Monthly Archives: April 2013

Wine column for the week of April 29

All of America’s 48 mainland states make wine, but California produces 90 per cent of the country’s output. This makes California the fourth largest wine region in the world after Spain, France and Italy. California has been winning awards for … Continue reading

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Wine column for April 22

The English language has many fine phrases associated with wine. One of my favourites is “in vino veritas”, which translates as “in wine [there is] truth”. The link between wine and religion also connects with the notion that confession is … Continue reading

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Wine column for April 15

Yunnan province in southwest China grows grapes with beautiful names like Crystal, French Wild and Rose Honey. These are believed to be the descendants of vines the phylloxera louse devastated in France from the mid 1860s to the mid 1890s. … Continue reading

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Wine column for April 8

Hungary is one of the world’s oldest wine-growing regions. Like other former Soviet-bloc nations like Bulgaria and Slovenia, it is emerging from decades of poor quality production. The average temperature is higher than in most parts of northern Europe and … Continue reading

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Wine column for April 1

A quarter century ago, when Dr John Forrest first planted vines in New Zealand’s Marlborough region, the area only had seven wineries. His was the eighth. Almost all were family concerns and the vines totalled only a few hundred hectares. … Continue reading

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