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First Taste - Wairarapa

Published:  16 April, 2010

A snapshot of wines from New Zealand's Wairarapa region.

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Rebecca Gibb - Harvest hen do: Marlborough day 5

Published:  16 April, 2010

Winery dogs are so last year. The ultimate winery accessory this season is...a hen.

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Rebecca Gibb - Weather-watching wineries: Marlborough day 4

Published:  15 April, 2010

Harvest time is all about the weather. And in true British style, the weather's one of my favourite subjects. It continues to turn out nice every day in Marlborough and, for those producers with grapes still to come in, that's great news. But for the crew at Jackson Estate, a nice bit of rain would be ideal.

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Rebecca Gibb - Milk Round: Marlborough day three

Published:  14 April, 2010

I have never seen 3000 cartons of milk in a vineyard but I had to believe my eyes this morning at Jackson Estate's newly-planted Pinot Noir site.

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Rebecca Gibb - Good things come in small packages: Marlborough day two

Published:  13 April, 2010

Yields in Marlborough will be down significantly in 2010, if things at Jackson Estate are anything to go by. The crop here is down 25-30% on initial estimates. Ask around the region and the story seems to be the same.

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Angela Mount to head up Gondola Wines

Published:  12 April, 2010

Angela Mount is to be announced as the new head of Gondola Wine, the new online wine retail site from Dragon's Den entrepreneur Peter Jones.

 

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Rebecca Gibb - Vintage Boots: Marlborough day one

Published:  12 April, 2010

I swore I would never work in a cellar again after a terrible vintage experience in Australia in '06. Rose-tinted glasses firmly on, I've agreed to do a week's work at Jackson Estate in Marlborough.



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UKVA to set out sustainability policies

Published:  31 March, 2010


A United Kingdom Vineyards Association (UKVA) industry-wide policy on sustainable viticulture and winemaking is expected to be announced by the end of 2010.

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Argentina Wine Awards' winners announced

Published:  18 March, 2010

A record-breaking number of entries in the Argentina Wine Awards has resulted in 30 gold medal and 18 trophies which have been selected by an international panel of wine experts at the judging session in Mendoza last week.

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Liberty take on Laroche wines in the UK

Published:  12 March, 2010

Liberty Wines is to be the exclusive UK importer for three Laroche estates: Domaine Laroche (Chablis), Mas La Chevalière (Languedoc) and Viña Punto Alto (Casablanca Valley, Chile).

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Chilean earthquake update

Published:  12 March, 2010

More producers and importers of Chilean wines have been outlining the impact the earthquake has had on their business.

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Matthew Clark backs Chile and Rhône in the on-trade

Published:  10 March, 2010

 

Matthew Clark  sees Chile and the Rhône as the two big winners in the UK on-trade in 2010. 

 

 

 

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D&D takes on French agencies

Published:  09 March, 2010

D&D Wines International has been appointed as the principal off-trade agent for Jeanjean Languedoc and RIGAL.

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Sam Harrison, owner, Sam's Brasserie & Bar & Harrisons

Published:  25 February, 2010

It's been an interesting month so far with the weather causing havoc. Nevertheless this has not dampened our spirits at Sam's Brasserie + Bar or over in Balham at Harrison's

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Breaking new terroirs

Published:  25 February, 2010

If you're visiting Terroirs for the first time, the thing to do when you turn into the road it's on is to look out for a blackboard with an eccentric slogan.

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Carol Emmas - Is this the future direction of Sauvignon Blanc?

Published:  12 February, 2010

 

I recently attended the Montana Icon Project, to find out what direction the brand is taking with its premium Sauvignon Blanc.

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New Zealand must not hike up Pinot Noir prices

Published:  11 February, 2010

New Zealand must not miss its opportunity to strengthen its position as the world's leading producer of affordable Pinot Noir, members of the UK wine trade have claimed.

 

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New Zealand must not hike prices on Pinot Noir

Published:  11 February, 2010

New Zealand must not miss its opportunity to strengthen its position as the world's leading producer of affordable Pinot Noir by pushing prices up members of the UK wine trade have claimed.

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New Taste

Published:  10 February, 2010

The first commercially available blend of Malbec and Torrontés and a sweet Kiwi Riesling are among the new releases reviewed by Claire Hu.

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Villa Maria joins forces with Journeys of Distinction

Published:  08 February, 2010

Villa Maria has joined forces with the luxury travel company Journeys of Distinction, to put together a new wine holiday package to New Zealand.

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