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Mike Matthews – Harpers Newsletter Jan 11th 2013 including ME!!


Welcome to the Harpers newsletter Laura  January 11, 2013 News headlinesBurgundy En Primeur 2011 Tasting Reviews:  To help you keep on top of the large number of Burgundy tastings this … Continue reading

January 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

Chablis producers anticipate smaller harvest


Chablis producers are predicting the harvest could be down by around 20%, thanks to bad weather earlier in the growing season. Although picking won’t start until the second half of … Continue reading

August 3, 2012 · Leave a comment

Oregon shines at IPNC 2012


Oregon proved its quality on the world stage, along with its collaborative spirit, as nearly 700 visitors descended on McMinnville for the 26th International Pinot Noir Celebration at the weekend. Among … Continue reading

July 30, 2012 · 2 Comments

Maconnais pushes for Premier Crus


Vineyards in Macon have reached the next stage in their battle for promotion to Premier Cru status. ‘Great terroirs..’ The Maconnais [image: Hospices de Beaune] Macon is currently the only … Continue reading

July 16, 2012 · Leave a comment

Etienne de Montille buys Chateau de Puligny-Montrachet


Etienne de Montille of Domaine de Montille in Burgundy has bought Chateau de Puligny-Montrachet from the French bank Credit Foncier. The purchase of Chateau de Puligny-Montrachet takes the de Montille holdings to … Continue reading

July 11, 2012 · 1 Comment

Wine Reviews: Beaujolais-Villages Blanc, Vieilles Vignes, Domaine Arnaud Aucoeur 2011. Beaujolais Blanc, En Fût, Jean-Paul Brun 2010


Say the word Beaujolais, what springs to mind? Light and easy fruity red wines, Beaujolais Nouveau or Beaujolais Villages no doubt! What about the unknown? What about Beaujolais Blanc…? Not … Continue reading

June 28, 2012 · Leave a comment

Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Boudriottes 2008 Fontaine-Gagnard


Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Boudriottes 2008 Fontaine Gagnard Burgundy – France Grape Variety – Chardonnay ABV – ? I haven’t written a review for a while but having popped into … Continue reading

June 2, 2012 · Leave a comment

Wine Tasting 101: Even Sommeliers Started Off Clueless


Wine is a tough nut to crack for some, but it shouldn’t be restricted to elitist pontificating and ridiculous descriptions of flavour. There is no leather in your wine, just … Continue reading

May 14, 2012 · 3 Comments

FRENCH WINE CAMPAIGN TO TAP CHINESE MARKET


Newly elected French president Francois Hollande is to promote French wine in China and educate the Chinese about wine through a series of events in the country. The French agriculture … Continue reading

May 11, 2012 · Leave a comment

Re-Discovering Beaujolais


 I have given myself a new task. That task is to try and be a voice for Beaujolais. Beaujolais, or Bojo for short, has had to live with the stigma … Continue reading

April 27, 2012 · Leave a comment

Mischief and Mayhem buys Aloxe-Corton vineyard


Micro-négociant, Mischief and Mayhem, has bought its first domaine in Aloxe-Corton. Mischief and Mayhem was founded in January 2005 by Michael and Fiona Ragg as a progressive, modern micro-négociant committed to … Continue reading

April 20, 2012 · Leave a comment

Oak experiments yield mixed results.


UK wine professionals were guinea pigs at a seminar yesterday as they tasted the results of Taransaud prototypes and product developments. Taransaud’s new Ovum egg-shaped wooden fermentation vessel Among the … Continue reading

April 18, 2012 · Leave a comment

A brief consumers guide to buying wine.


I have worked within wine retail since 1995 and during that time I have listened to all types of questions and answers from customers regarding wine. When it comes to … Continue reading

April 14, 2012 · 3 Comments

Louis Latour seeks solutions in Beaujolais


Maison Louis Latour is stepping up its activity in Beaujolais as a solution to the increasing pressure on Burgundy’s Pinot Noir supplies. The move includes investment in the new appellations … Continue reading

April 6, 2012 · Leave a comment
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