In the mood for white Rioja? Try Cune's Contino Blanco 2014

There is really only one answer as to whether you fancy a glass or two from Spain’s most famous wine region: “Bring it on!”

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Dourthe No. 1, Sauvignon Blanc, Bordeaux 2015

Bring out the salads, bring out the oysters, the prawns sizzling in olive oil, garlic and parsley. Then bring out a chilled bottle of the elegant and refreshing Dourthe No.1 sauvignon blanc from Bordeaux!

 

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Tasting Avincis Cramposie Selectionata from Romania

Romanian wine is becoming more widespread across the UK as drinkers discover great grape varieties, like pinot noir, delivering excellent quality and value combined. here we catch up with merchant, Daniel Illsley from The Wine Theatre, as he profiles a lesser know variety.

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Fontanasanta, Manzoni Bianco, Academy Club, Soho

When London’s only “art monger” invited me to lunch at the Academy Club, I could have been forgiven for expecting to be handed a painted mackerel. Instead, I am pleased to report, the experience was a memorable afternoon balancing gastronomy and a good old fashioned gossip.

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Laure Colombo: La Belle De Mai 2012, Saint Peray

Laure Colombo is the daughter of esteemed Cornas / Rhone producer, Jean-Luc Colombo. As the head winemaker, Laure has a strong connection with the terroir that she is working with. 

This is film is a great intro to both Laure & La Belle De Mai 2012, named as a tribute to her Grandmother who from her restaurant in Marseille, handed down her love of fine food & wine.

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Basque country wine gets serious: Txakoli

Txakoli has long been the secret of the Basque Country. A wine that is often a little a course but perfectly suited to the seafood pintxos being served up all over the region. In recent years, Txakoli has found itself making its way to the UK in smart bottles and with much more attention being paid to what is in the glass.

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Ribeiro: Perfect for a sunny afternoon in Ares!

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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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