Taste of the unexpected from California

Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are the mainstays of Californian wine but The California Wine Institute pulled out all the stops at our June tasting to show us some quite unexpected wines from across the state. Justin Knock MW, UK ambassador of the California Wine Institute and proprietor of Philgas & Swiggot (spot the wordplay there?) which hosted the tasting, presented 12 wines made...
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A Silvaner special: Horst Sauer masterclass

It’s a while since I last visited Horst Sauer’s domain at Escherndorf by the river Main in the Franken area of Germany. I was introduced to the estate by a very distinguished German hotelier whose hotel also boasted of a Michelin-starred restaurant and a superb wine list. He took me there as proof that in an area not noted for fine wines, there can be a producer, who by hard work and dedication, c...
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