Getting to grips with Pignoletto. Part 1.

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Vallona Ammestesso Colli Bolognesi Pignoletto

Getting to grips with Pignoletto. Part 1. Welcome to Emilia-Romagna, the home of Pignoletto. Not yet well known yet, it’s undoubtedly up-and-coming. It’s time to find out why. Part 1 of this article is about Pignoletto and where the best wines are from; the Colli Bolognesi area of Emilia-Romagna. Let’s start with Emilia-Romagna Emilia-Romagna is a vast region comprising nine …

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Book Review: Bordeaux Grands Crus Classés 1855

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Bordeaux Grands Crus Classés 1855

Book Review: Bordeaux Grands Crus Classés 1855 The Bordeaux Grands Crus Classés 1855 gave official recognition to the best wines of the Médoc and Sauternes. 163 years later, it’s still a compelling listing, though hardly without flaws. This handsome new book about this classification claims to be the essential reference for wine aficionados. Does it live up to this billing? …

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Wine of the Year 2017 – Gini Salvarenza

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Gini Pricelist

Wine of the Year 2017 – Gini Salvarenza – Soave’s Montrachet My Wine of the Year 2017 is  Gini Salvarenza, Vecchie Vigne, Soave Classico, DOC 2014 13.5% Fanfare, please! Introducing Gini The Gini family have been winegrowers at Monteforte d’Alpone in Soave since 1600. These days, brothers Sandro and Claudio Gini run their 55-hectare estate. They own some of the best …

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Book Review: Wine Revolution by Jane Anson

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Wine Revolution Jane Anson

Book Review: Wine Revolution by Jane Anson Wine Revolution by Jane Anson contains “The World’s Best Organic, Biodynamic and Natural wines”.  When I started to focus on this subject a decade and more ago, such wines were dismissed by conventional wisdom. According to this, they employed daft doctrines. Furthermore, they were only from a handful of winegrowers that had lost …

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wine2wine Verona – No Dry Ice or Flying Pigs

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wine2wine Verona Stevie Kim

wine2wine Verona – No Dry Ice or Flying Pigs I’ve recently returned from wine2wine Verona. It lived up to it’s billing as an outstanding wine business conference, as previewed here. Now in its fourth year, this is the leading forum for the wine business worldwide. What makes a great conference? What makes a great Conference? Well, as a seasoned conference-goer and …

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A brilliant Winemaker Dinner in the Alto Adige

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A brilliant Winemaker Dinner in the Alto Adige with Martin Aurich and Armin Gratll

A brilliant Winemaker Dinner in the Alto Adige One of the best Winemaker Dinners that I’ve been to was earlier this year in the Alto Adige (Südtirol), where Italian and German cultures meld together. The Winemaker Dinner took place in the town of Merano, some 30 kilometres north of Bolzano in Italy at the “Ansitz Plantitscherhof”. It’s one of the 29 …

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Book Review: Where to Drink Coffee

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Where to drink coffee

Book Review: Where to Drink Coffee Billed as the unfiltered truth about the best brew, Where to drink Coffee is newly published. Authors Liz Clayton and Avidan Ross claim that this is the Expert’s Guide to the best coffee in the world. It’s one of Phaidon’s range of hipster books, with an eye for attractive design and heavyweight paper. Other …

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Wines for Christmas 2017 – six of the best

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Christmas 2017

Wines for Christmas 2017 – six of the best What are my Wines for Christmas 2017? ‘Tis the season. Last year I featured 12 wines, all of which I continue to recommend. This year I’m treating the topic a little differently. There are only six wines on my list. Reducing a long list down to only six is way harder than to …

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The Born Digital Wine Awards 2017

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Born Digital Wine Awards 2017

The Born Digital Wine Awards 2017 I’m delighted to say that I made the shortlist for the Born Digital Wine Awards 2017, by Wines in Moderation. It’s an annual global award programme with various categories aimed at wine writers and photographers. I decided to enter this competition after the interest shown in my first piece about using Blockchain in the Wine industry. There …

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Scotch Missed. Talisker 10-year-old single malt whisky

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Talisker Distillery, Carbost, Isle of Skye

Scotch Missed. Talisker 10-year-old single malt whisky On a summer trip to the Isle of Skye, the weather was typical. As soon as we crossed the Skye Bridge from Kyle-of-Lochalsh, the rain began. Even the SatNag was defeated. There were soaking sheets of horizontal rain and thick fog all at once. Temperatures felt not far from freezing. Couldn’t see a thing …

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