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Taste for yourself if you're around London next month. See this offer for Purple Pagers. Now that the dust has settled, even on the wines of 2012, one can take the opportunity to draw some meaningful comparisons between three very different vintages in Germany, 2010, 2011 and. More...
The book Vino Business has caused quite a stir in the world of wine since its recent publication here in France. Its author Isabelle Saporta is a French journalist for the general radio channel Europe 1 and is a specialist in agriculture and food. Her book centres on the cosy world. More...
The buzzword at this year's Chianti Classico en primeur presentation (detailed tasting notes to follow) was 'Gran Selezione'. That is to say that the Consorzio of Chianti Classico did everything it could to embed it into our consciousness. It surely sounds catchy enough and proved to be very. More...
Walter's tasting notes on the Amarone 2010s are now published. This year's presentation of the new Amarone 2010 vintage, tasting notes on which will follow tomorrow, was all about economics. Before we, the assembled international press, were allowed to taste one drop of wine, we were ushered. More...
See also Walter's wine-by-wine review of the just-released 2009 vintage of Brunello di Montalcino and the 2008 Riservas, including a total of nearly 200 tasting notes. Regular readers of my explorations into Italy's rich vinous landscape may know that the one thing I crave more than. More...
On Friday Stephan Reinhardt (pictured here by Martin Hemmi ) announced that he had resigned as the chief editor of Swiss-German wine magazine Vinum. Having taken up the post only at the beginning of last year, he was announcing the end of a short and apparently quite torrid affair. Stephan. More...
On this, Twelfth Night, Paul O'Doherty begins his final collection of reviews of the wine books published in 2013 with a paean of praise for an MW self-publisher. As last year, we will very soon make all these reviews free for all; wine authors and book publishers deserve all the support we can. More...
This is the penultimate group of wine reviews provided by Paul. Next week he reviews a group of general wine books. The Complete Wine Course, Second Edition Tom Forrest Carlton Books £16.99/$24.95 Of the five or so books in this particular. More...
The World of Sicilian Wine Bill Nesto and Frances Di Savino University of California Press £24.95/$34.95 This is written by an inseparable husband-and-wife team of Italian-American writers with a long love affair with Italy. Nesto has written the. More...
Max Allen's Wine Know How - A Vibrant Dash Through the World of Wine Max Allen Hardie Grant £9.99/$16.45 In what is essentially a no-nonsense quick run or dash through everything you would need to know about the world of wine, Allen ticks many of the. More...
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