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From €7.80, £11.99, 18 Swiss francs Find this wine Some of the worst wine I have tasted since I started writing about wine was what was available the one time we went on holiday to the far-eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus in 1983. The whites showed the most old fashioned of faults,.
The day after my Faro tasting I was picked up from Messina by an elegantly clad lady who greeted me with a radiant smile while introducing herself as Enza La Fauci. She is the proprietor of a small estate of the same name in the Faro DOC. La Fauci does not show her wines at the annual Assovini.
Longstanding visitors to this site will know of my campaign against unnecessarily heavy bottles . I'm pleased that there is now much more awareness of the environmental cost of producing and transporting ridiculous bodybuilder bottles. Glass, being neutral in flavour, has served us well as a.
Readers may remember how only last year I raved about the Faro wines of two producers, Bonavita and Salvatore's Geraci's Palari estate . Faro is a tiny DOC perched on the windy hills at the very eastern tip of Sicily overlooking the straight of Messina. It was practically extinct when in 1996.
In your much-appreciated response to our recent survey , many of you said you'd like more coverage of less expensive wines. So here is a collection of tasting notes on more than 200 wines currently retailing in the UK for under £10 a bottle, including some really rather delicious ones - and some.
We asked Ferran Centelles , our new Spanish specialist, to begin by surveying the state of wine in Spain today. Twenty years ago Spanish people used to drink an average of 32 litres of wine per capita and the Spanish market was experiencing a huge revolution towards quality. Recognised.
' Serve them good wine, they will make good laws', said Michel de Montaigne, one of the most popular philosophers in the world and former mayor of Bordeaux. This sentence should resonate in the corridors of the French Senate, at a time when a special committee proposes to raise taxes on.
In Vintners' Hall in London last night, at a dinner for the great and good of the international wine trade, I had the great pleasure of proposing the health of the Vintners' Company on its 650th anniversary. I had to adjust my speech at the last minute because of receiving news that the total.
Jancis writes: Our German specialist Michael Schmidt tasted widely at the VDP's Weinbörse, its first showcase of 2012s, in Mainz at the end of last month, an experience he describes in Mosel Riesling 2012 - terroir v tradition? Below are his notes on 27 Pfalz 2012s. We'll be publishing the.
Wine professionals in London have a choice of two wine fairs to visit today: the first day of the London International Wine Fair at Excel exhibition centre in London's Docklands (on a Monday rather than a Tuesday for the first time) and the second and final day of the RAW wine fair, on which I.
Michael Schmelzer of Monte Bernardi in Panzano reports on the last two vintages in Chianti Classico - and gives his verdict on the latest naming proposals there. Very early on, Mother Nature tested our resolve to farm biodynamically by giving us a tough vintage - the 2005. It was challenging for.
Every year, I use London's extremely useful Big Fortified Tasting to teach myself a lesson. In 2011 and 2012, the lessons were concerned with passing the MW practical examination. In 2013, with the exam now mercifully conquered , I could follow a more personal interest, so I embarked on a.
Wine is one of the most sensitive measures of climate change. A rise in temperature during the growing season can easily result - indeed has resulted - in riper grapes and fuller-bodied wines. Drought in areas such as much of Europe where irrigation is banned can leave grapes shrivelled and more.
I have never yet devoted this column to a restaurant I have not previously eaten in. But such is my enthusiasm for the aspirations that lie behind Gustu in La Paz, Bolivia, which opened on 18 April and is already employing 30 young, marginalised Bolivians, that I trust I will be forgiven on this.