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Press Release – UK wine harvest is underway and despite a challenging year quality is promised


Despite the news that one of England’s major sparkling wine producers has made the decision not to harvest this year, all other leading English wine producers are now harvesting, and … Continue reading

October 10, 2012 · Leave a comment

Press Release – China Dawns Gold for New Zealand’s Marisco Vineyards


Marisco Vineyards has scooped an unprecedented 5 gold medals, of which 3 were Double Gold*, at the China Wine Awards. Never before has the company received such glowing accolades, across … Continue reading

October 3, 2012 · 1 Comment

Harpers Blog: Mike Matthews on WineStars Twist


Following on from the success of May’s inaugural WineStars competition at the London International Wine Fair, competition founder Catherine Monahan brought her unique event – this time WineStars Twist – … Continue reading

September 20, 2012 · 5 Comments

Mike Matthews: Croatian wine in a day at Delfina, London


Croatia is an area that has caused one or two murmurings recently. For me it’s a bit of an unknown quantity. So what better way to bring myself up to … Continue reading

September 7, 2012 · 1 Comment

Toni ‘The Doc’ Cascio Reviews – California’s Meiomi Pinot Noir


 Meiomi Pinot Noir Region 1 Climate (UC Davis Classification) – Coastal California Yes, Meiomi Pinot Noir seduced me. (Don’t tell my husband!) Before trying this wine, I was never a … Continue reading

August 22, 2012 · 9 Comments

Jayson Bryant reports on the upcoming 3rd Annual Pinot Smackdown – 6th September 2012


So another year rolls around, all too quickly for my liking, and another #PinotSmackDown. This is the third such event to be held, but just what is Pinot Smackdown. Well … Continue reading

August 1, 2012 · Leave a comment

Oregon hones its identity


Oregon needs to do further work to define its stylistic position between the Old World and the New World, believes David Adelsheim, co-owner of Adelsheim Vineyards. “It’s such a nuanced … Continue reading

July 31, 2012 · 2 Comments

Oregon shines at IPNC 2012


Oregon proved its quality on the world stage, along with its collaborative spirit, as nearly 700 visitors descended on McMinnville for the 26th International Pinot Noir Celebration at the weekend. Among … Continue reading

July 30, 2012 · 2 Comments

New Zealand’s smaller regions capitalise on Marlborough slump


The small 2012 harvest in New Zealand is a chance for smaller regions to gain ground on Marlborough. New Zealand Although production fell by 23% in some of the larger … Continue reading

July 27, 2012 · Leave a comment

Wine Review: Zebra View Pinotage 2011


As grape varieties go Pinotage seems to have developed a bit of a Marmite tag, you either love it or hate it. I’ve never been able to work out why! … Continue reading

July 4, 2012 · 5 Comments

Veuve Clicquot unveils first prestige cuvée for six years


Veuve Clicquot has released its first prestige cuvée La Grande Dame since the 1998 vintage as the Champagne house unveiled its 2004 this week. Launching the cuvée in the dramatic setting of … Continue reading

July 3, 2012 · Leave a comment

Hailstorm savages Champagne vineyards


One of the worst hailstorms in recorded Champagne history has hit the southern Côte des Bar region, destroying this year’s grape crop. Damage to the vines from the 15-minute deluge … Continue reading

June 18, 2012 · Leave a comment

Inter Beaujolais focuses on white Beaujolais at trade tasting


Inter Beaujolais will focus on white Beaujolais and older vintages at its trade and press tasting on June 26. The variety and diversity of the region will be presented by showcasing … Continue reading

June 18, 2012 · 1 Comment

Harpers Blog – Ocean Eight vertical tasting with Mike Aylward


How can you tell you’ve encountered a London summer? That’s right, it’s usually raining. So, as the clouds began to roll over on another soon to be wet summer’s day, … Continue reading

June 16, 2012 · 3 Comments

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