Hippodrome Wine Club-upcoming tasting

Jan 07, 22 Hippodrome Wine Club-upcoming tasting

Posted by in All, California

Before the pandemic, I had heard about the Hippodrome Wine Club and, as I had gone occasionally to the Hippodrome to gamble a bit, I think it’s a great idea that they have their own wine club. I received this press release and am happy to pass along this information to my readers. I’ll be in California later this month...

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Moscato d’Asti – A Masterclass

Nov 02, 21 Moscato d’Asti – A Masterclass

Posted by in All

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

Posted by in All, Portugal

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

Posted by in All, Argentina

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

Posted by in All

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

Posted by in All, Croatia, Travel

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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