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Monthly Archives: January 2011

  • designedtoinspire

    Here is the latest update on our stellar list of producers who will be pouring their wines and talking about their vines at One Marylebone on 7th March.

    • Ascheri
    • Barbi
    • Bertani
    • Bogle
    • Botromagno
    • Brusset
    • Otto Bestué
    • Candido
    • Capitoul
    • los Cappellanes
    • Carmel Wines
    • Carrick
    • Castarède
    • Castelmaure
    • Cecchi
    • Chante Cigale
    • Colome
    • Colterenzio
    • Conterno Fantino
    • Clos du Porteau
    • Cruz de Piedra
    • Cuilleron
    • Domaine Defaix
    • E. Pira
    • Falernia
    • F.E.Trimbach
    • Fontanafredda
    • Castello di Fonterutoli
    • Glaetzer
    • Glen Carlou
    • Heartland
    • Champagne Henriot
    • Herdade dos Grous
    • Humberto Canale
    • Champagne Jacquart
    • Domaine de la Janasse
    • Ken Forrester
    • Laulerie
    • Vina Leyda
    • LGI S.A.
    • J Lohr
    • Louis Michel & Fils
    • Machherndl
    • Maillard
    • Mariona
    • Marques De Riscal
    • Martin Meinert
    • MontGras
    • Mount Langi Ghiran
    • Nonino
    • Ottella
    • Panizzi
    • Parker Estate
    • Peller
    • Peter Lehmann Wines
    • Planeta
    • Puiatti
    • Ridgeview
    • Rives Blanques
    • Ruggeri
    • Sainte Marguerite
    • Santa Ana
    • Settesoli
    • Soliluna
    • Hess Collection
    • Thelema
    • Tokara
    • Tomero
    • Vallobera
    • Xanadu
    • Yering Station
  • The winemaker who named a mountain

    The ever affable Dave Palmer of Skillogalee was in town this week for the A+ Australia Tasting. He took the time to stop by and tell us the story of how a 23,000 foot mountain in the Hindu Kush came to be named after him. He also has a few early impressions of the outlook for the 2011 vintage in the Clare Valley. [flv: 300 200]

  • Australia - a taster's view

    We caught up with Juel Mahoney, wine commentator on and elsewhere, at the Australia Trade Tasting in an unexpectedly sundrenched London. Here, she reflects on what winemakers in her native land are doing to change the gloomy outlook for Australian wine.

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    You can read Juel's typically incisive and interesting piece about the challenges facing Australia here.

  • This House declares...

    portcullisHarry's been up at Westminster... If the nation's MPs wanted to learn about Italian culture, who would they turn to? The British-Italian Parliamentary Group certainly found the answer when they approached Sergio De Luca, our very own expert on Italian wine, for knowledge and inspiration. Sergio did his duty by HM Govt, with an amazing list of Italian wines representing many different regions and styles, from the famed Chianti Classico to the less well known Biferno Rosso. We (Sergio, Richard, Ed and Harry) approached the heart of British government clutching nothing but Italian wines, ice and glasses. Getting through the Houses of Parliament security armed with corkscrews was no mean feat, as they quickly found them at the bottom of our bags, pulling them out shaking their heads and tutting. After a little leg pulling on the part of the security guards, possibly with the intention of wangling a free bottle of wine, we were let through. The tasting in the Jubilee room was a treat for both MP’s and Enotria staff alike. Cheeses, salami, an opera singer and of course great wine were all on show. Lords, Ladies, MPs and researchers tasted and listened attentively whilst Sergio talked of Italy, her regions, and her wines. If I had to pick out some stars, I can safely say our government enjoyed the Gravina – Botromagno, Gavi di Gavi - La Minaia, Chianti Classico - Castello di Fonterutoli, Santa Cecilia – Planeta, and of course Barolo, Sori Ginestra. For once, this was a House United rather than divided. To lift a glass of Barolo in the Palace of Westminster was truly memorable experience.

  • New year, New Zealand

    The New Zealand trade tasting (NZATT) is always the first of the main generic country tastings each year, and this year's edition was upon us seemingly before we'd tidied away the mince pie crumbs and turkey leftovers. Lord's Cricket Ground on a wet Tuesday in early January may not be everyone's idea of a good time, but there were plenty of interesting wines to lighten the gloom. On the home team table, Trinity Hill Syrahs - both Hawkes Bay and Gimblett Gravel versions - demonstrated just why this area of NZ is becoming world-renowned for Syrah. Next up, Lawson's Dry Hills were the subject of much praise. One well known restaurateur came away from tasting and declared their entire range 'the best thing here today' and Lawson's Pioneer Gewurztraminer 'the best Gewurz in New Zealand'. Who are we to argue? Angus Thomson of Urlar was wearing his Christmas jumper (a natty electric blue tank top, since you ask) and had his latest vintages - the first with official organic sanction. The Urlar Pinot Gris was a standout - amazing delineation and precision. This wine arrives a little later this year. A brace of Carrick Pinot Noirs completed our handsome set. Elsewhere at the tasting, it was a pleasure to meet Kevin Judd, the man who made Cloudy Bay into the worldwide icon it is, now concentrating on his own Greywacke wines. I also tasted the Mano'war wines from Waiheke island - very exciting whites especially there. And no visit to the NZATT is complete without tasting at the Felton Road table, where (English) proprietor Nigel Greening was his usual illuminating self. Nigel managed to flit over to the Berry Brothers Burgundy 2009 tasting in the middle of the day - and declared the 09 wines 'potentially amazing'. This is someone who really knows his Pinot Noir - Felton Block 5 being one of the great Pinots of New Zealand.

  • Cerasuolo di Vittoria 2009

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