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John Salvi MW pays Tribute to Michael Broadbent MW
World Wine great Michael Broadbent, the prolific wine writer, author and senior director of Christie's wine department since 1966, with a collection of 90,000 Tasting Notes

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Chianti Classico Collection 2020: Hail to the 2019 Vintage
Chianti Classico Collection is a 2-day Tasting organised by Consorzio Chianti Classico every year at the old Stazione Leopolda in Florence and the 2020 edition was similar as a

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Lev Golitsyn International Wine Competition 2019 in Russian Crimea
There are several interested wineries that exist in Russia and Crimea some of which have hosted important OIV-based International Wine Tasting

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Anteprime Toscana 2019: Chianti Lovers may not love 2018 Vintage
The 2019 edition of the 8-day Anteprime Toscana Tasting kicked off in Florence on February 9 with the showcasing of 2018 Chianti docg

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Anteprime Toscana 2019: PrimAnteprima kicks off the Marathon at Fortezza da Basso
The 9-day Grand Tuscan Marathon always starts with PrimAnteprima at the massive 100,000 square metres, 14th Century Fortezza da

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First Look at the 2018 Vintage in Bordeaux
It is a bit early for someone to report about the 2018 vintage since the daddy of all top Bordeaux producers, Union des Grands Crus does not allow its members to show

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Travelogue: A Gastronomy fulfilling Journey to Malaysia
Malaysia, and especially Kuala Lumpur is vibrant, mysterious and exciting and a week there is a journey of discovery, so when his friend Chris Kam Loong Low invited

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INTERWINE 2018: A Wine Competition and an International Exhibition
The 21st session of Interwine China 2018 organized by Canton Universal Fair Group Ltd., was held last month from November 9-11 at the Canton

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Chateau d’Abzac: Interesting Historic Chateau in Bordeaux
Few Chateaux in Bordeaux have had as colourful and long history of 500 years as the lesser known Chateau d’Abzac, 14 kms north of Libourne , making quality Bordeaux Superiore,

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TechTalk: Bordaeux Vintage 2017-Weather (Part 2)
‘Good to very good red wines, fine dry white wines and some great sweet white wines’, is the verdict of John Salvi MW, our Bordeaux-based wine expert , writer and international

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TechTalk: Bordaeux Vintage 2017-Analysis and Structure (Part 1)
‘Good to very good red wines, fine dry white wines and some great sweet white wines’, is the verdict of John Salvi MW, our Bordeaux-based

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Tuscan Tasting 2018: Chianti and Chianti Classico Marathon 2017
The Tuscan Tasting Marathon took place this year, as it does every year, in February, in Florence, and sadly this year I was only able to do Chianti and Chianti Classico

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Visit to Polish Vineyards 2017
Poland is undergoing a revival in viticulture, just as England did some 30 years ago, and it is rapidly gathering momentum. Results are fascinating and often highly successful. Controls and regulations

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Bordeaux Vintage 2016: Part Two- Weather
The 2016 vintage in Bordeaux has been ‘fine’ and in some cases ‘great’- both in terms of quantity and quantity with wines having excellent structure, writes our Bordeaux

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Visit to Nashik Wineries by an MW from Bordeaux
It is futile and unhelpful to make any comparisons, but the passion and desire to make better quality wine left a deep impression on John Salvi MW who recently spent 3 days

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IVFEx 2017: Aah Taj! Wah Taj! Quintessentially Indian Taj!
During his visit to India last month to attend wine events organised by the International Vine and Food Experience (IVFEx 2017) in Hyderabad , Delhi and Mumbai during

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Viticulture in India from a European MW’s Perspective
For a first time visitor to India, it is quite a revelation that wine grapes are such a miniscule proportion of the eating grapes which are also used in wine production to an extent

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DWC: A Wine Club Dinner with wines from Charosa Vineyards
John Salvi MW was invited to attend the International Vine and Food Experience in India last month and his first exposure to Indian wines was Charosa wines which he tasted

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WBWE 2016: Genuine Wines-Global Business Theme
The 8th edition of the World Bulk Wine Exhibition 2016 hosted at the RAI Exhibition Center in Amsterdam on November 20-21, with the theme “Genuine Wines -Global Business”,

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Tuscany Taste 2016: Sun shines on 2015 Vintage in Tuscany
Tuscany Taste, the annual event held for many years for Chianti Classico, Montepulciano and Brunello di Montalcino wines for Italian and International journalists and which

