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Hospices de Beaune 2013: The Inside Story

Published:  19 November, 2013

Curious about the activities leading up to the successful Hospieces de Beaune auction 2013? For the second year in a row bidding reached a fever pitch, raising more than six million Euros for charity.

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Winesmiths - taking the 'boxmonster' out of the cask

Published:  14 November, 2013

Boxmonster? Goon? Cask? Or do you call it a bag in box? Whichever term you use to describe wine served in this format, the Winesmiths have arrived on the scene with four new cask wines to liven up the shelves.

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Visiting Billecart-Salmon

Published:  08 November, 2013

Antoine Roland-Billecart, a man with the confident good looks of a sports star, and his brother Francois represent the seventh generation of this family. In this visit, I learn the secrets of the family history, view the new cellar, and taste some fabulous wine.

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Published:  07 November, 2013
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Conversation with Vega Sicilia's Winemaker, Xavier Ausas Lopez de Castro

Published:  07 November, 2013

Curious to discover the secret of this world class wine? "We do not make wine for critics," says Xavier, patiently showing me around the vineyards and winery. Even before my visit, I discovered in a stellar NYC vintage tasting that one of the (many) secrets was the extensive and rather complex aging process, which sees the wine go through a series of new, used, and large wooden vats. Xavier has given them names, such as the "muscle" phase, the "education" phase, and the "recuperation" phase.

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Focus: Symington Family Estate Port & New Vinum Restaurant

Published:  06 November, 2013

Visiting the newly renovated Graham's 1890 Port Lodge in Vila Nova de Gaia ... 1954 Vintage Port and a taste of the exciting Vinum restaurant.

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Visiting Quinta do Noval in Porto

Published:  06 November, 2013

Like Port? When in Porto, stop by Quinta do Noval for a rich taste of history..

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An Independent View of The Great Sherry Festival

Published:  03 November, 2013

My thoughts, opinions and reaction to The Great Sherry Festival.

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Visiting Vineyards of Taylor Fladgate Yeatman

Published:  01 November, 2013

Have you visited the Douro?

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A Gastronomy Experience

Published:  01 November, 2013

At the beginning of October I was very fortunate to have been part of a group invited to participate in what has been named a "Gastronomy Experience" with the Zonin Group. The journey consisted of a 3-day trip around the beautiful landscape of Tuscany combining visits to wineries as well as producers of different foods of the region. To be precisely the plan was to have a "meat day", a "fish day" and end up the trip with a "chocolate day" (all wine matched, of course).

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Five rieslings for all seasons

Published:  31 October, 2013

How do you like your riesling? Sweet and sticky with dessert? How about with a hit of sweetness to balance out that tart green apple acid?

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Visiting Valtravieso Bodegas and Vinedos in Ribera del Duero

Published:  29 October, 2013

A new look at the tempranillo grape

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Visiting Val de Vid in Rueda, Spain

Published:  29 October, 2013

Tasting Verdejo in Rueda

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Taste test: Felton Road Cornish Point Pinot Noir 2009, Bannockburn, New Zealand

Published:  28 October, 2013

I took the time to catch up with an old friend last night. It says a lot about the state of my social calendar that the friend in question was a vinous one rather than a living, breathing human being.

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An Independent View on the supermarkets dodgy discounts.

Published:  28 October, 2013

Having watched Oz Clarke quite rightly inform the nation of the nonsensical 'half price' wine offers in supermarkets on the recent BBC programme Watchdog, I asked myself a couple of questions; 'Who actually buys these 'half price' wines?' and 'Do they really think they are getting a bargain?'

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Karl Walton | Hennings Wine Merchants

Published:  28 October, 2013
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Richard Saxton | The Graped Crusader

Published:  28 October, 2013
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Understanding Burgundy: Hospices de Beaune

Published:  28 October, 2013

Baffled by Burgundy? Tips on understanding the region.

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Visiting Priorat

Published:  25 October, 2013
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Marisa D'Vari | A Wine Story

Published:  25 October, 2013
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