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Wines of the Year 2012

01-09-2012 | Category: Tastings Wines News

Put quite simply, they’re the best of the best. Chris Losh joins our tasting panels at Imbibe Live as they set about deciding the Sommelier Wine Awards Wines of the Year 2012

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The Istria boys

01-09-2012 | Category: Wines

Passed back and forth between Italy and Austria, and now a remote part of Croatia, it’s no wonder that the wines of Istria are a bit different. Christina Pickard delves into the distinctive wines that have ‘restaurant hand-sell’ written all over them

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Bordeaux en primeur

01-09-2012 | Category: Bordeaux Tastings Wines News

There’s more to life, and wine vintages, than perfection. The River Café’s Emily O’Hare attends the 2011 Bordeaux en primeur tastings, in a year that follows two highly acclaimed vintages

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Sauvignon Blanc: fresh from the Loire

01-09-2012 | Category: France Tastings White only

Winemakers in the Loire are working together to produce distinctive Sauvignon Blanc wines with a unique sense of regionality. And here’s your chance to try them – for free!

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A Pinot to go...

01-09-2012 | Category: Business Wines News Venues

The lines between on- and off-trade are blurring, with more eateries selling direct to the public. David Williams looks at an increasingly profitable add-on business

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Come Wine With Me: Bibendum

01-09-2012 | Category: Tastings Matching Wines

Bibendum teams up with Medlar in London’s Chelsea as part of Imbibe’s ongoing food-and-wine matching competition. Chris Losh joins a team of hungry sommelier judges to find out how the cheese and pickle sandwiches measure up on King’s Road

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Douro: Red dog and the cat's tail

01-09-2012 | Category: Wines News Portugal

It’s not all about Touriga Nacional, and it’s not all about big, chunky reds. Time to rethink the Douro’s table wines, says Richard Woodard, as he gets to grips with the ‘controlled chaos’ of field blends, hyper-oxidation and unknown grape varieties

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Seeking closure

01-09-2012 | Category: Wines News

A closure’s job is simple: to stop the wine falling out of the bottle. But with so many versions on the market, it’s a lot more complicated than that. Jamie Goode gets to grips with agglomerates and oxygen ingress

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Mornington or Meursault?

01-09-2012 | Category: Burgundy Tastings Wines Australia News

10 years ago, you could tell an Aussie Chardonnay from a Burgundy at 20 paces, but nowadays, with much more linear wines from Down Under it’s not so easy. Clinton Cawood mixes things up and asks a team of trembling tasters for their thoughts

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Bartenders vs Sommeliers: The Final 2012

01-09-2012 | Category: Spirits & Cocktails Competitions Events People Wines

For the first time ever, the sommelier team took a decent lead into the Bartenders V Sommeliers final. But could they hold on to it? Chris Losh joins a noisy crowd around Imbibe Live’s Centre Stage to find out

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Central Otago: Lords of the bling

01-09-2012 | Category: Wines New Zealand

Made against all odds on the stunning fringes of New Zealand’s Southern Alps, the Pinot Noirs of Central Otago are an enticing – if pricey – addition to premium wine lists. Tim Atkin MW follows in the footsteps of Gandalf

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New Italian signing for Bibendum

31-08-2012 | Category: Italy Business Wines News

Gaja's Ca'Marcanda signs distribution deal

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LIWF does like Mondays

30-08-2012 | Category: Tastings Events Business Wines

Next year's London International Wine Fair and Distil to begin a day earlier, in a bid to woo the on-trade

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Giraud goes outside

28-08-2012 | Category: Sparkling Venues

Champagne Henri Giraud opens its first branded bar in the UK

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Paint the town ruby

22-08-2012 | Category: Fortified News Portugal

Exclusive ports for Molson Coors

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