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Italy’s Native Wine Grape Terroirs – book review

ma, 23/12/2019 - 09:49
Tam finds some duplication... Italy’s Native Wine Grape Terroirs Ian d’Agata  Published by University of California Press  ISBN 9780520290754  $50, £41 The Plain English Campaign is a grassroots pressure group set up in 1979 to advocate plain-language communication. They’ve had a powerful impact on big and small organisations and been a
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San Francisco gems

za, 21/12/2019 - 02:04
A couple of old favourites and three very satisfactory newcomers.  San Francisco as a city is changing pretty quickly. The traffic is far worse than I remembered it. The number of homeless is deeply distressing. And the cost of buying a property has skyrocketed, fuelled by the fortunes being made to the south in Silicon Valley.  But a great
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Heatwave vintages: 2018 v 2003

za, 21/12/2019 - 02:04
A version of this article about how burgundies grown in particularly hot, dry conditions taste is published by the Financial Times. See our recent tasting article on Burgundy's 2003 and 2004 reds, as well as our republished 2005 overview of the 2003 vintage.  Britain’s wine merchants are already beating the drum about the 2018 burgundies they
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Dirty Dozen 2019

vr, 20/12/2019 - 09:49
Forty-seven tasting notes on some of the most exciting wines being made today. Ali Cooper MW picks and mixes. September and October in London see a maelstrom of wine-trade tastings. After the summer break, importers and distributors all vie to show their wares to customers and the media for the impending autumn season. For us commentators
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Charles Heidsieck, Blanc des Millénaires 2004 Champagne

vr, 20/12/2019 - 09:49
A truly luxurious champagne you may not have considered. From €105, HK$930, 145 Swiss francs, $149.99, £119.95, 1,495 Norwegian kroner, AU$379, 21,900 Japanese yen, NZ$325, 6,750 Taiwanese new dollars, 1,699 Danish kroner Find this wine Treat yourself to a really special bottle to see in the next decade, or to share with some very special
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Burgundy's 2003 and 2004 reds in 2019

do, 19/12/2019 - 09:50
These two consecutive vintages could hardly be more different. See also my overview of the 2003 vintage written in 2005 and republished today in our Throwback Thursday series, Those of us interested in how mature burgundy tastes bless the efforts of Master of Wine Sarah Marsh, who regularly organises horizontal tastings in London (see list below
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Burgundy 2003 – a very rum vintage

do, 19/12/2019 - 08:55
19 December 2019 To complement today's tasting article describing how 2003 and 2004 red burgundies taste today, we are republishing this early (2005) overview of the dramatic 2003 vintage, written immediately after the wines had been tasted en primeur. 29 January 2005 See also 700+ tasting notes with ratings and suggested drinking dates on
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The Wines of Chablis and the Grand Auxerrois – book review

wo, 18/12/2019 - 09:49
Rosemary George MW writes the most thorough and up-to-date book on Chablis yet.  The Wines of Chablis and the Grand Auxerrois Rosemary George MW  Published by Infinite Ideas  ISBN 9781908984494  £30 Chablis is one of those ‘classic’ regions with a name as familiar to wine lovers as it is to those who never touch a drop of the stuff. It’s a
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Cheese and port – not just for Christmas

wo, 18/12/2019 - 09:49
‘British territorial cheeses are not designed for a thin slice as the 12th course. They are for a cheese meal. These are the cheeses that are lunch’, asserted Francis Percival, former chef and now food and wine writer and moderator of a discussion that was part of this cheese and port tasting held recently in the airy loft tasting room above
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Piemonte – much more than Nebbiolo

di, 17/12/2019 - 09:49
Arnica Rowan sniffs out a new craze, for Piemonte's less famous indigenous grapes.  Claudio Fenocchio (right) gestured across the vineyard towards an ancient stone building. ‘I was born in that house, just like my father and my grandfather, and my grandfather’s father', he chuckled. ‘Probably in the same room.’ We are sitting in his tidy
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Direct – book review

di, 17/12/2019 - 09:49
Tony Laithwaite's autobiography tells the story behind the most successful mail-order wine company in the world.  Direct My story Tony Laithwaite  Published by Profile Editions  ISBN 9781788161251  £25  ‘The revenue way back in 1969, by the way, has been estimated at £500 (estimated because I kept no accounts for the first two years. They
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GGs 2019 part 4 – Rheingau Riesling

ma, 16/12/2019 - 09:49
Michael selflessly fills in a gap in his coverage of 2018 VDP Grosse Gewächse Rieslings with a feast for all senses, effectively Wiesbaden continued. See our guide to coverage of German 2018s. It’s hard to imagine that there is anything to look forward to in a cold and gloomy November, but an invitation to the VDP Rheingau’s Riesling Gala in the
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Tariffs curb US–China bottle swap

ma, 16/12/2019 - 09:49
The US–China trade war has had far-reaching effects on the California wine industry, not least in its choice of bottles. In the latest episode of what has been a multi-year saga of escalation and antipathy, China confirmed on Friday 13 December that it had reached a tentative trade agreement with the United States. This followed promises of a
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Good festive buys 2019 – sweet and strong

za, 14/12/2019 - 02:03
Take advantage of some of the best deals around. A version of this article is published by the Financial Times. See also my seasonal recommendations for fizz, whites and reds. There are some fabulous bargains here, not least because both strong and sweet wines are out of fashion. For how much longer, I wonder? These 20 gems are listed in ascending
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Around the world in 11 restaurants

za, 14/12/2019 - 02:03
Our preoccupations as diners-out have been evolving. A version of this article is published by the Financial Times. The question that readers have most frequently put to me changed significantly during 2019. What used to be the rather generic ‘What is your favourite restaurant or food?’ has morphed into the far more specialised and thought
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Equipo Navazos – recent releases

vr, 13/12/2019 - 09:48
The latest crop of wines, mainly sherries, from this ground-breaking producer. In the days before my private love of wine became one with my professional world, roughly 20 years ago, I would have liked to have had a friend like me. Not for any particular personal qualities but to share the spoils of a tasting, as I did with some friends in
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Niepoort Crusted NV Port

vr, 13/12/2019 - 09:48
A strong seasonal recommendation from Julia, suitable for both post-electoral celebrations and commiserations. From €18, $21.22, 199.75 Danish kroner, CA$39.99, £25.95, SG$66 Find this wine This deliciously rich, deep and perfectly balanced wine, which you could enjoy right now or keep for a decade or more, was one of the most vibrant and
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Late 2019 portfest

do, 12/12/2019 - 09:48
A collection of tasting notes, including some of the best-value ports currently available in the UK. A tasting of the more keenly priced offers of The Fladgate Partnership (Taylor's et al), the Symington family and Quinta do Noval was revealing. It seemed to me that the single-quinta vintage-dated wines are great buys, even if not all of those
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How do 2004 champagnes compare with 2002s?

wo, 11/12/2019 - 09:48
A blind tasting of some of the fanciest champagnes of all. No one could be more obsessed by mainstream champagne, preferably at prestige cuvée level, than Nick Baker of specialist champagne retailer The Finest Bubble. He is always dreaming up themes for blind tastings and last month’s was a blind tasting of pairs of prestige cuvées, a 2004 and a
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Redefining the culture of wine?

wo, 11/12/2019 - 09:48
Richard examines how cultural attitudes towards wine in Asia differ from those in Europe. Without cultural context, wine is meaningless. When divorced from the human references that define the origin, style and quality of wine – the elements that underwrite its fundamental appeal – wine becomes entirely functional, a mere intoxicant, just as it
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