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Dr Bürklin-Wolf – A Great Pfalz Producer


Dr. Burklin-Wolf is an outstanding Pfalz producer of dry Riesling.  Their Wachenheimer Riesling Trocken 2013 is Master of Wine Jancis Robinson’s wine of this week.   “Bernard Bürklin founded this estate in 1597 and today, is run by his descendant, Bettina Bürklin von Gurdaze, and her husband Christian. This is the largest family-owned wine estate in Germany, with…

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Clos de Goisses


Champagne Philipponnat have released the 2004 & 2005 vintages of their celebrated champagne Clos de Goisses. When Richard Juhlin compiled his list of the 50 best late disgorged Champagnes for ‘The World of Fine Wine’ a staggering 10 places were filled by Philipponnat Clos des Goisses. At number two in the chart was the `55…

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Harrogate – Getting Ready For Tour de France


“…Tour de France is coming to Harrogate this weekend. Everybody is getting in on the act and yellow bicycles are mushrooming…”   Many roads will be closed and parking will be nightmare but crowds will gather, many will be partying and there will be a lot of fun. A local school displayed: A local restaurant…

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Bringing Napa to Champagne


“During a short visit to London last week, managing director Stanislas Thiénot revealed that Thiénot is about to start construction on a first for the Champagne region – a fine wine cellar and Champagne experience in Reims city centre, close to the cathedral. He says they’ve been inspired by the Napa Valley model, where tourism…

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Vineyards of Piedmont – A New World Heritage Site


The vineyard landscape of Piedmont in northwest Italy was added to the World Heritage List last Sunday   “Becoming Italy’s 50th World Heritage Site, it has an official geographic designation of “Langhe-Roero and Monferrato” but its boundaries include the wine areas of Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera d’Asti and Asti Spumante. The listing includes six separate zones including…