Archive for June, 2013:

Bordeaux Legends – the 1855 first growth wines, by Jane Anson

Published on June 27th, 2013
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I so want to imagine that copious amounts of tasting the first growths was a vital and necessary part of the research for this book.

Reduction – winemaker or closure?

Published on June 22nd, 2013

It’s been a long time since the original 1999 AWRI study started identifying reduced (volatile sulphur) notes of rubber, flint, struck match under bottles closed with screwcap. Understanding of sulphide chemistry has come a way since then, so can we really justify the perpetuation of the idea that screwcaps cause reduction?

Escarpment, The Edge Pinot Noir 2012

Published on June 17th, 2013
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This is a really tasty, pretty much entry level, New Zealand pinot noir, from the bottom of North Island.

Crus de Loire

Published on June 12th, 2013

The Loire valley has begun to break with its long tradition of a single-ranking, single-level appellation system. In 2011 it started to evolve a cru system of appellations.

Hattingley Valley

Published on June 7th, 2013
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New English sparkling wine brand Hattingley Valley will be released onto the market at the end of August.

Camel Valley, Pinot Noir Brut 2010

Published on June 2nd, 2013
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This was my pick of the pops (ark, ark) from the annual English tasting in May.

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