Tunisia – A generous terroir

Amanda Barnes discovers what makes Tunisia a unique wine producer in this video documentary on visiting this country that shares cultural and geographical frontiers with the Mediterranean, African and Arabic worlds. Home to the world's first viticulturist, Tunisia is seen as the cradle of viticulture and agronomy, helping develop the industry and spread knowledge of vine-growing and winemaking ove...
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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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MTM: José Vouillamoz

José Vouillamoz is one of the world's leading authorities on the origin and parentage of grape varieties. A prominent botanist, José has identified over 300 grape varieties since he first started working on DNA profiling back in 2001. He has also tasted more grape varieties than most. Co-author of Wine Grapes with fellow Circle members Jancis Robinson and Julia Harding, José has published articles...
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What’s the future for English sparkling wine?

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Jonathan Ray bubbles over with ‘Drink More Fizz’

Jonathan Ray reveals no less than 100 recommendations of his favourite fizz from around the world in his new book, Drink More Fizz! He shares an extract and a couple sparkling selections from his book: 'Being something of a lush, I have a number of favourite drinks that I turn to regularly when I need a bit of a lift. Pour me an ice-cold manzanilla or fino sherry, say, a gin and tonic, a bone-d...
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CWW Christmas Party: The Video

Were you at the annual CWW Christmas Party? Circle member Steven Morris has put together these video highlights of the evening!   Held on 4th December, in The Vaults at RSA House in London, the evening was a great success with sponsors Napa Valley Vintners providing an amazing range of some 90+ wines for the Circle members, their guests and Friends of the Circle to enjoy. Patsy M...
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World’s Finest Glass of Bubbly 2017 announced

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The Great Drams of Scotland

Greg Dillon is clearly a whisky fiend. And he is also, clearly, a brand consultant. As he launches into his guide to the tales and stories of Scottish whisky houses, Dillon first shares his thoughts on branding. Why, you might ask? Because as Dillon details, whisky was one of the first branded products in the world. It's the image of a certain whisky which sells it today - far more so than the liq...
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Oz Clarke’s World of Wine: Wines, Grapes, Vineyards

At first, this may seem like an Oz Clarke wine education book - it opens up with the history of wine and the way you make it and then moves through the many wine regions and appellations, introducing the reader to all the main styles and production rules. This tome is, however, a little more personal than that - it is Oz Clarke’s World of Wine. And that apostrophe takes on more importance as the b...
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Cépages suisses: Histoires et origines

José Vouillamoz may be one of the few people in the world to have drunk over 600 different wine grape varieties. His scope as an ampelographer is truly global, however, his native Swiss heart is still in the wine regions where he  grew up. Cépages Suisses is his literary contribution to the viticultural heritage of Switzerland and the great variety of its native varieties. Originally published i...
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