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Sense and Sensibility

How important are your senses to you?! Have you gone as far as Ilja Gort, the Dutch owner of Chateau de la Garde in Bordeaux, France, who insured his nose earlier this week for a staggering £3.9 million to cover...

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Hanzell Pinot Noir Sonoma Valley 2005 in April's Decanter Magazine

Jordan Mackay’s article in April’s Decanter “California Pinot Noir 2005” gives the Hanzell 4 stars and includes it in the Pick of the Crop.

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Expansion of the Champagne Region

Dozens of new producers have been awarded the right to produce champagne under the first substantial expansion of the tightly controlled wine region since 1927. Thirty eight communes (village districts) were named after decades of lobbying and feuding among councils...

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Bellissima Brunello!

An hour and a half south past Siena is Montalcino country and we dined and tasted with the Sesti’s, who are famously hospitable.  

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Tasting in Carmignano and Chianti Country

We then had a very long drive south to Carmignano to see the charming and very tall Beppe Rigoli at Fattoria Ambra to taste his Carmignano Riservas, a DOC which was the first to include Cabernet with the Sangiovese. The...

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