seven-course menu over several iterations that were moderated by our wine team (Arjun Sachar and Vipul Thakur, who also took care of all the bottles and their varying individual service requirements) to pair the trophy wines that were equally painstakingly selected by the participating Heads of Mission. 

In its fifth year, the “FINE Ambassadors’ and High Commissioners’ Table” showcased wine from Australia, Austria, Canada, Champagne, France, Germany, Hungary, Japan, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, and Spain – a perfect dozen! A group of friends of wine and friends of FINE were privy to the pleasure of partaking in this feast. 

Our guests trickled in at the invited hour, and they were welcomed by the much needed and very refreshing Palliser Estate Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013 from New Zealand. High Commissioner Grahame Morton told us that his grandmother bought land in the region, because it had very good grass for the sheep! Wine appeared only in the last four decades,

 

India discovers ‘A Century of Australian Wine Heritage’ 

Wine Australia, in partnership with  FINE Wine & Champagne hosted ‘A Century of Australian Wine Heritage’ on Friday, 22 January, 2016 in New Delhi, India. 

Held at High Commissioner Patrick Suckling’s residence, the intimate tasting was presented by Wine Australia Chair Brian Walsh, who introduced guests to Australia’s fine wine heritage through a tasting line up of wines spanning vintages from the last hundred years. Arjun Sharma, Chairman of Select Group India, a highly regarded hospitality, retail and tourism group, said of the event, ‘It was a privilege to attend this spectacular wine tasting. I learnt about the legacy of ancient and premium wines that Australia has to offer. ‘I will definitely put Australia in my travel plans to discover their fine wines and to explore business opportunities.’

‘It’s been wonderful to travel to India and share some of our finest examples of Australian wine from the last century. This event has been two years in the making because these wines haven’t been easy to find. They’ve come frompersonal cellars, wineries and auction houses.

 

Rajiv Singhal, Publisher and Editor of FINE Wine & Champagne, was a guest of Wine Australia’s global wine forum held in Adelaide, South Australia in 2013. Mr Singhal was impressed by the age and quality of some of the older wines he tasted and for the last two years he has worked with Wine Australia and Austrade to source aged Australian wines from each decade of the last century. 

‘This tasting is a culmination of an enriching first visit to Australia in 2013 where I was introduced to old vintages dating back to the early 20th century. ‘I am delighted that we have been able to host this exclusive and unique tasting in New Delhi.’

The wines tasted included:
1915 Seppeltsfield 100 Year Old Para Vintage Tawny
1930 Seppeltsfield Para Vintage Tawny

1936 Hardys Vintage Port

1947 Orlando Vintage Tawny Port

1954 Hardys Bin M177 Show Tawny Port

1957 Orlando Vintage Tawny Port

1963 Penfolds St Henri Shiraz

1967 Brown Brothers Milawa Everton Hills Shiraz and Cabernet 1970 d’Arenberg Shiraz

1970 Wynns Coonawarra Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

1975 Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz

1978 Tahbilk Reserve Bin 65 Cabernet Sauvignon 1984 Penfolds Grange

1986 Yalumba Signature Cabernet Shiraz

1998 Petaluma Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2001 Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon 

2011 Houghton Jack Mann Cabernet Sauvignon 

 

Tastingbook.com Announces its List of the "The TOP 100 Domaine de La Romanee Conti Wines Ever Made"

Thetastingbook.com, the world's largest wine information service and a renowned industry authority have tasted over 300 vintages of Domaine De La Romanee Conti's vintages. The winner was a surprise - La Tache 1962

The tastingbook's over 1000 wine professional have tasted all the Domaine's best vintages and created the TOP 100 list. The full list of all the 300 DRC vintages can be read in thetastingbook.com.

Domaine de la Romanee-Conti is without question the most famous estate in Burgundy and arguably the greatest, producing some of the best wines in the world. It is probably one of the most traditional wineries in France. Wines are produced in small quantities while the demand is huge. The domaine has 25 hectares of vineyards, all Grand Crus, including the jewel in the crown, the 1.8 hectare monopole of Romanee Conti. Romanee-Conti.

Domaine de la Romanee-Conti's all time TOP 10 are today:

1. La Tache 1962
2. Romanee Conti 1945
3. La Tache 1937
4. Romanee Conti 1937
5. Richebourg 1937
6. Romanee Saint Vivant 1949
7. La Tache 1949
8. La Tache 1959
9. La Tache 1985
10. Romanee Conti 1985


The Domaine de la Romanee-Conti's TOP 100 listing will be updated every day.