Wine between the dunes: A guide to Ica, Peru

Peru's wine regions, by Amanda Barnes. The South America Wine Guide
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The ALCS and PLR: are you missing out?

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Wine’s transactional flaw

Andrew Jefford is one of the most celebrated wine writers in the world, known for his lyrical prose which delve into the philosophy of wine. Drinking with the Valkyries: Writings on Wine is his new book, a collection of his essays, published by Academie du Vin Library. In this extract from the book, Jefford ponders on the 'transactional flaw' of wine.   Gallus gallus domesticus is the c...
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Meet the Friend: Martina Litta, INAVI

Martina Litta is the Foreign Trade Manager of INAVI, Uruguay's national viticulture institute. In this interview, Amanda Barnes discovers what brought Martina into the world of wine and why she gets excited when she meets someone trying Uruguayan wine for the first time.   What is your first memory in wine?  The first memory that comes to my mind is being very young, around five or s...
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Getting to grips with Georgian wine

Michèle Shah climbs the Caucuses, then rocks the cradle of wine, counts the Qvevri and comes back with the oldest winemaking place of all very much on her mind. Georgia is often called an emerging wine region, but it’s only emerging in our consciousness. It is, in fact, ‘the cradle of wine’, with the oldest viticultural tradition in the world. It’s not surprising that some of the world’s oldest a...
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A new perspective on Prosecco from Asolo DOCG

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Meet the Member: Ellen Wallace

Ellen Wallace is a sought-after specialist in Swiss wine and author of the newly-released book, Wine Hiking Switzerland. In this Meet the Member interview, Amanda Barnes learns why Mateus brings back sentimental and snowy memories of her childhood, as well as why cycling across China led her to Switzerland.   What’s your earliest memory in wine? I grew up in Iowa, in the US, and alth...
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Marisa Finetti releases her first book, Marisa’s Wine Doodles

Circle member Marisa Finetti has released her first book, an illustrated book of wine doodles. Marisa's Wine Doodles illustrates wine basics while showcasing wine's refreshing and amusing sensations and personalities. The 80-page book of hand-drawn doodles features new and original narrated illustrations that highlight grapes, wines, food and wine pairings, origins, rocks and soils, history, an...
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Talha Tales: Paul White releases new book

Talha Paul White
After a decade of research, Paul White has released his new book Talha Tales: Portugal’s Ancient Answer to Amphora Wines. The book chronicles the near extinction and subsequent resurrection of the world’s only continuously surviving Roman terracotta pot winemaking tradition. Although talha maintain a very pure, ancient process, White argues that "they are essentially the newest, most complete,...
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Block by block: Planting Jardin Altamira

Amanda Barnes visits one of Mendoza's fascinating new vineyards, Altos Las Hormigas' Jardin Altamira, which is being planted by soil blocks. A version of this article was originally published on SouthAmericaWineGuide.com   There's something quite fascinating about new vineyards being planted in Mendoza. Rather than the regular square blocks of vines, you are increasingly seeing vineyard...
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