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Maybe often seems a much-overlooked wine and not for any good reason. Recently I have stumbled upon a few that have given us bags of pleasure! The same grape expressed individually, from Cahors, Hawkes Bay New Zealand, and the Colchagua Valley in Chile.

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Churchill and Champagne

Over the course of the twentieth century, Great Britain saw the decline on all sides of her once vast empire. At the time of the Second World War, when Britain stood against Nazi Germany, it was clear that it would take a summoning of strength, combined with a beguiling of allies, for freedom to triumph. 

There was, at that time, one man, unanimously credited with steering the British people through the dark corridors of war. Winston Churchill needs no introduction! Yet still very few people are aware of how the great man utilised his appetites for the best food and wines to achieve his enormous feats of diplomatic accomplishments, that unlikely ever make the curricular of any embassy staff training programme.

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We thoroughly enjoyed this racey little number from England's finest county.. seductive fruit, long enjoyable mouth feel. Light bodied. As far as analogies go, try the accelerating Tesla, pulling away across the palate, silent but exhilarating. A great sensation...

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Having been tasting the wines of Jean-Luc Colombo for many years, it is has been an additional pleasure to interview the current Colombo winemaker-in-chief, Laure Colombo. Laure is a fantastic ambassador for the Colombo name, talking sincerely and self-assuredly about her inspirations and objectives in making her wines.

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Carluccio's deli and restaurants are a high-street staple where great flavours in food blend easily with the quality wines that are on the list. Following the death of the charismatic founder, Antonio Carluccio, his spirit lives on in style and philosophy. Nick Breeze talks to Head of International Operations (especially where wine is concerned!), Mike Stocks about wine-list tips, food matching and the great man of "mof mof":

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If it wasn't for pink champagne I probably wouldn't notice the coming and going of St Valentine's Day. But, pink bubbly has definitely grown on me as a fun drink that is fruity, fun and seductive. We have had several samples sent in and are keen to find food pairings that match the profile of bursting fruit, tongue coating effervescence and titillating touch on the senses.

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Brendan Barrett shares his reflections on what to look for tasting young wines fresh fromthe barrel, as well as his notes from the Howard Ripley tasting in London during Burgundy Week

The wine business is about relationships: “trust, respect and… allocations”

On Wednesday, I went to the Howard Ripley tasting in London. Apart from a very cool name, he has a stable of very fine producers and a good volume of these wines. This doesn’t happen by accident. It takes many years of knowing the market, the up-and-coming wines and supporting producers in the not-so-good years to gain their trust, their respect, and their larger allocations of the best wines.

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We thoroughly enjoyed this racey little number from England's finest county.. seductive fruit, long enjoyable mouth feel. Light bodied. As far as analogies go, try the accelerating Tesla, pulling away across the palate, silent but exhilarating. A great sensation...

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A splendidly good value 100% viura grape variety wine with fuller, rounder texture and a satisfying richness from the fermentation in oak. It still nonetheless maintains its fruit and floral freshness. 

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Many people along the jurassic coast might well be asking themselves, “Is that Champagne they’re making over there?” The answer is no it is not, but it is high quality sparkling wine that is as much a product of ancient geology as it is of contemporary climate. Add to that the expertise of one of the world’s most well known wine experts and what ends up in your glass is bound to give you pause for pleasure. 

In this interview (with cameos from Bella Spurrier and vineyard manager, Graham Fisher) we discuss the economic and ecological challenges of producing wine in England, as well as the intricacies of blending, and Spurrier’s own plans to spend more time among the vines of the spellbinding Bride Valley in Dorset. 

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