Cantina Tramin and their path to Alpine wines

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Cantina Tramin

Cantina Tramin and their path to Alpine wines Cantina Tramin is one of the leading wine producers in the Alto Adige (Südtirol) region of northeast Italy. This co-operative is in the village of Tramin (Termeno), comprising some 190 member families farming 260 hectares of vines, some of which are now organic. In this mountainous region, individual family holdings are frequently …

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Glass facts – a pick ‘n’ mix collection

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Glass facts - the Speyer Wine Bottle

Glass facts – a pick ‘n’ mix collection Here’s a collection of fascinating glass facts from background research into the use of glass wine bottles.  Although there wasn’t enough space to include them in recent articles about glass wine bottles, they are a fascinating glimpse into our glass heritage and so well worth sharing. Origins Volcanic activity produces obsidian, a natural …

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Bulk wine uses British glass wine bottles optimally

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Bulk Wine: A bottle filling line at Encirc, UK

Bulk wine uses British glass wine bottles optimally. Bulk – what’s in a name? The word derives from Old Norse, where the phrase bulki meant both a cargo and a ship’s hold. The modern meaning has become broader. On the one hand, it describes a large commodity, stored loose and unpackaged. Think bulk buying, bulk cargo, bulk carrier, bulk shipment, bulk discount. …

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SWGB: sustainability and using glass wine bottles

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Grape Britannia shelves, used by courtesy of WineGB

SWGB: sustainability and using glass wine bottles Sustainability isn’t a “nice to have” these days, it’s an essential part of business success, and winegrowing is no exception. In an exciting development last year, WineGB (English and Welsh wine’s national association) commenced a new environmental sustainability scheme. It’s called SWGB, standing for Sustainable Wines of Great Britain. The SWGB code affirms that members …

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Rightweighting Glass Wine Bottles

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Rightweighting - bottle making

Rightweighting Glass Wine Bottles Suppose that we had the technology to create a “wonder material” to package wine? It would need some essential properties. For example, it would come from abundant natural materials. And be completely inert, not affect the taste and have the ability to preserve the wine for decades. It would come in a range of shapes and …

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Moratti – Creating the Champagne of the South?

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Moratti OP DOCG

Moratti – Creating the Champagne of the South? I recently took part in a 1-1 online wine tasting with Gian Matteo Baldi, of Castello di Cigognola. The Castello’s Metodo Classico sparkling wine project is from the Oltrepò Pavese area of Lombardy, south of Milan. We tasted four brilliant DOCG sparkling wines; all made from Pinot Noir under the Moratti brand …

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Online Wine Specialists in the UK

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Italian Wine Specialists

Online wine specialists in the UK Readers often ask for recommendations for UK-based online wine specialists. As we are currently in the tightening grip of the Covid-19 pandemic and the festive wine buying season is fast approaching, buying wine online is particularly appealing. The value of Independence Firstly, anyone that favours an independent wine merchant is to be commended, as …

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Lightstrike – Richard of York Gave Battle In Vain

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Lightstrike Prism Spectrum

Lightstrike – Richard of York Gave Battle in Vain Incidences of lightstrike seem to be becoming an increasingly commonplace wine fault. At least, that’s my experience over the past couple of years. Whether at home, in restaurants, at tastings and even when wine judging. You may have noticed it too, as it’s foul-smelling. Curiously, it’s also a fault that’s less …

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Nadsat and Newspeak – Words for Wine

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Nadsat and Newspeak

Nadsat and Newspeak – Words for Wine Are you self-isolating in Airstrip One, watching our dystopias unfold? Choose from climate emergency, the covid-19 pandemic, surveillance society, social media hate-crimes, fake news, or 1001 other worrisome issues (add your own here).  Our world can sometimes seem like it’s becoming a combination of two classic books: George Orwell’s 1984 and Anthony Burgess’s …

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Millésime BIO 2021 Organic Wine Fair

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Millésime BIO 2021 Event

Millésime BIO 2021 Organic Wine Fair Millésime BIO 2021 takes place in Montpellier, France, from 25-27 January 2021. It will be the 28th edition of the world’s biggest Organic Wine Fair. Due to continuing pandemic, this will now be held in 2021 as a Virtual Event for the first time. WORLD ORGANIC WINE FAIR, NOW A 100% DIGITAL EVENT FOR …

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