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Bastianich Rosato 2016

Thanks to being on screwcap, this light 4-year young rosé or rosato remains fresh, citrussy, zesty, with a hint of red fruit. The Bastianich Family founded their winery in 1997 in Friuli Venezia Giulia and their rosato is produced from refosco, a dark skinned variety native to Venezia and which …

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Pagoda Benjiu

Pagoda Benjiu is one of Shaoxing’s top rice wine. It is over 10 years old and 16% in alcohol. The volume of the bottle is 1 litre. Perfume of almonds, white flowers, a hint of vanilla and honey. The elegant, subtle, complex flavours are very persistent. Both the colour and palate …

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Domaine Drouhin-Laroze Gevrey-Chambertin 2013

A reliable, knowledgeable merchant is worth his/her weight in hard-to-find wines. Olivier Chopin is proprietor of Cave Le Vigneron in Draguignan, the city in the south of France about 40 kilometres north-east from Saint-Tropez (my house in the village of Lorgues is nearer, about 20 minutes to drive). I have …

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The Pleasure of Gassac

Plaisir de Gassac is just that, a pleasure. To behold, open, and finish. Delicious as an aperitif, it is also wonderful around the pool or dining table. This new wine from Languedoc’s famed Mas de Daumas Gassac is a sparkler, the bubbles created by a cuvé close (similar to Prosecco). …

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A Visionary & Dreamer

Alvaro Palacios is a visionary. He is, therefore, also a dreamer. Dreamers go why others avoid. Dreamers are daring, brave people. One of nine children born to the owners of Palacio Remondeo, a respected producer of Rioja, Alvaro studied winemaking in Bordeaux, including working under the company Jean-Pierre Moueix. Alvaro …

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Thelema Cabernet Sauvignon 1991

Gyles Webb, founder of Thelema, gave me this bottle after a visit to his vineyard in the Simonsberg Mountain, Stellenbosch, South Africa, more than 20 years ago. Webb was an accountant when one day – in the 1970s – he popped into a local wine shop on his way home …

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Reserve de Bonpas Cotes du Rhone 2018

The winery is situated in the fortified monastery that was built in the 12th Century by the Order of the Knights of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem. Bonpas is derived from the Latin bonus passus meaning “safe crossing point”. It refers to the torrential Durance River which could only be crossed …

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Le Serre Prestige Cotes du Rhone White 2018

A much deserved Gold Medal winner at the Concours des Vins in Orange in their 2019 competition. In fact, Les Vignerons des Quatre Chemins – the cooperative producer in Laudun of this wine – is not so far from Orange (if you visit, you must not miss the 2,000-year old …

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Gini Soave Classico 2018

Italian whites – particularly those made from indigenous varieties – are fruity, fresh and unoaked. Almost always – when in the country or in Italian restaurants outside Italy – I avoid Italian wines made from chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, cabernet sauvignon or merlot. For the same reason, I don’t patronise Chinese …

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