Wine Club Articles

  • Look To The Stars

    Feb 01 2020
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    The Kalfu winery which is located in the Lolol Valley in Chile link their wines to local legends which revolve around sea creatures. Molu, which means 'where the sun sets' refers to the historical belief that during the day stars would hide in the sea and become starfish.

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  • The Juniper Story

    Feb 01 2020
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    I have touched on wines from the Margaret River before and I am delighted to once again showcase the wines of Juniper Estate. You may not think of Western Australia as one of the major players, in fact this state only produces a tiny proportion of Australia's total wine output. Therefore, we were delighted to find this cracking producer.

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  • More than Malbec

    Feb 01 2020
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    Since New World wines started to become commercially viable in the 1980s, many of the wine producing nations have tried to create a signature style of wine for which they are recognised on a global scale. Obvious examples of this are New Zealand Sauvignon, South African Pinotage and Argentinean Malbec.

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  • What is Appassimento?

    Feb 01 2020
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    Puglia lies in the heel of Italy's boot and is one of the country's most fertile regions. The terroir is superbly suited to wine-making and the Primitivo is one of the most highly regarded red wines produced here. Benefiting from one the longest coastlines of any region in Italy, the cooling effect of being so near to the sea also allows for a longer ripening period and subesquently richer flavours. 

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  • Wines in Unexpected Places

    Feb 01 2020
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    You may not associate winemaking with the nation of Lebanon but the wines of Chateau Musar are unique expressions from a country with an ancient winemaking culture. This is shown in the form of the high altitude Bekaa Valley, which has been cultivating wines, such as this, for over 6,000 years.

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  • Low Alcohol Wines, A New Trend?

    Feb 01 2020
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    Whether it is down to stricter drink driving laws or simply a trend towards people adopting healthier lifestyles, we have noticed a real increase in customers asking for lower alcohol wines.

     

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  • Saint Mont Blanc

    Feb 01 2020
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    The Plaimont co-operative consists of over 1,000 winegrowers who are situated in the heart of South-West France. Their vineyards stretch from the foothills of the Pyrenees to the hills and valleys of Gascony, covering a uniquely rich terroir.

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  • Greco

    Feb 01 2020
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    This winery is situated in the Santa Lucia area of Guardia Sanframondi, in the very heart of the southern Italian province of Benevento. Geographically this is part of Campania, but to understand the real identity of this land you have to fully appreciate the particular historical background of the area. This is the homeland of the ancient Samnite people and is a land of undulating hills and plains, which even has its own particular micro-climate that protects it from the excesses of heat and cold.

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  • Think Organic

    Feb 01 2020
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    Fedele originates from the West Coast of Sicily. This sun-kissed area offers excellent ripening in the day and is cooled in the evenings by the sea breeze of the Mediterranean.

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  • Negromaro

    Feb 01 2020
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    The story of the beautiful Fuedo Paolo Leo estate in Salento stretches back to the19th Century when Antonio Leo started to vinify grapes grown on his 20-hectare estate. Fast forward to the early 1920s and Anotnio's grandson, Paolo, built the family's first winery and thus began the transition to the thriving producer that you see today.

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  • Delving into Japan With Eilidh: Sake Explained Part 1

    Dec 03 2019
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    Sake

    Most articles on sake start with what sake is, and I will get to that, but what I want to offer up first is a context as to why Sake has come to the fore of the Weavers’ brain and more specifically, my brain. This article will be split into three parts: production, shopping and the wider importance of Sake in Japan. 

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  • Karim Mussi, The Poet of Mendoza

    Dec 01 2019
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    Argentinean winemaker Karim Mussi is no stranger to innovation and experimentation. With the Los Poetos wines, he takes his inspiration from 3 poets who he feels pushed the boundaries of their own art form.

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  • Last Christmas' Hipsters' Favourite

    Dec 01 2019
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    Every year there is a wine that you hear about being guzzled in the "trendy London winebars" as if it's going out of fashion and will be sure to take the entire world by storm. This year it is 'natural wine' that will be adorning the nation's most on-trend Christmas tables but we have opted to revisit one of the in vogue tipples of 2018, Picoul de Pinet. 

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  • Rioja To Go With Cold Cuts

    Dec 01 2019
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    When you mention the classic Spanish wine producing region of Rioja, it can be difficult to look past the fantastic, world renowned oak aged reds which so often hog the limelight in favour of the many other great wines produced in the area.

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  • A Winery Born on Christmas Day

    Dec 01 2019
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    Bodegas Piqueras was founded in 1915 by ‘El Abuelo’, Luis Piqueras, who, having won the Christmas lottery, purchased his first winery in Calle Campanario. His youngest daughter, Luisa, married Mario Bonete who studied oenology so that he could join the business. Mario was very much the driving force behind the creation of Almansa as a recognised area of wine production.

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  • A Christmas Claret

    Dec 01 2019
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    The Chateau de Marsan Winery dates back to the 17th Century when Pierre de Marsan married a wealthy heiress whose family owned a large property in the Lestiac department in the south of France. As the years went by they extended the estate and eventually came to own this Chateau which lies on the banks of the Garonne river.

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  • A Winter Warmer From Chile

    Dec 01 2019
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    The Vina Alto Roble (meaning tall oak tree) winery is located near the beautiful small town of Yerbas Buenas which is situated in the Maule Valley region of Chile. The imagery of the tall oak tree represents strength, stability and nobility, something they aim to reflect in their wines.

     

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  • Sheer Delight From Alan McCorkindale

    Dec 01 2019
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    There are many ways in which a winemaker can reduce their carbon footprint and minimise their impact on the ecological balance of their vineyards. Common options include reducing the use of pesticides or picking the grapes by hand rather than using heavy machinery. Kiwi winemaker Alan McCorkindale however, has opted to make the most of another local resource.

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