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Some of the country’s winemakers realized 40 years ago that farming methods had to change. We talk to three forward-thinking producers who are still looking for new solutions.  Read more: click

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White: Liliorila: This white grape variety is a new cross between Baroque x Chardonnay. The crossing took place in 1956 on behalf of INRA by the Basque Pierre Marcel Durquéty (1923-2016) in France with the support of the University of Montpellier.  Alvarinho: Albariño or Alvarinho is a variety of white wine grape grown in Galicia and Northwest Portugal, where it is also used to make varietal white wines. Albariño…

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Cork taint is a contaminant in wine caused by musty aroma compounds. The most common culprit is 2,4,6-trichloroanisole (TCA). While some wine flaws, such as brettanomyces and volatile acidity, can be subjective as to whether they hurt or enhance a wine, cork taint is universally considered a flaw at any detectable level. Read more click

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An American Viticultural Area, or AVA, is a specific type of appellation of origin used on wine labels. An AVA is a delimited grape-growing region with specific geographic or climatic features that distinguish it from the surrounding regions and affect how grapes are grown. Using an AVA designation on a wine label allows vintners to describe…

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A new immigration system will apply to people arriving in the UK from 1 January 2021 and EU citizens moving to the UK to work will need to get a visa in advance. EU citizens applying for a skilled worker visa will need to show they have a job offer from an approved employer sponsor to be able to apply. Read…

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The Austrian Wine Marketing Board has launched a new series of Covid-safe tastings using a ‘hybrid’ format to ensure the safety of participants; with the first session having already taken place in Moscow and the next scheduled for London in 2021. Read on…  

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You might try to pair a wine with beef… but it’s not JUST going to be beef, is it? Of course not! It will have herbs or spices, a side dish of veggies and a sauce. There are many things to think about when pairing a dish, but in the end, you have to choose…

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New grape varieties were approved last year and some growers have been quick to take advantage. Read on…  

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Based on information collected from 30 countries, representing 84% of the world production, global wine production this year is estimated to be 1% up on 2019 at 253.9mhl and 262.2mhl, with a mid‑range estimate at 258mhl. Read on…  

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After the resignation of Geoff Kruth (founder and president of GuildSomm) at the end of October, Devon Broglie (Chairman of the Court of Master Sommeliers Americas) has stepped down from his role following the sexual harassment scandal within the organization. Read on…    

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