Monthly Archives: January 2014

Treasury Wine Estates in trouble?

The bigger they are, the harder they can fall…. I’m not saying that TWE has crashed and burned, but  the sudden cessation of trading made for plenty of alarmist headlines and speculation in the trade press in Australia yesterday.    There have

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Veuve Clicquot gets defensive about “its” yellow.

You can’t just use any old yellow for your label, you know! The Daily Digest of The Drinks Business on 30 January 2014 details a possible “threat of legal action” against yet another tiny producer of sparkling wine that has sailed too

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Mas Amiel Vintage Blanc 2009

I discovered this wine by accident while I was doing some research for a fortified wine class I was teaching. As one of the class tasting wines was from Mas Amiel (a perfectly charming Muscat de Beaumes de Venise), I

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Dom Pérignon 1998

I have had this 1998 vintage Dom Pérignon in my cellar for about 5 or 6 years now and have often been tempted to drink it, but have always, up to now at least, managed to convince myself that there

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“The Florita” – what a great Riesling!

After a couple of hours of wandering round the Adelaide Botanic Gardens yesterday, being wowed by the Amazon waterlily pavilion, suffocated by the steaminess of the Bicentennial Conservatory and transported on waves of good old fashioned perfume in the International

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