Archive for December, 2009:

South African sauvignon blanc

Published on December 31st, 2009
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South Africa’s vineyards are moving towards both the Atlantic and Indian Ocean coasts, and the variety mainly being planted in these cooler regions is sauvignon blanc.

Heiligenstein and primary rock

Published on December 28th, 2009
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Austria’s Heiligenstein vineyard is arguably the country’s most famed vineyard. It, and primary rock, are only ever spoken of in the same breath.

Louis Roederer 2002 and Cristal mini-vertical

Published on December 23rd, 2009
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Earlier this month, Cristal bling came to town with a tasting seminar of Louis Roederer’s 2002 vintage champagnes, and a mini-vertical of their prestige cuvee Cristal, lead by Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon, the company’s executive vice president and group winemaker.

Grüner veltliner

Published on December 18th, 2009
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Grüner veltliner is Austria’s flagship white grape variety, the best of which have beaten Burgundian chardonnays in blind tasting assessments of quality.

Chips with everything?

Published on December 14th, 2009
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Bits of viticulture and winemaking stuff explained.

New wine stoppers

Published on December 11th, 2009
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There is an increasing range of wine-bottle stoppers coming onto the market, both for still and sparkling wines. The latest products are all here.

Zind Humbrecht on 2007

Published on December 5th, 2009
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Modest icon winemaker and erudite, oenologue extraordinaire, Olivier Humbrecht MW, was in London recently to show some of his 2007 wines.


Published on December 1st, 2009
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Bits of viticulture and winemaking stuff explained.

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