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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Wheat and Two Veg: Vodka Tasting

01-09-2010 | Category: Vodka Tastings

Base material is an increasingly important selling point for vodka brands, but how much effect does this really have on the finished product? There’s only one way to find out, says Clinton Cawood…

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Portuguese Prospects: Portuguese Wine Tasting

01-09-2010 | Category: Tastings Wines Portugal

A series of impressive performances in the Sommelier Wine Awards, and growing positive rumblings from within the trade meant we thought it was time to put Portugal’s wines to the test. Neil Phillips provides the salt cod as our tasters get to work

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Autumn Gold: Wines for Autumn

01-09-2010 | Category: Tastings Wines

As the days begin to draw in, it’s worth making sure your wine list is ready. We asked 50 suppliers to pick one autumnal wine each from their portfolio, and then unleashed a team of wild sommeliers. Clinton Cawood stood by with scarves and mufflers at the ready

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Imbibe 2010

05-07-2010 | Category: England Tastings News

Imbibe 2010 is gearing up to be the drinks show of the year, so if you're involved in sourcing, serving or buying drinks, make sure you're there.

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Basque findings

11-06-2010 | Category: Spain Tastings Events Wines

A brief lesson in Spain's lesser-known wine growing regions

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