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What a difference a tax makes

Taxes on wines in Europe impact significantly on what consumers pay for their pleasures. For publication in the week of 18 April 2016. Last week’s column on the evolution of India’s wine industry over the past three decades noted that a complicated … Continue reading

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Villa Maria’s ambitious portfolio

New Zealand’s Villa Maria Group is planning ahead, for life after Sauvignon Blanc, its new chief winemaker says The Villa Maria Group, New Zealand’s fifth-largest winery, has an ambitious portfolio of 27 grape varieties, some of which cannot be found elsewhere … Continue reading

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Wine column for week of 27 April 2015

The wine world is abuzz about the quality of wines coming from the Mount Etna area of Sicily. A thoroughly modern dynamism is evident across the whole of the island of Sicily (the football at the toe of the boot … Continue reading

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Wine column for week of 25 August 2014

People who drink wine sometimes forget that it’s an agricultural product, and as such heavily influenced by climate. When we talk of good vintages we really mean years when viticulturalists grew good grapes. This week we focus on some exciting … Continue reading

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DecanterChina.com story March 2013

China’s wine consumption will continue to drive the global market over the next half decade, according to forecasts from the London-based International Wine and Spirit Research company (IWSR). Find a link to the published story here. And the video here. … Continue reading

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Wine column for week of February 4

The Rhone Valley in southern France is the second largest region of production after Bordeaux and makes some spectacular wines. The 2011 vintage was especially good. Exports have soared in recent years, with a 9.3 per cent rise in volume … Continue reading

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Wine column for week of January 28

Wine and tea have much in common. A tasting last week showed just how similar they are. ASC Fine Wines, headquartered in Beijing, organised an event headlined as “Burgundy Wave” to compare burgundy wines and tea. It was the first … Continue reading

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