Oct092020

ZALTO Finest Stemware from Austria

Zalto glasses have earned and maintained cult status within the international wine world. The stemware by the Gmünd based company (Northern Waldviertel, Austria) is highly appreciated by wine makers and wine enthusiasts alike and has set new standards with its distinct Denk’Art series.

The Zalto Denk’Art has been confirmed by numerous wine connoisseurs and experts, this series covers the whole spectrum of grape varieties and offers the consumer a compact series of glasses which allows every beverage to optimally present its character.

 

International experts commend the glasses’ functionality and quality:

“I didn’t think that there would be anything better on the glass-market … this glass is. Moreover, it has something erotic … “

Francois Mauss, President of the ‚Grand Jury Européen’

 

“… I ́ve been doing a few comparisons with the Zalto and other glasses … I ́m impressed enough to covet some Zalto.”

David Schildknecht, Robert Parker ́s Wine Advocate

 

“For me these are the best glasses to emphasize both terroir and character. I use them every day.”

Aldo Sohm, ‚Best Sommelier of the World 2008’. Chef Sommelier ‚Le Bernardin’, NY

 

“The glasses that have most impressed me recently, from Zalto … are the thinnest and most delicate I have come across… and would give any serious wine lover a real thrill over the closeness of contact they offer.”

Jancis Robinson, Financial Times

 

The Denk’Art series is consciously focused on essentials, provides hand blown functional wine glasses and is complemented by a series of delicate stemless glasses. Numerous world-class wine makers, restaurateurs and wine connoisseurs confide in the qualities of Zalto stemware.


 Unique Features of Zalto Glassware

HAND BLOWN

Zalto stands for finest stemware – superior in design and functionality. Each glass is the outcome of 100% elaborate craftsmanship, always produced in line with the commitment to tradition. Hand-crafted perfection is both the foundation for Zalto stemware production and the benchmark for Zalto’s uniquely skilful glass blowers. The demanding handwork resembles the artistry of Venetian renaissance glass artists.

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CLEAR CHRYSTAL LEAD-FREE GLASS

The use of carefully selected raw materials, free from lead oxide, guarantee a high level of resistance against clouding.

DISHWASHER-SAFE

In spite of their feather-light weight Zalto glasses embody all attributes of a modern glass with respect to care and longevity.

ANGLES

The angles of 24, 48 and 72 degrees used by Zalto are equivalent to the angle of inclination of the Earth. According to written traditions the ancient Greeks and Romans had already recognised using these angles in the production of storage containers enhanced the qualities of the stored goods. Not only did the stored food products remain fresh for longer, they also tasted distinctively better. We believe that the embodiment of this cosmic order contributes towards the characteristics of the Zalto Denk’Art glasses which allow a wine to realize its full character in the nose and on the palate.

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Apr042020

The Award-winning Italian wines from Sergio Del Casale

History

The history of Del Casale family begins with its ancestor Francesco Paolo in Vasto, Italy, the so-called “Terra d’oro” (the “Golden Land”), and with Antonio on a later stage. It was Sergio, together with his wife Lucia, who then spread the love for quality wine to his family. His two young daughters, Laura and Paola, are currently running the business and devotedly take this tradition forward. Today, the art of winemaking and the Del Casale family go hand in hand.

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The lineage of the Del Casale family dates back around the end of the 18th century, in the fertile “golden land” of Vasto, in Abruzzo. It was a difficult time, but with a strong will, the family starts to cultivate the available land near the “coast”, which is on a steep slope of the valley, hard to work but the best for good-quality production.
Back in 1920, Francesco Paolo – a stubborn winemaker – decided to stay in San Biagio district despite the difficulties he was facing. He earned his nickname (“Vird’ Vird'”, which means “green green” in English) for its dedication and care for his vineyards.

In 1984, through the perseverance of Sergio and his wife, Lucia, the land paid off with healthy and good-quality vines and grapes in San Biagio. Nowadays, grown up with a long and significant winemaking tradition, Paola and Laura are two representatives of the present and the future of Del Casale’s family.

Winemaking – With New Technologies and Old Tradition

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Only from a careful care of the vineyards, it is possible to obtain grapes of the best quality: for this reason Del Casale vineyards, with a tendon and counter-espalier breeding system, are managed minimizing chemical interventions with plant protection products and agronomic practices aimed at preserving the quality of the environment and of our health.

