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Tore delle Signore, Verduzzo Friulano, 1992

Published on May 24, 2015

Tasted this delicious dessert wine the other day. Remarkably fresh and flavoursome for a 23-year old white wine. The full name is a bit of a handful though.


Sherry

Published on April 2, 2015

Julian Jeffs wrote the first edition of this book in 1961. No-one is better placed to comment on the huge changes in the sherry industry over that time.


Guigal Ex Voto, Hermitage.

Published on January 17, 2015

Guigal is one of the iconic names of the Rhône valley in France. Hermitage is a tiny appellation of just 136 hectares on the slopes of the hill of Hermitage. Thirty producers work this land, and Guigal own two hectares of them. Guigal makes Ex Voto only in the very best years.


New Zealand shows the specificity of sustainability

Published on January 6, 2015

New Zealand may be ahead of the sustainability game with almost all producers signed up to some sort of sustainability accreditation system, whether the country’s own Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand (SWNZ), or certified organics, biodynamics or ISO 14001, but the situation on the ground is far from a one-size-fits-all model. Anyone hoping for a single index that measures producers’ paths towards increasing sustainability is sadly disillusioned.


The Champagne Guide 2014-2015

Published on October 6, 2014

Australian wine author Stelzer has updated his guide to Champagne


Crus Bourgeois – five years on – vintage 2012

Published on October 1, 2014

The release of the 2012 vintage Cru Bourgeois list, in September 2014, marks the fifth anniversary of this award. It emerged in 2010 (with the 2008 vintage) from the debacle of a legally-biased attempt at classification in 2003. The alliance of crus bourgeois has since quietly gone about its business of rebuilding trust and confidence in the crus bourgeois brand, or ‘family’, as they’ve taken to calling themselves.


Sancerre lieux-dits

Published on August 8, 2014

The wines were part of a tiny glimpse at the world of Sancerre’s lieux dits, from three of the more widely known single vineyard site names: Chêne Marchand at Bué, le Cul de Beaujeu and la Côte des Monts Damnés, both at Chavignol.


Native wine grapes of Italy

Published on July 30, 2014

I think it’s quite simple: Italophiles will want this reference book on their shelves.


Russian revolution

Published on July 18, 2014

Russia may be the largest country in the world but much of it is too cold for sustainable viticulture, with winters getting down to -15 to -30°C. Vines can tolerate -15°C but they’re dead in the water at -30°C. The exception to this situation is in the far south-western corners of the country, around Anapa and Novorossiysk on the north-eastern tip of the Black Sea, which coincidentally runs along the 45th parallel, famed further west for being home to Piedmont, the Rhône valley and Bordeaux.


Natural Wine

Published on July 11, 2014

About 40% of the book introduces wines the author recommends, a ‘starter for ten’ on “natural” wines; an introduction to befriending minimally-manipulated wines – “the best way to enjoy natural wines is to try to forget everything you think you know about wine, and start afresh”. Not necessarily an easy ask.

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