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April 2019

When it comes to choosing wines we tend to play safe and select the classic grape varieties or regions. Beyond classic regions, Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Bordeaux, Burgundy and grape varieties, notably Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and here in Spain Tempranillo, there are many other fascinating

During the second half of the 19th century Phylloxera ravaged vineyards throughout Europe and around the world destroying millions of hectares, in many places leaving landowners and families bankrupt and destitute.  What caused it and what was the solution?

If you look up ‘sulphites in wine’ on a search engine you are like to see a long list of articles that highlight the potentially harmful effects but often these headlines are misleading and it is fair to say that there is confusion surrounding the