Don Maximiano Founder's Reserve 2013, Errazuriz

Chilean wine is breaking into markets all over the world and disrupting them with a huge combination of great value, high quality and variation.

Errazuriz is one of the leading brands exporting wine around the world and is gaining a reputation for delivering rich complex wines for just about any occasion.

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Contino 2013: tasting with Spain's Jesús Madrazo

Contino is a small single vineyard estate that is part of the Cvne family of high quality benchmark Spanish wines from the Rioja region. Jesús Madrazo is the widely respected winemaker at Contino and has traveled to London for a tasting of the very troubled 2013 vintage.

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Coteaux Champenois: Red wine in Champagne?

Why is everyone talking about “Bouzy Rouge” in Reims? Still wines from Coteaux Champenois are delicious and the Grand Cru village of Bouzy has been developing cult wine status for sometime. Find out more..

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Spanish wine tip: Gran Caus, 1999

We visited the Wines from Spain 2016 show in London recently and bumped into the man behind ‘The Write Taste’, food and alcohol journalist, Robin Goldsmith.

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5 Riojas will get us through this chilly period

Can I offer you a protective layer of something mouth-pleasingly delightful to take your mind of this, the tail end of winter?

These wines from Rioja combine the core components of quality: complexity of flavour, value for money and colossal scope for pleasure. 

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Beaujolais Nouveau at Le Garrick in Covent Garden

We dropped in on Covent Garden's no.1 French Brasserie & Restaurant, Le Garrick, to enjoy a few glasses of this fruity vintage.

If you're in the area and want to taste a little bit of France, make your way to Garrick Street and look out for the French flag!

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Sir Nick Faldo's personal wine selection tasting

A quick taste of Secret Sommelier's interview with Nick Faldo - REGISTER via social media to stay up to date with our latest videos.

Faldo's selection includes Chablis, Loire sauvignon, Rioja Alavesa, Valpolicella Ripasso, Chateauneuf du Pape & a Barolo..

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Errazuriz Aconcagua Costa Pinot Noir from Chile,2014

 

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Characteristics The Gamay Grape by Guillaume de Castelnau

Winemaker from famed Chateau Des Jacques, in Moulin á Vent, explains how he differentiates wine made from gamay grapes from pinot noir.

Guillaume also gives us 3 characteristics of gamay that we can all meditate over whilst enjoying our next glass.

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Jean-Luc Colombo Pt 2: Food/Wine Matching

“I love Sashimi but I don’t go to try to replace the saki with Cornas Les Ruchets. Maybe a nice rosé, maybe a viognier… not at all the Cornas Ruchets!”

Do reds go with fish? What’s a the perfect Rhone wine to go with guinea fowl? 

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The cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, the final resting place of Saint James, rises out of the landscape, infested with antiquity. The rambling steep streets give way to shafts of dramatic light, emblazoned chapels, and tightly packed tapas bars, dusty, as old novels pressed together in antiquarian bookshops.

 

Driving into the Entre-Deux-Mers region from the north, the vineyards roll out like a bright green deep-pile carpet across the undulating land. It’s hard not to be excited about tasting wines with so much heritage, as we head to Chateau-Sainte-Marie to meet with 5th generation owner, Stéphane Dupuch. 

 

It’s been a hot couple of weeks here trekking around northern Catalonia. From the homeland and backdrop to surrealist Salvador Dali’s world to dramatic remnants of the volcano park an hour away, this place is a land of rough-hewn vistas and rustic hospitality.

 

It’s a scorching summer evening in Regent’s Park and what is my glass is of premium importance. The fact that Britain is experiencing a thorough multi-day licking from the sun, is itself unconventional, as are the pourers at this evenings tasting: 4 wine producers from the appellation AOC Ventoux in the southern Rhone.

 

Carluccio's deli and restaurants are a high-street staple, where great flavours in food blend easily with quality wines on the list. Following the death of the charismatic founder, Antonio Carluccio, his spirit lives on in style and philosophy. Nick Breeze talks to Head of International Operations (especially where wine is concerned!), Mike Stocks about wine-list tips, food matching and the great man of "mof mof":

 

Winemaker and owner Nicola D’Auria greeted us at the entrance of this fascinating cantina. The winery and cellars have been designed by Rocco valentini in the shape of a vertical barrel in order to immerse the tasters senses in wine.

 

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