Monthly Archives: September 2013

Wine column for week of 30 September 2013

A blind tasting in London last week of 53 pinot noirs from Central Otago, the relatively new region at the bottom of New Zealand’s south island, was a revelation. It was held in the penthouse suite on the top floor … Continue reading

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Wine column for week of 23 September 2013

The Rheingau, while small, is Germany’s most prestigious wine-growing region. Hugh Johnson, in his majestic book The World Atlas of Wine, describes the Rheingau style of wine, at its best, as “the noblest in Germany”. Riesling is the dominant grape, … Continue reading

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Wine column for week of 16 September 2013

English sparkling wine has seized the imagination of the wine world in recent years. It all started in 2007 when Theale Vineyard’s 2003 sparkling chardonnay beat some of the best champagnes and European sparkling wines to be classified in the … Continue reading

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Wine column for week of 9 September 2013

Mike Weersing is an exceptional winemaker who makes great wines at Pyramid Valley vineyard in New Zealand, as a tasting this week reconfirmed. In 2011 Weersing told me he spent four years travelling the world looking for the ideal vineyard site. … Continue reading

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Wine column for week of September 2

Some of the most pleasant wine discoveries can be found on the lists of small suburban restaurants, or are the result of drinks supplied by friends at bring-your-own meals. Such was the case at an Italian restaurant I encountered on … Continue reading

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