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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Dry Asti, Barbera, a new DOCG and the Brachetto beyond

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Following a rising star from the east

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Tiny Távora e Varosa turning out top sparklers

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Staggering numbers build the prosecco revolution

Steve Pryer visits Italy to explore the facts, figures and reasons why the tsunami of easy-drinking, affordable Italian sparkling wine has changed the drinking habits of many Britons.  Prosecco has been the UK’s bubbly sensation of recent years. Despite some recent reports of a slow-down in sales, the UK remains one of biggest buyers of this Italian sparkler, purchasing more than one-third of all...
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An Alpine retreat into wine: CWW Swiss Trip 2018

Five Circle of Wine Members enjoyed what has become an annual sojourn to Switzerland to soak up the VINEA wine fair and other vinous treats. The three-day programme from 30th August to 1st September took in wineries in Vaud and Valais, as well as the atmospheric VINEA wine fair held in the heart of Sierre. The participants also tasted winning wines from the 21st Mondial des Pinots, indulged in Swi...
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Capturing the Spirit of Cognac

Six members of the CWW travelled to Cognac, France, from 9th-12th April, 2018, to visit Cognac producers from the designated growing areas of Charente-Maritime, Deux-Sèvres and Dordogne. As well as meeting some wonderful people, the group experienced some exceptional cultural and gastronomic experiences. A special thank you goes to our member Liz Palmer and the BNIC (Bureau National Interprofessio...
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Delving into the Marche: CWW Trip Report 2018

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Chianti Classico beyond the wine – there’s top olive oil, prosciutto and pecorino too

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