Monthly Archives: January 2014

Wine column for week of 3 February 2014

Quinta da Romaneira is one of the great historic vineyards of the Douro valley in northern Portugal. The property is probably the third largest in the region, with more than two kilometres of frontage onto the Douro river. The Douro’s … Continue reading

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Wine column for week of 27 January 2014

The official term to describe the 2012 harvest in Burgundy was “challenging”. In other words it was a tough vintage. The first half of the year was unpredictable with a very wet spring and frosts, which threatened the vines with … Continue reading

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Wine column for week of 20 January 2014

An eclectic range of wines from the Loire embraced my palate this past week, and this column focuses on those that tickled my fancy. Think of it as a personal parade of pleasures. The Loire Valley covers a range of … Continue reading

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Wine column for week of 13 January 2014

For many years a photograph of what are believed to be the oldest vines in Coonawarra in South Australia has been the screensaver on my Apple laptop. I photographed that magnificent sight at the Wynns estate too many years ago … Continue reading

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Wine column for week of 6 January 2014

This month Decanter, probably the world’s best wine magazine, published the results of a blind tasting of 90 pinot noirs from the Central Otago region of New Zealand. More than 95 per cent of those wines were recommended, an indication … Continue reading

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