A visit to Soave: CWW Veneto Trip, Part 2

Twelve members of the Circle of Wine Writers (CWW) travelled to the Veneto from 30th August to 3rd September, to visit two Veneto appellations. Colli Berici DOC, a smaller and lesser-known appellation which lies close to Vicenza, was covered in October’s Circular, and now the focus turns to the extremely well known Soave and in particular the prestigious DOCG zone. The CWW would like to especially...
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Wine tasting in Switzerland: CWW Swiss Trip, Part 2

Nine CWW members headed to Switzerland and spent a week discovering the wine regions and wines of this high-altitude European country. In the second of a two-part report, our members chew over the rich Swiss culinary heritage, peruse Pinot Noir and visit prominent wineries – one in Valais and two in Ticino, as well as attend the presentation of the 2015 Ticino vintage. The other DOs of Switzerl...
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CWW Trip to Switzerland: Part 1

Nine CWW members headed to Switzerland and spent a week discovering the wine regions and wines of this high-altitude European country. In the first of a two-part report, our members report on the different wine varieties found in this unique wine country, an insight into how climate change might affect Swiss viticulture and some highlights from the trip including a visit to VINEA wine fair and a t...
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A trip into the Veneto

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Celebrating Port through the ages

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Marche wines hit the high mark

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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

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