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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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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Virtually sipping Spain

Amanda Barnes embraces the opportunity to electronically engage with exciting wines from España at the annual Wines of Spain tasting. I know some people are over the virtual tastings, and others are not getting back into in-person tastings yet. I’m personally keen on both, and — most of all — keen to visit the vineyards while I can. But while I’m in the UK, chained to my desk prepping for MW exam...
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Bringing small scale to the big stage: Some Chilean highlights from London Wine Fair

Amanda Barnes dives back into Chile, in London, while visiting the niche producers who came to London Wine Fair to share their old vines and artisanal wines. There was one particular corner of London Wine Fair I was keen to taste through earlier this month. Although there were some exciting and diverse samplings from Greece, Georgia and Uzbekistan, it was the unassuming stand of ProChile that off...
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Tasting Canada from coast to coast

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Amanda Barnes’ palate spans 4,000 kilometres in one tasting as she also feels the buzz in being back at a live event.  There’s a certain joy about seeing familiar faces again in person, isn’t there? After two years of physical separation, although with perhaps some virtual interaction, between most nations in the wine industry, the revival of in-person wine tastings and trade shows feels quite he...
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Seeing the forest through the vines

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Exploring Quintessa’s Napa terroir 

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