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The Greatest Riesling on Earth

01-05-2011 | Category: Germany Italy Chile USA White only Australia New Zealand Alsace

Riesling is making itself at home in more and more countries, but where is it performing best? Clinton Cawood joins an eager sommelier panel for a top-notch tasting that pits Old World against New World and some acknowledged masters against hungry, young upstarts

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SWA 2011: FRANCE - RHONE

01-05-2011 | Category: Rhone Red only White only Sommelier Wine Awards 2011

Once again, the Rhône was one of the standout categories of the competition, with great wines – red and white – across the region and across the price points

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SWA 2011: CRITICS' CHOICE

01-05-2011 | Category: France Germany Italy Spain USA Red only White only Sparkling Australia New Zealand

The Sommelier Wine Awards doesn’t give out trophies per category because we’re worried that tasters will feel under pressure to dispense extra awards in categories where they may not believe the wines are up to it. Instead, in keeping with the whole ethos of the competition, we leave the judgement up to the sommeliers…

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SWA 2011: FRANCE - RED BURGUNDY

01-05-2011 | Category: Burgundy Red only Sommelier Wine Awards 2011

With a general lack of great available vintages to call on, this was a category that polarised the opinions of the tasters

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SWA 2011: BY THE GLASS AWARDS

01-05-2011 | Category: France Spain Chile USA Red only White only Rosé only Sommelier Wine Awards 2011

In the past, a By The Glass award has gone to wines that match specific dishes – the theory being that they could be served by the glass as ready matches with a meal.

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Absinthe ban lifted

21-04-2011 | Category: Spirits & Cocktails France News

The French law prohibiting the sale of products bearing the name absinthe is set to be lifted.

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Black market bottles

08-04-2011 | Category: France England Wines News

A mixed delivery of Chapoutier wine was stolen last week en route to Cert Octavian.

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An appellation of its own

04-04-2011 | Category: Rhone Wines News

Château Latour owner François Pinault has moved to acquire famed Rhône Valley estate Château-Grillet, one of the few in France to have its own AOC.

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Breakfast wine promo ruled irresponsible

01-04-2011 | Category: Burgundy Wines News

Advertising watchdogs have banned a Corney & Barrow ad publicising a 'Beaujolais breakfast' offer.

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The New Noir

01-03-2011 | Category: Burgundy

Burgundians will tell you that you can’t grow decent Pinot outside Burgundy. A blind tasting of 100 examples from the around the globe suggests otherwise, says Clinton Cawood

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True to hype

01-03-2011 | Category: Burgundy People Red only

Could the enthusiasm about the latest Burgundy release be warranted this time? Clinton Cawood buttonholes some sommeliers at the January tastings and finds reasons for genuine excitement

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Yquem by the glass

25-02-2011 | Category: France Wines News

Iconic dessert wine Château d’Yquem has brought its new by-the-glass programme to London with an offering of the 1996 vintage at Bob Bob Ricard in Soho.

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France in one place

21-02-2011 | Category: France Tastings Wines News

The tenth annual France Under One Roof tasting will be held on 9 March 2011.

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Top Mumm

11-02-2011 | Category: Wines News Champagne

The second vintage of GH Mumm’s prestige cuvee, 1999 Cuvée R Lalou, was launched in the UK this week.

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Best dressed

03-02-2011 | Category: France News Liqueurs

Chambord has some new designer cocktail recipes, just in time for London Fashion Weekend later this month.

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