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Another en primeur Burgundy purchase, but something of a contrast with Blain Gagnard’s 2005 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru. This one seems representative of the vintage: …

At last! And it delivered too! After the heat of the 2003 summer, which spoiled Champagne, I’d wanted to see what the best of …

Marchesi di Grésy – or, to give it its full title, Tenuta Cisa Asinari dei Marchesi di Grésy – is a landmark Barbaresco producer. …

Gaja are based in the heart of the village of Barbaresco itself. On both sides of the immaculately-clean, main street up to the church, …

Producers make a number of other Asti styles of wine beyond the 3 main  categories of Moscato-, Barbera- and Brachetto-based wines already profiled. In …

Napa Valley, the Big Daddy of California wines, is today world-famous for Big Cabs and Bold Chardonnays, landmark wineries and the Napa Valley Wine …

Sonoma is, in fact, a large region. Most people, including myself, would probably think of Sonoma as Napa’s quieter, more rural, more familial, ‘little …

Paso Robles to the Santa Cruz Mountains – or ‘the rest of the Central Coast’, between Santa Barbara County and the city of San …

California wine is synonymous with US wine. For many it is US wine. Fortunately, the fine Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs of Oregon, the Bordeaux …

Santa Barbara County, making up the Southern part of the broad Central Coast area of California, was the region I most wanted to visit, …