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Monthly Archives: July 2010

  • Trinity Hill

    This Hawkes Bay - based producer is in the vanguard of the quality NZ wine movement. Winemaker John Hancock is relentless in his drive for innovation - including many new plantings - and excellence. Trinity Hill are standard bearers for NZ Syrah and Bordeaux blends.

  • We came, you gave, we rode

    Sunday 25th July dawned grey. The big day, for the nine Enotria colleagues who were setting off from Enfield in North London to ride to Cambridge. A sigh of relief that it (at least) wasn't going to be fiercely hot from start to finish. We had been kindly kitted out by one of our Italian suppliers who already sponsor a 'pro' cycling team in Italy. Judging by the size of the outfits they were a team of boys! Anyway, once squeezed into the lycra, we were ready to roll. Danyel had turned up on his 'washing machine' - a single speed fixed gear in glowing white (with gold bits). You can imagine the heads turning as he rode past. To be fair to him, he didn't slacken on the bike - even though its fixed gear meant that he had to pedal even going downhill. Any notion of team spirit - or even team orders - soon disappeared, as did half the group on their speedy road bikes into the distance. The rest of us rode on at a slightly more leisurely pace. Stop one was at 20 miles - thought to myself, 'nearly half way, doesn't feel too bad.' Resumed and almost immediately encountered two huge hills. I thought Cambridgeshire was flat. But evidently the way there is not. Cycled through Much Hadham - funny name, pretty village. Sometime later made a second stop - still feeling ok. It wasn't til about mile 44 that things started to ache - and you can imagine which things. Later, my mileometer told we had less than 9 miles to go - and then I spied a sign saying 'Ten miles to go!' Oh joy. Eventually we saw a sign for Cambridge! And we were on the A Road. Cycling on an A Road when you've been riding for over 3 hours isn't a lot of fun. But then (I'd say suddenly but it wasn't, more like finally) we were in Cambridge itself, and there was the finish line. Andy's wife and family had laid on a fantastic spread for us - much appreciated given the unprecedented calorie burn we'd just undertaken. Cambridge in the sun was very pleasant - and we'd done it! Not too stiff for the train journey home --I even had enough puff to cycle back home from Liverpool Street. Thanks to everyone who supported us so generously. We raised over £6,000 for brain tumour research. You can see more pictures (if you feel like you want to!) here

  • Candido

    Third and final installment of a recent press trip to Southern Italy... Up bright and early in sun-drenched Lecce. Francesca from Candido explained "if you want to see the vineyards, you'll have to get there before 10am as it's too hot later." She wasn't kidding. We stopped in the shade of a solitary tree and met Candido's agronomist, Emanuele di Milito. Emanuele explained how Primitivo and Negroamaro, two of Puglia's chief red grapes, fared very differently according to their location. As ever, one tends to think of an indigenous grape prospering throughout a region but often their are microclimates which suit it particularly. We also looked at some Aleatico vines. This red grape was a new name to me - and is according to the Oxford Companion to Wine a likely parent of Muscat à Petits Grains. We had visited time and time again the theme of grapes crossing seas, countries and continents to surface with new names elsewhere on this trip; here was another example. As we later discovered in Candido's (mercifully air-conditioned) tasting room, Aleatico makes exuberant, fleshy dessert wines. We tasted right across the Candido range, which encompasses some very interesting wine; for example a Fiano Minutolo. This bears no resemblance to Fiano di Avellino, but in fact much more to Muscat -maybe all indigenous Puglian grapes are related to Muscat? Their rosato Le Pozzelle is well known in the UK - and this 100% Negroamaro wine offered plenty of strawberry fruit. Highlights amongst the reds was Duca di Aragona (Negroamaro and Montepulciano) and their Salice Salentino Riserva (Negroamaro and Malvasia Nero). Further down the table Mr Atkin was indulging in a spot of blending - proudly offering a Primitivo / Negroamaro blend for our opinions. Last wine of all was the aforementioned Aleatico - a red wine which I'm convinced you would think was white if you tasted completely blind. Peaches, nectarines, raisins were all in full effect on the palate. The locals enjoy it with strong cheese! Then it was time to rejoin the trusty Lancia and head back up the autostrada towards Bari. Mercifully the traffic was less hectic than on the way down, and we even had time for a pit stop on a beach - where I filmed Tim Atkin for this clip. The lady journalists took a dip in the warm sea (not pictured). Once back to the airport, we reflected on a trip which had offered much in the way of history and intrigue. Truthfully the only way to truly understand the wines of the south is to visit it yourselves.

  • Soave Sereole 2009

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  • Feudi di San Gregorio - Greco di Tufo

    Tim Atkin MW is impressed by Campania's Feudi di San Gregorio and their Greco di Tufo. In The Times he chooses it as a wine of the week, describing it as "A Neapolitan white that combines nutmeg spice, honeyed depth, crisp acidity and a pleasantly bitter twist."

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