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Syrah: New Zealand's hidden asset

wo, 26/02/2020 - 09:46
Richard investigates New Zealand’s other great claim to fame: world-class Syrah. Tasting notes to follow tomorrow. Representing merely 1% of the vineyard area, Syrah must be New Zealand’s biggest vinous overachiever. The founder of Dry River, one of the country’s most respected producers, thinks that the country’s Syrah is better than its Pinot
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BI's 2010 bordeaux showcase

wo, 26/02/2020 - 09:46
Our first look at 2010s now that they have reached conventional bordeaux maturity. Every year BI Wines hold a retrospective of some of the top wines of Bordeaux (red, natch) from the vintage that is approaching its tenth anniversary. So at the end of January they laid on a tasting of the 62 wines listed below, first for a few of us media at
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Indigo's mid-life solutions

di, 25/02/2020 - 09:45
Some new, unusual, well-priced wines from around the globe are designed to solve a mid-life crisis. Ben Henshaw, who founded London wine importer Indigo Wine, is 48 and has 12-year-old triplets. You might think he had a fairly busy life. He always seems to be signing up new suppliers, from all over the world. But he came to see me in December
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Bottles, corks, forests and flights continued

di, 25/02/2020 - 09:45
Ramifications of carbon-emission considerations. Glass v the rest. Rail v air. And more. On Saturday, in Glass dimissed?, I put forward the case for revising our opinions about wine packaging, continuing the observations made in Carbon footprints, wine and the consumer by Dr Richard Smart. We argue that since glass-bottle production and
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What Spain's MWs like – Jonas Tofterup

ma, 24/02/2020 - 09:45
In this last part of an exploration of the tastes of the eight Masters of Wine most closely associated with Spain, Ferran quizzes Jonas Tofterup MW. See also Ferran's introduction to this eight-part series. This affable, energetic, renowned Dane has been living in Spain for 16 years. He currently carries out several projects, notably his
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Diary of a Barossa vintage casual – part 1

ma, 24/02/2020 - 09:45
Samantha Cole-Johnson, whom we last encountered pruning in freezing-cold Oregon, begins a series on her current experiences as a cellar rat at this South Australian winery. Because it’s probably the first thing that most people think of when reading a harvest journal on the 2020 vintage in Australia, I’ll address it to begin with ... the Barossa
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Glass dismissed?

za, 22/02/2020 - 02:00
A shorter version of this plea for a rethink on how wine is packaged is published by the Financial Times. Wine should come in a glass bottle, right? Actually, wrong if wine drinkers want to do their bit for the planet’s resources and environment. Glass bottles and their transport are the two biggest contributors to wine’s carbon footprint, as
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Ampéli for Greek wine in London

za, 22/02/2020 - 02:00
A brave new Greek restaurant in Charlotte Street – very unlike the old White Tower. A version of this article is published by the Financial Times. I was sitting at a corner table on the mezzanine level of the recently opened Ampéli restaurant on Charlotte Street, London W1, enjoying my second dinner there, when I overheard a conversation that
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What Spain's MWs like – Almudena Alberca

vr, 21/02/2020 - 09:45
In this seventh part of an exploration of the tastes of the eight Masters of Wine most closely associated with Spain, Ferran quizzes Almudena Alberca MW. See also Ferran's introduction to this eight-part series. Almudena is an energetic person, one of these who always transmits good vibes. She became the first female Spanish Master of Wine in
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Dom Glinavos, Paleokerisio 2018 PGI Ioannina

vr, 21/02/2020 - 09:45
A crazy, semi-sparkling, off-dry orange wine from the mountains of Greece confounds and delights. €6.60, $13.99, 139 Swedish kronor, 115 Danish kroner, £13.50 for 50 cl Find this wine This is easily one of the most unusual wines I’ve encountered. I had no idea what I was ordering. The wine list was in Greek, the sunlight was whitewash, the
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A brand new cru bourgeois classification

vr, 21/02/2020 - 09:45
The Alliance des Crus Bourgeois du Médoc have just announced their new, five-year classification. The big change is that this is no longer for a single vintage, as it has been since 2010, but for five years and with the three tiers it had in its much earlier incarnation: cru bourgeois cru bourgeois supérieur cru bourgeois exceptionnel. A
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Smith & Sheth and the renaissance of Pyramid Valley

do, 20/02/2020 - 09:45
New Zealand viticulturist and entrepreneur Steve Smith MW on his current projects with Indian-American tech entrepreneur and ecological conservationist Brian Sheth, and on the state of NZ wine. See also New Zealand in London for many more tasting notes from around the country. I met up with Smith in London late last year to taste the fruits of
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Burgundy's Sherlock Holmes

do, 20/02/2020 - 09:39
20 February 2020 Following Richard’s review yesterday of Laurent Ponsot’s latest releases, we are republishing this article from the archives which reveals what was keeping Ponsot busy a decade ago. 18 July 2009 This is a longer version of an article also published in the Financial Times. Laurent Ponsot used to be a famous Burgundian wine
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Laurent Ponsot's futuristic 2017s

wo, 19/02/2020 - 09:45
Tasting notes on wines from Laurent Ponsot's innovative négociant label – and some provocative views. Since leaving Domaine Ponsot in early 2017, Laurent Ponsot has been busy building up the new négociant brand that bears his name. Asia is a particular focus for him, and he recently visited Singapore to introduce his latest releases. Happy to
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Wine fair wars 

wo, 19/02/2020 - 09:45
Alistair Cooper MW, scouting the new wine fair in Paris on behalf of Australian importer United Cellars, reports on what was good and bad about the experience. Wine trade fairs have played a key role in sustaining a thriving industry throughout the years. They offer the chance for producers and buyers to connect and to conduct much of their
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New Zealand in London

di, 18/02/2020 - 09:45
Some recent releases from New Zealand, with gaps. Julia writes All hail Nigel Greening of Felton Road, who consistently sends all his wines, even the most expensive single-vineyard bottlings, to the annual London tasting of new releases from New Zealand.  So many top names do not, which is a real shame for those of us who would like to get a
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RN74 – the door to the Côte d'Or

di, 18/02/2020 - 09:45
Our man in Burgundy Matthew Hayes files this report on Burgundy today and the connotations of its most important road. As you drive south out of Dijon you could be forgiven for thinking you were in a Steinbeck novel: an endless strip of down-at-heel tyre shops, empty furniture stores and a desperately forlorn miniature theme park. But if you
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What Spain's MWs like – Fernando Mora

ma, 17/02/2020 - 09:46
In this sixth part of an exploration of the tastes of the eight Masters of Wine most closely associated with Spain, Ferran quizzes Fernando Mora MW. See also Ferran's introduction to this eight-part series. Fernando Mora is a winegrower and has undertaken one of the most exciting projects in Spain: putting Aragón on the map and, in particular
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Threat of 100% wine tariff lifted – for now

ma, 17/02/2020 - 09:46
Alder explains how the US wine business has dodged the 100% tariff bullet but is seriously suffering from the 25% tariff imposed last October. The US wine industry just received a bittersweet Valentine. On 14 February, the Office of the United States Trade Representative announced the decision to refrain from applying tariffs of up to 100% on
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What next for elBulli?

za, 15/02/2020 - 02:01
Nick meets Spain's culinary hero. A version of this article is published by the Financial Times. I have known Ferran Adrià, the exceptional Catalan chef, ever since 1996 when I first ate at El Bulli (or elBulli as it has been styled since 2000), the restaurant on the coast outside Roses, north-east Spain, which he made so famous.  Since then
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