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    Chiesa del Carmine

    Chiesa del Carmine and Umbria’s special style of wine tourism

    Neil Hennessy-Vass recently visited Umbria in search of a wine that is unknown in Britain but should be on every buyer’s wine list. Taking in the spectacular scenery of Tuscany’s over-looked neighbour he found a country that was teeming with amazing wines, food and gastronomic experiences, including proper foraging for black truffles. Sit back, put the Sunday papers aside and let Neil transport you to Chiesa del Carmine and its many wonders.

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    Domaine des Tourelles

    Domaine des Tourelles is right mix of ancient and modern

    What could be more of the moment than 100% old vine Cinsault, grown at altitude, vinified with minimal intervention in 150 year old cement tanks with natural yeast and filtered with dried thistles – thereby making it vegan-friendly? The twist is that this is how the wines of Domaine des Tourelles have always been made. Superbly-made wines at fantastic value prices. Peter Dean taste-tests them with Faouzi Issa, winemaker and co-owner on the winery’s 150th birthday.

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    ‘New’ Spanish wines from across the holiday islands

    After tasting his way through the Wines From Spain event, Justin Keay was surprised to find a number of his favourite Iberian wines missing from the event. Here he talks about the wines he keeps returning to from Spain’s ‘holiday islands’ of Majorca, Lanzarote and Tenerife that he feels have one foot in ‘new Spain’ as well as another foot firmly rooted in Spain’s older viticultural traditions.

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    Lea&Sandeman

    Why Riesling is the new star of Lea & Sandeman summer tasting

    It is a direct link to the consumer through its retail outfit that gives Lea & Sandeman insight into what wines do and do not work, says co-owner Charles Lea. Celebrating 30 years in June this year, and just receiving a Royal Warrant from HM Queen Elizabeth 2 last week, Lea explains to David Kermode that it is this insight that has allowed Lea & Sandeman to see, for example, that millennials are finally waking up to German Riesling and realising it isn’t at all bad.

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    Armit

    The importance of Italian wine to Armit – 30 Years in 30 Wines

    To celebrate 30 years of trading, UK wine importer Armit is hosting a series of tastings and events. At the first of these Chris Wilson talked to Armit’s head of marketing, Jonathan White, about the importance of Italian wines to the Armit portfolio and how both Italian and Burgundy has picked up in sales where Bordeaux has declined.

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    The Top 10 ‘bianco bankers’ from the Il Collettivo Italian tasting

    We could lie and say that it was always Chris Wilson’s intention to focus just on the best new Italian vino bianco from the recent Il Collettivo tasting – an event that brought together, for the second year running, an exciting mix of Italian wines from five of the UK’s hottest wine importers. But we would be lying. Chris did try all the whites and selects his Top 10 with full tasting notes below. But why are there no reds rated? We’ll let Chris tell you his feeble excuse. It beats ‘leaves on the line’ that’s for sure.

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    Nero D'Avola

    6 things about Nero D’Avola with Sicily’s Alessio Planeta

    It is just over 30 years ago that Planeta planted its first vineyards in Sicily. Since that time the company has helped take Sicilian wine into the realms of fine wine, with its top range of wines made with Nero D’Avola leading the charge. The Buyer caught up with Planeta winemaker Alessio Planeta at a sommelier masterclass in London to discover more about Sicily’s number one red varietal and taste first-hand how the wines age.

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    Indigo Wine Portfolio Tasting

    How Indigo is ‘tapped into’ what works in the on-trade

    Although many wine buyers know Indigo as an expert of wines from Iberia, Chris Wilson discovered a whole treasure trove of wines from the rest of Europe and the New World at the Indigo annual portfolio tasting, held in London. In picking out his personal highlights Chris found plenty of evidence that these wines had restaurants and wine bars front of mind.

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    The power of Bordeaux played a part in keeping emerging wines and regions in their place

    Geoffrey Dean on Bordeaux 2017’s “very serious vintage”

    As the jamboree of the Bordeaux En Primeur tastings begin this week, the message from La Place de Bordeaux is that, despite the reduction in yield, the Bordeaux 2017 vintage is very serious, if not an exceptional one. Geoffrey Dean attended the La Place tastings and caught the mood of the châteaux owners, brokers and importers as an entrée to the following fortnight’s main course of sampling.

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    Cyprus

    How Cyprus is re-discovering its native grape varieties

    The annual Cyprus wine tasting event in London was an opportunity to discover many excellent wines being made by producers finding new legs out of old varietals. It seems that Cyprus is an exciting country for winemaking these days largely because the younger generation are in it to make a living and have also travelled the world, picking up tips from Old World and New World alike – realising what international markets want in the process.

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