Tips on Buying Fine Wine

08/08/2013
 

The key word is provenance. Here, at Fine Wines Direct UK, the great classified growths of Bordeaux that we offer, were bought, at the opening price, direct from the château. 

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Spain

02/08/2013

Spain’s vineyards are characterised by their often extreme climatic conditions. Vines may be found growing in desert or volcanic regions or in landscapes blanketed by snow.

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Chablis

02/08/2013
 

The climate in Chablis is marginal for the production of wine, with spring frosts being a particular danger.

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Bodegas Julian Chivite

02/08/2013
 

We pride ourselves on dealing with family companies and I do not think that there can be much doubt as to which is the longest established of those families in the wine-trade – Bodegas Julian Chivite. 

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Michel Picard

02/08/2013
 

Of all the family suppliers we have, perhaps the most remarkable is that of Michel Picard. Just over forty years ago they were a small company based in Chagny, mainly selling table wine to local restaurants; now they are the second largest wine and spirit group in Burgundy.

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Mazilly, Burgundy

02/08/2013
 

When we went to live and work in Burgundy, more than forty years ago, after an initial period living in a flat in Beaune, we bought a house in Meloisey, in the Hautes-Côtes.

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Viognier

02/08/2013
 

It is not so long ago that the Viognier was one of the rarest white grape varieties in the world. As recently as 1968, the French grape census recorded that there were only 35 acres of it planted and they were restricted to just a few villages south of Lyons, at the northern end of the Rhône vineyards.

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How important is vintage?

02/08/2013
 

It was not so long ago that everybody had a small vintage card, not just to see what were the good vintages for each region, but, perhaps more importantly, what were the bad ones. Now with modern treatments in the vineyard a bad vintage is a true rarity and even in the most disappointing of years you can find good bottles.

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German Wines

02/08/2013
 

I have just spent four days studying, and tasting, at the German Wine Academy, which, this year, took place at Freiburg at the heart of the vineyards of the Baden wine region. I must admit that, whilst I enjoy them, German wines are not one of my strong points and this was an opportunity for me to catch up on latest developments.

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Champagne Chartogne-Taillet

26/07/2013
 

I first met Philippe and Elisabeth Chartogne, of Champagne Chartogne-Taillet, in Marrakech some thirty years ago.

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