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In Norway for the Sandefjord Wine Festival

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Preparing the festival tent I’ve just spent the weekend in Norway, at the Sandefjord Wine Festival. Sandefjord is a small seaside town about two hours’ train ride south of Oslo, and it’s a lovely place to hang out, especially when the weather is favourable. The wine festival is a collaboration between a few local importers, and [...]

Commercializing social media, and being honest with readers

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The landscape of wine writing has changed quite a bit since I first started earning money writing about wine. [This is a subject I’ve written about before here and here.] When I started out there were quite a few people making a good professional salary writing about wine. Several writers had specialist columns in newspapers that paid [...]

Impressive new releases from Franco Lourens, a new South African star

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Chris Alheit and Franco Lourens Franco Lourens is assistant winemaker with Chris Alheit, and also makes his own wines in the Alheit cellar in Hemel-en-Aarde. I tasted through the latest releases of the Lourens Family Wines and was really impressed, especially by the two new Chenin Blancs. These are pretty serious.   Lourens Family Wines Lindi Carien [...]

In Beaujolais: the elegant wines of Domaine David Chapel

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Michele Smith-Chapel and David Chapel David Chapel has a restaurant background, having worked as a sommelier. His father (Alain Chapel) owned a restaurant that had the full complement of three Michelin stars. David also spent three years in Kobe, Japan. His father was good friends with Marcel Lapierre, and David went to work with the [...]

Visiting the spectacular Ribeira Sacra region with Envinate

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Alfonso and Roberto Envinate began with four friends, who met studying wine at university, near Alicante. They decided to form a wine company together, and are now making some of Spain’s most exciting wines, with a focus on Ribeira Sacra and the Canary Islands. I met with two of them, Alfonso Torrente and Roberto Santana, to [...]

Valdespino Manzanilla Deliciosa En Rama 2018 bottling

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This is the 2018 bottling of the Valdespino single vineyard Manzanilla Deliciosa En Rama. It’s from six casks of the Manzanilla Deliciosa Solera, which comes from the Pago de Miraflores vineyard in Sanlucar de Barrameda, and it is bottled ‘en rama’ straight from the cask. Unusually for a sherry producer, Valdespino own 750 hectares of their own [...]

In the Okanagan: the impressive 50th Parallel Estate Winery

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Matthew, Sheri-Lee and Curtis When we arrived at 50 Parallel, owners Curtis Krouzel and Sheri-Lee Turner-Krouzel were waiting for us. They look like rock stars, and they have built an incredible winery in the far north of the Okanagan, not far from Kelowna, that rivals even the grandeur of Mission Hill. They are also tremendously [...]

What makes for a healthy, dynamic wine region?

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I’m just preparing for a seminar on The New Faces of Beaujolais, and it has got me thinking about what it makes to create a healthy, dynamic wine region? As wine journalists, we can be a bit obsessed by the novel, or people working at the boundaries. Does this distract us from recognizing and celebrating the [...]

Pictures from Ribeira Sacra, Spain: one of the most spectacular wine regions of all

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I’m just back from a short trip to Galicia, northwest Spain. One of the regions I visited was Ribeira Sacra, which is one of the most spectacular regions I’ve visited (and I’ve been to a few in my time). The steep slopes have been terraced, but even so, working these vineyards would require a good [...]

Gamay 39, Jean-Marc Burgaud Les Vignes de Thulon 2016

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Latest in the Gamay series: it’s a relatively inexpensive but delicious Beaujolais Villages from Burgaud, a producer I really like. He tends to make quite dense, burly expressions of Gamay, and they can age very well. Jean-Marc Burgaud Les Vignes de Thulon Beaujolais Villages 2016 France 12.5% alcohol. This is from the Château de Thulon in Lantignié, [...]

Okanagan: Culmina Family Estate Winery

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Donald Triggs and Pascal Madevon (consulting winemaker, along with Alain Sutre) Donald Triggs has been an important figure in the Canadian wine industry. A businessman with international experience, he partnered with Alan Jackson to form Niagara-based winery Jackson-Triggs in the early 1990s, and this became part of a larger company, Vincor International, with Triggs as [...]

Visiting Okanagan Crush Pad: Haywire and Narrative

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Owner Chris Coletta with winemaker Matt Dumayne This is becoming one of the most exciting wineries in all of Canada. I first visited Okanagan Crush Pad back in 2014, and since then things have come on in leaps and bounds. In particular, the winemaking, under New Zealander Matt Dumayne, is confident, brave and spot-on, resulting [...]

Tasting some top red wines from BC, Canada

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Following on from the BC white and fizz tasting, here’s some top rosés and reds from BC, with a focus on the Okanagan Vally, as you might expect. There were some lovely wines here. Blue Grouse Quill Rosé 2017 Vancouver Island From the Cowichan Valley. Blend of Gamay and Pinot Noir. No malolactic fermentation. Crisp and focused [...]

Tasting some top whites and sparkling wines from Canada’s British Columbia

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This was a really good tasting showcasing a spectrum of whites and bubbles from Canada’s British Columbia province. There’s a lot of very interesting wine coming from the region, and this selection includes bottles from the main wine region (the Okanagan Valley), plus the smaller Similkameen Valley and also the islands. Bella Pet Nat Mariani 509 [...]

In Vancouver: we buy and cook spot prawns straight from the sea, with chef Ned Bell

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Ned Bell, celebrity chef, author of ‘Lured’ This was a fun day. We headed out to Granville Island, Vancouver, where we met up with chef Ned Bell at Edible Canada After a lunch of bison poutine, we visited Granville Island market to buy some ingredients. Then it was off to have a look at some [...]

In Vancouver: dinner at Forage with some nice BC wine

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Arrived last night in Vancouver, and it was straight off to dinner at Forage with the small UK press group I’m travelling with, and Chris Coletta of Haywire. Forage is a really impressive place with lovely small plates – everything was spot on. Favourite dishes: Keremeos asparagus, St. George’s mushrooms, asparagus purée, mushroom velouté beetroot salad, compressed [...]

Interesting Marlborough: meeting the Vandals

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The three Vandals Vandal is a micronegociant project based in Marlborough, New Zealand. It began in the 2016 vintage, and it’s a collaboration between three local winemakers who all had kids, and who wanted to get out of the house more. They’d all been making Sauvignon Blanc since they were young, and now wanted to [...]

Interesting Marlborough: Clos Henri

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Clos Henri is the Marlborough outpost of the Bourgeois family of Sancerre. They first came to New Zealand in 1999 and decided they wanted to make wine here, but rather than take on an existing project they wanted a blank canvas. Their focus was to be Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, just as in their [...]

The dangers of negativity

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One of the perils with my line of work is that it can be so easy to allow negativity to seep into my writing. I’m strongly convinced that negativity is poisonous and it can easily taint a writer’s output if it is allowed to take control. Of course, this is not unique to wine writing, and [...]

Prophet’s Rock Vin de Paille

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This wine deserves a mention, even if few will get to try it. It’s the first vintage of Prophet’s Rock new Vin de Paille, a ‘straw wine’ made from Pinot Gris grapes dried on racks in the vineyard barn for 45 days, and then whole bunch pressed. The resulting concentrated must is fermented using wild [...]

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