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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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Koshu on the menu

27-01-2011 | Category: Tastings Matching Opinions Events Wines Japan

For years Koshu was overlooked in Japan as a fruit worthy only of table grape status; finally it's being given the attention it deserves

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A Pinot by Any Other Name: German Pinot

01-01-2011 | Category: Germany Tastings Wines

There’s far more to Germany than Riesling, you know. Richard Woodard gets to grips with the Burgunder trio of Grau, Weiss and Spät, and wonders whether the locals might have got the emphasis slightly wrong…

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The Lost Boys: Tasting

01-01-2011 | Category: Europe Tastings Wines

There’s a whole world of wine that seldom makes it onto wine lists in the UK. Clinton Cawood rounds up a team of sommeliers for a trip to Neverland

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Lap of Luxury: Belvedere

01-01-2011 | Category: Vodka Tastings

Luxury vodka brand Belvedere came up with the ultimate prize for its recent contest: a $100,000 global ambassador role. No wonder the London semi-finals were so exciting

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Tequila & Terroir

01-01-2011 | Category: Tequila Tastings

A growing number of tequila brands are making a point of their regionality, but is there an actual difference in flavour from highland to valley? Clinton Cawood and an expert panel wade through a truckload of blanco tequilas to separate the hype from reality

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Top Marks: Australian Wines

01-01-2011 | Category: Tastings Wines

Get to grips with the new A+ Australian Wine initiative at this year’s Annual Trade Tasting. There have never been more reasons to visit.

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Diversity Challenge: Navarra

01-01-2011 | Category: Spain Tastings Wines

From lusciously sweet to bone dry, from indigenous to international varietals and from whites through rosés to reds, the region of Navarra has the lot. Richard Woodard follows a group of Hotel du Vin sommeliers as they try to make sense of it all

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Flor and Order: Tasting and Matching Sherry with Food

01-01-2011 | Category: Spirits & Cocktails Tastings Matching

An extreme matching challenge proves that sherry really is the best food wine on the planet. Surely it’s time restaurants woke up to the fact, says an impressed Chris Losh

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Pale and Interesting: Vodka

01-01-2011 | Category: Vodka Tastings

Just when you thought it was OK to write vodka off as boring and overpackaged, along comes Charles Vexenat with something that forces us to take it seriously again. Alice Lascelles heads to Baltic to find out why the words ‘interesting vodka menu’ need not be an oxymoron

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The young ones

01-11-2010 | Category: Whisky / Whiskey Tastings

Older is frequently touted as automatically better in the whisky world – but is this fair? We asked Neil Ridley of caskstrength.net to test the theory by pulling together some of the best under-10yos on the market for a tasting

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Classical education

01-11-2010 | Category: Burgundy Tastings

With the 2009s likely to be stupidly expensive, it could pay to know your way around 2008 white Burgundy a bit better. Chris Losh watches as a team of tasters get to grips with premier cru and villages wines from a ‘traditional’ vintage

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The wonder years

01-11-2010 | Category: France Tastings Sparkling

With prestige cuvées harder to sell than ever, now seemed the perfect time for Imbibe to take a look at ‘straight’ vintage champagne. Chris Losh joins our tasters several hundred feet above London for a taste of the high life

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Grape versus grain

01-11-2010 | Category: Beers Tastings

Is beer or wine the better food partner? We put two of the country’s finest food matchers into the ring to find out. Susanna Forbes donned her referee’s outfit for this surprisingly close contest

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Mornington glory

01-11-2010 | Category: Tastings Australia

Pinot Noir is finding its feet in Australia’s Mornington Peninsula and a team of sommeliers attended a masterclass and tasting to find out whether the wines are worthy of UK lists. Julie Sheppard reports.

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