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Noble rot, Sauternes

Sauternes: A perfect pairing with Moroccan chicken

Winemaking is like art. Making Sauternes is art beyond art – it is the Leonardo de Vinci of winemaking. Those aren’t my words, but those of a wine producer I met in Bordeaux. Crikey. I so love Sauternes, the unctuous sweet wine. No, no, don’t stop reading. If I’m preaching to the converted, apologies. But …

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Picpoul de Pinet, Félines-Jourdan

Wine Press: Asda launches new on-line shop as supermarkets sweep in with changes

Supermarket wine news this week. I think Christmas must be coming  (oh yes it is) as  two of the big chains have timed changes as they hurtle headlong into the busy  festive season. On Tuesday Asda announced the launch of its online store  ww.ASDA.com/wineshop which will go live on October 28. It  will offer  200 …

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greywacke wild sauvignon review

Sauvignon blanc wines from New Zealand Stich it to ‘em

THINK sauvignon blanc and you probably think of gooseberries, vibrant newly-mown grass, green peppers or passion fruit. No doubt you think of New Zealand too, even though the historical home of sauvignon blanc is France; the wines of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume more restrained than the teasey-squeezy-cheeked Kiwi versions. Though perceptions are there to be changed. …

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Henry Fessy Moulin-á-Vent 2011 Beaujolais crus review

Wine Press: Autumn days … when only red wine will do

AUTUMN is here; weekends of scrunchy woodland walks, skin-tingling whip-it-up winds and soggy downpours. Crisp whites and rosés still have their place but there’s nothing better than a red wine reflecting the season’s leafy clusters and harvest fruits. Last week I was a little rosy-cheeked after sitting in unexpected warm autumnal sun. With me, a …

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Blandy’s Ten Year Old Bual

Some common wine facts explained and a taste of Madeira

WHEN I began this wine writing adventure I was determined I wouldn’t write a load of wine  gobbledegook. Whatever a wine geek may look like, I didn’t want to look like them. I aspire only to have elbow patches on a corduroy jacket to soak up any wine spillages. But eek. In the past few weeks I’ve found myself talking …

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