Moscato d’Asti – A Masterclass

Nov 02, 21 Moscato d’Asti – A Masterclass

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Last week I went to the Simply Italian Great Wines tasting at the Westminster Church Halls. I went not only to taste some great wines but also to attend the Moscato d’Asti masterclass presented by Italian wine expert Walter Speller and the Consorzio Asti Director Giacomo Pondini. The producers were also present and were more...

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Portuguese Food – Wine, Olive Oils and Nuts

Oct 26, 21 Portuguese Food – Wine, Olive Oils and Nuts

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Right before lockdown in March 2020, I was invited to Portugal to learn more about the food and wines of the country. It was all part of the AAPI and APPITAD groups efforts to promote the country’s agri-business. According to their information packet sent to me, its purpose is the following: Portuguese Food – Information to...

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Fine Wines Direct Christmas wines

Oct 24, 21 Fine Wines Direct Christmas wines

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Halloween is just round the corner but Fine Wines Direct already have Christmas in mind and invited me to participate in an online tasting earlier this week. They choose 10 wines that they think will be great for this holiday season. Fine Wines Direct are a small, independent wine importer based in Cardiff. They have a huge...

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Champagne Castlenau Blanc de blanc 2007 launch

Oct 23, 21 Champagne Castlenau Blanc de blanc 2007 launch

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Champagne Castlenau is a growers collective with vineyards scattered around Reims in the Champagne region. The collective was founded in 1916 and the name originates from a famous WWI hero, General de Curieres de Castelnau. That may explain its popularity amongst the diplomatic and military corps from the 1920’s onwards....

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Stina winery; visiting a Croatian island vineyard

Oct 06, 20 Stina winery; visiting a Croatian island vineyard

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I’ve visited many vineyards in northern Croatia over the years (read about Istrian winemakers here and here) but Stina winery was the first one in the south, off the coast of Dalmatia. Stina is located on the island of Brac, about a 50 minute ferry ride from Split. Brac Harbour I sell Stina’s white Cuvee in Dalston so I...

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Why Not Red Misket

Jul 21, 20 Why Not Red Misket

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I’m always on the lookout for wines from relatively unknown regions or varieties that have almost been forgotten. Red Misket is one of those grapes. It comes from Bulgaria and is enjoying a bit of a revival from two young Bulgarian winemakers. The Winemakers Petar Georgiev and Radostin Milkov have worked around the world; in...

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