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  1. Pippa Hayward

    Indigena Marche seminar at 67 Pall Mall October 4th

    By Pippa Hayward
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    The Marche region and  Verdicchio grape might seem unlikely fodder for a whole day of specialist seminars with Ian d’Agata of  the Indigena Wine School – but having signed up for the morning  only, I found myself so enthused by lunch time that I stayed on for the two afternoon tasting sessions as well! As Ian D’Agata pointed out, Verdicchio is a victim of its enviable ability to turn out great quantities of perfectly decent wines at high yields with no loss of concentration. What a Pinot Noir producer might give for that! There is a lot of it and it is mostly good and mostly cheap and so we disregard it. I was about to discover the scale of my omission…….. Over the course of the seminars we tried 20 Verdicchios, including a fantastic late-picked passito example, several wines from the lesser known Matelica DOC and some excellent examples of older Castelli di Jesi Reserva Classico and Superiore wines, all of which demonstrated how the grape’s naturally high acidity level enables it to age beautifully and make beautifully balanced and refreshing sweet wines. In his introduction  D’Agata compared  the quality of Verdicchio to Fiano and Timorasso as amongst the...
  2. Christos Ioannou

    Benevolent Quiz Thursday 18th October

    By Christos Ioannou
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    I have just seen Joe Wadsack’s Tweet about the Bordeaux Quiz for The Benevolent on Thursday 18th October. It starts at 6.30 and is being held near Covent Garden and tickets are £25 – anyone available and interested in making up a team? You can see more details and book tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bordeaux-quiz-for-the-benevolent-tickets-49436523974 Christos Ioannou
  3. Lindsay Oram

    And the Oscar goes to…..

    By Lindsay Oram
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    And the Oscar goes to….. Diversity has become one of the buzz words of the last 10 years, as we live in a world that increasingly recognizes and values points of difference. Gone are the days, thankfully, when a region focusing on one or two grape varieties and wine styles ruled the roost, and a region producing a range of wine styles from a myriad of grapes was seen as a jack of all trades and master of none. Now diversity is king. All around us in every walk of life, including food, culture, religion and of course wine we encounter difference. With this in mind it is not surprising that the 2018 press pack for Val de Loire uses the slogan, “The Loire Valley The world’s most diverse range of wines.”  Certainly many wine producing countries and regions are catching on to this trend, but the Mother and Father of diverse wines style must be the Loire Valley. The range of wine styles emulating from the Loire Valley are the product mainly of three factors. Firstly diversity comes from the vast range of soils, from granite and schist in the west to the limestone in the east; secondly the...
  4. Laura Clay

    Olivier Dauga – Le Faiseur de Vin

    By Laura Clay
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    Winemaker, consultant and wearer of natty shirts, Olivier Dauga, is a firm believer and advocate of sustainability and organic farming. Much of his work is based in and around Bordeaux with Univitis although his own property, Foncadaure, is further south in Roussillon and he consults for Vignerons Catalans, too. I have always been impressed with the wines in which Olivier has had a hand – http://www.bywine.co.uk/blogs/olivier-dauga-the-maker-of-wine/ A recent tasting with Olivier focussing particularly on the sustainability side of his work confirmed and vindicated my opinion. Even when not making organic wines, Olivier uses as little sulphur as possible and concentrates on producing wines in keeping with nature and protecting the environment. It’s the way forward, he maintains, and certainly the St Emilion Wine Council seems to agree, stipulating that any wine produced within 4 of their appellations will be downgraded to Bordeaux AOC if it is not certified in one of the state-approved programmes, such as organic or HVE 3 by 2020. A bold move but one which has Olivier’s full support.  In 2010, Olivier launched his own ‘Green Charter’ for his consultancy work to produce wines as far as possible in accordance with nature and the environment. He says,...