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Bodegas Osborne • Rare, Stunning Sherry 

Bodegas Osborne is located in El Puerto de Santa María. The company is the second oldest company in Spain still in family hands after 248 years. In 1772, Englishman Thomas Osborne Mann founded his first winery in Cadiz in the deep south of the country. Osborne was from Devon and …

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Freemark Abbey

In the 1976 “Judgement of Paris”, Freemark Abbey was the only one of 12 Californian wineries to have both its Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay included in the taste-off. Ted Edwards became winemaker in 1985 and is committed to producing “classically elegant” wines. Edwards is also the longest tenured winemaker in Napa …

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Mas De Daumas Gassac – A Wine Odyssey

Veronique Guibert de la Vaissiere (right) is an ethnologist and specialist in the myths and traditions of Celtic Ireland. Aime Guibert, orignally from Aveyron, came from an old Millavoise family of glove and leather craftsmen. It is believed that the vineyards of the Gassac valley go back to at least …

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Codorniu • Spainish Sparkler

In 1976 the Codorniu cellar was accorded the status of an “Artistic Historical Monument”. Each year, around 120,000 people visit. It is wonderfully reassuring that the oldest family business in Spain is dedicated to producing bubbles. Stream after endless stream of gravity-defying, upwardly mobile circles of wine. Each and every …

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Chateau Pichon Longueville Baron

Christian Seely, Managing Director of French-owned AXA Millesimes, the wine property arm of insurance giant AXA Assurances. Christian Seely possesses a very telling quality of the English public school. He is a very skilful raconteur. The fact the word is derived from the French “raconter” – meaning to recount or …

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Winery of the Week • Chateau Chanson

LENG Xinghui, proprietor of Chateau Chanson, was trained in forensic medicine. ‘In forensic medicine, what are the crucial things we do and look for. Performing autopsies. Detecting for poison. Looking for physical evidence such as bloodstains, hair, and DNA. And then performing tests on these evidence.  At the time when …

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Winery of the Week • Bellavista

Bellavista commands a sweeping view of the entire Po Valley, the enchanting Lake Iseo, reaching all the way to the foothills of the Alps. Bellavista is true to its name, “Beautiful View”. A sweeping vista over the entire Po Valley, the enchanting Lake Iseo, reaching all the way to the …

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