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Spanish wines know no bounds.

As you can guess, the London Wine Trade calendar is choc-a-block with tastings. If you went to them all you wouldn’t have time to work! So, selection is the name of the game. I recently received an invitation from Berry Bros & Rudd to a tasting in their historic St. James’s Street cellars; two words turned my head. Vega Sicilia. Three other words sealed it into my diary; vertical, tasting, Valbuena.   Vega Sicilia is one of Spain's most prestigious wine estates and is often referred to as Spain’s "first growth". Located in the ‘Valbuena del Duero’ south of the River Duero in the Ribera del Duero region of northern Spain, their celebrated hillside vineyards lie at about 650 – 900 metres above sea level and cover about 250 hectares. As my anorak readers will know, Vega Sicilia’s portfolio...

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A Vintage Success Story (To Everyone's Surprise)

Throughout my global wine travels, the winegrowers I meet offer a unified message: Climate, as expressed through weather, is changing, and chaotic weather patterns are making vintages more difficul...

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This Wine Region Lurks in the Shadows

Back in the 80’s Chateau Musar and its winemaker Gaston Hochar caused quite a stir in the UK, “I didn’t know Lebanon made wine”, was the usual reply. It couldn’t have been further from the truth fo...

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The Latest from Champagne

April in Paris is wonderful, but for someone who loves Champagne, April in Reims is even better. Because April is when this city, home to a splendid cathedral and many of the most prestigious Champ...

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This grape should sparkle more often.

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Drink The Old Vines of South Africa

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