Category Archives: Events & Tastings

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Anteprima Amarone

Valpolicella is a wine region we all think we know. Many of us may have cut our teeth on this light, fruity red when we first began to drink wine, but, like in many great wine regions, nothing stands still. I discovered there is always something more to learn on my first trip of 2016 when I attended the 13th edition of Anteprima Amarone. This is the big showcase event where the newly-released Valpolicella Amarone wines are first shown to the press at the end of January; it is held in the beautiful city of Verona in the Veneto. Continue reading

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5th Cyprus Wine Competition

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

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Spiritual Viticulture – An Alvaro Espinoza Seminar

Alvaro Espinoza has quite a pedigree in winemaking, having studied oenology at Santiago and Bordeaux universities as well as gaining experience at Château Margaux in Bordeaux and Fetzer’s Bonterra vineyards in California. Yet even so, when Alvaro first became interested … Continue reading