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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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Could the Tour de France help boost Bergerac AOC wine sales?

A report in the expat news website The Connexion this week shows the route to be taken by the 2014 Tour de France. There is to be a day of  time trials (26 July) between Bergerac and Périgueux, a distance of

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When in Alsace…..

A couple of days ago I received yet another request for some pplaces to visit when in Alsace and Southern Germany, so I’ve decided to put my suggestions up for everyone to see and I’ll add to them from time

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2012 überblanc Riesling GDF winemakers Tasmania

The rather cryptic producer title is actually Glaetzer-Dixon Family Winemakers, a name well known and highly respected for their big, bold Barossa shirazes. More recently tho, son Nick Glaetzer has been working in Tasmania to create some stunning cool climate

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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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What a fizzer! The non-event that is Bordeaux 2012

I usually like a bit of fizz – but the complete flop that is the 2012 Bordeaux “en primeur” is a fizzer of another kind completely! we all know that it is the nature of wine to have good great

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A new spot for Spanish wine and food lovers!

The other day I was reading Jancis Robinson’s views on Spanish whites in last weekend’s Financial Times and thinking to myself, that it was all very well to be singing the praises of such wines as Godello, but actually getting to

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Burgundy 2011 en primeur

Earlier this week I had the opportunity to taste some of the 2011 Burgundies “en primeur” through Berry Bros & Rudd here in Hong Kong. whilst I intend to write some  tasting notes for individual wines over the next few days,

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Burgundy 2012 – at what price?

As the weeks go by we are hearing of more producers and regions who will either, simply not produce a 2012 vintage, or will have a significantly reduced quantity of wine for sale. For highly prized regions such as Burgundy,

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Alsace VTs will be few and far between in 2012

Alsace Gewurz grapes July 2012_R

The producers who did manage to harvest grapes for VT wines in the 2012 vintage are the lucky ones – the offerings will be tiny, but those we do get should be magnificent, as the weather before the rains hit

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