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    Tasting: Wine

    Take six wines from Steve Daniel’s ‘irrational’ Hallgarten portfolio tasting

    Before the summer break, Hallgarten, Druitt and Novum’s chief wine buyer Steve Daniel held an intimate, selective wine tasting for six journalists. Rather than show the entire range of wines Daniel cherry-picked 41 wines that he felt showed the diversity and depth of the HDN range.

    Tasting: Wine

    Why Franciacorta is Premier League material

    Premium on-trade in the UK is one of the major export targets for Franciacorta, the Italian sparkling wine that is closer to Champagne in production than its popular rival Prosecco. Geoffrey Dean travels to the North Italian region and visits the top producers we should be looking out for, arguing that the wine is ‘Premier League’ compared to Prosecco’s ‘Championship’.

    Tasting: Wine

    Diana Snowden Seysses and her quest for heart-stopping wines

    Christina Rasmussen meets Diana Snowden Seysses, winemaker from Napa’s Snowden Vineyards, to find out how she makes left field wines that challenge preconceptions. Three of the wines are tasted along with two from Domaine de Triennes, a Provence winery that Seysses is the consultant winemaker for.

    Tasting: Wine
    Dans le Noir - Dining in the Dark

    Buyer rewind: Tasting blind in total blackout restaurant Dans le Noir?

    Peter Dean took on a blind wine tasting challenge by tasting five 2005 vintage wines in the complete dark – at a total blackout restaurant called Dans Le Noir? The dark allows our senses to run wild but also gives a fleeting glimpse into what restaurant life might be like without sight…like, how difficult is cutlery when you cannot see?

    Tasting Blind Club

    Wine Australia’s Tasting Blind Club champion on how to blind taste

    For the past four years Wine Australia has been running its Tasting Blind Club in which a wide variety of on and off-trade specialists meet every month to see if they deduce correctly a flight of high quality and unusual examples of Australian wine. The Tasting Blind Club winner for 2016-17 is wine educator Julia Lambeth, owner of the South London Wine School. We decided to ask her what is her knack? and how can other professionals improve their blind tasting skills?

    People: On-Trade Tasting: Wine
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    Buyer rewind: why Ben’s Canteen loves burgers, wine and brunch

    Last week Ben Walton of Ben’s Canteen hooked up with wine writer and PR consultant, Christina Rasmussen and regular contributor to The Buyer, to host a tasting with a difference: based on wines made by women winemakers. It proved a great success. Here we rewind the clock to when Christina and Ben first got to know each other whilst she interviewed him for an article looking at a business driven by burgers, wine and brunch. In that order…

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    Beer pairing: which food dishes work best with craft beer

    Philip Hunter samples a range of craft beers from Birra del Borgo and Goose Island paired with a variety of different food dishes and muses about the success of beer pairing. Most of the matches were spot-on, especially a post prandial Imperial Stout clocking in at 15% ABV, but finding a beer that pairs well with rum baba proved elusive.

    Tasting: Wine
    Jackson Family Wines

    Jackson Family Wines is on a roll in Oregon and it knows it

    Justin Keay argues that the Jackson Family Wines portfolio of wineries in Oregon is a great help in understanding winemaking in this, the third most prolific wine-producing state in the United States. He samples and lists his pick of the wines from WillaKenzie Estate, Penner-Ash, Gran Moraine, Siduri and Zena Crown. Geoffrey Dean also talks to Barbara Banke and her team as to why now is the right time to start finding allocations of these wines before the Asian market does.

    Tasting: Wine
    Alsace Grand Cru

    Eric Zwiebel MS and Little Bedwyn’s Alsace Grand Cru tasting

    Eric Zwiebel MS, who is from Alsace, was the master of ceremonies at The Harrow at Little Bedwyn last Sunday for a very special dinner created by Alsace wine fan and Michelin-starred chef Roger Jones. Roger had created a special menu which paired some of the very best Alsace Grand Cru wines with a tempting array of plates.



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    • Cedar Creek Estate Grown Ehrenfelser 2016 A grape brought overhellip
      Cedar Creek Estate Grown Ehrenfelser 2016. A grape brought over to Canada from Germany in the 70s, Ehrenfelser is a crossing of Riesling and Sylvaner and is currently planted by around five producers here in the Okanagan. The wine comes from vines planted in the 70s, and is fresh and easy to drink, with zingy green apple on the nose and subtle green melon on the palate with good length. 19g/L residual sugar. A lovely representation of a little known grape variety. (CR)
    • Top notch 2012 St Chinian a blend of high altitudehellip
      Top notch 2012 St Chinian, a blend of high altitude Syrah, old Carignan grown on schist, and Mourvèdre. Dark almost opaque. Complex nose of dark fruit, olive, mint. Palate of black fruit, soy, young but well integrated tannin. Concentrated (14.5%) but wonderfully fresh. Nice label too.
    • Evolved golden 2011 Chenin Blanc Bitter and rich nose bruisedhellip
      Evolved golden 2011 Chenin Blanc. Bitter and rich nose, bruised apple, floral, barley sugar, a touch of oxidation. Demi-sec on the palate, pink lady, cooked apple, apple confectionery, slightly tart finish with some length. Good balance if slightly to the acidic and dry side. Will last but great with food now or as an aperitif.
    • Medium bodied Chardonnay notes of green orange peel lime nutshellip
      Medium bodied Chardonnay, notes of green orange peel, lime, nuts, tart apple, saline. Inviting nose, complex, delicious.
    • Beaujolais with a real Burgundian flair Vibrant ruby bit ofhellip
      Beaujolais with a real Burgundian flair. Vibrant ruby, bit of farmyard funk on the nose, red fruit (raspberry and strawberry), mature, drying slightly clipped tannin, easy mouthfeel. Found this for €6.50 in a wine shop in France - with 8 years age! Amazing.
    • Been rediscovering this iconic tonic wine this summer  servedhellip
      Been re-discovering this iconic 'tonic wine' this summer - served very cold over ice with a slice of orange. It's a blend of 85% Bordeaux wines and 15% macerated liqueurs (mainly sweet oranges and bitter green oranges).