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Champagne: Method of Production

by Neel Burton and James Flewellen Following previous posts on the history of champagne and the geography of the Champagne region, in this article we cover the method of champagne production. ——————————————————————————————————– Like many sparkling wines, champagne is produced by the traditional or classic … Continue reading

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Champagne: The lie of the land

by Neel Burton and James Flewellen Last week’s post gave a historical overview of champagne. In this article we cover the geographical nature of the Champagne region including grape varieties grown. Next week we will focus on the method of champagne production. … Continue reading

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A brief history of champagne

by Neel Burton and James Flewellen Early sparkling wines were produced by the méthode ancestrale, with the carbon dioxide gas arising from fermentation in the bottle. The méthode ancestrale is still used in certain parts of France such as in Gaillac and Limoux … Continue reading

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Oxford Triumph in International Tasting Final!

It had been a long time coming. The Pol Roger International Tasting Trophy has been fought over by the best of England and France in an epic blind tasting of French wines since 2003. The winning team of the Oxford-Cambridge … Continue reading

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AOC or Vin de Table? – the wine classification in France

Choosing a bottle of wine can be hard work. The label on a bottle of wine can be so filled with jargon that it’s nigh on impossible to know what you’re letting yourself in for. European wine law, in particular, … Continue reading

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Essence of Condrieu

Viognier is a difficult grape varietal to deal with. When ripening, the grapes rapidly build up high sugar levels, often before the grapes reach phenolic, or ‘flavour’, ripeness. The challenge is to achieve this phenolic ripeness before the grapes develop … Continue reading

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Three courses on a budget

I’ve enjoyed three wines on a budget this week, including one of the best value reds I’ve ever had. Beginning in Italy, La Luciana Araldica (vintage 2008) is a typical Gavi wine. Gavi is a village in the Piemonte region … Continue reading

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