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Virginia is, in essence, an exciting new kid on the block as far as being a wine and food destination. When I first visited a few years back I was more than pleasantly surprised by the quality produced in the burgeoning vineyards there and even the more established ones who

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Monthly winery profile updates


We have now been providing our Club behind the label members with monthly updates ahead of the publication 11th edition of Wine behind the label. It seems like a good time to give all our readers a full list of the updates. We have now completed 61 new profiles and

Wine News from around the World
The Best Malbec in the World Revealed

    The International Wine & Spirit Competition has announced its South America and Mexico wine results   ·  The Trophy-winning Malbec hails from a summit-scraping vineyard of the Argentine mountains   ·   High altitude wines are leading the charge in fine wines due to extreme weather conditions   A high altitude Malbec, produced at an incredible 1,020 metres above sea level, has been revealed as the best Malbec in the world according to the results of the world-renowned International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC).   The IWSC has revealed the 2017 South American

Les Bonnets Rouges invade the Tours offices of InterLoire

On Friday 13th October 2017 the offices of InterLoire in Tours were invaded by eight members of the militant group – Les Bonnets Rouges. The eight called themselves – Les Frelons (the hornets). InterLoire is the administrative and promotional body for many of the Loire appellations. photo credit: Les Bonnets Rouges The group – Les Bonnets Rouges – is based in Brittany and was formed in October 2013 to fight a new lorry transport tax, which they believed harmed agriculture in Brittany. Through demonstrations and militant action they forced the

Champagne Deutz Harvest Report 2017

Champagne Deutz provide us with an assessment of the 2017 vintage in Champagne appellation. This was a challenging year with spring frosts and late season humid conditions seeing grey rot effecting the two Pinot varieties with an inevitable loss in yield as well. Here then is the Champagne Deutz report. Excitement, fear and relief... Each year brings us its share of surprises, good or bad. The old folk used to say that one should never get excited about a vintage until the harvest has been brought home, and this year

The 2017 harvest at Delas Frères

The Rhône Valley firm Delas Frères give their assessment of the 2017 vintage. The early impressions are optimistic after good summer growing conditions. The only negative is that yields are lower than normal. Here then is their report. Growing Cycle In 2003, the meteorologists told us to expect more and more hot vintages. 2017 is undoubtedly one of these vintages. Since the very early bud burst, due to a particularly mild spring, up until the time of the harvest, the vines enjoyed particularly good growing conditions throughout the entire Rhône

The 2017 harvest: Much enthusiasm in Burgundy

This year, it all happened very quickly. The harvest began at the end of August, with quality and quantity much in evidence. After a series of vintages that have suffered the whims of the weather – the 2016 in particular – the Bourgogne winegrowing region has returned to cruising speed in terms of production, while averages across the rest of France are down. On 23 August, the first grapes were picked in the south of the region, to be used in the production of Crémant de Bourgogne. This was around

The 2015 Official Selection of the Crus Bourgeois du Médoc has just been released

  Generally underrated, but sometimes producing great value for money, the Cru Bourgeois of the Médoc have, since 2010, really got their act together by producing a meaningful qualitative classification of wines from the Médoc. You can see which wines these are by downloading the 2015 official selection from the link below.     271 Crus Bourgeois du Médoc make up the new Official Selection for the 2015 vintage in some of the Bordeaux region’s most prestigious AOCs: Médoc, Haut-Médoc, Listrac-Médoc, Moulis, Margaux, Pauillac & Saint-Estèphe. 32 million bottles to

Reports from the Loire on the 2017 vintage

Muscadet We spent Monday (11th September) and Tuesday (12th) in the Pays Nantais looking at the 2017 vintage. It is well known that the Pays Nantais was badly frosted in late April. The effects of the frost are, however, very variable. Some lucky producers like Jérémie Huchet (jeremie-huchet-vigneron.fr/en/) in Château-Thebaud only lost some 10%-15% of his crop. He did, however, lose 40% from frost last year. At the other end Fred Niger (domaine-ecu.com/) has lost 98% of his 2017 crop – making only three hectolitres per hectare. Much of the

2017 Loire Vintage now underway

The last week of August has seen the start of the 2017 vintage in the Loire. The Ban des Vendanges for Muscadet (the official start of the harvest) was on 30th August, while picking in Anjou-Saumur for sparkling wine started a couple of days earlier. Langlois-Chateau started picking their Pinot Noir on 28th August. Although this is an early start - picking in August is still relatively rare in the Loire, 2017 is by no means the earliest vintage here. Since 1981 there have been six earlier starts for Muscadet

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