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Simone Santini, Tenute Le Calcinaie, Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG 2020

The 2020 is another example of Simone Santini’s beautifully pure, focused and elegant style of Vernaccia di San Gimignano. Delicate aromas and flavours of white flowers, honeysuckle and green apple drift across the nose and palate. It is soft and … Continue reading

Looking out over the borders between Italy, Slovenia and Croatia, near Trieste © 2014 . All rights reserved.

Wine Without Borders

After the Second World War, an interim Yugoslav-Italian border was drawn up by the Allied Forces and then re-drawn again by the Allies and Tito in 1947 when he established a unified Yugoslavia. Almost overnight, extended families found themselves separated by a border with wine producers having some of their vineyards in Italy while their homes were in Yugoslavia, now Slovenia. Continue reading

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Malvasia Volcánica!

I had a very different idea of Malvasia before I visited Lanzarote. My first impressions were of a variety that was round, fat and simple – a little oily perhaps with low aromatics. Several examples that I tasted from warm areas in the South of France seemed to confirm that description and it wasn’t a grape variety I sought out much. Continue reading

Château Larrivet Haut-Brion, Pessac-Leognan 2004 © 2010 . All rights reserved.

Château Larrivet Haut-Brion, Pessac-Leognan 2004

Château Larrivet Haut-Brion, Pessac-Leognan 2004 (12.5%) In appearance, this has a very deep, opaque, dark ruby core with a narrow rim, just showing some evolution. The nose is clean and incisive, initially with sweet cedar, cigar box and spice followed … Continue reading

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Navarra

These are some of the highlights of a whirlwind 2½ day press trip to Navarra. I was pleased to be going there, having been to the more famous Rioja a few times recently but never having had the opportunity to visit its somewhat Cinderella-like neighbour. We managed to cram in nine wineries in our short flying visit so below are only some of the highlights. Continue reading