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How I did not realise this sooner, I will never know. The booming, tonnes-to-do city of Barcelona is only a 40 minute drive from Penedès, the motherland of cava (it is also accessible by train for less than €10 return). Upon realising this, my Barcelona holiday was quickly re-routed south for one day of cellar […]

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How cool is it when someone can tell what wine they are drinking just by swirling, sniffing and sipping it? At the beginning of my career I was wowed by someone with this skill, and I have been developing it myself ever since. If you want to impress your friends or just get a kick […]

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I was absolutely blown away the first time I tasted Torrontés. It had a nose of tropical fruit and flowers, not too dissimilar to that of a Gewürztraminer; but with slashes of refreshing citrus. It was intense, crisp, and richly perfumed. My experience was all that and then some. I had not been this excited […]

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Rats in the Cellar

It’s harvest time in Mendoza and The Vines Cellar Rat program is well underway. Click here to see what the Private Vineyard Estate Owners are elbow deep in this cosecha.

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    While at The Vines of Mendoza Tasting Room recently, I had my experience improved by adding The Vines’ Sensory Kit, which includes about 20 wine fragrances, and uses the flavours: sour, sweet, salty and bitter to help people understand the typical smells and tastes of wine varieties. Further to that, it’s a great intro into how to food […]

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