Archive for March, 2012:

A guide to the sustainability guides

Published on March 29th, 2012
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As the need to take better care of the planet increases, sustainability issues have moved onto the agenda. This is a “cut out and keep” guide to the various initiatives in the wine industry.

White Spanish trinity of albariño, godello and verdejo

Published on March 25th, 2012
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The far north-west corner of Spain, the bit above Portugal, with its lush, verdant colours of the Costa Verde, due in part to its high rainfall coming off the Atlantic, is a mecca for fresh, vibrant, perfumed white wines.

Ladybird taint

Published on March 21st, 2012

Ladybird taint is thought to be on the rise and cool climate regions are particularly vulnerable as climate warming allows these species to migrate into previously unpalatable regions.

Puglia – Italy's second biggest wine-producing region

Published on March 17th, 2012
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In Italy’s deep south lies the country’s second biggest wine-producing region. Puglia has 85,125 hectares of vineyard, producing more than 6 million hectolitres of wine each year, which is some 14% of total Italian production.

Pinot noir regionality develops in New Zealand

Published on March 13th, 2012

Notwithstanding that most pinot noir vines in New Zealand are less than ten years old, the idea of differing regional expressions of the variety has already been gaining ground for at least half of that time.

Château des Jacques

Published on March 9th, 2012
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Château des Jacques has been part of the Maison Louis Jadot stable since 1996. Though not certified, certain biodynamic practices have been adopted as Guillaume de Castelnau revitalises the estate.

A minimalist journey

Published on March 6th, 2012
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Alan and Nelly Cooper are doing really tasty things high up in the Macedon Ranges. Here’s a tasting of their 2010s.

Pinot noir the new bright thing

Published on March 5th, 2012
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“Pinot noir is the next wine fashion” said Ross Brown, of Brown Brothers, speaking at the closing session of the 8th International Cool Climate Symposium, in Hobart, Tasmania.

What separates the Adelaide Hills from Clare Valley?

Published on March 1st, 2012
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At a tasting masterclass in London, Clare Valley’s Wakefield/Taylors chief winemaker Adam Eggins joined forces with viticulturist Marty Edwards, of The Lane in the Adelaide Hills, to expound the differences and evolving styles. Chardonnay and shiraz were the focus of the tasting.

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