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How Dangerous and Imminent is Climate Change in our Bordeaux Vineyards
The United Nations Conference on Climate Change last December in Paris where about nations congregated, was mercifully such

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Vintage in Xinjiang 2015
A vintage in Xinjiang, China, is a distinctly different experience from a vintage in Bordeaux, writes John Salvi, Master of Wine, who is an expert on Bordeaux wines but has spent a considerable time in Xinjiang

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Wineries of China: CHANGYU
Most people still do not associate China with wine other than perhaps Rice wine or wine from the Gouqi Berry but Changyu is the oldest established wine company in China founded in 1878, writes John Salvi,

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Taste Tuscany 2015: The Tuscan Wine Marathon-Montepulciano and Montalcino
Taste Tuscany is a true wine marathon where one visits four of the major and most famous appellations of Tuscany-Vernaccia di

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Wine and Vineyards in Poland
Despite the scarcity of vineyards, the Renaissance of viticulture, grape varieties, rules and regulations and the vineyards themselves and the resultant wines, makes it a fascinating country in the Post

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Bordeaux 2013: PART 2-STRUCTURE AND COMPOSITION
Red Wines are the losers for the chaotic vintage of 2013 but there were some very fine dry wines and great sweet wines, thanks to the

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Harvest Report: The 2013 Vintage in Bordeaux Part 1-Weather
The chaotic vintage of 2013 still produced some great sweet wines and very fine dry white wines but red wines were the losers as weather

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Abrau Durso: Tale of a Wine Competition in Russia
The huge Sparkling Winery of Abrau Durso, in the small village of the same name, decided to organise a mini wine competition along the lines of the Paris tasting organised by

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Vintage 2013: Bordeaux is in the doldrums
Weather has caused havoc in Bordeaux this year as the quantity of wine produced will be much less and though some of the dry sweet wines

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CCC ’13: Chianti Classico Wine Academy
Consorzio Vino Chianti Classico has launched a brand new project and opened an 'Academy' in the beautiful and lovingly renovated former 18th century Santa Maria al Prato

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China: The Gouqi Berry Wine of China
We all know that the official definition of wine is the freshly fermented juice of the grape, but in China the fermented product of the Gouqi Berry is also called wine, which

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Tasting at Georgia-the Cradle of Wine
The 4th edition of the biennial National Georgian National Wine Competition held in the capital, Tbilisi last month was delightful but small competition featuring Georgian wines

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Morat: Story of Royal Oak Tree in France
An oak tree born in 1661 in the French forest of Tronçais and known as Morat oak tree was auctioned in 2005 after around 350 years of growth and the oak used by the

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Meeting Bacchus 2012 in Madrid
Bacchus 2012, the 10th Concurso Internacinal de Vinos was held as usual in Madrid at the Casino de Madrid with 1520 samples tasted over 4 days with 90 Spanish and international judges

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A Full House at Tuscan Tasting
In the game of poker it could have been a full house, a straight flush or even five of a kind if Carmignano had sent their invitation in time but the remaining four areas of Tuscany-San Gimignano, Chianti Classico,

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Feature: Kosher wine is kosher in Israel
Although even experts cannot tell the difference in the perfumes or flavours of Kosher and non-Kosher wines in a blind tasting, there are tedious and clear-cut religious

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Italy: Lugana for Ladies, S Martino for Men
Lugana wine region on the shores of Lake Garda in the northern Veneto region of Italy offers some excellent wines of which doc Lugana may be perfect for the ladies while the doc

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Tech Talk: Icon Process Brings Elegance in Barrels
Seguin Moreau, largest and most advanced barrel-makers in the world have unveiled a staggering, far reaching and totally new technically advance process, baptised as ‘Icône’

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TechTalk : Bordeaux '10 Harvest yields Fab Grapes
Early hydric stress followed by a much colder vintage, deficit in rainfall and a cooler spring , hot but not excessive temperatures in summer caused the vines to stop growing

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Preview of Bordeaux Blanc 2010 Vintage
There is still about a week to go for Merlot harvest but about 80% of white Sauvignon grapes had been harvested in Bordeaux by 10th of this month. With July and August

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Red and White Don’t Make Pink
Despite recent aborted efforts of European union to allow mixing of red wine with white to make the pink Rosé, the world at large still makes the undervalued wine by transforming the juice of black

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Demystifying the Institute of Masters of Wine
With only 270 successful candidates in its 55 year history, the Institute of the Masters of Wine has a lot of mystery, awe and admiration for those in the world of wine. John Salvi

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