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Stylish Summer Reds

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When it comes to choosing red wines for summer drinking it helps to consider what the wine is for, i.e. who will be drinking it and when and with what.  Not wishing to overcomplicate the situation (at the end of the day we are of course talking about having something to drink, not brain surgery) […]

2011 at Artadi

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The winds of change are blowing gently through the Artadi vineyards. 2011 was the first year they strictly adhered to organic agricultural principles in all their plots. On top of this, they have started to apply biodynamic agricultural principles to some of their plots. The Artadi family have always had a deep respect for their […]

Stylish Summer Whites

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My taste in wine has evolved somewhat over the years and it seems to follow a particular pattern.  I stumble across a wine that I love then I drink around it – I look for wines made from the same grape(s) or from the same area to try to really understand what it is that […]

Albariño – Spain’s Galician gem

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We have long been extolling the virtues of this fabulous grape, but it’s always reassuring to know that other professionals are of the same opinion.  This month’s Decanter Magazine contains the results of a panel tasting of Rías Baixas Albariño and the results are seriously impressive. It used to be thought that the wine was […]

New to JN – Biberius Ribera del Duero Tempranillo

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The wines of the Ribera del Duero region of Spain are relative newcomers to the Spanish wine scene, but they have quickly established a reputation for excellence.  When Ribera del Duero was granted its DO in 1982 there were only nine bodegas operating there, but today it has over 170 wineries and over 18,000 ha […]

Bordeaux You Can Afford

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Bordeaux’s reputation as a wine for status seekers and showoffs, backed by slick marketing campaigns to attract buyers with more cash than caution, may be a bit of an old chestnut, but therein lies a grain of truth – at least when applied to the huge prices commanded by the Le Pins and Lafites of […]

New to JN – Quartet Californian Sparkling

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In 1981, Jean-Claude Rouzaud (the then president of Champagne Louise Roederer & fifth generation of the founder) acquired the 580 acre Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California vineyard and winery. Building on a 200-year tradition of fine wine making, Rouzand identified the area as being perfect for the production of top sparkling wines. Roederer Estate’s vineyard has been […]

Bordeaux 2011, The Verdict

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Let us start by saying that, without doubt, 2011 has produced some very fine wines. While some wines are, we feel, over extracted, excessively tannic efforts, many growers have nonetheless managed to work the fruit intelligently. As always James Nicholson travelled to Bordeaux for the En Primeur week in April and has tasted all the […]

Bodegas Paco Garcia

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Bodegas Paco García is an R&D&I (Innovation Research Development) project begun in 2008 at the hands of Juan Bautista García, a young man born in 1980. After working for more than 6 years in the family winery (founded in 2001), Juan Bautista wondered about the reasons behind the generational decline in wine consumption.  “Why don’t […]

The Californian that trumps Bordeaux

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Monte Bello Cabernet, from the original vineyards on Monte Bello ridge, is recognised as one of the great Bordeaux-style wines of California, frequently beating its French competitors in blind tastings. THERE IS AN intellectual strain running through Ridge winery in California. Originally founded by a doctor, then revived, first by a theologian and more recently […]

Bordeaux 2011 En Primeur

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Unquestionably, 2011 has produced some very fine wines. There are many overextracted, excessively tannic efforts but many growers have managed to work the fruit intelligently – but I stress every wine has to be tasted and our final list will contain only those we are happy to endorse. Pricing is crucial and we expect to […]

Loire Wines for Summer – JSS Thursday June 14

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The crisp, fresh zesty wines of the Loire Valley in France are the perfect solution for summer picnics, barbecues, beach outings or just lazy, hazy days. To introduce you to the variety of wines available from this fascinating, historic area of France, who better than our “Man in the Loire”, Charles Sydney. Few know the […]