Frost/ gel – ‘squeaky bum’ time …

Newtonmore, Scotland: 5th April 2021 On Sunday evening and Monday here in the Highlands of Scotland we were plunged back into winter as the photo above shows. This was a rude shock as Saturday was a glorious warm sunny day (see photo below) with temperatures hitting 14˚C. Instead temperatures Sunday night/early Monday were forecast to …

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German Pinot Noir: a rival to Burgundy with a difference

We all know that Pinot Noir represents some kind of "Holy Grail" for a number of wine lovers, as well as for some producers. A look at rising prices also helps to tell the tale. And just take a look at the Hollywood movie Sideways and relate it to the direct impact that this movie …

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How to name a wine: a look at different approaches

Apart from their brand identities, whether these be large or small in scale, and any collective appellations that designate a place of origin for a wine, be that on the scale of a country, a region, a county or a smaller geographical entity, wine producers still have to decide what to call each of the …

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Bourgogne et Bettane à Londres

Berry Bros & Rudd Ltd – bouchonné ? Nothing to do with today's tasting but passed the window on my back from the two tastings below and couldn't resist. For the UK wine trade the second week of January belongs to Burgundy. The week is packed with en primeur tastings and merchants’ offers for the …

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Michael Steinberger: The Wine Savant

I was very pleased to receive at the end of last week a copy of Mike Steinberger's new book – The Wine Savant - a guide to the new wine culture. It is due out in February – £10.99, $15.95, $17.95 Can. Mike is one of several vibrant American writers, whose work I particularly enjoy …

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