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Greece: The Wine Word in Greek
Greece had not been making quality wines till a few years ago but now several small size wineries have come up with high quality as the objective and with so many local interesting grapes available, they are ready to find their place on the international shelves, writes Dan Traucki who attended a Masterclass by Yiannis Karakasis MW, where he could taste wines from 20 Greek wineries and came out as a fan of the Greek wines
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Truth behind the Greek Myth
It used to be a case of beware Greeks talking up their wines but that has all changed says our Australian guest writer Dan Traucki who investigated into this myth and discovered that although they were producing mundane wines earlier but with modern winemaking techniques coupled with unique ancient native grape varieties, they are making some really interesting wines.
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Why Wine Whine Australia
Wine Australia, formerly known as Australian Wine & Brandy Corporation, used to do a wonderful job of keeping the exports honest by checking every wine before it left the Australian shores but replacing the system with only random audits in Australia by flying auditors does not auger well for the reputation of Aussie wine exports, writes Dan Traucki a vocal critic of the new policy, from Australia
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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 Steven Spurrier, to compare Russian wines to those from Outside Russia. John Salvi MW who was one of the 4 non-Russian judges, reports on the event
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Insulting good wine by reducing its potency
It would be better to drink less wine, or even water it down with ice, than to cut alcohol levels, says our Guest writer, Charles Metcalfe in response to our article in the previous issue which focussed on the British Health Secretary wanting to lower the legal limits to 4.5% at which the drink may be called wine, reasoning that wines with alcohol lowered to 4.5% don’t taste decent.
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Nashik: The Falsification of a Terroir
In 2010, Haryana based National Horticulture Board and Nashik Valley Wine Producers Association (AIWPA), applied to the Chennai based National Geographical Indications Registry, for a Geographical Indication in the name of: “Nashik Valley Wine”. Rajiv Seth wonders if the producers and the growers of Nashik are justified in
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The Tuscan Tasting Marathon 2013
Tuscany organises three major successive Tasting events every year - Chianti Classico Collection in Florence, Anteprima del Vino Nobile in Montepulciano and Benvenuto Brunello in Montalcino where the latest vintages released after the statutory
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Lagrein-More than a Meat and 3 Veg Wine
Originating in the Trentino - Alto Adige area of northern Italy, Lagrein is one of the indigenous Italian varieties that is being increasingly cultivated in Australia thanks to the presence of several immigrants who are passionate about the Alternative grape
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Restaurant Ratings can be misleading unlike Wine
Ratings and awards are ways of showcasing a restaurant’s prestige and placement in the market. Broadly, they are supposed to be the ultimate validation of an F&B
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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 Convent in Radda in Chianti during the Chianti Classico
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Zonin, Barboursville Virginia and Jefferson
Casa Vinícola Zonin, the family wine company headquartered in Gambellara in the Veneto Region, has nine estates in nine regions of Italy but not much is known about the estate bought in 1976 by the visionary president, Gianni Zonin in
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The Sicilian extra virgin olive oil
For centuries the land of Sicily, from east to west, from Trapani in the west to Agrigento in the centre south and up to the eastern coastline of Catania with its volcanic Mount
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Sicilians are coming...Sicilians are coming to India
Sicilian wines compete with some of the best Italian and international wines and 11 wineries are being showcased in India next month with producers accompanying the delegation
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Making Restaurant Wine Lists
Restaurant Wine Lists are an important component of any wine programme and are as important to promote wine and add to the bottom line of a restaurant as they are important to give a better understanding of wine to the
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Taste of Tuscany and a Roman Experience
Like a fine wine Tuscany can offer an excitement that makes any wine and food lover want to go back, our guest writer Bhavna Bahl who was drawn to Tuscany again and re-visited three wineries-Col d’Orcia, Tenuta Torciano and Poggio Amorelli with a stop-over at the Gambero Rosso’s 3 Forchette2013 in Rome
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