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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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Mumbai wine conference plagued by Indian customs issues

Published:  29 January, 2010


Up to 90 Spanish wines were removed by Indian customs on the second day of the three-day Taste food and wine conference held in Mumbai.

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Chablis winners announced

Published:  19 January, 2010

The winners of the annual Chablis Wine Contest, covering the 2007 and 2008 vintages, have been announced.

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Guy Anderson strengthens position in France

Published:  06 January, 2010

Guy Anderson Wines is strengthening its position in France having been appointed off-trade agent for Loire producer Ackerman and Burgundy specialist François Martenot.

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My Taste: Chile

Published:  22 December, 2009

Carol Emmas reports from a wine tour through Chile.

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The UK's best wine lists recognised

Published:  21 December, 2009

Harpers Wine & Spirit today reveals the shortlisted restaurants for our Drinking Out Excellence Awards, the UK's first dedicated gongs for wine lists.

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Fiona Sims examines the wines at the Galvin brothers' new London eaterie

Published:  17 December, 2009

Fiona Sims examines the wines at the Galvin brothers' new London eaterie, La Chapelle.

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Raising the Bar in Excellence Awards

Published:  17 December, 2009

The UK has arguably the most exciting restaurant wine and spirits lists in the world, yet the efforts of those who create them is frequently overlooked. It often seems it's the chefs who get all the glory in terms of awards and press, and the sommeliers, restaurant owners and buyers who work so hard to create the drinks offer are forgotten.

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New premium wines from Cellier des Dauphins

Published:  14 December, 2009

Rhône producer Cellier des Dauphins, has developed three new premium wines for the UK market.

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Carol Emmas- What's hot in Chile

Published:  14 December, 2009

Tarred with the brush of having "safe and reliable" wines, after a recent visit to Chile it was interesting to view how producers are embracing the new diversity that cooler climates are offering. With a near perfect climate for grape growing, vast tracts of land and little disease, Chile is beginning to resemble a giant vinous playground where excited producers can toy around with land and terroir as much as they like.

Felipe Muller-East winemaker at Tabali thinks Limari is going to have the biggest cool climate development in the next decade. "Many wineries are trying to get a piece of the action here and investing heavily," he says. "For one the weather is safe, it's very dry and there is little risk of rain near harvest which is usually a problem."

"It means producers can grow red grapes that in other cold climate areas is impossible."

Muller-East also compares the Limari Valley to Marlborough as the temperature doesn't get above 25 degrees. He explains the soil is alluvial and similar to Bordeaux, Cotes du Rhone and Loire, with plenty of limestone and active calcium carbonate which helps give wines a pronounced minerality.

Experimental projects and ideals differ from winery to winery regarding the best way to plant, and produce their wines. Tabale is big on GPS referencing having bought geologists in to assess the soils and map out the land.  As a purist, his philosophy is to divide the land up into something more akin to a patchwork quilt. "Nature's not a square path and we want to make sure the right grapes are planted in exactly the right areas."

Over in Aconcagua on the other hand, it's all about blending from different terroirs. Family owned winery, Viña St Esteban produces the InSitu brand and is also experimenting with altitude. General manager and winemaker Horacio Vicente Mena, says there is a real difference between red grapes from the valley and the hillsides and these differences complement each other. "The best results are a blend from the hill, which gives softer tannins and the river bed which produces more minty flavours."

Opinions also differ regarding whether to use original rootstocks or grafted. It's a choice that other countries that have suffered the fate of phylloxera don't have. But Chile being phylloxera free does. De Martino are adamant they want to take the risk against disease and stick with the original rootstocks for the sake of authenticity."

Yet Luis Felipe Edwards won't take the risk. "We've spent four times as much as we would have converting our rootstock. This is our livlihood, we don't want to take the risk, if the vines contracted Phylloxera, it would ruin us."

Having different opinions of whether to be organic, bio-dynamic or sustainable, or whether to plant in valleys, hills or on the coast is all part of this young winemaking country's current rich tapestry. This means we are beginning to and will increasingly see a very rich diversity of wine styles and innovation coming this way soon

La Tour D'Argent raises €1.5 million in wine sale

Published:  10 December, 2009

The sale of part of the legendary La Tour D'Argent's cellar in Paris raised €1.54 million following a two-day auction.

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First promotion for rescued Wine Racks

Published:  07 December, 2009

All of the Wine Rack stores saved from administration by Venus Wine & Spirit are to hold in-store tastings this Saturday (December 12) on a range of promotional wines.

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Agency's Taste: Charles Taylor Wines

Published:  04 December, 2009

Charles Taylor Wines was established in 1986 and is agent and importer for a selection of leading estates from traditional regions of France and Germany.

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New Taste

Published:  04 December, 2009

Cloudy Bay's latest vintage and a ground-breaking spirit are among the latest releases reviewed by Claire Hu.

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Dragons Den star launches online wine retail site

Published:  20 November, 2009


Dragons Den entrepreneur, Peter Jones, is looking to attract one million people to his new online wine club and retail site, www.gondola.co.uk in its first year.

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Oddbins Winter Tasting

Published:  18 November, 2009

Carol Emmas gives her verdict on the Oddbins winter tasting.

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Olivier Gasselin, head sommelier, Bluebird, Chelsea

Published:  04 November, 2009

I know the whole organic and bio-dynamic thing a bit of a trend at the moment, but still my philosophy is to be conscious of producers who respect their terroir and don't use chemicals and pesticides.

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My Taste: Tesco

Published:  04 November, 2009

Editor Richard Siddle assesses the Tesco autumn tasting.

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Merchant's Taste: The Vineking

Published:  04 November, 2009

Eunice Murrison reviews the offer at the Vineking, in Reigate.

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Jury's out on the miracle vintage

Published:  04 November, 2009

Everyone and everything is pointing to a near perfect Bordeaux harvest, but as Richard Siddle discovers it is too early to say what effect that will have on UK prices for the 2009 vintage or eventual quality and styles of the wines

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