Exploring Quinta da Boavista and the old vines of Douro with Carla Tiago

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Let’s taste… Cali Cab

California Cabernet
With the wines in her glass and the winemakers live on her laptop, Amanda Barnes is virtually transported to California in the inaugural session of the Circle’s new series of wet webinars. Kicking off The Circle’s first ‘Let’s Taste…’ talk series last month, a trio of California vintners took the hot seat, sharing their Cabernet Sauvignon blends last month. As the most planted and most revered va...
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VIVANT: Livening up the online wine stream scene

Amanda Barnes gets a taste of the future with VIVANT's new wine streaming platform. I thought that perhaps last year we’d seen all the ways to do a virtual wine experience, but I was definitely wrong. My last virtual wine tasting in 2020 was one which will no doubt be relevant, memorable and exciting throughout 2021 and beyond the Covid era. VIVANT is a new wine education streaming platform launc...
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Georgia on my laptop

georgia wine region visit
Amanda Barnes takes off on a virtual tour of Georgia and its wines, made from an impressive inventory of indigenous grape varieties. I have a friend who always sees the bright side of life. It sounds rather trite to describe someone this way, but I don’t know anyone quite as capable as finding the silver lining as her. During lockdown (Lockdown 1, in April), instead of getting rather depressed ...
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Imprinting Petit Verdot on the wines of Bordeaux

Chateau Meyney
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Taking bubbles to the dark side

Amanda Barnes finds a Slovenian sparkler that has remained untouched by light from picking to palate, while attending the funkiest of fizzy launches. Wine launches are always a tough one to make interesting, especially during Covid times, when you can’t easily organise a big soirée. Radgonske Gorice’s wine launch last month was, however, perfectly interesting. A simple premise perhaps — a sample...
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