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Chile: País – The Cinderella Grape

15 September, 2019

Tino, one of the campesinos who helps Roberto Henriquez, is loading País grapes into the back of his car in Santa Juana Southern Chile is one of the coolest regions in the world in which to make wine. This dawned …

Certified organic Sangiovese vines in Sant Angelo in south west Montalcino

Tuscany: Cloud over Montalcino

13 September, 2019

Certified organic Sangiovese vines in Sant Angelo in south west Montalcino Italy’s recent local government streamlining has subsumed smaller townships ‘comuni ‘ into their larger near-neighbours. Now vacated council offices and even rural police stations are morphing into private houses, …

A new harvest looms

13 September, 2019

It is the end of August and our adrenalin is rising. Step by step the grapes are inching towards maturity. Step by step we begin to analyze the data: sugar and acidity first and then with time the anthocyanins (the pigments which …

Chateau Musar

28 July, 2019

Following my trip to Lebanon recently I’ve been reading up on my ‘Sergeisms’. Serge Hochar (1939–2014) was the creator of Lebanon’s iconic red wine, Chateau Musar, and a more charismatic winemaker you will rarely meet.   Serge was energetic, unpredictable …

Tomorrowland

25 July, 2019

  July being a calm season (we are just nervously watching the effects of the drought and doing rain dances in the vineyards), I thought I should turn my attention to the whos, whys, whens, hows and whats of the …

Eat, Drink and be Sherry No 2.

25 July, 2019

Last month, I had the good fortune to sit next to my old bachelor flatmate at a small party to celebrate his 75th birthday. Nothing particularly remarkable about that, except that my old flatmate happened to be the ‘World’s greatest …

Steven’s July update

25 July, 2019

It’s been a busy month. Our commemorative edition of Michael Broadbent’s seminal Wine Tasting continues to draw praise and we will be launching Sherry – Maligned, Misunderstood, Magnificent! by Ben Howkins in September. This month, when people’s minds have been …

10 Great Wine Families: Book Launch and Tasting

16 July, 2019

A very special gathering of consumers and trade was held at Berry Brothers & Rudd in St James’, London, on the 10th July, to celebrate the launch of 10 Great Wine Families – A tour through Europe by Master of …

Lebanon

25 June, 2019

I’ve been Lebanized. I’m not driving the streets of Henley like a Beiruti taxi-driver (a sure way to instant license loss now I’m back here in the UK) but I’ve become a total convert to this country’s array of food …

Flowering

24 June, 2019

It is June and the vineyard floor is strewn with wild flowers, clover, dandelions, rabbit ears.  The smell as I bend down to inspect the flowers that are forming on the tiny green buds, is that of early summer; green, …

Sherry

24 June, 2019

I may look calm, but I am really totally absorbed by the heat and beat of this stunning Flamenco performance at a private caseta. It is the 2019 annual Feria del Caballo in Jerez, and it is May. Flamenco is …

About Académie Du Vin Library

24 June, 2019

Why the Academie du Vin Library? To re-publish and re-create the ‘literature’ of wine. Today much wine writing is reduced to tasting notes and scores, while technical information and prices can be found on the web. The books that taught …