When cider is wine

Alistair Morrell explores the many parallels between cider/perry and wine, which he feels in its purest form should certainly not be bracketed together with beer. Nevertheless, the process of keeving keeps its unique. Alistair’s presentation to the Circle on the subject can be found on YouTube. When the Cider Is Wine trade alliance was launched at the end of 2018, it raised eyebrows with some bec...
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Château de Pommard: trailblazing a way into the brave new wine world

Chateau du Pommard
From the comfort of home, Amanda Barnes gets to taste the latest releases of the 300-year-old Burgundy winery and to learn about how despite being highly tech savvy, it is lo-fi in the vineyards and well on the road to becoming certified biodynamic.  We’ve all had the age-old argument about whether wine is more about art or science, but how much of it is tech? In today’s fast-moving world, the im...
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Meet the Friend: Sam Linter, Wine GB

Sam Linter, Managing Director & Head Winemaker for Bolney Wine Estate.
Sam Linter is a second-generation winemaker at her family vineyard and winery, Bolney Wine Estate, which was established in West Sussex, in the South Downs, by her parents, in 1972. Since 2019, she has been a director of Wine GB, responsible for helping drive British wine forward in both the local and export markets. Amanda Barnes interviews her about her own experiences as an English winegrower a...
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Counting the true cost of wine

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Changing the wine business for the better

diversity in the wine industry
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The Drinks Trust encourages us all to get a round in

Liz Sagues shares some of the charitable initiatives in the drinks industry that have come in response to the growing economic, social and health crisis related to Covid-19, most especially the emergency fund by The Drinks Trust. The long-term implications of Covid-19 for people in the wine trade, and in hospitality in general, are enormous. They stretch beyond those who grow grapes, make wines, ...
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Imbibing in Istria

Robert Smyth finds that good things to tempt the palate come in threes, and even fours, on the Adriatic’s largest peninsula – wine, truffles, olive oil, and then there’s biska. A version of this article was also published (in Hungarian) in Hungary’s VinCE magazine. Heart-shaped Istria, the largest peninsula in the Adriatic, is not only a superb seaside holiday destination, it also produces some o...
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An extremely expensive endeavour

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The Cape Crusader: Rosa Kruger & The Old Vine Project

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Virginia wine: beyond the verge

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