19 April 2014

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By Simon Field MW of Berry Bros. & Rudd Rudd Wine Blog 1 day ago.
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Simon Field MW advocates Portugal's flagship fortified wine as a sensational accompaniment to any chocolate-based indulgence this weekend may hold.

Dark and bitter needs dark and sweet to temper its indulgent flavours: Port, of course, is wonderfully versatile, and Quinta do Noval's superlative Late Bottle Vintage exemplar is a fantastic match for dark chocolate. Traditional LBV is bottled four years after the harvest, unfined and unfiltered, and is both powerful and pure, …

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By Simon Field MW of Berry Bros. & Rudd Rudd Wine Blog 1 day ago.
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Simon Field MW advocates Portugal's flagship fortified wine as a sensational accompaniment to any chocolate-based indulgence this weekend may hold.

Dark and bitter needs dark and sweet to temper its indulgent flavours: Port, of course, is wonderfully versatile, and Quinta do Noval's superlative Late Bottle Vintage exemplar is a fantastic match for dark chocolate. Traditional LBV is bottled four years after the harvest, unfined and unfiltered, and is both powerful and pure, …

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Oscar's Joven is a very grown-up wine, despite its youthful name... Made from young Tempranillo and completely devoid of oak, this wine has a natural exuberance and beautifully soft tannins.

The perfumes of violets and hedgerow lead to a velvety palate which is structurally more complex than one may expect from the Joven descriptor, the fine tannins and balanced acidity lending authority and length.

Simon Field MW, Wine Buyer

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…Artazuri a generous 6 months in barrel.

The ensuing complexity is a delight to behold. The natural exuberance of the Garnacha grape is not lost, merely enhanced by a complexity which combines notes of spice, licorice, damson and bitter chocolate. Berries, black and blue but unbruised, dominate the front of the mouth, with a sweet seductive velvety texture which is difficult to resist.

Simon Field MW, Wine Buyer

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Calling all Riesling lovers who will be in or near London on the evening of Monday 12 May. Purple Pagers can benefit from a 25% discount and pay just £15 for a ticket to this fantastic Riesling tasting, featuring great wines from all of the following estates around the world. Many of the.

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By steve of STEVE HEIMOFF| WINE BLOG 16 days ago.
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Ned Goodwin , said to be the only MW living and working in Japan, has written a thought-provoking piece that's worth reading in full. For me, his essential take-home point is that Japan is experiencing what he calls "the Galapagos effect," an "isolation dynamic" that takes its name from the island chain, off the west coast of South America, where species that went extinct elsewhere somehow stayed on, or developed exotic new features, because the islands are so remote.

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By allan of CellarBlog 17 days ago.
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But, most of the wines are good, some of them are even excellent. As Tim Atkin, MW wrote before heading to Bordeaux:

Of course there will be some good wines produced in 2013. Bordeaux is a marginal climate that is used to dealing with adverse conditions: 2011 and 2012 weren't easy vintages either. Using techniques such as green harvesting, sorting tables and reverse osmosis, not to mention the rigorous selection of their best barrels, the top châteaux should produce …

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By Alex Hunt of JancisRobinson.com 16 days ago.
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In my day job, I work for a wine company, and that company is 50 years old this year. One of my annual tasks is to coordinate the production of our wine list, an illustrated 150-page document containing too much of my prose. The company's anniversary has been a marvellous excuse to rootle around.

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Australia, and was formerly SI contributing editor based in Delhi. Harshal entered the Master of Wine programme, while still in India, and calls it "an arduous, masochistic pilgrimage, leading to what some would regard as the pinnacle of wine qualifications." Left: MW graduates pictured at Vintners' Hall in London in early November 2013

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…implying the crispness and firmness, ‘poule', rather more tangentially, hinting at soft and maternal qualities. The wine has fine colouring with hints of green. It boasts a spicy and floral nose, distinctive with echoes of gunflint, aniseed and fennel, not to mention oyster shell, pebbles and almost a hint of honey. The wine is an unbeatable match for fruits de mer, grilled fish and, when in season, asparagus.

Simon Field MW, Wine Buyer

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