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Spanish wine exports fall in May

Published:  10 August, 2009

Spanish wine exports fell by around 11% in value and volume terms in May, according to figures released by the Spanish Tax Agency.

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My Taste

Published:  29 July, 2009

Andrea Briccarello, of Galvin restaurants, tastes his way around Burgundy with Les Caves de Pyrene.

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New Taste

Published:  29 July, 2009

A new closure from Amorim, Arniston Bay targets the indies and a pink spirit.

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Importer's Taste

Published:  13 July, 2009

World Wine Agencies, Bath BS31 1LJ, worldwineagencies.com.

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My Taste

Published:  13 July, 2009

Jamie Hutchinson reviews the Fields Morris and Verdin Tasting.

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New Taste

Published:  13 July, 2009

A low-calorie cocktail range, a Spanish brand and a new generation of tequilas.

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Vinexpo organisers say figures down, but confidence up

Published:  26 June, 2009

An early release of Vinexpo attendence figures show a decline in numbers from 2007's event, but organisers are saying that Vinexpo 2009, has marked a turning point in business confidence.

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Rosé sparklings are star of new products at Vinexpo

Published:  21 June, 2009

Rosé sparkling wines and lower sugar Champagnes are some of the many new product launches expected to take centre stage at this week's 15th Vinexpo exhibition that opened in Bordeaux on Sunday, June 21.

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Vinexpo opens with record numbers

Published:  21 June, 2009


A record number of countries have descended on Bordeaux this week for the 15th Vinexpo exhibition, which was officially opened by the French Agricultural and Fisheries minister, Michel Barnier, on Sunday, June 21.

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My Taste

Published:  16 June, 2009

Value is the name of the game at Asda, finds Claire Hu.

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New Taste

Published:  16 June, 2009

Claire Hu reviews the latest drinks releases.

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Anne Krebiehl: Final blog from New Zealand harvest

Published:  10 June, 2009

So very few days are left in the gorgeous Central Otago autumn sunshine and still a little hung over after the harvest celebrations, my picking mates James and Martin and I have a tour of the Felton Road Winery:  spotlessly clean and pervaded by the smell of the fermenting fruit.

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Anne Krebiehl: Penultimate blog from New Zealand harvest

Published:  08 June, 2009

Penultimate Instalment - End of Harvest

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New Taste

Published:  28 May, 2009

A new Chilean on the block, Champagne goes dry and Southern Comfort in a can - Claire Hu reviews the hottest new releases.

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Anne Krebiehl: Tenth blog from New Zealand harvest

Published:  27 May, 2009

Picking continues apace. When we get to the vineyards now, we can see more and more picked rows with foliage of burnished yellow, rust and red. By now we are all comfortable with each other and already have a well-used stock of in-jokes. It all makes for pleasant days and lots of laughter, but speed remains of the essence.

 

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anne Krebiehl: Ninth blog from New Zealand harvest

Published:  21 May, 2009

As the days and weeks in Central pass, late summer turns into autumn. The poplars have turned into glowing colours; their heart-shaped leaves are flying in the gusts of wind, covering the road in a carpet of bright yellow.

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David Cox to head New Zealand Wines

Published:  14 May, 2009

David Cox is the new chief of New Zealand Wine Growers for the UK and Europe.

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New Taste - LIWF special

Published:  07 May, 2009

Claire Hu and Carol Emmas preview the hottest new product releases at the London International Wine Fair and Distil.

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Anne Krebiehl: Eighth blog from New Zealand harvest

Published:  07 May, 2009

The harvest steps up. Our days just evaporate, there is no standstill: we generally turn up at a quarter to eight so that picking starts promptly at 8 o'clock. On some days we are all muffled up in woolly hats, on others a jersey will do.

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Anne Krebiehl: Seventh blog from New Zealand harvest

Published:  01 May, 2009

For the duration of the harvest I am staying at Jackson's Orchard just outside Cromwell. Before stubborn pioneers like Sue Edwards and Verdun Burgess of Black Ridge, Lois and Rolfe Mills of Rippon and Alan Brady of Gibbston Valley started planting vines in 'Central' in the 1980s (more of their wines in a later instalment), horticulture was and to a degree still is the mainstay of this area: Central Otago cherries and apricots are famous and there are many apple orchards, too.

Now in autumn the roadside stalls are fully stocked. I can stay at the orchard amidst rows and rows of trellised apricot trees since the season is over. Usually the huts, former motel units that were moved here, are occupied by the cherry, peach and apricot pickers and when I arrived, I saw the last fragrant batches of peaches being despatched. Since I moved in, the orchard has turned colour and I can walk ankle-deep through russet-coloured leaves to State Highway No. 6. From Jackson's own fruit stall I can buy milk, apples and tomatoes and one of these days I will have to try the Otago cherries in Kirsch. My neighbours are two Ecuadorean girls harvesting for Mount Edward and three Thai fruit pickers who keep making Tom Yum Soup in our shared kitchen shack. It is very quiet and very beautiful here and having my own little hut is luxurious.

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