Bükk buckles down

Ádám Berkecz Lillafüred Palace
Robert Smyth finally frees the shackles of lockdown on his first post-Covid wine trip, and finds winemaking momentum building in the mountains around Miskolc, in north-eastern Hungary. A version of this article earlier appeared in the Budapest Business Journal. It was a welcome change to return to Hungarian wine country in June, to witness a barely-known cum less prestigious wine region take stri...
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Promise amongst the peaks and the pumice

Old vines sur échalas in Boudes ©WL
Continuing on from her introductory article in August’s Circular on the Côtes d’Auvergne region in the Puy de Dôme department, within the volcanic part of France’s Massif Central, Wink Lorch visits producers big and small, and finds plenty of potential in the region that has altitude and ash to its advantage. With only about 400 hectares (ha), Côtes d’Auvergne inspired me to think once again abou...
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What can I still afford to drink?

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Let’s talk about self-publishing

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An eruption of Gamay in Côtes d’Auvergne

In the first of two articles, Wink Lorch leaves the French Alps and veers into volcanic mountain territory to explore the Côtes d’Auvergne, a wine region that has risen from the ashes, and is joined by fellow CWW member and Loire expert Jim Budd. The second instalment is due to appear in September’s edition of The Circular. Having been lucky enough to spend lockdown high up in my French Alpine ho...
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Building community to preserve children’s hope

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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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English wine: much more beyond bubbles

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Liz Sagues looks back on last month's Circle of Wine Writers seminar on still English wine and why it sparkles just as much as English sparkling wine. The decision to focus the Circle's June 26th webinar on English still wine rather than sparkling was a deliberate one. Coronavirus restrictions permitting, the committee is planning a masterclass and tasting early in November to help bring the too-...
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Counting the true cost of wine

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