World of Wine

When you hear a story of hard work, effort and philosophy, then that story is usually written in words which convey feeling and emotion… Fleury is one of my favourite Champagne houses. It is located in a wine growing area with a big personality, the Côte de Bar, to the south...
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Rosé champagne, a delightful exception within the pantheon of sparkling wines, is challenging the supremacy of white champagne and allowing the Pinot Noir to express its colour and irresistible red fruit aromas.
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During his visit to Barcelona to present the Ruinart Rosé 2002, we were able to interview Ruinart’s Chef de Caves, Frédéric Panaïotis, a Frenchman with Greek roots (as his last name indicates).  It seems that, as a little boy, he dreamed of working in a zoo….
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This prestigious winery, created by oenologist, Andrea Franchetti, in the early 90’s, lies in the hills of the Valle de Orcia, in the area of Siena, the UNESCO World Heritage region. Andrea Franchetti’s property occupies 200 hectares, of which approximately 10% are vineyards...
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Georgia proudly claims to be the cradle of wine. There is archaeological evidence that wine was being made there 8,000 years ago. It was a pioneer country, although little did this help it for many centuries. Caucasus is a land of invasions. Scythians, Persians, Romans,...
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Registered as “number 20”, this bodega situated in Sanlúcar de Barrameda is one of the oldest in the Jerez area. Dating back to 1792, it will soon be celebrating its 225th birthday. Its logo since 1900, a gypsy on a tambourine painted by the father of the great composer Joaquín...
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Termanthia Vertical

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A few of us were lucky enough to participate in an unprecedented vertical tasting of Termanthia organised by the director of Bodegas Numanthia, Lucas Löwi. Termanthia is the jewel in the crown of Numanthia, which gets its name from the city of Numancia, famous for its heroic...
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I knew the day would come when I would be able to put pen to paper to write about one of Mark Angeli’s wines! I met Mark in the winter of 2013, in his small winery on the Ferme de Sansonnière in Angers.  Because I was keen to understand biodynamics, I had decided that I would...
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The Roqueta family’s history has been entwined with wine and the vine since the 12th century. Such a long history grants them licence to look to the past as their birthright, revive forgotten grape varieties such as the radiant white picapoll and reprise age-old methods of...
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Until very recently, Wine and Ecuador were, to my mind, two fine yet mutually exclusive concepts. Like most people, I associate wine with French, Italian and Spanish landscapes, where the seasons are identified by their temperature, and not by the presence or absence of rain,...
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