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Posted in by Caspar Bowes
29 March 2018
"Pietradolce boasts some of the most beautiful vineyards I have ever seen. I cannot exaggerate this point. The Vigna Barbagalli is located a steep 900 meters on the volcano's flank. Once you climb up there, you are treated to a panorama of ancient, knotted pre-phylloxera vines hidden in a little amp…
The white wines of the Rhône Valley have always been something of an acquired taste. The top wines that float above their respective appellations (here I am thinking Hermitage from Chave and Sorrel, those recently-offered Condrieu wines of M Vernay and Châteauneuf-du-Pape from the likes …
Posted in by Caspar Bowes
15 March 2018
Rose Gold From the NorthPiemonte, like Burgundy, is a bastion of  mono-varietal wine. Again, like Burgundy, it can boast a red grape as fine as any in the world in the form of Nebbiolo, a variety that can and does produce wines of haunting beauty and complexity and a grape that was once thought…
Condrieu - that fulsome, exotic white wine from Côte Rôtie's neighbouring and almost equally precipitous commune in the northern Rhône Valley - is a like-it or loathe-it kind of a drink. And I fall into the latter camp…or, at least I do in the normal course of things. Let me…
Posted in by Caspar Bowes
11 March 2018
Coravin means one can try bottles in one's cellar without opening themI have been putting my Coravinto good use since I collected a few mixed cases of ready-for-drinking bottles from my own portfolio. Coravin is a genius invention that allow one, via a fine needle, to extract a glass of wine from a …
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