Category Archives: Wine Review

A few terroir driven Valpolicella producers at the Anteprima Amarone

At the end of January the 2010 Antiprima Amarone took place in Verona. I was lucky enough to be the guest of the Valpolicella Consorzio who also scheduled several visits in the region for us. Amarone is the most prestigious … Continue reading

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On the wine road – part 2: in search of “iconic” Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

On this very grey autumn day, the blue skies and warm days of the Napa Valley last August seem very far away and I feel a little guilty that it has taken me this long to write the sequel to … Continue reading

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Champagne Tarlant – the one Champagne I really cannot get enough of :-)

Champagne Tarlant, is a small independent champagne grower in Oeuilly, in the Vallée de la Marne. The Tarlants started growing grapes and making still wine in the 17th century and almost as soon as the technology allowed it Louis Tarlant, … Continue reading

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A little Port history at the Graham’s & Sandeman’s lodge in Villa Nova de Gaia

In the run up to this Fridays’s first International #PortDay organised by the Centre for Wine Origins I would like to share the beautiful experience fellow #winelover Onneca Guelbenzu and I had visiting a few Port Lodges at the end … Continue reading

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The Natural European Wines Conference (#NEW11) part 2 – the VinNatur tasting

After my report about the actual Natural European Wines Conference (#NEW11) organised by VinNatur, it is now time to talk about the tasting. I had thoroughly enjoyed the conference and was really looking forward to now taste some prime examples … Continue reading

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My report on the 2011 Natural European Wines (#new11) conference in Zurich

On November 14-15th the first Natural European Wines Conference took place in Zurich. The conference was organised by VinNatur, an Italian Organisation of Natural Wine Producers and Isabelle Legeron MW. Both VinNatur and Isabelle are committed to promoting quality natural … Continue reading

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Lessons learned at the Adegga Wine Market 2011 (#AWM2011)

On the first of December I attended the Adegga Wine Market (#AWM2011 on twitter) in Lisbon. The Wine Market is a project of Adegga, Portugal’s largest wine review site. It started out rather small 3 years ago when the Adegga … Continue reading

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My private Piper Heidsieck tasting became a life changing experience in Champagne

As some of you may know I have been travelling for most of the summer looking for the next place to settle and find my place in the (wine) world. Since I passed the certified sommelier exam in February this … Continue reading

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My #EWBC introduction to Franciacorta

Last week I attended my second #EWBC (European Wine Bloggers Conference). This year the conference really went global with 35 nations being represented amongst the 216 participants. Our hosts were the consortium of Franciacorta and the venue was the beautiful … Continue reading

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Vinocamp Bordeaux – another lesson in online communication, community recommendations and online wine sales

At the beginning of the month I attended #vinocamp #Bordeaux. This barcamp was a lot bigger than #vinocamp #Lisboa with significantly more winery people attending. Lately I have been pondering about how crucial an online presence has become for any … Continue reading

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