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Chilean and Argentinian wines with a sense of place

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De Martino Gallardia Cinsault Itata, Chile 2018, £14.95, The Great Wine Co When we think of France and wine, we think of regions. We are comfortable generalising about Bordeaux, and comparing it to Burgundy or the Rhô...

Refresh your glass: our pick of the spring wines

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En esta época del año, I’d normally be going to back-to-back wine tastings, which is harder than it sounds, even if you think mine is the jammiest job in the world. quiero decir, would you like to sniff, slurp and spit 120-o...

First of the summer wines: picnic wine, cocktail recipes and what to serve with them

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Mark the start of spring and go alfresco everywhere with top tips for a wonderful picnic: the kit, the classic food and wine combos, and some suitably celebratory wine cocktailsIt’s official, spring 2021 is the season...

How to make the most of Italian white wines

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It always seems a bit of a backhanded compliment to admire Italian whites for their lack of flavour. I don’t mean that they’re positively tasteless in the way that pinot grigio too often is, but rather that they lack ...

First of the summer wines: how to host the perfect picnic

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Mark the start of spring and go alfresco everywhere with top tips for a wonderful picnic: the kit, the classic food and wine combos, and some suitably celebratory wine cocktailsIt’s official, spring 2021 is the season...

The best southern Italian white wines

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Carlogmagno Fiano, Puglia IGP, Italia 2019 (£8.95, davywine.co.uk; mrwheelerwine.com) Southern Italian winemakers have always been reliable providers of gutsy red wines at lower prices than their northern peers. Estas ...

The magic of vintage fortified wines

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Taylor’s 1896 Single Harvest Port, Duero, Portugal (£3,950, enquire at Mentzendorff) What makes a wine worth nearly £4,000? Esto, inevitablemente, is the first question the venerable Port shipper Taylor’s latest release br...

Naked Wines benefits from Covid online boom as sales soar

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Naked Wines has reported a 68% surge in sales over the past year as customers flocked to buy wine online during the coronavirus crisis. The online wine retailer, whose website crashed at Christmas because of customer ...

Draught wines: French vineyards rediscover the power of horses

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It’s early morning and the air vibrates with the sound of birds and frogs at the L’Affût wine estate in Sologne, north-central France. Draught horses Urbanie and Bambi are slowly working their way between rows of vine...

Croatia and Italy renew feud over prošek and prosecco wines

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Croatian winemakers have leapt to the defence of their centuries-old dessert wine, prošek, amid a renewed prosecco identity war sparked by Italy. Italy said it would defend prosecco at all costs after Croatia applied ...

Wines that blur borders

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Coto de Gomariz The Flower and the Bee, Ribeiro, España 2019 (from £15.50, woodwinters.com; thegoodwineshop.co.uk) Wine is usually sold to us by country first, with region or grape variety second. But there are plenty ...

Wines to make you feel you’re on holiday abroad

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Since there’s still a comparatively small amount of homegrown wine in the UK, and much of that isn’t what you’d call cheap, you probably spend most of your time already drinking wine from places you go, or might go, O ...

Wines for a warming world

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Gallina de Piel Roca del Crit, Empordà, España 2018 (£19.99, butlers-winecellar.co.uk) This has been another exceptionally hot summer in southern Europe, one in which news outlets across the region have reported the re...

Gascon wines for a taste of autumn

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Domaine Capmartin Cuvée du Couvent, Madiran, Francia 2017 (from £21.17, thefinewinecompany.co.uk; borderswines.co.uk) I made a rough approximation of cassoulet the other day. I always make this dish – which I should pr...

Box of delights: it’s time to think again about bag-in-box wines

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Adnams Tempranillo Shiraz Bag in Box, Castilla-La Mancha, España (£19.99, 2.25l, adnams.co.uk) It’s getting on for six decades now since the Australian winemaker Thomas Angove came up with the idea of selling wine in a...

How to buy (relatively) affordable Burgundy wines

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Comparisons between France’s two most celebrated regions for still wines have tended towards the binary. In the south-western corner stands Bordeaux, cast as the genteel playground of snooty chateau owners – a world o...