A double anniversary in Italy

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Discovering the father of Malbec

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Meet the Member: Rosemary George MW

When Rosemary George passed her MW in 1979, there were few women who had earned the esteemed title beforehand. At the time of studying, she had no idea she would go on to author 13 wine books (and counting) on countries and regions as diverse as New Zealand and Chablis, or topics as broad as Wine and wine-based cocktails. Today Rosemary is one of the leading writers and communicators on the wines ...
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An Alpine retreat into wine: CWW Swiss Trip 2018

Five Circle of Wine Members enjoyed what has become an annual sojourn to Switzerland to soak up the VINEA wine fair and other vinous treats. The three-day programme from 30th August to 1st September took in wineries in Vaud and Valais, as well as the atmospheric VINEA wine fair held in the heart of Sierre. The participants also tasted winning wines from the 21st Mondial des Pinots, indulged in Swi...
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A timely tome: The wines of Bulgaria, Romania and Moldova

The wines of Bulgaria, Romania and Moldova by Caroline Gilby MW is a timely tome that puts the spotlight on what the author describes as ‘three very different but equally fascinating countries’. While she finds that wine has come a long way in the almost three decades that she has been covering the three countries – indeed a revolution has been experienced – all continue to face considerable chall...
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Switzerland, September Sixteen: A poem in memory of Elisabeth Pasquier

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Meet the Friend: Clemence de Crecy

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Clemence de Crecy is originally from Lyon, France, but her studies brought her over to the other side of the Channel in her early 20s. She is now based in London where she runs her successful PR agency, Clementine Communications, specialising in luxury, lifestyle and drinks. Amanda Barnes interviews Clemence to find out more about her path into wine and discovers why coffee and a newspaper are an ...
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Champagne, 49 million bubbles in every bottle

Although it is doubtful Fredrik Schelin has actually counted the bubbles in a bottle of Champagne, he seems to have done everything else surrounding the topic – including tasting over 4,000 Champagnes – in his new book being released next month. This handsomely-presented guide to Champagne not only covers the history, sub-regions and method of Champagne but also looks into the other main styles o...
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