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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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Pernod Ricard campaign against drink driving

Published:  15 November, 2010
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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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Richard Siddle, Chilean adventures: winery opening Errazuriz style

Published:  08 November, 2010


When I was first told that as part of the Errazuriz Don Maximiano winery opening event in Chile I would be expected to wear a dinner suit for the gala dinner, the prospect of lugging the full paraphernalia half way round the world did not flll me with excitement.

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Richard Siddle, Chilean adventures: winery opening Errazuriz style

Published:  08 November, 2010


When I was first told that as part of the Errazuriz Don Maximiano winery opening event in Chile I would be expected to wear a dinner suit for the gala dinner, the prospect of lugging the full paraphernalia half way round the world did not flll me with excitement.

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Richard Siddle, Chilean adventures: winery opening Errazuriz style

Published:  08 November, 2010


When I was first told that as part of the Errazuriz Don Maximiano winery opening event in Chile I would be expected to wear a dinner suit for the gala dinner, the prospect of lugging the full paraphernalia half way round the world did not flll me with excitement.

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Richard Siddle, Chilean adventures: winery opening Errazuriz style

Published:  08 November, 2010


When I was first told that as part of the Errazuriz Don Maximiano winery opening event in Chile I would be expected to wear a dinner suit for the gala dinner, the prospect of lugging the full paraphernalia half way round the world did not flll me with excitement.

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Richard Siddle Chilean adventures in Aconcagua Valley

Published:  06 November, 2010


Safely ensconced in Chile for the inauguration of Errazuriz's new winery Don Maximiano in
Aconcagua. A 24-hour plus journey rather beats the hour and twenty minute jaunt down to William Reed HQ. However. catering and onboard entertainment facilities of Brazilian airline,TAM, on a par with Network South.

 

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Errazuriz wants to be Chile's number one super premium winery by 2020

Published:  06 November, 2010


Chilean wine producer, Errazuriz, has set itself a target of becoming the country's number one sustainable icon and super premium winery by 2020.

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Errazuriz still needs to push its premium message, says Eduardo Chadwick

Published:  06 November, 2010


Errazuriz's president, Eduardo Chadwick, still recognises the need, despite the group's international success, to cement its image around the world as a producer of super premium wine.

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Wines of Chile unveils 2020 strategy to double sales to $3bn

Published:  06 November, 2010


Wines of Chile has developed a new strategy that it hopes will make it the number one producer of sustainable and diverse premium wine in the New World by 2020.

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New chief winemaker for Craggy Range

Published:  03 November, 2010
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Foster's aims to demerge wine and beer in early 2011

Published:  26 October, 2010
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Paul Henry's departure sparks trade rifts with Wine Australia

Published:  22 October, 2010


News of Paul Henry's departure from Wine Australia has brought underlying tensions about the generic body's marketing strategy to the surface, according to a report in today's Harpers Wine & Spirit.

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Pernod Ricard Q1 sales up 10%

Published:  21 October, 2010

Pernod Ricard has reported a 10% rise in first-quarter sales, helped by strong growth in Asia.

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Pernod Ricard sells New Zealand Wine brands

Published:  18 October, 2010

Pernod Ricard Group has sold some of its New Zealand Wine brands, including Lindauer, to a consortium of buyers from Lion Nathan and Indevin, for NZ $88 million (circa £42 million).

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