Archive for November, 2012:

Sauvignon blanc sub-regionality in Marlborough, NZ

Published on November 28th, 2012
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What is it about Marlborough that makes this patch of land so well suited to producing the crisp, pungent, immediately-appealing, refreshing mouthfuls of intensely herby and fruity wines that Brits go wild for?

Abbotts and Delaunay

Published on November 24th, 2012
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It’s refreshing to admit a vinous volte face, which is just what happened when I visited recently at Abbotts and Delaunay in the Languedoc-Roussillon.

The new Crus Bourgeois – three years in

Published on November 20th, 2012
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With the cancellation of the 2003 classification in 2007, the cru bourgeois moniker in Bordeaux was due for extinction, but was saved via a third-party accredited, transparent scheme. Three years on from the introduction of the new system, how are the ‘new’ crus bourgeois being received?

Minerality quote, unquote 4

Published on November 16th, 2012
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A recent visit to Australia turned up some interesting views on minerality.

Viña Zorzal Graciano, Navarra, 2010

Published on November 12th, 2012
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This has to be one of the best value red wines being offered the Wine Soc just now.

Foraging for fungus in the New Forest – don’t try this at home

Published on November 8th, 2012
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A heavily humid, though not rainy, October morning saw a group of (not very) intrepid sommeliers and journalists stomp through the sodden New Forest in search of mushrooms, thankfully in the encyclopaedic company of John Wright, forager extraordinaire.

The Complete Bordeaux, Stephen Brook

Published on November 4th, 2012
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It is difficult for interested consumers to get an intimate appreciation for particular properties in Bordeaux, where it might be easier in other parts of the world, so someone with Stephen’s reputation and gravitas becomes the conduit through which consumers, and industry, learn.

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