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    Tasting: Wine
    Tasting: Wine
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    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.

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    Tasting: Wine
    Franciacorta

    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’.

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    Tasting: Wine
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    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.

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    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?

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    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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    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.

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    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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    Aussie winemakers on learning curve with Alternative Varieties

    The Alternative Varieties tasting held at Australia House in London showed how well Australian winemakers are coping with making wines from non-traditional grapes – varieties normally associated with largely Mediterranean countries. Justin Keay argues that with the white wines on show, finding the right terroir and climate seems to be far harder than with red varietals such as Tempranillo and Sangiovese.

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    De Bortoli

    How cheese pairs with Aussie sticky Noble One from De Bortoli

    At an imaginative vertical tasting given by Darren De Bortoli, the Australian sticky Noble One was paired with Dutch and English artisanal cheeses. The wines started with the first ever vintage of 1982, Black Noble and Rare Botrytis Semillon, a wine described by De Bortoli as a wine geek’s wine “journalists love it but nobody buys it.”

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