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Celebrating the indies - a guide (Free for all)

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 20:00

Our call to support independent wine merchants has had an enthusiastic response. Clearly our readers care very much indeed about where and from whom they buy their wine. This guide gives you a full list of all the reviews we have published so far - a good global wine-buying guide - although see.

Cien y Pico, Doble Pasta Tintorera 2009 Manchuela (Wines of the week)

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 20:00

From €8.41, £10.69, 13.90 Swiss francs, US$19.99, AU$22.58 Find this wine Some wines enter on tiptoe and whisper their restrained but captivating spell. This wine bounds up to you, grabs you by the scruff of the neck and has your full attention. Then it starts to reveal its fabulous aromas and.

Indie writing competition - D Crossley's seven (Free for all)

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 20:00

David Crossley contributes, at length, to our Indie writing competition : When I first saw this competition on Twitter I did wonder how anyone could possibly choose their one favourite wine retailer. As with many other readers, I buy too much wine, well maybe not too much, but too much to drink..

France 2014 - back to normal quantities? (Inside information)

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 20:00

As the 2014 harvest kicks off in the Napa Valley, Yohan Castaing and I speculate about the size of the 2014 French vintage. But as for quality, all is still to play for - JR. Unlike the 2012 and 2013 vintages, 2014 seems to be one of the most productive of recent years. All French vineyards are.

Chianti Classico Riservas - worth the premium? (Tasting articles)

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 20:00

This year’s en primeur tastings described in Chianti Classico 2012 - climate-change wines also saw the release of the 2011 Riservas, which clearly showed that they were the result of a hot vintage in which many producers had begun to pick the grapes before optimal ripeness. In 2011 it was a case.

Indie writing competition - Domaine Wine Co (Free for all)

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 20:00

Tom Wesner has written this report as his entry in  our  Indie writing competition : Difficult to imagine but even in Texas the biggest is not always the best. Domaine Wine Company is a friendly wine shop with its carefully selected, interesting wine collection for the neophyte to the.

Chianti Classico 2012 - climate-change wines (Tasting articles)

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 20:00

Chianti Classico's 2012 vintage was the produce of one of the hottest summers ever to be recorded, but when I tasted the 48 examples described below, I found to my surprise that they showed surprising freshness and elegance. Only in the rarest of cases were there the hallmarks of hot vintages:.

Indie writing competition - Uncorked (Free for all)

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 20:00

Rich M Hughes writes this  second published entry in our  Indie writing competition : My plaudits would always go to Jim Griffin and Andrew Rae at Uncorked at Bishopsgate, London. When I was a younger lawyer, I used to do boring legal talks for which I would receive wine tokens and,.

China loses its shine (Free for all)

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 20:00

This article has also been syndicated. China was for long seen by wine exporters as El Dorado - a mysterious place that promised golden rewards if one could but crack the code. But that is now definitively unravelling amid signs that it is all very much more complicated and less promising than.

Indie writing competition - Gallo Wine Gallery (Free for all)

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 20:00

Here is the first published entry in our Indie writing competition and it is a model of its kind. David Muhleman has been careful to describe the place, the people, the selection, the prices, and just what makes it special:   If you have been to Barolo/Barbaresco , then I assume you have been.

Gloom in Barolo country (Inside information)

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 20:00

Wine writer and educator Young Shi commutes between London and Shanghai and represents my interests in China. She was rather shaken by what she found on her visit to Barolo last week. Listen to the rhythm of the falling rain Telling me just what a fool I've been I wish that it would go and let me.

Rocky conclusions from an Austrian tasting (Tasting articles)

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 20:00

The role of geology and vineyard site in the taste and texture of wine has been going round in my head for many years and every now and again the topic comes to the fore, particularly now as we revise The Oxford Companion to Wine and I get into fascinating discussions with geologists and soil.

High above the Cinque Terre (Nick on restaurants)

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 20:00

This article was also published in the Financial Times. At 8 pm one sunny evening I was standing deep in thought by a bus stop in the small seaside town of Moneglia on the Ligurian coast of Italy, just north of the Cinque Terre national park so beloved of walkers. During the day I had received.

Calling thirsty graduates (Free for all)

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 20:00

A shorter version of this article was also published in the Financial Times. At this time of year many recent graduates will be wondering what to do with their hard-won degrees. While I cannot point them in the direction of specific vacancies, I can assure them that the world of wine needs many of.

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