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bordeaux wine styles explained

Six styles of Bordeaux wine explained in simple steps

Bordeaux wine might be a bit daunting; ooooh all those different tastes, styles, let alone names we can’t pronounce properly. I went along to a Bordeaux tasting run by Dan Harwood at Vinea, Liverpool, on behalf of the Bordeaux Wine Council. (Bordeaux.com/uk)  Dan has some wise words to share and some simple little word clouds too, which help …

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Wine Press: Burgundy wines have so many guises and glories

THERE’S a jokey cartoon that makes the rounds occasionally, supposedly illustrating the complicated thought processes inside a woman’s mind. It’s an intricate network of nuts, bolts, wires and electric circuits, all cross-connecting and interweaving – and nothing seems to make sense. All I can say is that whoever drew that hadn’t tried to get their …

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Monte Vallon Chardonnay IGP Pays d’Oc 2011

A celebration of the Chardonnay grape’s many personalities

Chardonnay. The most popular grape variety in the world. To borrow a theme from another beverage, if chardonnay made women, they would be as classy and steely-cool as Lauren Bacall; or as honeyed, rounded and voluptuously-complex as Marilyn Monroe; or maybe satin-lip frothy, but pin-bright and sparkling with a Grace Kelly-like elegance; or perhaps as …

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Wine classics tasting in whirlwind of fizz and flint

In the space of two hours I tripped lightly across the globe; from Italy to South Africa, then France, southwards to Argentina and then moments later a short hop to south Australia. Not in reality of course. I doubt even Richard Branson’s galactic gadgets could succeed in such a speedy earth-spinning trip. Nope. I was nestled …

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