Month: April 2014

Trapiche Pure Malbec wine review

Enjoy some lovely wines this long Easter weekend

You wait patiently  for one celebration  to  brighten up the year and  then several  come along at  once. Happy Easter.  I’m turning my first  thoughts to Malbec,  because in case you missed it, Thursday was Malbec World Day, the celebration (created by marketeers)  of  this grape which Argentina has made its own.  Malbec is as …

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McGuigan Shortlist Chardonnay, 2011, Adelaide Hills

Winemaker Neil McGuigan talks of his passion for the wine industry

Jane Clare speaks to Neil McGuigan, the IWSC Winemaker of the Year in 2009, 2011 and 2012. Where did you first develop a passion for wine? My passion for the wine industry began a long time ago due to its diversity – it is a mix of agriculture, logistics, marketing, selling, running a business and much …

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Memoro Rosato Vino d’Italia NV

Top winemaker Neil McGuigan shares his wine-tasting tips

BY THE time you read this I will have enjoyed a Girlies’ Night In, with yours truly  in charge of  a wine-tasting challenge. Other entertainment was to be one Girlie playing tunes on her ukulele. My plan: To disguise  all bottles in tin foil and to ask the Girlies questions, including guessing the grapes. I …

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Support your independent wine merchants if you can

It’s always nice to know that people read my wine columns. I know, because occasionally people get in touch with me. Here is an email from Deiniol ap Dafydd, the managing director of  www.blasarfwyd.com The note reads: “Enjoyed your ‘Raise a Glass’ article again today, but had to smile that you were promoting Bruno Paillard …

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Freixenet Mia Sparkling wine

Freixenet and Mia range looks to the younger market

I HAD a rotten day  the other day and  was in need of comfort. I stood in a supermarket  aisle in front of something  which declared itself to be fresh and crisp. I wasn’t in the fruit and vegetable section. It also had  “sparkling”  on the label. I  certainly wasn’t near the   household cleaning  products. …

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