Mixed news from Montalcino

  1. Hugo Read

    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...
  3. Heather Dougherty

    Brazilian AWE member secures WSET Diploma Honours

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    The AWE’s only member in Brazil, Tufi Neder Meyer PhD AIWS, has recently passed the WSET Level 5 Honours Diploma with Merit. He joins the select band of just 22 people in the world with this qualification. His project, ‘Critical analysis and possible expansion of Double Pruning and Winter Harvest (DPWH)...
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    AWE member’s sporting past

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    AWE member Sandie Leckie’s sporting achievements are being celebrated this week, with Scottish paper the Herald telling the story of his medal-winning success in fencing for Scotland. Sandie’s achievements are being marked by the award of an honorary doctorate from Glasgow University. You can read the Herald article in full...
  5. Laura Clay

    The Benevolent Party

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    Have you got your tickets for The Roof Gardens Benevolent Party? I have. I’m interested to see how my feet will stand up to dancing, and my palate to drinking, until one in the morning after three days at LWF –  but I can’t wait to find out! I hope...
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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,...