Archive for January, 2010:

Ayala's lesson in dosage

Published on January 31st, 2010
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A tasting seminar of low dosage and no dosage champagnes was hosted by the president of Champagne Ayala, Hervé Augustin in London in January 2010. Three pairs of Ayala’s Champagnes were compared, with remarkable flavour differences attributable to the dosage at bottling.

Minerality – quote, unquote

Published on January 26th, 2010
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Minerality is an emotive, and poorly understood term. I’ve been quizzing people over the past year, and here is what’s being said.

Syrah in France

Published on January 21st, 2010
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Syrah is France’s third most planted black grape variety (after merlot and grenache). And there’s more in the Languedoc and Roussillon than there is in the Rhône valley, though it’s the latter region that claims the variety as its own, and more specifically the northern Rhône, where syrah reaches one its apogees.

Coasts and cuisine in South African currents

Published on January 16th, 2010
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The South African wine industry may be 350 years old, but it’s the freshness of the last decade that’s getting folk excited as producers carve out a new coastal identity for the 21st century.

Hugh Johnson’s Wine Companion

Published on January 11th, 2010
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Compelling companion to wine, written by the honorable Hugh, with significant updating by they skilled scribe, Stephen Brook.

Minimum pricing

Published on January 8th, 2010
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Minimum pricing would affect all consumers of alcoholic drinks, including responsible ones. Government-funded research found those heaviest drinkers, most in need of help, are likely to be least influenced by rising prices.

Altitude-acclaimed wines from pre-Alpine Alto Adige

Published on January 4th, 2010
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Nestled into the early foothills of the Alps, lies Italy’s most northerly wine region, with the Dolomites as dramatic backdrop. The region’s wines reflect the cooler, northern, more aromatic location.

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