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Wineing and La Bodeguilla-ing in Palma

Recently we spent a week in Palma de Mallorca. It’s a beautiful city that is easily accessible by air from the UK, and certainly worthy of a long weekend at the very least. There are plenty of interesting places to eat … Continue reading

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A visit to Alpha Estate, Amyndeo

We were getting towards the end of our trip in North Greece now, the last full day in fact, and were now in the heartland of Xinomavro.  To be more precise, we were visiting Alpha Estate in Amyndeo, one of the … Continue reading

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Xinomavro and me

I’m not going to give you an exhaustive account of  the native grape varieties I encountered on my recent wine trip to North Greece, but Xinomavro certainly deserves a few words.  And before that I’d like to say that the trip also confirmed … Continue reading

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Stelios Kechris Domaine, Retsina, and the Tear of the Pine

The very first event of our North Greece wine trip was an evening tasting in our Thessaloniki hotel, offered by four wineries that we would not get the opportunity to visit.  We had many good wines, but the Tear of the Pine in … Continue reading

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Rapsani – the adventure, the wine and the town

It was the first afternoon of our wine trip in North Greece programme, and time for The Rapsani Wine Aventure. On receiving the itinerary before my trip, I quickly checked out this Adventure using Google. I found the video, and it looked … Continue reading

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Impressions from a wine visit to North Greece

The trip was organised through the Circle of Wine Writers, and I am very grateful to Ted Lelekas for initiating and leading the visit, to Wines of North Greece for their support including trip expenses within Greece, and to all producers … Continue reading

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A few more local wines drunk when in Bologna

This covers a few non-Lambrusco wines that we drank while staying in Bologna.  For Lambrusco, see my previous blog post. Wine number one was actually not drunk in Bologna at all, but on a day trip to Parma, in Enoteca Fontana, … Continue reading

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Looking for Lambrusco

In addition to a few days in Bologna, we were originally planning on spending some time in an agriturismo in the countryside around nearby Modena, i.e. the land of Lambrusco, and maybe visiting a few wineries by car.  But the plan changed and … Continue reading

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A tasting of Etna wines

Ben (that’s Benjamin Spencer of Etna Wine Lab) had just shown us around the palmento at our hotel, and ferried us the short distance to the restaurant Da Antonio for this tasting.  It was from one palmento to another.  This … Continue reading

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A visit to the Etna vineyards Monte Ilice and Carpene

Monte Ilice and Carpene were both owned by Vini Biondi until 2011, at which point Ciro Biondi and his business partner Giuseppe Brancatelli separated.   After the separation, Giuseppe finished up in possession of Monte Ilice and Carpene, and Ciro the vineyards Chianta, San … Continue reading

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