Autochtona 2018 wine competition, Bolzano

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Autochtona 2018

Autochtona 2018 wine competition, Bolzano Autochtona is an annual wine competition held in Bolzano, in the far north of Italy. What makes it unique is that entries can be from wines made only with Italy’s Authoctonous grape varieties. Autochtonous means only those varieties that originate, as far as is known, within Italy itself. You won’t find the international varieties or any other grape …

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Nero Oro Nero d’Avola Appassimento, DOC Sicilia, 2017

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Nero Oro Apassimento Sicilia DOC

Nero Oro Nero d’Avola Appassimento, DOC Sicilia, 2017 Nero Oro comes from the Feudo di Santa Tresa estate in Sicily, in collaboration with a company called The Wine People. It’s intriguing in several ways, and not just because of the taste. Firstly, it’s 100% Nero d’Avola, a grape indigenous to Sicily and one of it’s best varieties. Since the 1990’s, …

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Wine Idols? Celebrity Wines Uncorked

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Hollywood Celebrity

Wine Idols? Celebrity Wines Uncorked Celebrities are everywhere, clamouring for our attention. Our lives are saturated with their images, activities and gossip. Celebrity status for some is by achievement. Others achieve it through notoriety or sleeping on Reality TV. Try keeping up. It’s because we’re worth it. The nature of celebrity goes far beyond fame and seems regardless of talent, …

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Sella & Mosca, a unique winery in Sardegna

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Sella & Mosca

Sella & Mosca, a unique winery in Sardegna Erminio Sella and Edgardo Mosca founded Sella & Mosca in 1890. They came from Piemonte, transforming a poor sheep-farming area into an extraordinary vinous landscape. These rich men were also amateur Egyptologists. It’s commemorated in the winery logo, showing ancient Egyptians pressing grapes, from the tomb of Mereruka in Saqqara. The origins of …

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A Haiku for Pointless Wine Scoring

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O Ren Ishii. © Miramax. Kill Bill. Haiku

A Haiku for Pointless Wine Scoring Some recent correspondents have asked why I don’t append a points score to the wines I recommend. Well, I’ve always preferred words to mere points when evaluating wine. So I prefer reading to seeing yet another naked 90+ point score. They’re just noise. Instead of being part of the equation, now they are the equation. Points …

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Mirabeau: Rosé from the Côtes de Provence

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Mirabeau: Rosé from the Côtes de Provence

Mirabeau: Rosé from the Côtes de Provence This article is about Provençal rosé and the wines from one of its leading companies, Mirabeau. Mention the word “Provence” to virtually anyone, and that will invoke an immediate response, accompanied by a smile. Such is its resonance. The images and memories it conjures might be of chi-chi glam locations; of Aix-en-Provence or the …

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Talking wine on Italian Wine Podcast

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Italian Wine Podcast Wine2Wine

Talking wine on Italian Wine Podcast It was Andy Warhol who famously coined the phrase, “in the future, everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes”. Well, perhaps this is my time. Issue number 96 of Italian Wine Podcast (IWP) features yours truly in conversation about Italian wine in general and about the Blockchain in particular. Actually, it’s 16 minutes and …

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Vegan wines are not just for Vegans

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Go vegan? vegan wines

Vegan wines are not just for Vegans Over the last year or so I’ve had enquiries from people interested in vegan wines. An initial trickle grew to a flood. Hence here’s all the information you might want about vegan wine, whether you are a vegan or not. What makes a wine vegan? A Vegan definition The Vegan Society defines Veganism as …

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Unblocked: 20 Minutes Into The Future, Part 5

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Max Headroom 20 Minutes Into the Future ©All3Media

Unblocked: 20 Minutes Into The Future, Part 5 Part 4 described how Blockchain will be used in the wine industry to guarantee wine quality, safety and origins. In this final Part 5 of Unblocked, it’s time to imagine what the future of Blockchain and Wine will be. The road ahead This is what the road ahead looks like right now. It’s …

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Unblocked: from Grape 2 Glass, Part 4

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Consumer trust

Unblocked: from Grape 2 Glass, Part 4 Part 3 took a look at wine frauds. Because of wine and food scandals, consumers distrust the system and are increasingly demanding traceability & transparency about food and wine. In wine, this ideally needs to exist all the way from grape 2 glass. As you know, we now have lots of complicated wine …

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