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    Tasting: Wine
    Sud de France

    Sud de France tasting misses a trick, but the wines were on song

    With the newly created Occitanie region now claiming to be the largest wine region in France, Chris Wilson was disappointed at the latest London annual tasting that Sud de France didn’t use the opportunity to explain more about what the change means for the UK trade, especially when 25% of wines from the region are exported to Britain. Curiously, the majority of wineries were also looking for UK distribution.

    Tasting: Spirit
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06/06/2017. London, UK. Suntory Chita host a party at Roka Canary Wharf to launch the Japanese summer roof terrace. Photo credit : Tom Nicholson

    How Suntory is aiming young with single grain whisky Chita

    Philip Hunter taste-tests the three single grain whiskies that form the new blend Chita, which has just had its UK debut. He drinks it a number of ways and ends up rather taking to it, even though his initial reaction was to have a problem with the musky phenolics.

    Tasting: Wine
    Family of Twelve Long Read

    Anne Krebiehl: Family of Twelve’s revolution in New Zealand wine

    Anne Krebiehl MW looks at the evolution and revolution of New Zealand wine through twelve wines that are chosen by Nigel Greening from Felton Road and Tim Finn from Neudorf Vineyards – both members of the Family of Twelve. She hears why Greening loathes the term masterclass, what the rules are for joining these twelve elite wineries and why the Maori term Turangawaewae is the most appropriate word for a terroir in New Zealand winemaking.

    Tasting: Wine

    The Buyer on the road: the best wines from the Czech Republic

    It could all have gone so wrong. Our roving editor-at-large Roger Jones takes his son and 18 friends to Prague for a significant birthday. Instead of wearing bunny ears and downing flaming shots, Roger starts discovering Czech wines with varietals and winemaking methods he is unfamiliar with. And likes them very much.

    Tasting: Wine
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    Peter Dean discovers top new wines at merchants’ tastings

    The annual portfolio tasting held by Fields, Morris & Verdin, the 20th anniversary celebration tasting held by Liberty Wines and an Iberian showcase held by Enotria & Coe were chock-full of the world’s top winemakers showing off the most amazing wines. All events were also teeming with influential wine buyers.

    Tasting: Wine

    How new wave winemakers are changing the shape of Beaujolais

    At the annual Beaujolais tasting in London, a first chance to get a taste of the new 2016 vintage, Chris Wilson discovers how much the winemaking styles are changing. Where this used to be from vintage to vintage and Cru to Cru he finds that an immense range of styles within each Cru is becoming the norm.

    Tasting Tasting: Wine

    How Mâcon offers sommeliers quality, consistency and value

    This week’s Mâcon and Villages pop-up tasting and dinner event in London proved once again just how consistent and reliable this key southern region of the Bourgogne is. Wines that also fit seamlessly in to the demand for fresher, lighter, more refreshing wines, but still with the acidity and texture for ageing and complexity. Richard Siddle joined leading sommeliers, on-trade buyers and independents as the Mâconnais were there in force to put their wines up against ambitious Indian cuisine at the Carousel pop-up dining concept.

    Tasting: Wine

    Which rare Italian varietals and regions shone at Il Collettivo

    Justin Keay tastes his way around the new Italian wine event in London called Il Collettivo, and finds that its success was down to having a mix of rare and unusual regions and varietals on show, plus an impressive range of exciting new winemaking talent.

    Tasting: Wine
    New Wave Champagne

    Anne Krebiehl MW: Getting to grips with New Wave Champagne

    What is New Wave Champagne? Tim Hall, Champagne aficionado, ambassador, importer and writer tried to tackle this question with a stellar tasting at London’s 67 Pall Mall private members club on Tuesday, June 6. Anne Krebiehl MW had a ‘dream ticket’ to this tasting and picks out her favourites from the tasting, as well as not using the term Grower Champagne (well not within earshot of Tim Hall that is).

    Tasting: Wine

    Larry McKenna showcasing the class of Martinborough Pinot

    Roger Jones, our Michelin-starred chef and self-confessed New World Pinot Noir fan, hosts a range tasting of Larry McKenna’s Escarpment winery at the Harrow at Little Bedwyn. McKenna works with the grapes to develop distinctively superior wines that are true to character, quality and vintage and has a rare skill of being able to balance whole bunch pressing with the delicacy of the fruit.



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    • Christian Moreau has some great sites in Chablis and thishellip
      Christian Moreau has some great sites in Chablis and this is one of the best. At the bottom of the Clos grand cru slopes, this site gets all the minerals eroded over time. This was a 2011 and was surprisingly rounded (compared to say the 2014) but still had the customary mineral, stony, citrus flavours we expect in our Chablis. Doing our homework before the big Chablis tasting in London on Monday.
    • You wont believe this is 100 Gamay  in facthellip
      You won't believe this is 100% Gamay ( in fact lots of merchants have this down as Pinot when it isn't). Made from 50 year old vines in Flagey-Échezeaux, it has crunchy, juicy, primary fruit. Notes of strawberry, rose, orange in this delicious medium-bodied, deep purple wine. Served chilled - perfect on a hot summer evening.
    • 100 old vine Malbec from Patagonia Black fruit spice cinnamonhellip
      100% old vine Malbec from Patagonia. Black fruit, spice (cinnamon), graphite on the complex nose. Rich dark berry fruit on the palate, core fruit is delicious - fresh, complex with a wet stone finish - a real depth of flavour. Tannins are silky and the wood (30% new) well integrated considering the youth of the wine. Precise and tense.
    • Astounding balance  a lot of finesse in this vintagehellip
      Astounding balance - a lot of finesse in this vintage, residual sugar and flavours (many tropical) but a linear acidity that runs through it like a backbone, holds the wine together perfectly.
    • Dependable light pink salmon Ros  red summer fruit floralhellip
      Dependable, light pink salmon Rosé - red summer fruit, floral nose, nice texture, orange zest, rose water, pepper. By the glass or by the bottle this has excellent quality for the price point and scores well on the glugability factor. The grapes were grown specifically to make Rosé and the wine is not a byproduct.
    • Good example of the more savoury style of Chenin cominghellip
      Good example of the more savoury style of Chenin coming out of South Africa, in contrast to the fresh and fruity style. This is from 30-40 yo vines, whole bunch pressed and matured in 400-litre 25% new French oak for 10 months. As such there is structure and texture but very little oak apparent. Interesting and very drinkable.