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Australian 'rockstar' winemaker Taras Ochota dies

2 weeks 2 days ago
Taras Ochota, at home in Adelaide Hills.

Hamish Laurie, president of Australia’s Adelaide Hills Wine Region trade body, was among those leading tributes to Ochota Barrels cofounder Taras Ochota following news of his death this week. ‘One of the most colourful and well-loved wine personalities has gone well before his time,’ said Laurie in a tribute posted on Instagram. ‘Taras brought a […]

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Chris Mercer

Glory in Givry: Domaine du Cellier Aux Moines

2 weeks 2 days ago

As in its more famous neighbouring region, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay reign supreme and, with rare exceptions, are the mandated grapes for the wines. Major appellations in the Côte Chalonnaise, moving from north to south, include Rully and Mercurey, which produce both red and white wine, Givry, which produces mostly (80%) red wine, and Montagny, […]

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Michael Apstein

Wine Legend: Bruno Giacosa, Asili Barbaresco Riserva 2004

2 weeks 5 days ago

Wine Legend: Bruno Giacosa, Asili Barbaresco Riserva 2004, Piedmont, Italy Bottles produced 14,040 Composition 100% Nebbiolo Yield 40hl/ha Alcohol 14.5% Release price $210 Price today £570 A legend because… Born in 1929, Bruno Giacosa began working with his winemaker father Mario – his grandfather Carlo had also produced and bottled wines in their home town […]

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Stephen Brook

Gérard Bertrand: Behind the Languedoc labels plus 10 wines tasted

2 weeks 6 days ago

Although officially joining the family business in 1987, putting Gérard Bertrand in his 34th vintage today, his story began taking part in his first vintage in 1975 with his father Georges. ‘My father was a pioneer,’ Gérard said, ‘he was one of the first to believe the potential of the region and to try and […]

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Georgina Hindle

Best spiced rums

2 weeks 6 days ago
Spiced Rums Bottles

Rum is one of the oldest distilled spirits in the world. Originally the idea of adding spices to it was a highly practical attempt to mask the imperfections in early distilling practices – as with botanicals in gin.   As distilling techniques improved and drinking habits changed, spiced rum settled into a small niche, dominated […]

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Julie Sheppard

Producer profile: Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe plus 15 wines tasted

3 weeks ago

With his short, grey, curly hair and deep crow’s feet, Daniel Brunier has a patrician, Roman air as he stalks the winery. Cellar staff hush and busy themselves as he passes. Along with his brother Frédéric, he has built an empire that stretches from Châteauneuf-du-Pape, to Gigondas, all the way to Lebanon. Daniel has just […]

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