Albert Bichot

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I have had the chance to taste Albert Bichot wines a lot recently and also to visit the Burgundy negociant/wine producer at their base in Beaune and they do keep delivering consistently high quality. Not surprisingly, their winemaker, Alain Serveau, … Continue reading

Alpha Estate

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Standing in the wind-blown, quite austere surroundings of the vineyard with the snow-capped mountains on three sides and the isolated lake at the end of the vineyard, you could feel how the vines had to struggle against the elements to survive unaided by the uncompromisingly thin-looking sandy soil…

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Kluge Estate

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Kluge Estate must be one of the most well-connected and well-heeled of the wineries we visited in Virginia; it has deservedly a big reputation for sparkling wine – both the Kluge NV Sparkling and Kluge rosé were drunk at this year’s Clinton wedding. Continue reading

In Vino Veritas

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Growing Sauvignon Blanc in Virginia? We’d been told it was impossible because of the climate but here was a winery not only doing it but doing it very well. Here it seems vintages can be swelteringly hot and early (as 2010 was turning out to be), or cold, wet and late (and all else in between). Continue reading

5th Cyprus Wine Competition

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I was pleased to be invited to take part in the 5th Cyprus Wine Competition earlier this year, as one of two international UK judges. I didn’t have to think too hard about this one as I’d never been to Cyprus and I was curious to learn more about and taste the native grape varieties. Continue reading

Postcard from Niagara

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…I found myself in need of a little more grown-up entertainment in the form of a few good beers. The perfect place to find them and discover the other side of Niagara, is downtown in Queen Street which is the real heartbeat of the town and which is undergoing a renaissance. Continue reading