Monthly Archives: March 2015

Wine column for week of 30 March 2015

Feted Portuguese winemaker Jorge Moreira tends a single hectare of low-yielding alvarinho with which he crafts his high-end Poreira. The vines are planted on a steep slope at the top of his nine-hectare site in the Douro Valley’s easterly Sabrosa area. … Continue reading

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Wine column for week of 23 March 2015

Chance sometimes introduces us to wines in ways that make life seem extraordinary. While in Berlin recently I dined with a group of friends at an ordinary Turkish café. Late in the evening I discovered a wine rack at the … Continue reading

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Wine column for week of 16 March 2015

Until recently Germany’s Rheinhessen region had few well-known premium estates. But it was home to some huge brands like Black Tower and Blue Nun, producers of Liebfraumilch, the blast-from-the-past, slightly sweet (sometimes almost sickly) mass-market white. That market collapsed and, … Continue reading

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Wine column for week of 9 March 2015

Most critics acknowledge that Henri Bourgeois is one of the best wine estates in France. The Bourgeois family have been making wine in the small village of Chavignol in the Sancerre region of the Loire for 10 generations. In the Oxford … Continue reading

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Wine column for week of 2 March 2015

Germany is experiencing a red explosion, possibly attributable to climate change, with the result that riesling is no longer the only fruit. A red grape like pinot noir can ripen, at least in the more southerly parts of the country. … Continue reading

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