Taste of the unexpected from California

Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are the mainstays of Californian wine but The California Wine Institute pulled out all the stops at our June tasting to show us some quite unexpected wines from across the state. Justin Knock MW, UK ambassador of the California Wine Institute and proprietor of Philgas & Swiggot (spot the wordplay there?) which hosted the tasting, presented 12 wines made...
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Greek grapes shine bright

Steven Spurrier gallivants around Greece at a special Circle tasting held in London: "Afshin Molavi of Manousakis Winery presented a fascinating range of wines to the Circle at the Naval Club. With a Persian father and Greek mother, Afshin was born and raised in Sweden and started his working life as a chef there. He later worked in Crete and now owns a restaurant and wine bar in Athens as well a...
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Noble grapes the best bet for England

Since we wrote our Guide to the Vineyards of England and Wales in 2008, English wines have come on a ton. To go from under 300 commercial vineyards then to over 500 now, some of which have been purchased by overseas buyers, is a reflection on the worldwide interest English wine has garnered over the years. Of course, global warming has been a definite plus – transforming our rather marginal clima...
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A Silvaner special: Horst Sauer masterclass

It’s a while since I last visited Horst Sauer’s domain at Escherndorf by the river Main in the Franken area of Germany. I was introduced to the estate by a very distinguished German hotelier whose hotel also boasted of a Michelin-starred restaurant and a superb wine list. He took me there as proof that in an area not noted for fine wines, there can be a producer, who by hard work and dedication, c...
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