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Gallery: England by Mick Rock

England is fast becoming recognised as one of the top producers of quality sparkling wine in the world. Photographer Mick Rock shares some of his photos from the vineyards and wineries of southern England.   Please respectfully note that all of these photos, and all the Circle of Wine Writer galleries, are not to be republished without the photographer’s permissi...
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A trip into the Veneto

Part 1: Colli Berici Eleven members of the CWW travelled to the Veneto from 30th August to 3rd September 2017, to visit two Veneto appellations: the smaller and lesser-known Colli Berici DOC, which lies close to Vicenza; and the extremely well-known Soave DOCG. The report on Soave will follow in November’s edition of the Circular. The CWW would like to especially thank Giovan...
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Decoding Spanish wine labels

Colin Harkness gives us a 101 on Spanish wine label terms and decodes the local lingo: In Spain, we enjoy a real wealth of wonderful wine. However, if buying Spanish wine for the first time, it can be a little confusing, if not intimidating. Unfortunately, this can often mean that we simply end up buying the same old, same old – the wines we know, just to be on the safe side. ...
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Richard Bampfield MW checks out the indigenous grapes of Crete

A recent family holiday to Crete in August provided a perfect opportunity to improve my knowledge of a part of the wine world that was totally new to me. Apparently, phylloxera only reached Crete in the 1970s, so there has been considerable replanting since, much of it with international grapes. Not to put too fine a point on it, I avoided these wines for the most part: I was f...
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