Archive for November, 2010:

Aussie sparklers and sweets

Published on November 30th, 2010
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With Christmas in mind, I recently went to a tasting of Aussie sparklers and sweeties.

Vin de France – the new kid on the block?

Published on November 26th, 2010
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There’s excitement in France at the new Vin de France category, in effect from the 2009 vintage, which means wines started coming on the market about six months ago.

Outsiders view of the Languedoc

Published on November 22nd, 2010
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The Mediterranean south is France’s biggest vineyard area, and one of the country’s most exciting wine-producing regions. So much so that over the past couple of decades folk from all over the world have been relocating to the south and following their vinous dreams.


Published on November 18th, 2010
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Equipment developed in the 1990s by NASA to keep fruit and vegetables growing and healthy on the space station has been found to remove airborne TCA – trichloroanisole, the chemical that causes mouldy, musty taint in wine.

Reading Between the Wines, Terry Theise

Published on November 14th, 2010
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This is accessible and entertaining wine philosophising that puts the poetry back into prose portrayal of wine.

Austro-Hungarian tasting in London

Published on November 10th, 2010
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In October 2010, the Institute of Masters of Wine hosted a tasting of wines from contiguous nations Austria and Hungary, which, both being niche producers (their combined production is about 1/8th that of France), decided to collaboratively present their wines.

Crus Bourgeois list, vintage 2008

Published on November 10th, 2010
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Official Selection 2008 Crus Bourgeois du Médoc.

Guide to winetasting – part 8

Published on November 6th, 2010
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Part eight of an eight part guide to wine tasting, written for France magazine. This month is dessert wines.

Sommeliers in the South of France

Published on November 2nd, 2010
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A recent visit by a group of UK sommeliers to some of the top appellations of the Languedoc turned up some interesting finds, as well as ideas for putting the region’s wines on the map and on the list.

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