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Ferran on Chile – the centre

wo, 13/05/2020 - 09:45
See also Ferran’s introduction to this series and his tasting article devoted to northern Chile. My tasting of the wines of central Chile brought together the regions of the Central Valley: Metropolitan (Maipo), the O’Higgins region (Cachapoal and Colchagua) and the Maule region (Maule and Curicó). However, in this article only the northern part
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Why bother making wine in Vietnam (or indeed anywhere)?

wo, 13/05/2020 - 09:45
Tropical viticulture considered by our man in Singapore in his usual quizzical fashion. Within a thousand-mile radius of Singapore there are vineyards in three different countries: Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia (on the island of Bali). At latitudes of 12 degrees north for the first two and eight degrees south for Bali, these are way outside
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Ferran on Chile – the north

di, 12/05/2020 - 09:45
See Ferran’s introduction to this project. Tasting reports on central and southern Chile to follow. My tasting of the wines of northern Chile comprised the regions of Atacama, Coquimbo and Valparaíso. To give you an idea of the distances involved, Copiapó (Atacama) is 800 km (500 miles) from Valparaíso, nine hours by car. (For the locations of
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Hospo pairings – lockdown limitations

di, 12/05/2020 - 09:45
More suggestions from unemployed hospitality staff, putting in the time creating, or remembering, fine food and wine pairings specifically tailored to self-isolation. A siege-like state settled on the ordinary order of food in early March of this year. Panic-buying swept supermarket shelves clean. Homely tins of tomatoes and packets of pasta
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Corney & Barrow's smart buyers

ma, 11/05/2020 - 09:45
A selection from the UK importers of DRC, Petrus, etc, of which two-thirds are under £20 a bottle and seven are under a tenner. Most importers and merchants would bite your hand off for an exclusive agreement with Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, and Corney & Barrow have many such agreements in their portfolio, including Petrus, Champagne Salon
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Ferran on Chile – introduction

ma, 11/05/2020 - 09:45
Our Spanish specialist is in demand in Chile. Here are his impressions from his most recent visit there. He's seen here in red with his tasting guide Héctor Riquelme. This introduction and the series of three tasting articles, starting tomorrow, examine the current wine scene in Chile. Each tasting article includes notes from tastings that took
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1945 remembered in bottles

ma, 11/05/2020 - 09:15
The haunting memories of VE Day evoked last weekend reminded me of a memorable dinner in Paris in 1995 to celebrate the half-century since the end of the second world war. I thought perhaps this extract from my 1997 memoir, published in the UK by Penguin as Confessions of a Wine Lover and in the US by Viking as Tasting Pleasure, might provide a bit
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Lockdown wines – reds

za, 09/05/2020 - 02:01
Some hand-picked favourites from family wine estates that are available in the sweet spot of £9–£20 a bottle. Many should be available outside the UK. A version of this article is published by the Financial Times. See also these recommended whites and rosés. It seems only a moment ago that it was relatively easy for British wine drinkers to find
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Fantasies at the dinner table

za, 09/05/2020 - 02:01
The background to an article about a perfect dinner in today’s Financial Times and on ft.com. It’s behind the paywall alas but £1 will get you a four-week trial. I remain indebted to Grahame Edwards, my ever-smiling general manager of L’Escargot restaurant in London in the 1980s, for the following phrase. He would point at his feet and say:
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Stone, Vine & Sun dozen

vr, 08/05/2020 - 09:46
We continue our series reviewing a dozen wines of which various independent UK wine retailers are particularly proud. We hope their choices are available outside the UK, too. See also those of Lea & Sandeman, Yapp Bros and Haynes Hanson & Clark, as well as our list of more than 800 wine retailers who'll deliver to self-isolators.  Stone, Vine &
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Le Grand Cros, Rosé 2019 Côtes de Provence

vr, 08/05/2020 - 09:46
Richard finds a pink wine to move you. Le Grand Cros, Rosé from €11.50, £12.95 Le Grand Cros, L'Esprit de Provence Rosé from €10.80, £17.95 from Berry Bros Find Le Grand Cros Rosé 2019 Find Le Grand Cros l'Esprit de Provence Rosé 2019 Goodness knows we all need something to look forward to. The thought of travelling to the French
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Stellenbosch Cabernet Collective's 2015s

do, 07/05/2020 - 09:45
A great vintage from the toughest country, a classic grape, and purity of fruit. Burnt rubber banished, but complexity a little lacking in some wines. It was in the cellar of the old La Vigneronne wine shop in London’s Old Brompton Road where the late Liz Berry MW, about whom I wrote recently, hosted so many seminal wine tastings that I tasted
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Hospo pairings – chocolate

do, 07/05/2020 - 09:45
This instalment of suggestions from laid-off hospitality professionals follows those that featured the popcorn and potato chips and crisps that many seem to have been nibbling on. We’re well past Easter now – although many of you will have spent it sequestered within the walls of your home – so maybe there isn’t as much chocolate piled up as
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Hospo food and wine matches – a guide

do, 07/05/2020 - 09:45
We're planning to publish quite a lot of these free articles themed by food type, so we thought a guide for easy reference might be appreciated. The most recently published instalment is at the top of the list. We plan to publish two new instalments every week throughout May and to announce details of the winning pairing on Monday 1 June. Chocol
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Harlan and Son

wo, 06/05/2020 - 09:45
Napa Valley's most high-profile father-and-son operations, Harlan Estate and Promontory. Any local I have ever discussed this with is agreed that if ever there were a successor to the late Robert Mondavi as squire of Napa Valley, it is Bill Harlan, but there are important differences. Whereas Mondavi was a rather impetuous showman, Bill Harlan
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BC wine – getting it out there

wo, 06/05/2020 - 09:45
Dave McIntyre, wine columnist for The Washington Post, went to British Columbia last year and files this report on how to export. His wife Leah took these photographs during their earlier visit there in 2018. These striking statues are in one of Mission Hill's vineyards. New wine regions have trouble getting attention. Magazines, reference works
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South Africa – the toughest country?

wo, 06/05/2020 - 09:45
Malu Lambert writes from the only wine-producing country in the world where wine exports and all domestic sales have been banned. I’m writing this from the vantage point of the recently introduced Level 4 lockdown in South Africa. We spent a total of five weeks at Level 5, one of the strictest in the world. Those not deemed essential workers
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Alsace – under-appreciated and overstocked

di, 05/05/2020 - 09:45
Cellars in Alsace are full of wine unwanted by French supermarkets, and a new association aims to celebrate less conventional examples.  There were some great wines in the line-up at this Vins d'Alsace press and trade tasting in London late last year, a time that provokes nostalgia for big tastings and face-to-face conversations with winemakers
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Hospo pairings – snacks

di, 05/05/2020 - 09:45
Tam's first report on some of the thousands of food and wine pairings volunteered by laid-off hospitality professionals when they took up our special offer of Purple Pages membership. Popcorn and potatoes dominate this instalment. Pop-up pairings At first I thought it was someone just being light-hearted: we’re in lockdown, a pandemic sweeps
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The Millet family's own burgundies tasted

ma, 04/05/2020 - 09:45
Our California specialist, shortlisted for IWSC communicator of the year, presents a Burgundian scoop, via New Zealand. Go figure. François Millet has joined with his wife Michelle and their two sons, Julien and Adrien, to launch François Millet et Fils wines. The family venture brings together two generations of winemaking experience with
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