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UK 2016 Vintage Report #5 - August

A quick catch up now on how my vines are doing in the summer month of August.

There has been continued good weather throughout the month with just enough rain here and there to keep the vines watered.  452 more words

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The Wine Show - Series One Round-up & Review

Last weekend saw the broadcast of the final episode of The Wine Show, the first UK mainstream channel series devoted to wine since Oz and James left our screens in 2007.  872 more words

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UK 2016 Vintage Report #4 - July

A quick glance back at last month’s report on the progress of my vines shows that I requested less rain and lots more sun to help the vines along.  279 more words

Chardonnay

Champagne in the 1890's (Part 2)

In this fifth and final part of my historical series, we look back to the world of Champagne at the end of the 1890’s.

The vintages of both 1894 and 1895 were poor, but whilst the former year went universally undeclared, several of the better growers attempted to salvage something from the latter. 760 more words

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Champagne in the 1890's (Part 1)

In the fourth part of this historical series, we look back to the world of Champagne at the start of the 1890’s.

The final decade of the 19th century was known by some as the ‘gay nineties’, a time of peace and prosperity where the notion of care-free enjoyment spread throughout the population.  717 more words

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RADIO CHAOS

Spent an hour with David Wilson last week on his nationally-syndicated wine show: Grape Encounters Radio chatting wine, wine-reviewing, and even drinking a couple of great wines.   131 more words

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Champagne in the 1880's

In the third part of this historical series, we look back to the world of Champagne in the 1880’s.

The previous decade of the 1870’s had seen some fundamental changes to the landscape of Champagne production and consumption.  711 more words

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