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Published on December 20, 2011

A two hour – Italian-style driving – journey south and slightly west of Mount Etna lies Sicily’s only DOCG, Cerasuolo di Vittoria, in Ragusa province, made from frappato blended with nero d’avola.

Nero di troia

Published on December 16, 2011

The origins of the increasingly impressive nero di troia remain uncertain, though an abiding story is that it is named after a village near Foggia in the north of Puglia.

Chablis: present, past, future

Published on December 8, 2011

In November 2011, the Institute of Masters of Wine held a Chablis seminar, moderated by Chablis expert and Master of Wine, Rosemary George, with Chablis protagonists Fabien Moreau of Domaine Christian Moreau Père et Fils, and Guillaume Gicqueau-Michel of Domaine Louis Michel et Fils.

Savennières Roche aux Moines – identity crisis or evolution?

Published on December 4, 2011

A visit in August to Savennières Roche aux Moines, which is to become an Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée/Protegée in its own right from the 2011 vintage, revealed what might be interpreted as something of an identity crisis, with some quite dramatic shifts in philosophy.

Cool climate Australia – tasting notes from around Melbourne.

Published on November 30, 2011

When Wine Australia held a tasting in London during November of wines from Victoria that are available in the UK, I focused on pinot noir and chardonnay to explore cool climate expressions.

German pinot noir reveals itself

Published on November 18, 2011

Germany has long kept secret its world class pinot noirs, or spätburgunder, though over the past few years has been slowly letting in the rest of the world on these wonderful wines.

Loire sauvignon blanc – not Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé

Published on November 6, 2011

If you’re into sauvignon blanc then Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé are the names to conjure with, but France’s Loire valley offers many other opportunities to drink wines from this bright and zesty grape variety.

Sicily's own nero d'avola

Published on October 21, 2011

Some countries have an adopted signature grape variety – carmenere in Chile, pinotage in South Africa, malbec in Argentina. Sicily has nero d’avola.

Domaine Philippe Delesvaux

Published on September 11, 2011

Philippe, and his wife Catherine Delesvaux, of the eponymous domaine, make exquisite sweet wine of the highest order in the Loire’s Coteaux du Layon.

Ten minutes with … Tom Carson

Published on August 10, 2011

Tom Carson is pushing the envelope when it comes to making pinot noir in Australia, and is a strong advocate of wines of place.

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