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Château Moulin Riche

Château Moulin Riche is the second wine of Château Léoville-Poyferré and was once a 19th century Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel estate in its own right. Second wines made by the great classed growths are well worth investigating as they are often made from the same grapes on the same terroir by the same production methods as the Grand Vin – … Read more

High Copper Levels Found In New Zealand Screw Capped Wine

A New Zealand Winery’s 4000 case shipment of wine was rejected by a German company as it said that the level of copper in the wine was well over the European recommended limit. The company rejected a pinot noir made by Te Kairanga after saying there were 3.6 parts of copper per million (ppm) in a wine bottled … Read more

The Patron Saints of Wine

An article by Reuters caught my interest today – lovers can officially ignore Valentine’s Day in Bulgaria because the day is given over to the celebration of wine and St. Trifon The Pruner. Wine makers across Bulgaria salute St. Trifon with the annual trimming of the grape vines, which symbolizes the end of winter. The tradition requires women to bake … Read more

High Copper Levels Found In New Zealand Screw Capped Wine

A New Zealand Winery’s 4000 case shipment of wine was rejected by a German company as it said that the level of copper in the wine was well over the European recommended limit. The company rejected a pinot noir made by Te Kairanga after saying there were 3.6 parts of copper per million (ppm) in a wine bottled … Read more

Breton Wine

There has been a storm in a tea cup recently over the naming of French wines – our fellow Celts across the Channel in Brittany won a victory earlier this year over the DGCCRF (the French consumer fraud office) who had planned proceedings against winemaker brothers Christophe and Philippe Chéneau for their Breizh Gwin Gwen, or “Breton White Wine”. http://www.decanter.com/ reported that the … Read more

Discovering Château Sainte-Marie

Château Sainte-Marie is a marvellous discovery. It is produced by the Dupuch Mondon Family in the up and coming Entre Deux Mers region and will impress the white wine appreciators amongst us. It’s an excellent wine with characteristics normally associated with more expensive bottles and at £6.49 this is a real find! Château Sainte-Marie 2004 is a beautiful pale golden colour and is full … Read more

Wine From the Sea Bed

I have heard of some strange places to cellar your wine (see my blog Weird and Wonderful Wine Cellars) but now it seems as if the sea bed is becoming quite a popular location. An unusual wine tasting took place last week at Saint-Malo, a northerly French port known for some of the biggest tides in Europe. … Read more