Introducing Port – it’s not one drink

Paul Howard Articles, Blog, Portugal, Sustainability

Vargellas 2008 visit to Taylor's

Introducing Port – it’s not one drink. Port is a quintessentially British drink, yet it comes in many guises and can be confusing. Port is an entire category of wines rather than one drink. Sales of Port remain stubbornly seasonal, although it’s good at any time of year. However, peak Port is Christmas, which naturally gets the most commercial attention. …

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Borgo Maragliano – Bubbles that Touch the Sky

Paul Howard Articles, Blog, Italy, Sparkling Wine

Borgo Maragliano vineyards dawn

Borgo Maragliano – Bubbles that Touch the Sky The Galliano family own Borgo Maragliano, a wine estate in Piemonte. It sits 450 metres above sea level (asl) on a natural terrace of the southern Langhe, surrounded by hills reaching over 600 metres. Their glass and steel tasting room seems suspended mid-air and offers breathtaking panoramic countryside views, while the roads here …

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Friulano – Friuli’s Favourite, Collio DOC

Paul Howard Articles, Blog, Italy, Organic, Sustainability

Friulano

Friulano – Friuli’s Favourite, Collio DOC Of all the many authorised grape varieties in the Collio DOC, only Tocai Friulano is grown by all, accounting for a relatively large 15% of the vineyard area. Some of the most outstanding examples of varietal Friulano wines are from the hillsides of the Collio DOC, and it’s usually an essential contributor to the …

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Discovering Dry Sherry, Part 2. May the Flor be with you

Paul Howard Articles, Blog, Spain

Discovering Dry Sherry Part 2

Dry Sherry, Parte Dos. May the Flor be With You. Manzanilla, Manzanilla Pasada, Amontillado and Palo Cortado In Parte Uno of discovering dry Sherry, we met Fino and Oloroso. These are entirely different from each other yet they originate from the same base wine. The essential difference between them is that their creation is either by ageing biologically with flor (Fino) or …

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Discovering Dry Sherry, Part 1: Fino and Oloroso

Paul Howard Articles, Blog, Spain

Discovering Dry Sherry

Discovering Dry Sherry Parte Uno: Fino and Oloroso Britain has enjoyed Sherry since the 14th century and was primarily responsible for its subsequent worldwide popularity through merchant trading. It comes in all sorts of dry (and sweet) versions. This first piece focuses on Discovering Dry Sherry, the Vinos Generosos, Spain’s great gift to the world. Part 1 of this article …

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Badia a Corte Riserva – Vinum Florentinum

Paul Howard Articles, Blog, Italy, Sustainability, Travel

Badia a Corte - Torre a Cona

Badia a Corte Riserva – Vinum Florentinum Take the old Via Roma (SP1) southeast from Florence towards Rignano sull’Arno. After only 10 km, you’ll find Torre a Cona, a magnificent 18th-century Renaissance estate. It makes wine and olive oil and now offers fine dining and hospitality. Torre a Cona is one of the best wine estates in the Chianti Colli …

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Kranz Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé Brut Sekt

Paul Howard Articles, Blog, Germany, Organic, Sparkling Wine

Kranz CS Sparkling Rosé Brut

Kranz Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé Brut Sekt Weingut Kranz is a top-quality winery in the German region of the Pfalz (aka Palatinate). It started in 1948 in the south of the Pfalz region, not far from the French (Alsace) border. Today, it’s run by the fourth generation, Boris and Kerstin Kranz. The estate is organic and a member of the prestigious and influential VDP. …

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Ribolla Gialla – a True Speciality of the Collio DOC

Paul Howard Articles, Blog, Italy, Organic, Sustainability

Ribolla Gialla courtesy ribollagialla.org

Ribolla Gialla – a True Speciality of the Collio DOC Ribolla Gialla (RG) is a white grape variety grown in the Italian Collio DOC and Colli Orientali DOC and across the border in Brda, Slovenia, where it’s known as Rebula. The enclave of Oslavia in the Collio is regarded as its original home. This is an ancient variety, hardly found …

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AI – Imitation is the Most Insincere Form of Flattery

Paul Howard Articles, Blog, Wine Business

HAL 9000 - AI

AI – Imitation is the Most Insincere Form of Flattery This summer, I’ve been thinking about AI – Artificial Intelligence. This is AI’s Year Zero. Hence, this article attempts a response to AI by taking an informed view of the current issues and how these may impact writers like me. I use digital technology daily as a consumer and content …

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Collio – introducing Italy’s best-kept wine secret

Paul Howard Articles, Blog, Italy, Sustainability, Travel, Wine Business

Collio – introducing Italy’s best-kept wine secret The Collio (aka Collio Goriziano) is a small Italian DOC. It’s in the Friuli Venezia Giulia (FVG) region in the far north-eastern corner of Italy, bordering Slovenia. Following a recent visit, this article is designed as a brief introduction to Collio and its wines. Future companion pieces will cover some of the most …

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