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Fine wine writing aplenty

  • Article Don't quote me

    Biodynamic barrels?

    San Francisco barrel broker Mel Knox wrote this in 2001 and, in the noble spirit of recycling, has sent it for us to savour, in response to this…

    9 Mar 2009 Guest contributor
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    Cheval and Lynch to build

    Bordeaux-based writer Jane Anson reports.Two leading Bordeaux châteaux have announced plans to build new wineries on their estates. Both the Pauillac…

    5 Mar 2009 Guest contributor
  • Article Travel tips

    Bruges

    Ex Cumbrian wine merchant and now Languedoc resident Richard Neville was asked recently by an architect friend how to get the most out of a visit…

    3 Mar 2009 Guest contributor
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    Green shoots in the Yarra

    Leanne De Bortoli sends the following report from the heart of post-bushfires Yarra Valley. We have been and are still a little vulnerable…

    23 Feb 2009 Guest contributor
  • Article Free for all

    Yarra Valley latest

    Dr Tony Jordan of the Yarra Valley Winegrowers Association sends the following report. Since the statement we released on 13 Feb 2009, more…

    18 Feb 2009 Guest contributor
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    Yarra - the official view

    Here's a statement just issued (so recently that it is dated tomorrow) by  Dr Tony Jordan, president of the Yarra Valley Winegrowers Association,…

    12 Feb 2009 Guest contributor
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    Blatch on 2008 – the wines

    Written by Bill Blatch. For the background to the growing season, see Blatch on 2008 – the vines 2008 dry whites This is clearly another good…

    30 Jan 2009 Guest contributor
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    Blatch on 2008 - the vines

    Written by Bill Blatch.2008: yet another turnaround vintage Nobody's going to believe it, and I'm not making this up, but 2008 in…

    29 Jan 2009 Guest contributor
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    Loire 2008 update

    Charles Sydney, courtier en vins de Loire, sends this update to his September vintage report now that he has tasted many of the wines. To…

    28 Jan 2009 Guest contributor
  • Article Don't quote me

    Lafite in China explained

    Update 30 Jun 2011: more insights in an animated discussion on the forum about why Chinese buy Lafite. You may remember an article, The legend of…

    6 Jan 2009 Guest contributor
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    Real ale

    A little something for those who feel they have had quite enough wine for the moment, from Richard Neville. It is not until you start living outside…

    29 Dec 2008 Guest contributor
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    Merlot, Malbec, Carmenère's parentage revealed

    Written by Dr José Vouillamoz. Merlot is a natural progeny of Cabernet Franc and a previously unknown red grape named Magdeleine Noire des Charentes,…

    26 Dec 2008 Guest contributor
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    From a Languedoc wine village

    Some of you may remember Richard Neville, who kindly wrote this account of Bruges for travel tips and this exceptionally detailed guide to Belgian…

    11 Dec 2008 Guest contributor
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    Exceptional Leacock Madeiras

    Written by Mel Jones. I’m feeling pretty fortified at the moment. I ran a tawny port tasting a couple of weeks ago, from which we have rather a lot of…

    9 Dec 2008 Guest contributor
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    Keller's 2008 vintage

    Klaus Peter Keller (pictured here with his wife Julia) provides some phenological data for 2008 in his vineyards around Flörsheim-Dalsheim in…

    3 Dec 2008 Guest contributor