Monthly Archives: June 2013

Mader Gewurztraminer 2008

following on from my recent article about the success of Mader’s 2012 wines in a recent RVF review , which can be found here), I decided to pull one of Mader’s older Gewurztraminers out of the cellar last night to see

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Fladgate acquires Wiese & Krohn

Colheita Port from Wiese & Krohn 1976, bottled 2011

Another takeover in the world of fine port has been reported in The Drinks Business, apparently after an announcement was made last week at Vinexpo. Wiese & Krohn have a longstanding reputation for their Colheitas, which is not the sort

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Gin Crisis

So there is a shortage of juniper berries to make that most British of tipples – gin. My initial reaction when I saw the headline was that it was probably because of the rapidly growing popularity of the spirit, but

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Two good reasons not to try distilling your own moonshine!

Last Tuesday night I was explaining to some of my Unit 4 WSET Diploma students about the skill needed to be able to cut out the heads when making various spirits. The reason is, of course, that the heads (the

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Le Bon Pasteur – another Château sold?

The latest from the French press is a rumour that Le Bon Pasteur, the Grand Cru Right Bank property owned by members of the Rolland family, has been sold to a Chinese (Hong Kong-based) investor, although it seems nothing official

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