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My “Asta del Barolo” article published by Langton’s

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It rained heavily in Barolo on 13 March but over 200 guests braved the weather to attend the “XII Edizione” of the “Asta del Barolo” (“Barolo auction”), held in the WineMuseum Castello di Barolo and simulcast to H One Restaurant … Continue reading

Ice land

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As usual, I retreated to my parents’ place in Worcestershire for Christmas. When I left London last Thursday, it was bone dry. But look at what greeted me upon arrival in the West Midlands. I had to drag a 20kg … Continue reading

Chile con carne

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Today (2 November) I arrived in Chile, my second visit to this marvellous country. Despite overindulgence in the nightclubs of Valparaiso last year, my friend Sylvia Cava invited me to taste again at the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles Chile, two … Continue reading

The Third Man: AWC Vienna 2010

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In late August I spent a few days in Vienna tasting for the AWC (Austrian Wine Challenge) 2010, my second year as its sole UK representative. As always, Michael Edlmoser and Andreas Peschta were charming and amusing hosts. Among my … Continue reading

Open up that Golden Gate: Travels in California

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“Joni Mitchell’s voice and guitar wafted through the speakers as the plane landed in San Francisco…” How’s that for the opening sentence to a pulp thriller? At any rate, it was a nice way to arrive in California. The mood … Continue reading

Cruise Bourgeois: Travels in Bordeaux and Montpellier

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I spent most of last week in France, two nights at Château Giscours in Margaux and then two nights in Junas, near Montpellier. I arrived at Giscours, saw the imposing château and assumed that I would be staying there. But … Continue reading