How the wine world is coping with coronavirus

Members of the Circle of Wine Writers take a look at their regions, or regions to which they have recently travelled, to share some insight into how the wine world is coping with Coronavirus and the impact of lockdown and social distancing on their businesses. A letter from the Editor: Well, hasn't life as we know it changed in the last month? Last month, we were beginning to cancel events f...
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A look at 2019 Chianti Classico

Chianti wine region
John Salvi MW attends Chianti Classico Collection 2020 and crafts his conclusions on the 2019 vintage by digging deep into the factors that have delivered a generous yield of wonderful wines.  A record number of producers turned out at the 2020 edition of Chianti Classico Collection, and more than ever before showed their new vintage – the 2019. There were 56 producers pouring 2019s at the Stazio...
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Foraging for Pignoletto in the Bolognese hills: Emilia-Romagna Trip Report 2019

Circle members Neil Fairlamb, Justin Keay and Stephen Barrett voyaged into the wine regions of northern Italy on a Circle trip to Emilia-Romagna from 31st May to 2nd June. They share their experiences of this delicious corner of Italy, from the underrated delights of Pignoletto (both in its bubbly and still rendition) to the tempting trattorias and delectable cuisine of the region.    Neil ...
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Opening the Wine Doors of Florence

Andrew Barrow sheds light on the forgotten Florentine portals that date back to the Medici period and served vino from beyond the city’s walls well into the last century. “You sure they ain’t religious tabernacles?” – my unimpressed companion questioned. No, the 167- odd Wine Doors of Florence, the basis for my final project for the Falmouth University MA course, which covered these little remnan...
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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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Fior d’Arancio: a case for terroir Muscat?

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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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A double anniversary in Italy

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