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  • In the Press: Smashing Royal Wines

    Posted on March 16, 2015 by penwardenc

    Olly Smith’s wine column this weekend featured three Enotria wines – a fizz, a rosé and a red – what a hat trick!
    Olly was on board P&O Cruises’ new ship with the Queen, who was busy smashing bottles of fizz against the ship for its launch. Also in attendance were some of his fellow P&O ...

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  • Getting to grips with Grappa

    Posted on March 11, 2015 by penwardenc

    Finding it hard to understand Grappa? Follow this short guide to become an instant expert...

    So what is Grappa?
    Grappa is a spirit distilled from pomace
    But what’s Pomace?
    Pomace is the mass of grape skins, stems and stalks found in the crusher after the juice from the grapes has been extracted to make wine.
    A short history
    Traditionally a by-product ...

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  • Decanter Regional Profile: Great Southern

    Posted on March 2, 2015 by penwardenc

    In this month’s Decanter magazine, wine writer Sarah Ahmed profiled the area of Great Southern in Western Australia, an area often overlooked by wine drinkers and producers in favour of the region’s more famous Margaret River.
    According to Ahmed, Great Southern is less well known than neighbouring Margaret River due to the marginal growing conditions of ...

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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 ...

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  • 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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