Archive for April, 2013:

New Chianti Classico Gran Selezione

Published on April 28th, 2013
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A new, top tier – Gran Selezione – of Chianti Classico is to be added above Chianti Classico Riserva and Chianti Classico ‘straight’.

Château le Grand Vostock

Published on April 23rd, 2013
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Château le Grand Vostock was established in 2003 by a Franco-Russian team. It is in Russia’s Krasnodar region, some 18km, as the crow flies, inland from the Black Sea. Or 45km by roads to the resort of Anapa.

Aromatic whites from New Zealand

Published on April 18th, 2013
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The kiwis have created a category of white wines they call the aromatics. All of them too niche to garner much attention on their own, but together they are gathering a bit of a following. Well maybe soon.

IMW debate English Sparkling Wine

Published on April 13th, 2013
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The UK is more recognised than ever before for the quality of its sparkling wines. More fruit is now channelled to sparkling production than still wine, but with new plantings continuing, is the UK at risk of making more sparkling wine than it can sell? Is the country heading for an inevitable bust?

St Chinian – “crème de la crème”?

Published on April 8th, 2013
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In trying to build the reputation of the appellation the Saint Chinian syndicate has made a marketing campaign around easy-drinking, everyday wines and terroir wines from the appellation.

Cork or screwcap, screwcap or cork?

Published on April 3rd, 2013
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I recently came across a couple of tasty wines from the almost unknown top (closer to the source) / bottom (in the Massif Central) corner of the Loire valley. The wines were both bottles under cork and screwcap.

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