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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…

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Tasting Malbec


 “There were ten of them to taste – six from Argentina, two from Cahors and one each from Chile and South Africa.”   First, a glass of well chilled Torrontes from Trapiche was drunk. It was the Estacion 1883 from the Argentinian producer’s 2012 vintage with 8% Sauvignon Blanc blended in with the Torrontes. The grapes…

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Tasting Selvapiana


The other day, I uncorked a bottle of Selvapiana Fornace from the very hot 2003 vintage. The wine was still dark and robust and instead of whispering to me like a gentle lover, was yelling despite its old age! May be it is due to the international veriatels blended with the Sangiovese. There was nothing…

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A Day At The London Wine Trade Fair


It is nine in the morning. The rain has ceased and there is a cool, fresh smell in the air. I walk to Hornsey Road and catch the number 91 to Caledonian Way and take the Overground to Kensington Olympia. A pretty young woman outside the station is showing the way to the 34th London…

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Close Encounters With En Rama


I first tasted Tio Pepe Fino En Rama at the London Wine Trade Fair a few years ago. It was the 2011 bottling of this much hyped, limited release, unrefined Fino, bottled without stabilisation, clarification or filtration. I swallowed a whole copita and felt a warm glow inside me. The wine was too good for…