TASTING NOTE: WHITEHAVEN SAUVIGNON BLANC

Sauvignon Blanc is the famous white grape of Bordeaux, but it seems like these days, Marlborough in New Zealand is just as well-known for it. In France, Sauvignon Blanc is all citrus (lemons and limes), green fruits (gooseberry, green apple) and usually some asparagus. It always possesses a high, refreshing acidity, and the cooler the […]

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LEZ ARTS: IT’S ALL ABOUT THE MAGNUM, BABY!

There is something about opening a magnum, isn’t there? The sheer size of it is novel enough, but the whole feeling of opening a magnum is different. First of all, there’s the celebratory aspect – you’re going to be with friends having fun (I wouldn’t recommend opening one if you’re by yourself, no) and, secondly, […]

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TASTING NOTE: FLEUR DE MER ROSÉ

Fleur de Mer Côtes de Provence Rosé 2018 Ah! The summer is here and this very bottle makes me think of skipping across a lavender-flecked hillside, white dress billowing, hair flowing behind – perhaps I am carrying a basket of flowers or – even better – freshly picked herbs to make dinner with later in […]

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BLACK FOREST WINE CLUB

Black Forest Wine Club. It just sounds cool, doesn’t it. Do you have to know about Black Forest wines to be part of the club? No. Do you even have to know about the Black Forest at all? No. Just come with a thirst for great wine and the appetite of a hungry German. So, […]

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SOUTH AFRICA’S PROUD PIONEERS: KWV

I’ve heard many a time that the easiest way is rarely the best way; the best grapes come from vines that struggle. You can take that and make it an analogy for lots of things, but I think it’s a rather direct analogy for the South African wine industry. There has been struggle, there has […]

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WORLD’S BEST VINEYARDS 2019

In the prestigious surroundings of the historic Banqueting House in London, the only remaining part of the Palace of Whitehall where King Charles I met his grisly end, it was a night of beginnings for the World’s Best Vineyards ceremony. At its inaugural event on Monday 8th July 2019, a new chapter of history was […]

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RESPECT FOR THE OLD WAYS AT I PASTINI WINERY

I’d read the comment ‘There’s more to Puglia than trulli’ – and of course there is – much, much more. But, it is still an impressive sight to witness a whole landscape constructed of these little grey, stone molehills, which (as would seem apparent) tend to remind people of huge conical bras. An army of […]

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