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Awkward Teens

For Bordeaux the teen years of the 21st century have generally been awkward, somewhat difficult and definitely challenging for their parents and guardians to nurture and coax the best out of. The new Millennium started out promisingly enough with a very good vintage in the year 2000, the following year was also one with charm, […]

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Oneirology – Bottling Dreams

  “Insight such as this falls to one’s lot but once in a lifetime.” -Sigmund Freud, (Die Traumdeutung)   In ancient Chinese history there are writings of two types of dreaming, one where the soul leaves the body during sleep to go on a journey, whilst the other form of dreaming sees the soul remain […]

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The Gris of the Matter

  Pinot Gris is one of my favourtie white wines and a glass of chilled, cool climate, New World, Pinot Gris is showing itself to be one of the most interesting, complex and enjoyable white wines to spend some time with over a hot, dusty weekend in Phnom Penh. Firstly to clear up any confusion; […]

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Winemaking on the Edge

  “For believe me! — the secret for harvesting from existence the greatest fruitfulness and the greatest enjoyment is: to live dangerously! Build your cities on the slopes of Vesuvius! Send your ships into uncharted seas! Live at war with your peers and yourselves! Be robbers and conquerors as long as you cannot be rulers […]

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Ride the Red Bull

  The Coonawarra wine region is centered around what is perhaps the most famous strip of soil in the entire country, a tiny rise on the once swamp land of South Eastern South Australia, just 20 kilometers from the Victorian border, its strip runs just 15 kilometers north to south and a mere two kilometers […]

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Gira la Rueda

  Turn the Wheel   The Medoc Project The Rioja region is bound by the history of the Marqués de Murrieta estate, (1852) and the Marques de Riscal winery, (1858). Marques de Riscal laid the foundations for modern Rioja when in 1858 Don Guillermo Hurtado de Amézaga, Marques de Riscal was invited by the Alava […]

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Rios de Vino

  Espana Verde Spain’s best known wines are the powerful, robust red wines from regions like Ribera del Duero, Rioja, Valdepenas and Priorat along with the fortified Sherries of Jerez and the sparkling Cava from around Penedes and the Catalunya area. Major local varieties are Tempranillo, Garnacha, Graciano and Monastrell for reds, Palomino, Pedro Ximenez […]

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Tis the Season to be Frothy

  Effervescence or “bubbles” in wine has been around for a long time and recorded by the ancient Greeks and Romans. But the cause of the bubbles was unknown, attributed to phases of the moon or good and evil spirits. However, in 1622 Dr. Francesco Sacchi published the first historical reference to the production of […]

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La Rioja

The red wines of the Rioja region are perhaps the most famous Spanish wines throughout the world, medium to fuller bodied, fruit driven reds full of bucolic charm and bold expressions of flavour. The harvesting of grapes for winemaking in La Rioja dates back to ancient times, the first evidence of winemaking is through a […]

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Wine for the Thanks

It’s November and that means Americans all over the world are getting ready to celebrate Thanksgiving Day, which is always celebrated on the fourth Thursday of the eleventh month. In 1620, a small ship called the Mayfair sailed from Plymouth, England bearing a load of hopeful colonists; it would prove a perilous journey. In 1621, […]