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  • Decanter: Rioja rocks

    Posted on February 2, 2015 by penwardenc

    What we think of as ‘Rioja’ has changed. According to Sarah Jane Evans MW, in her Decanter article The many faces of Rioja, there may be a plethora of styles to choose from, but what today’s Riojas have in common is a modern approach that is producing wines that are more complex and terroir-driven than ever.
    To illustrate Rioja’s winemaking ‘new ...


    This post was posted in Blog, Wines in the Press

  • Decanter Italian Feature

    Posted on January 28, 2015 by penwardenc

    Decanter magazine’s Italy Supplement this month features five Enotria producers; a lovely affirmation of the high quality, diverse range of Italian wines available for every wine list.

    A sparkling result
    In his opening gambit, “Why Italian wine has never been better”, Ian D'Agata writes about the diversity, modernity, reinvention and future of winemaking in today’s Italy. D'Agata’s recent book ...


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  • Q & A with Conrad Vlok, Strandveld Vineyards

    Posted on January 22, 2015 by penwardenc

    Conrad Vlok is Winemaker at Strandveld Vineyards,  Africa’s most southerly vineyard and winery, situated just 11km from the Atlantic Ocean in a windswept landscape between Elim and Cape Agulhas. A world away from the warmer climes of Stellenbosch, Elim has atypical quartz-rich soils and specialises in punchily aromatic Sauvignon Blanc.
    When and where did you qualify as ...


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  • Telegraph on Lebanon

    Posted on January 20, 2015 by penwardenc

    Last week Victoria Moore reported in The Telegraph that we are now drinking almost twice as much Lebanese wine in the UK as we did five years ago: this is a 'breakthrough point' according to Moore.
    “In 2010, I was struck not only by the energy and commitment of a new generation of producers but also ...


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  • Wine Blogger of the Week

    Posted on January 15, 2015 by penwardenc

    Our Wine Blogger of the Week is Sam Caporn MW, writing under the alias The Mistress of Wine. Her Top Tipple White from last week was Enotria’s Planeta La Segreta Bianco 2013 from Sicily.
    "Southern Italian whites really float my boat. I love their ripe tropical fruit, the intensity of flavour and the weight of ...


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  • Thelema's December Diary

    Posted on December 22, 2014 by penwardenc

    As thoughts turn to turkey and mince pies here, it’s a world away from what's going on in the vineyards of South Africa. The winemakers at Thelema are busy all the way through the Christmas season, either tending the vines in the summer sun or keeping up with the Christmas demand from markets like the ...


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