CWW Christmas Party: The Video

Were you at the annual CWW Christmas Party? Circle member Steven Morris has put together these video highlights of the evening!   Held on 4th December, in The Vaults at RSA House in London, the evening was a great success with sponsors Napa Valley Vintners providing an amazing range of some 90+ wines for the Circle members, their guests and Friends of the Circle ...
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World’s Finest Glass of Bubbly 2017 announced

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The Great Drams of Scotland

Greg Dillon is clearly a whisky fiend. And he is also, clearly, a brand consultant. As he launches into his guide to the tales and stories of Scottish whisky houses, Dillon first shares his thoughts on branding. Why, you might ask? Because as Dillon details, whisky was one of the first branded products in the world. It's the image of a certain whisky which sells it today - far ...
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Oz Clarke’s World of Wine: Wines, Grapes, Vineyards

At first, this may seem like an Oz Clarke wine education book - it opens up with the history of wine and the way you make it and then moves through the many wine regions and appellations, introducing the reader to all the main styles and production rules. This tome is, however, a little more personal than that - it is Oz Clarke’s World of Wine. And that apostrophe takes on more...
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Cépages suisses: Histoires et origines

José Vouillamoz may be one of the few people in the world to have drunk over 600 different wine grape varieties. His scope as an ampelographer is truly global, however, his native Swiss heart is still in the wine regions where he  grew up. Cépages Suisses is his literary contribution to the viticultural heritage of Switzerland and the great variety of its native varieties. Or...
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The wines and winemakers of Languedoc-Roussillon

Paul Strang has recently launched his new guide to the wines and winemakers of Languedoc-Roussillon. Amanda Barnes reviews it. This is by no means a small book - in size, nor measure, and quite rightly so considering it is on the topic of Languedoc-Roussillon, one of France’s most expansive wine regions. It is also home to the largest vineyard in the world, as Paul Strang deta...
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Is apartheid really over in South African wine?

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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 woul...
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MTM: Chandra Kurt

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