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Brunello di Montalcino when it’s good, it’s very, very good.

“I first tried Brunello di Montalcino in the late-nineties when I sat next to Billy Joel in an Italian restaurant in Sag Harbour, Long Island. He had turned up to meet some old friends who were neighbours of a school friend of mine and had brought with him two magnums that he handed to the

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2006 Château Guillot, Pomerol

  We were invited to a family BBQ last weekend and the wine I took for us all to drink was 2006 Château Guillot, Pomerol. Château Guillot is in the upper regions of Pomerol and has a very famous neighbour, Le Pin. With soils of deep gravel mixed with silica and clay. The vineyard is 11.6

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French Wine | One of the best known towns in the world of wine | St Emilion

St Emilion is an evocative place with a long history responsible for some of the very finest wines in the world and some of the most controversial. The towns and villages which give their name to the great wines of France can often be somewhat underwhelming to the vinous tourist, as anyone visiting Vosne-Romanée, Pauillac

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South African Wine | Spot the Bontebok, go for an Ostrich ride or sip a cheeky South African Pinot Noir? Personally, I’ll opt for the latter every time!

I was fortunate enough to visit South Africa several years ago. It’s a fascinating and diverse country, where eleven languages are recognised as official, housing ranges from mud huts to palatial gated communities and 20% of the world’s gold is mined there. Whilst I was there, I travelled a good portion of the main arterial

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In The Kitchen With Ludovic | 2013 Cervaro with Heston’s Perfect Roast Chicken

My lifelong love of food has been crystallized in the past 15 years into what has to be called a borderline unhealthy obsession with cooking, which means I have tested quite a lot of different recipes for Roast Chicken over the years. For years I found it very difficult indeed to top Jamie Oliver and

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German Wine | Purity and Elegance: A Regional Tour

Liebfraumilch and Hock, Blue Nun and Black Tower… it’s fair to say that mass market, bulk wines have done the German wine industry’s image no favours over the last 40 years. With a vinous history stretching back to Roman times it’s a shame that so much damage was caused over such a short period. The History

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Vineyard at Louis Roederer Champagne House

French Wine | The Best Champagne House in The World

At the end of June I was lucky enough to win a trip to visit one of the most well-known and, in my opinion, the best Champagne house in the world – Louis Roederer. Established in 1776, the Champagne House passed through several owners before Louis Roederer inherited it in 1833 and gave it his

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View over vineyards at Chablis

French Wine | A Guide To Chablis

The classic faux-pas “I hate Chardonnay but love a good glass of Chablis” is one that always raises eyebrows amongst wine aficionados. However, the steely, mineral and taut Chablis wines bear little relation to some of the buttery high alcohol Chardonnays from Australia and California made in the 1990’s – the only unifying factor being the

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French Wine | A trip to the Bordeaux region with Stacy

At last we are getting our English summer! There’s nothing I love more than to be soaking up the sunshine in my little patio garden, with a glass of Rose (Sancerre preferably). On this fine occasion I opted out of my usual Rose or Loire blanc, and took a trip south to the Bordeaux region (not

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French Wine | Patrick Javillie makes for Superb Summer Drinking

My wife, Karen, and I enjoyed a chilled bottle of 2013 Bourgogne Blanc Cuvée Oligocène in Saturday’s evening warmth as a barbecue aperitif with Pimento olives with black pepper. I was lucky enough to visit Monsieur Javillier’s house to collect samples in preparation for the L&W Burgundy tasting in January 2015 and having gained an insight into

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