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El Pinot-Devil-Noir

‘God planted Cabernet Sauvignon in Bordeaux, and the Devil planted Pinot Noir in Burgundy”.  Please do forgive me dear reader, but I do not remember who actually…
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Asteroïdes

On 24th May 2024, if all goes according to plan, an asteroid will hit a small part of Staffordshire, England. Experts have used AI to let us know, and to warn…
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Nas-cëtta or Anascetta!

Last spring, 2023, during my sojourn a la Monforte d’Alba (Piedmont), I spent most breakfast times sitting on the terrace of the wonderful Felicin Hotel (not to mention their outstanding ‘Dimora Storica’ restaurant)…
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Le inimitable 2nd Vin

It is not often that Château Margaux releases a new wine. But after 500 years of making great wine, this week they have decided to release a new wine from…
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Nineteen Seventy-Four!

1974 or depending on where you are in this world of ours: “mil novecientos setenta y cuatro”, “dix-neuf soixante quatorze”, “diciannove settantaquattro”, “neunzehnhundertvierundsiebzig”! “The best vintages! well, they are those that show you…
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Bring Me the Head of Enzo Bianchi

The last BiG tasting down here of the year, 2023, was quite a unique vertical tasting of the Argentine Grand Cru Tinto known as Enzo Bianchi, produced in the best years only at Bodega Bianchi in southern Mendoza,…
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19 Ninety-Nine Cuvée ´´S´´

November is the month of both ´giving´ and ´thanks´, and I had the good fortune to share & enjoy a bottle, with huge thanks, of the 1999 vintage Champagne Brut Blanc de Blancs “Cuvée S…
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Spanna in the works!

As flight BA1982 from Heathrow started descending, over bumpily for my liking, to Guglielmo Marconi Airport (Bologna) at the end of last month, the captain announced on his…
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Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust

Ornellaia derives from two Italian words. ‘Orn’ refers to ‘ornello’ or ‘ornielli’ meaning ash tree or ash trees in Italian. The Ash was prized in Tuscany…
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