Casisano 2016 – a mighty fine Brunello di Montalcino

Paul Howard Articles, Blog, Italy, Organic, Sustainability, Wine Business

Tommasi Casisano 2016

Casisano 2016 – a mighty fine Brunello di Montalcino Brunello is one of Italy’s most prestigious wines and aspires to be the ultimate expression of Sangiovese. This DOCG, centred on the hill town of Montalcino, hosts considerable natural variation; in elevation, soil and aspects. Brunello’s stylistic hallmark is based upon long-maturation and subsequent longevity. In recent times, some producers have made …

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Schloss Reinhartshausen – Dry German Riesling

Paul Howard Articles, Blog, Germany, Organic, Wine Merchants

Schloss Reinhartshausen Trocken Riesling 2020

Schloss Reinhartshausen – Dry German Riesling Schloss Reinhartshausen is at Eltville, on the north bank of the river Rhine, where the Riesling grape grows in steep stony vineyards with perfect southern exposure. Welcome to the Rheingau region of central Germany, a small area that has punched above its weight for centuries. It (together with the Mosel) has grown Riesling the longest, as records …

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Madrevite – Umbrian organic excellence

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Madrevite and the Colli di Trasimeno

Madrevite – Umbrian organic excellence A “Madrevite” is a wooden threaded spigot that Umbrian winemakers once used to close up their barrels after filling them full of wine. Nicola Chiucchiurlotto, who founded the Madrevite estate, chose this name for his wine estate as a linkage between traditional and modern wine growing, which embodies organic and artisanal wine production. Located on …

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2022 AWEsome Wines – available now!

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2022 AWEsome wines

2022 AWEsome Wines – available now! Hot off the Press! The 2022 100 AWEsome Wines from the Association of Wine Educators (AWE) is out now. It contains 100 wines of excellent quality and value recommended by members of the Association.* And after all these years, it’s still an inflation-busting price: free! What’s the catch? There isn’t one. We’re wine educators, so …

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Sténopé – a Champagne from Devaux and Chapoutier

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Sténopé 2011

Sténopé – a Champagne from Devaux and Chapoutier Champagne Veuve A. Devaux was founded in 1846 by brothers Jules and Auguste Devaux, based at the beautiful Chateaux of Domaine de Villeneuve. It’s at Bar-sur-Seine, down south in the Aube region. The Veuve (widow) referred to was Madame Augusta Devaux, in charge of this House for several decades. After five family …

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Pie and Mash – an authentic taste of London

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Pie and Mash sign, Goddard's Greenwich

Pie and Mash – an authentic taste of London While I live ever more distant from my London birthplace, that doesn’t wholly quell its siren call. There are many things I don’t miss, but one thing I do is Pie and Mash, proper London food. There is, sadly, an ever-dwindling collection of emporia in London in which to eat it. …

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Wine and Cake – the first of an occasional theme

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Wine and Cake assortment

Wine and cake – the first of an occasional theme Let’s try some word association. If I say the word wine, do you reply with cake? No, I thought not. Pairing wine and cake together only occurred to me on a miserable winter afternoon. Given the current spate of storms battering these shores (Storm Xena Warrior Princess* will be along …

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Artichoke Sauce with Spaghetti – effortless sophistication

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Globe Artichoke ©Wikipedia

Artichoke Sauce with Spaghetti – effortless sophistication Globe Artichoke is tricky to pair with wine, and the usual culinary advice is don’t. Putting them together usually results in metallic or bitter flavours. It’s why the dressing for globe artichokes often employs the sharpness of lemon juice or vinaigrette. Wine-friendly they’re most certainly not. However, marinating artichoke hearts changes their flavour …

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Beronia Rioja – an historic wine tasting

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Matías Calleja, Bodegas Beronia, Rioja Alta

Beronia Rioja – an historic wine tasting Sometimes readers ask why Rioja doesn’t feature more frequently on these pages – it’s the most famous and well-loved Spanish wine region, with classically styled wines that are rightly popular. Indeed, Rioja is synonymous with Spanish wine and inextricably linked with Spanish culture and cuisine. But there’s the reason right there. Like Bordeaux …

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Cantina Toblino Vènt project – a different kind of tension

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Cantina Toblino Vènt Project Wines

Cantina Toblino Vènt project – a different kind of tension Cantina Toblino was recently awarded the Wine Alchemy WOTY 2021. This was for their sweet dessert wine, Trentino Vino Santo DOC. You can read all about this here. However, as we’ll see, this isn’t the only terrific wine they make. Thanks to their Vènt Project, there are several new wine stars, all …

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