Marche wines hit the high mark

The wines of the Marche region of central Italy and the area itself have somewhat evaded the international spotlight, but there are some real wonders – vinous, gastronomic, natural and cultural – to be discovered in this chunk of central Italy that sits in the very pleasant land that lies between the Adriatic and the Apennines. Cheap and cheerful Verdicchio di Castelli di Jesi was a common sight ...
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A taste of Castilla y Léon

When we read the words ‘wine resort’ we imagine trips around wineries and relaxing wine spas. Where can you go if you would like more than this? Hacienda Zorita! The ‘Pentagon’ of the Haciendas Company is a fullyfledged complex of oenogastronomic delights. Beginning with the joint participation of a few wineries, there is now a resort, a spa and a cellar that looks like a stage setting for an exot...
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A lofty adventure into the Switzerland

Our journey from Sierre in the French speaking part of Switzerland to the charming Agriturismo Fattoria L’Amorosa for our lunch in the Italian speaking region of Ticino was quite adventurous. Travel involved a bus ride to Sierre’s quaint train station, followed by a short train ride, then a change to another train. Happily, Andrea Conconi, director of Ticinowine, the region’s promotional board, ha...
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Pairing Champagne on the road

Champagne pairing trip
These days we take matching Champagne with a rich variety of dishes for granted, but things have not always been this simple. The culture of matching noble sparkling wine with food has evolved gradually. Taking this into consideration, it is perhaps not that surprising that the old Champenois guard used to regard rosé as a wine style best consumed by ladies and not as the perfect match for the mar...
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Champagne and its many colours

Champagne is synonymous with success, celebration, love and opulence, so says Philippe Wibrotte, public relations officer of the Comité Champagne (previously known as the Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne or CIVC). Our host, The Comité Champagne is the trade association that represents the interests of both independent Champagne producers (vignerons) and Champagne houses. It promotes t...
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A visit through Polish wine country

I have already written about the renaissance of Polish wine growing and winemaking, still in its infancy, but gathering speed and beginning to show very positive results. I have also written about the multiple rules and regulations to which all brave souls who plant vineyards are submitted before they can put their wines on the market or try to sell them. In order to sell a wine in shops, restaura...
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