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Chianti Classico


I helped out at a trade event this week which was all about Chianti Classico. It was held at the Dali Museum in London, quite a “surreal” location for a wine event. There were 37 tables all devoted to Chianti Classico plus a table of 1997 vintages and a Masterclass.
It was a wonderful opportunity to […]

Tasting one hundred rosés


OK, I’ll admit it from the start I really didn’t taste 100 rosés for Great Grape Day but I did have the opportunity.
This week is the London International Wine & Spirit Fair and there is a special stand dedicated to the top 100 rosés as judged by a group of distinguished wine trade people. The […]

Tasting and comparing wine


I’ve been lucky that through my work supporting the International Wine Challenge, I’ve been able to taste a huge number of wines. This has really helped my WSET Diploma studying. And with my exam on fortified wines only 4 weeks away I need all the help I can get.
I managed to taste a range of […]

WBW #33 Languedoc-Roussillon, Mid Priced Wines From The Midi


Soaring aromas of ripe dark fruit escaped the bottle as I uncorked this 2003 Corbieres CastelMavre Grande Cuvee Red Wine.  This wine is produced in one of the largest wine appellations in the Midi, Corbieres.  Being French, it was hard to find the “exact” grape content of the wine.  But, in researching the area, I […]

International Wine Challenge


I have just finished 7 weeks working on the International Wine Challenge, the biggest international blind tasting wine competition in the world. Over 9000 wines from across the world have been rigorously judged and the winners will be announced during the London International Wine and Spirits Fair from the 22nd to 24th May.
I have been […]

Oz Meet Mosel Mogel


Wait a minute. A Down Under winemaker showing off a bottle of German Riesling and a Mosel Mogul with big, fat Aussie Cab in hand? In the gregarious spirit of Old World meets New, award-winning winemakers Stuart Blackwell (right) and Ernst Loosen (left) swap bottles to give us journalistic types a stellar photo op.
The event […]

Vinitaly 2007, a first assessment


I was in Verona last weekend to be part of the main Italian wine fair. I have attended several time in the, but this time I have notice quite a few more people. In fact, according to the organization of the event, there was a 15% growth in international operators - up to 38 thousand […]

Under 10 wines: let’s go with great young wines in Verona


One of the newest tasting at the coming edition of Vinitaly is dedicated to Under 10 - organised by VeronaFiere in collaboration with one of the most famous Italian wine magazine Civiltà del Bere. The event is scheduled on Friday 30 March at 10.30 in the Argento Hall.
This tasting aims to emphasize the results of […]

Kunde Estate Offers Green Hiking Tours


 
 
If a winter spent sipping wine by the fireplace has left you pining for exercise — with a bit of wine-tasting mixed in, of course — Kunde Estate in Kenwood, California is offering a new activity which fits the bill. Designed for hiking and wine enthusiasts, the winery’s “Eco-Tours” and “Sustainable Winegrowing Hikes” enhance public […]

Waiting for Vinitaly 2007


Around 4.300 exhibitors will be at the 41th edition of one of the most important wine fairs in the world: Vinitaly, to be held in Verona, Italy, from 29th March to 2nd April.
Offering more than 84,000 square meters of wine exhibits, an increase over the last event thanks to a new pavilion (7B) which follows […]