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Blog: Douglas Blyde reviews Morgenster wines at The Square

Published:  15 November, 2011

Gulio Bertrand and Henry Kotzé came to London restaurant, The Square to introduce the Morgenster range of wines to journalists.

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Blog: Behind the scenes at Jancis Robinson MW Wine Future tasting

Published:  09 November, 2011


Wine styles and varieties that "deserve more attention" were the focus of the 15 wines chosen by Jancis Robinson MW for her major tasting at Wine Future in Hong Kong

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Sogrape acquires Stevens Garnier

Published:  31 October, 2011

The wine producer Sogrape has increased its shareholding to a full buy-out of the UK wine agency, Stevens Garnier.

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Bordeaux faces New World challenge

Published:  19 August, 2011

New World wines have the potential to challenge Bordeaux's dominance of the fine wine market, according to one leading merchant.

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Viñalba secures ninth national listing

Published:  11 August, 2011

Argentinian wine brand Viñalba has secured its ninth national listing, this time at the Co-operative.

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Suppliers hit back at Hutchinson's 'leakage' claims

Published:  01 August, 2011

Suppliers have hit back at Jamie Hutchinson's claims they have not been supporting independents, and say there are enough wines for all sectors to choose from.

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Suppliers hit back at Hutchinson's 'leakage' claims

Published:  01 August, 2011

Suppliers have hit back at Jamie Hutchinson's claims they have not been supporting independents, and say there are enough wines for all sectors to choose from.

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The Wine Investment Fund sees confidence return to en primeur market

Published:  12 July, 2011

Investors appear to be snapping up the big name en primeur wines and confidence is returning to the market, according to The Wine Investment Fund director, Andrew della Casa.

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Wines of Argentina gears up for Malbec World Day

Published:  15 April, 2011

Wines of Argentina is gearing up for its first ever Malbec World Day, a global celebration of Argentina's 'hero' grape variety.

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En primeur blog: J&B's Tom Jenkins

Published:  08 April, 2011

Tom Jenkins, Bordeaux buyer for Justerini & Brooks, blogs from the en primeur tasting

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Spain's Bodega Numanthia looks to widen distribution across specialist UK wine trade

Published:  15 March, 2011


Premium Spanish wine producer, Bodega Numanthia, is looking to widen its distribution of Toro region wines across the UK specialist wine trade.

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Cheval Blanc smashes wine auction record

Published:  17 November, 2010

An imperial of Cheval Blanc 1947 has broken the record for a price paid for a single bottle at auction.

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Cheval Blanc smashes wine auction record

Published:  17 November, 2010

An imperial of Cheval Blanc 1947 has broken the record for a price paid for a single bottle at auction.

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Richard Siddle: Argentine Adventures, Part Two

Published:  14 November, 2010


Famous last words...having said I was sure I would be back in Mendoza city one day it did not expect to be walking back in to the Diplomatic Hotel some 14 hours later.

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Richard Siddle: Argentine Adventures, Part Two

Published:  14 November, 2010


Famous last words...having said I was sure I would be back in Mendoza city one day it did not expect to be walking back in to the Diplomatic Hotel some 14 hours later.

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Richard Siddle: Argentine Adventures, Part Two

Published:  14 November, 2010


Famous last words...having said I was sure I would be back in Mendoza city one day it did not expect to be walking back in to the Diplomatic Hotel some 14 hours later.

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Richard Siddle does Argentina

Published:  12 November, 2010

Harpers Wine & Spirit editor Richard Siddle is in the clutches of Wines of Argentina...

 

Days two, three and four in Argentina after an aborted mission on Sunday night due to the might of the Zonda wind keeping us in Santiago for an extra night.

 

Thanks to Lindsay Talas and buying team at Thierry's for helping take us bewildered and clueless in Santiago airport to safety of downtown hotel and for watering and feeding us. Good job they happened to be sitting the row behind on cancelled flight.

 

Now we are more than acclimatised to  Mendoza and in the clutches of Wines of Argentina we have more than made up for lost time.

 

Whirlwind of winery visits, introductions, business cards and Malbec. Blown away by friendliness and enthusiam of everyone we have met all of whom have helped turn my Argentina knowledge bank from "getting by" to "budding expert" in space of 72 hours. But with such gorgeous wines it is easy (ish) to keep going through the relentless pace.

 

Being introduced to the variations and vagaries of Malbec and ability of winemakers to make such different wines even when on each others' doorsteps. For someone who drinks so much Argentine wine at home i have really enjoyed discovering the differences clearly evident in cool climate regions and wines of Uco Valley, Turpagato and Salta versus Mendoza valley.

 

Lovely zippy fresh wines with great balanced acidity ideal in my humble opinion for UK consumers. Just wish there were more of them in the UK.

 

Highlight has to be trip out to Uco valley. Not just for the wine but the company of the Andes on the other side of the road spread out across the horizon with its snow capped mountains glinting in the late spring sun.

 

Also the experience of driving along the highways out of Mendoza like in a convoy from Mad Max with every shape and condition of battered old cars, vans and lorries that look like the rust and holes are actually keeping them together. Passing lorries laden down with garlic freshly picked from the fields and horse drawn carts and guys on ponies.

 

This is a country that is clearly twinned with the land and whilst the hi tech wineries and skills of the winemakers are all well and good it is the sight of the farmers, the workers in clapped out buses and the harsh,  rural way of life that is particularly grounding.

 

Back in the world of wine and tastings have enjoyed the potential of the whites ss well as reds. Cool climate Uco viognier is certainly going on my Christmas wish list along with the delicately matured, less perfumed almost Vinho Verde style fresh, citrus  Torrontes.

 

Interesting to see so many varieties cropping up here and it is often the carefully crafted blends that are the stars of the tastings.

 

Day long feastings on empanadas has foolishly not left much room for big steaks in the evening.

 

But lost my cherry, as it were, in the company of the Ever Ready Wines of Argentina Andrew Maidment at the wonderful 1884 restaurant in grounds of the Catena/Rothschild winery  in Mendoza. Complete with outside grill, oven and asado.

 

Not seen a pup squeak of Mendoza city itself but have a feeling I will be coming back...

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Expectations high for Bordeaux's 2010 vintage

Published:  28 September, 2010

Geoffrey Dean writes for The Times and is currently studying for WSET exams.

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Wines in the Pres, July 10-11, 2010

Published:  13 July, 2010


What have the national wine critics had to say this week? Find out with our round up of Wines in the Press for July 10, 11.

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Finca Flichman becomes UK No1 branded Argentine wine

Published:  16 June, 2010

Argentine export monitor, Caucasia Wine Thinking, has released figures showing that Finca Flichman is the UK's number one branded Argentine wine in 2010.

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