Mas Llossanes, Côtes Catalanes, Southern France

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Mas Llossanes Solenn & Dominique Génot

Mas Llossanes Solenn and Dominique Génot own and run the small biodynamic estate of Mas Llossanes. It’s about 40km / one hour west of Perpignan, in the Roussillon region of deepest Southern France. For over ten years they managed the Caiarossa Estate in Tuscany, whose superb biodynamic wines I have followed closely and written about here. Having decided to create a domain …

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Colonnara – you might say VerdichiAMO!

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LOGO Colonnara, Marche

Colonnara – you might say VerdichiAMO! Colonnara is a 110-member co-operative winery located in the heart of the Verdicchio Castelli di Jesi DOC, in Cupramontana. It’s some 40km inland from the city of Ancona and 20km from the town of Jesi. Colonnara was established in 1959 by 19 growers; it now makes many different wines from around the March; there …

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The Verdicchio of the Castles of Jesi

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Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi

The Verdicchio of the Castles of Jesi In my first article on Verdicchio, (Part 1: Matelica, fifty shades of green), I mentioned that the Marche region of central Italy is where the best Verdicchio grows. Here it proves to be one of Italy’s finest native white grapes, capable of outstanding longevity. This Part two is about Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi, Matelica’s more …

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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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Fifty Shades of Green: Verdicchio di Matelica

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Produttori del Verdicchio di Matelica

Fifty Shades of Green: Verdicchio di Matelica The Marche in central Italy is where the Verdicchio grape shows that it’s one of Italy’s finest native white grapes. As well as making highly distinctive and characterful wines, it’s also versatile. It makes a range of wine styles; from fizz through to sweet wines. However, the best examples are the dry still …

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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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Book Review: The Philosophy of Coffee

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The Philosophy of Coffee

Book Review: The Philosophy of Coffee For me, a day without real coffee is unthinkable. Instant coffee is only for dire emergencies because even bad coffee is better than none. I prefer Italian espresso to keep the jitters at bay. However, I enjoy finding new coffees, drinks and venues to try. Consequently, a new book called The Philosophy of Coffee is 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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Why not try these compelling vegan wines? Ten to get you started

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Compelling vegan wines

Why not try these ten compelling vegan wines? Well, I promised some compelling vegan wines after my recent article called Vegan wines are not just for vegans. Consequently, and without further ado, here are ten vegan wines to explore. From a range of UK stockists, all are superb examples. White Fasoli Gino, Pieve Vecchia 2014, DOC Soave, Veneto, Italy A stylish, …

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Fancy a nibble?

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Fancy a Nibble?

Fancy a Nibble? While staying in Savoie in France, I discovered a genius cold hors-d’oeuvre that’s quick, cheap and easy. Here’s a colourful nibble that’s also brilliant with a wide range of wines, whether white, rosé, sparkling or sherry. What you only really need is a courgette, aka zucchini. My example of this is vegetarian, but it’s easy enough to create a …

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