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Our weekly newsletters with current thoughts on the world of wine as well as our wine pick of the week.

Syrah

Although Syrah is native to the Rhone valley in France it is equally, if not more, famous as Shiraz in Australia.  The greater recognition of the word ‘Shiraz’ than ‘Syrah’ has been brushed aside because the French use appellation names, such as Hermitage, Côte Rôtie and Cornas, on their labels rather than the word ‘Syrah’ …

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Standish The Relic Shiraz-Viognier Barossa Valley

Revisiting 2009

2009 was the year French vineyards could do no wrong. The climate was spectacular and nearly all wine producing regions enjoyed a bumper year that was met with raptures by the critics and consumers. But with 12 years gone and the dust settled, where in France have the wines stood the test of time? And …

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2009 Chateau Mouton Rothschild Pauillac Premier Cru

Sauternes

Tastes and fashions have changed considerably since the 19th century. Our penchant for sweet wines that were so revered 150 years ago has waned as has as our desire for the rich, heavy dishes that accompanied them. Gone are the days of foie gras and a glass of Yquem to start off your evening meal.  When …

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The Bigger the Better

We like magnums. We could argue this is because wines age better in larger bottles and therefore offer longer drinking windows.  But ultimately it’s because magnums are just more fun.  The bigger the bottle, the more it adds to the event. 2014 Produttori Del Barbaresco Barbaresco DOCG £69 per magnum  Simple yet endlessly enjoyable. Arguably one …

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Produttori Del Barbaresco Magnum

Barolo

Getting to know Barolo is akin to getting to grips with Burgundy these days. Every inch of land in this small area in Piedmont seems to have been given up to the vine and the talk of soil composition, aspect, altitude, modern vs. traditional dominates any conversation on the region. The myriad of single vineyards …

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Giovanni Canonica Cavour Barolo DOCG

Revisiting 2006

Grapes are grown and wine is produced across the globe. Many regions share the same climatic conditions but the climate experienced and the subsequent quality of the wine produced each year will vary from one area to another, possibly even close neighbours. This may seem a simple and obvious point to make but there is …

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Chateauneuf du Pape

South African Reds

South Africa was never top of my list of wine regions: over exposure to cheap, average white wines in my early drinking days and several experiences with poorly made Pinotage that tasted vaguely like old, rubber tyres cemented my feelings on the region for a while.   A chance encounter with a Hamilton Russell Chardonnay made …

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Etna Rosso

Sicily is hot, almost desert-like, with rainfall only making an appearance for a short time in winter. Despite this harsh climate it is a surprisingly rich and diverse island when it comes to agriculture. Citrus fruits, nuts, and grains flourish under the hot sun and the influence of its many occupiers has provided for a …

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Mount Etna

A Fine Balance

Although Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a household name, the wines are not always given the respect they deserve. In recent years, since wine prices have inflated because it has become an investment product, there has been much talk (and Hollywood films) about wine fraud but this is not a completely new phenomenon.  Fraud was a serious problem for …

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Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape

István Szepsy Tokaji

Tokaji has long been a family drinking favourite at Nemo but, despite our efforts we have rarely had any really good stock available for sale (perhaps we should drink less of it!). Hopefully this is now changing with a parcel of aged Tokaji and, we hope, a more regular supply of younger vintages from Tokaji’s premier producer.   István Szepsy probably makes …

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2002 Istvan Szepsy Tokaji Aszu 6 puttonyos

Bordeaux Architecture

There is little doubt that Bordeaux has some of the best and most expensive wines in the world. However, it is not the most scenic place to visit – somewhat flat and rather dull in parts it doesn’t offer a landscape that excites.  What it does offer though, is some of the most diverse and …

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Chateau Pedesclaux

Whites From Reddish Areas

There are certain wine producing areas that are synonymous with red wine: Bordeaux, Rhône, Rioja. It is easy to forget that white wine is produced in these regions not least because they tend to get overshadowed by the well-known reds. Yet there has been a gradual shift over the last decade and the quality and availability …

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E. Guigal La Doriane Condrieu

Autumn Wines

During the spring lockdown a cosy night in was still a luxury, but after six months, it has rather lost its sheen. This time last year we were relishing the changes that autumn brings and the prospect of hunkering down for the winter with plenty of good food and wine. We were slowing down after …

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South island, New Zealand

Donna Olimpia 1898

Bolgheri, on the Tuscan coast, is littered with the greats from the Italian wine making world: Sassicaia, Ornellaia, Antinori, Gaja. These behemoths have set the bar high for both quality and price for the region. So when you find yourself surrounded by the them you may be excused for feeling a little intimidated as proximity …

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Donna Olimpia Orizzonte

2015 Bordeaux

2015 was a good year for most of the wine world but particularly for Bordeaux. It was sunny and warm and nearly everyone got the chance to make a decent wine from their crop. There are, of course, those wines that outshone others but it was most noticeably a year where producers we don’t tend …

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2015 Chateau Capbern Saint Estephe Cru Bourgeois

Mendoza

Argentina spent the majority of the 20th century shrouded in trouble and political instability. Despite having all the key elements to create a wine industry worthy of taking on the old establishment, investors never felt secure enough to really put the time and money into the areas that showed real potential.  However the 1990s saw a …

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Mendoza Vineyard

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