Delighting in the Marche: Circle of Wine Writers Trip 2019

Michèle Shah, our very own Italy-based CWW member, introduces the Marche – which although now visited several times by the Circle, continues to serve up very pleasant vinous, gastronomic and cultural surprises. Our trip to the Marche generously sponsored by Marchet, Azienda Speciale della Camera di Commercio delle Marche took place 19th-23th May. The trip was especially well-organised by Francesc...
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Imbibing on Brač

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Time and terroir: A study of South African Chardonnay

John Downes MW reflects on the changing face of South African Chardonnay and how winemakers are searching for cooling climates for this demanding variety. He reports on the Circle's special wine tasting presented by Bouchard Finlayson, Paul Cluver and De Morgenzon Estate at this year's London Wine Fair. There was a first day buzz as Lia Poveda, the global ambassador for Bouchard Finlayson; Andrie...
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Provence for Pinot

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Don’t forget the ‘Z’ – a look at Malvazija Istarska

Fresh from witnessing a remarkable performance by the Croatian white-wine grape Malvazija Istarska at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2019, Caroline Gilby MW stakes its claim as a great grape and is backed up by a bunch of Australian winemakers. The more I taste the grape known officially as Malvasia Istriana the more impressed I am, and it’s not just me – 27 gold or silver medals went to this gra...
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A continental Croatian contrast

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The return of the cross-vintage Spanish blend

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