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, the CEO 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 …

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Specialists: Online Italian Wine in the UK

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Italian Wine Specialists

Specialists: Online Italian Wine in the UK Readers often ask for recommendations for UK-based online Italian 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. With that background in mind, here are three online Italian specialists to try, each one …

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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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Rare Champagne grape varieties – this is their story

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Rare Champagne grape varieties

Rare Champagne grape varieties – this is their story Under the Champagne laws, three principal grapes are allowed in Champagne, namely Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay. Together, they account for 99.74% of vineyard plantings. However, there are also four rare Champagne grape varieties tolerated. They are all white varieties, namely Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Petit Meslier and Arbane. In France, …

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Tedeschi and climate change – the future is at stake

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Tedeschi and climate change – the future is at stake For any Amarone lover, the name Tedeschi needs little introduction. One of the famous great Valpolicella families, with vineyards owned there since 1630.  Today, Antonietta, Sabrina and Riccardo now run the Tedeschi business. They are the children of Renzo and Bruna Tedeschi. That’s some job, as there are currently 46 …

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IWCA – International Wineries for Climate Action

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IWCA. Scorched vineyards in Lenswood, Adelaide Hills

IWCA – International Wineries for Climate Action Wine is one of the most valuable agricultural products in the world. Now we’re witnessing the catastrophic effects of the global climate emergency. The world’s vineyards are vulnerable to an increasing amount of extreme weather events; from storms, floods, heat, fire and drought. Some marginal winegrowing regions in the world have arguably benefited thus …

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Pla de Bages and its unique heritage

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Abadal winery workers, Pla de Bages

Pla de Bages and its unique heritage These days, Pla de Bages is a rather obscure Spanish wine region in the heart of Catalonia, Spain. Yet winegrowing has been here since Roman times, and the word Bages comes from Bacchus, the Roman God of wine. North-west of Barçelona, this fascinating region occupies the valleys of two rivers, the Llobregat and …

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Trade up for wine value – how to use vinonomics

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Trade Up: © Bibendum Vinonomics Spring 2020

Trade up for wine value – how to use vinonomics Post Budget 2020, this infographic from Bibendum is now the best I’ve seen that demonstrates why it’s well worth spending just a little more on your bottle of wine when buying retail. It’s time to trade up and get more value for money! So am I perverse in encouraging you the …

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