Archive for May, 2010:


Published on May 30th, 2010
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Lagrein is a deeply-coloured red grape variety indigenous to Alto Adige in Italy’s far north, where just 400 hectares are planted.

The new Cru Bourgeois defined

Published on May 26th, 2010

A new protocol for Bordeaux’s cru bourgeois is announced.

Tuscany’s Val di Cornia

Published on May 22nd, 2010
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The small Val di Cornia, in the south-west corner of Tuscany, is beginning to discover its own identity among the heavy-weight wines of the region.

Australian First Families of Wine Masterclass

Published on May 18th, 2010
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Australia’s ‘first families of wine’ rocked into London last week, marking their first port of call on an international road trip, aimed at re-igniting interest and enthusiasm for the sort of posher Aussie wines that lay above the big volume brands. They kicked off with a 24-wine masterclass tasting.

Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2010

Published on May 14th, 2010
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The 17th Concours Mondial de Bruxelles wine competition judged nearly 7,000 wines from more than 50 countries. Here are the competition’s top-scorers, and some of my own top-scorers with their medal-awards.

Re-discovering biodiversity

Published on May 10th, 2010
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Biodiversity is the latest in a series of buzz-words in the field of sustainability as all agriculturally-based industries address the vagaries and pitfalls of mono-culture. Viticulture is also adapting to the new order.

South-West France, Paul Strang

Published on May 6th, 2010
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Paul Strang shares his expertise on the complex, diverse, entangled wine regions of south-west France.

Guide to wine tasting – part 2

Published on May 2nd, 2010

Part two of an eight part guide to wine tasting, written for France magazine. This month is rosés.

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