Corks Out! Diam Bouchage fight back

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Corks Out! DIAM Bouchage fight back

Corks Out! Diam Bouchage fight back Hands up who has had a bottle of corked wine? Ok, that’s most of you. And I don’t mean wine with a few bits of cork floating in it. It’s the awful smell and taste of musty or mouldy cardboard. The culprit is TCA, short for 2,4,6-Trichloroanisole. It forms when airborne bacteria and fungi …

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100 AWEsome wines 2017 – get your copy free

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100 AWEsome Wines 2017

100 AWEsome wines 2017 – get your copy free Each year, the Association of Wine Educators, (AWE) of which I am a member, publish a 16-page colour booklet called 100 AWEsome wines. AWEsome – geddit? The 2017 Edition is hot off the press and brand new. And it does what it says on the tin: Inside are 100 great wines …

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Losing My Extra-Virginity in Corsica: Oltremonti Olive Oil

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Moulin Oltremonti Corsica EVOO

Losing My Extra-Virginity in Corsica: Oltremonti Olive Oil I love Extra-Virgin Olive Oil, (or EVOO for short). However, I knew little about making it and less about how to taste it. Losing my Extra-Virginity was overdue. Hence I visited Domaine Oltremonti recently. Oltremonti is near Bastia, in northern Corsica, between the wild high Maquis and the coast. The Domaine has 35 …

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Book Review: The Modern History of Italian Wine

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The Modern History of Italian Wine

Book Review: The Modern History of Italian Wine There has been a revolution in the quality and availability of Italian wines. It tentatively began in the ‘60s and ‘70s and still continues unabated. What was unclear until this book were all the reasons behind it. Their interplay led to the transformation of Italian wine. Hence, the Modern History of Italian …

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Wine Alchemy First Anniversary 11.04.17

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Wine Alchemy 1st Anniversary 11/04/2017

Wine Alchemy First Anniversary 11.04.17 Today I’m celebrating the first anniversary of the relaunched Wine Alchemy website with chocolate cake and a glass of Banyuls* from Collioure. It’s a great combo! Firstly, the 11.04.16 relaunch seemed only five minutes ago. Since then, I’ve chronicled the best of the past year on this website with 80 published pieces on wine, food and travel, …

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Knightor Trevannion. English Quality Wine from Cornwall

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Knightor Trevannion

Knightor Trevannion. English Quality Wine from Cornwall I’ve been exploring English wineries recently; in Cornwall, Hampshire, Sussex and Kent. Trevannion is from a Cornish winery called Knightor. It’s less than five minutes drive from the Eden Project, near St. Austell. Only grapes grown in England and Wales can be used to make English Quality Wine. Hence the grapes are from Knightor’s Cornish vineyards, …

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