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    Cool Climate Wine Symposium 2016

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    Tickets are now on sale for the International Cool Climate Wine Symposium (ICCWS), which will take place in the Hilton Metropole Hotel in Brighton on Saturday May 28th 2016. As the major international forum on the production and marketing of wines from cool climate regions it is likely to attract many...
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    AWE sponsored study trip to Alsace

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    Several members of the AWE have recently returned from a study trip to Alsace, sponsored by CIVA (Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins d’Alsace). The trip was led by AWE Council Member Helen Savage and was focused on visiting several producers over three solid days, covering all three types of producer; ie...
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    AWE visit to Alsace – Domaine Becht

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    The AWE regularly arranges tasting tours for its members to various wine regions around the world; a vital thing to do in order to keep up one’s expert wine knowledge. The most recent trip was to Alsace, which I jumped at seeing as it’s one of my favourite wine regions....
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    Colette Faller Dies

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    Domaine Weinbach is unquestionably one of the very finest wine addresses in Alsace. They make the usual range of Alsace wines with stellar examples of Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer. Since the death of Theo Faller by heart attack in 1979, the domaine has been run by a trio of...
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    Mixed news from Montalcino

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    It was only last year that scandal hit Brunello di Montalcino, when a counterfeiting operation was foiled by the police. The authorities uncovered piles of fake Brunello labels that were ready to be stuck on over 200,000 bottles cheaper wine that was ageing in barrels. Now more trouble has hit...
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    Masnaghetti Barolo Book on the way

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    For those who love both Italian wine and cartography, Allessandro Masnaghetti’s incredibly detailed maps, both digital and hardcopy, are the place to go. Over the last decade he has made excellent maps of many wine zones, mainly Italian, but also in Bordeaux. His main area of expertise is Barolo, with...
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    Budget: Wine to rise in line with RPI

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    This week’s budget contained mixed news for wine drinkers. On the plus side, the controversial ‘escalator’ price hikes at 2% above inflation have now officially been scrapped. This escalator rate saw the duty on wine increase by a massive 24% in just four years, from £1.93 to £2.40 a bottle,...
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    Lovely and Long-Lived Bourgueil

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    Recently I’ve rediscovered my love for the fine red wines of the Central Loire, which are made from pure Cabernet Franc. The best two appellations for red wines in the region are Chinon and Bourgueil, which face each other across the mighty river (as do many of the great pairs of Loire appellations; Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, Vouvray and Montlouis…). At...