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WineSpeed | Nyetimber

Weekly insights from veteran wine writer Karen MacNeil.

BY Karen Macneil | Life | Jan 2, 2018
Photo by Alex Treadway/Getty

NYETIMBER | Blanc de Blancs 2010

(England) $79

Imagine a sword, dazzling sharp, coated in swirls of whipped cream. That’s English sparkling wine at its best—icicles of beautiful acidity sheathed in pillows of richness. This past fall, I spent a week visiting the top producers of English sparkling wine and came away stunned by the quality. Yes, the south of England has the same chalky soils as Champagne, but nothing could have prepared me for such mesmerizing textures and delicious flavors. Nyetimber, one of the first English sparkling firms, is among the best. (12% abv)

95 points KM

Available at Wine.com

What is the cépage?

A. the building where red wines are stored in barrel, usually for two years or more

B. the variety or varieties of grapes used to make a wine

C. the time after settling when wine is moved from barrel to barrel

D. the process by which nutrients in soil are absorbed by the vine

Scroll down for the answer!

Front Palate

It might seem like the term front plate refers to the front of the mouth. But front palate, mid palate and back palate are temporal terms—that is, they indicate time. So the “front palate” is comprised of the flavors, aromas and textures you experience in the first few seconds after you put the wine in your mouth. Mid palate is what you experience a few seconds after that. And back palate are the sensations, flavors and aromas at the end of the experience, right before you swallow or spit.

Women and the Wine Industry

I want to end 2017 with the most important piece I’ve written all year: “Beyond the Wine Glass—A New Glass Ceiling?” This article appears in the current edition of Somm Journal along with photos of the 50 women I interviewed and is based on my keynote speech at the national Women for WineSense 2017 conference.  Continue Reading….

B. The French word cépage refers to the variety or varieties of grapes used to make a wine. For example, the cépage of most wines from the Left Bank of Bordeaux is cabernet sauvignon and merlot, possibly with cabernet franc and petit verdot

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