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Cour-Cheverny AoP & Colomé Estate Malbec

Celebrate any hours of daylight we may still enjoy at this time of the year with a real rarity - a crisp wine from an exclusive ancient vine variety grown in northern France; and then warm the cockles of the heart as winter approaches with a classic Argentinian red from some of the world’s highest [...]

Albariño 2013 & el Patito Feo

Both my wine choices this month come from Spain, the first from the Rias Baixas, a viticultural area in northwestern Galicia where ocean breezes and a relatively cool climate dictate the style of the wines – and in my glass is northern Spain’s star player – the low-yielding white Albariño grape. This high quality centuries [...]

The Ham: New Year, New Pleasures

From an article by Liz Sagues, Louis Roederer Reginal Wine Writer of the Year, 2005. Rather more relaxed learning come in specialist courses. Way back, when I first took a serious interest in wine, Lena Inger was a great mentor at an evening class. Ever since, whenvever I've recommended courses run by Lena and her [...]

The Guardian: Bring on the Bubbles

It all begins with an erotic whisper. Or, if you're in a less romantic mood, a nun's fart. "That's the sound the champagne cork should make when you ease it out of the bottle," explains Sandy Leckie, our teacher, cradling a bottle in his arms. He pauses for a second, gazing at the cradled object [...]

W&H Magazine: Time poor? Try a mini course – Wine Tasting

"Learning about wine has given me so much more confidence" Erica Weindorf wanted to know more about her favorite wines, so she signed up for a wine tasting course in her area. She lives in London. “I've always enjoyed drinking wine with my friends, but sometimes felt silly looking at wine lists and not understanding [...]

The Times: Out of office assistant – Wine

Consider the scenario. You’re at a restaurant, the wine list is thrust into your hand, your client, who is French, politely suggests that you choose, and you don’t know how to pronounce a single one of the listed vineyards, let alone hold forth about what they’re like. Sound familiar? More professionals are now interested in [...]

Sunday Times: The Novice

A rich golden fluid swirls around 14 glasses as tutor Quentin Sadler invites students on the Wine Education Service’s beginners course to release the aromas of an Urziger Würzgarten Riesling Spätlese 1993. Quentin has helpfully written this long name on the board of our room at the LSE. Even better, he’s explained what it means. [...]