Keeping up with the technological innovations in the oenological field, but with an eye to old and often more appropriate rural traditions, they have been trying for years to produce best quality wines.

Award winning wines

Since 2006 till date – Del Casale has received many achievements and awards at the annual Vinitaly International Wine Competition. Here are a few award-winning labels which are highly recommended:

Montepulciano d’Abruzzo “Radices”

  • Carefully selected grapes and oak maturation for months make up marvelous drops. Vintage 2009 even gained its recognition among wine enthusiasts and professionals during the 51st Vinitaly Awards held in 2017 with 93 points out of 100.

Montepulciano d’Abruzzo “Casale San Biase”

  • From the vineyards of the San Biagio hills, mitigated by the marine climate, the low yield per hectare produce precious grapes harvested manually for the “Casale San Biase” wines, a full expression of the aromatic richness of the area “Vasto”.

Montepulciano d’Abruzzo “Diomedeo”

  • Signified as “God Diomedeo” by the winemaker, delivers powerful wines of remarkable and rich tannins, in which typical hints of vintage Montepulciano d’Abruzzo stand out in combination with the valuable characteristics conferred by the French oak barriques.

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Jan202020

The Rare Karuizawa Whiskies


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Karuizawa is a historic Japanese whisky distillery, which opened in 1955 in a vineyard in Miyota – at the foot of an active volcano,   Mount Asama. At 850 meters above sea level, it was the highest distillery in Japan.

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The distillery was tiny and the aim was traditional, small-scale production to create quality whiskies. Karuizawa used 100% Golden Promise barley, wooden washbacks, small stills and sherry casks sourced from Spain.

Karuizawa’s whiskies are perhaps the closest you’ll find to the Scottish malt style in Japan but they still had their own unique character. The water was filtered through lava and the distillery also experienced very hot summers and extremely cold winters which resulted in a different maturation profile.

Unfortunately, the distillery was mothballed in 2000, and closed completely in 2011. Since then, whiskies (often single cask releases) have slowly appeared on the market while becoming ever more collectible, and its expressions have since risen in rarity and value.

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   One of the oldest vintage : Karuizawa 50 Years Old 1965 – Bouborn Cask 8636 (bottled 2016)

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Aug252018

Macallan Masters of Photography: Magnum Edition

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The Macallan has revealed its seventh Masters of Photography whisky.

In collaboration with Magnum Photos, a global photographic cooperative.

The Macallan Masters of Photography: Magnum Edition celebrates the construction and opening of the new Macallan distillery and visitor experience through never-before-seen imagery and a liquid inspired by the photographers.

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Jun122018

The world’s foremost red wine-grape variety.

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Cabernet Sauvignon is probably the most famous red wine grape variety on Earth. It is rivaled in this regard only by its Bordeaux stablemate Merlot, and its opposite number in Burgundy, Pinot Noir. From its origins in Bordeaux, Cabernet has successfully spread to almost every winegrowing country in the world. It is now the key grape variety in many first-rate New World wine regions, most notably Napa Valley, Coonawarra and Maipo Valley.

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May032018

M Chapoutier Ermitage

M Chapoutier Ermitage

Chapoutier, one of the oldest names in the Rhone valley. Founded in 1808 by the Calvet family. It was sold to the Chapoutier family in 1855. The Calvet family sold the company to focus on their large, expanding negociant firm in Bordeaux. Polydore Chapoutier was the first of the Chapoutier family to head the company, and the only head of the firm not to have a name that started with the letter M. That tradition began with the next generation, started by Marius Chapoutier.

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Mar092018

Bond Estate

Bond Estate Wine

Bond Estate showcased their portfolio’s consistently stunning quality and made their unique qualities easy to appreciate.

2017 marks the unofficial 20th anniversary of Bill Harlan’s Bond project, which the Bond website describes as “A portfolio of wines that are diverse in their geographic representation and ‘grand cru’ in quality, all under the umbrella of one philosophy, one team, one mark.” Like Harlan Estate and its owner’s more recent Promontory endeavor, the Bond project grew slowly and organically.

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Feb222018

Burgundy Wine

Burgundy Wine
Burgundy is one of the most romanticized wine regions in the world.
The historic stretch of land traces its winemaking roots back more than 2,000 years, and is ground zero for some of the most coveted (and expensive) producers like Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Henri Jayer, and Domaine Armand Rousseau.

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