Category Archives: Wine Regions

Plastovo wine, Vina Sladić, Croatia

The final full day of the AdVintage 2016 wine tour saw us heading northwest from Trogir to the village of Plastovo, near the town of Skradin and the tourist magnet of the Krka National Park (which we visited immediately after the tasting). … Continue reading

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Imotski wine, Šimunović & Grabovac, Croatia

Day 2 of the AdVintage 2016 wine tour saw us in Imotski, a small town east from Split, only a couple of kilometers from the border with Bosnia & Herzegovina. As a tourist destination it is famous for its Blue and Red … Continue reading

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Kaštela wine, Putalj & Bedalov, Croatia

Day 1 of the AdVintage 2016 wine tour saw us in Kaštela, the administrative name for seven small towns east of Trogir and northwest of Split. This area has been growing grapes back to the Romans, Greeks and Illyrians ,with records of the … Continue reading

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Split Decision; AdVintage Wine Holiday 2016

Summer has come and gone, at least as far as I’m concerned now that my yearly wine holiday with AdVintage Wine is over. For 2016 it was Croatia’s Dalmatian coastline as the destination, with a hotel base in Seget Donji (just east … Continue reading

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Producteurs Plaimont with Xavier Didelon

Last month I was invited by local wine educator Helen Savage for a tasting of wines from Producteurs Plaimont, a co-operative in the South West of France. Presenting the wines was Xavier Didelon, an Alsace native who has worked for Plaimont for the … Continue reading

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Virginia: Old World Wine from the USA

The May tasting at NEWTS was a selection of wines from an area of the US with a long, if somewhat chequered history with winemaking. The Commonwealth of Virginia , nicknamed “Old Dominion” , the “Mother of Presidents” and the … Continue reading

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Spain, a History

Spain was the target of my most recent presentation to the North East Wine Tasting Society. I’ve loved Spanish Wine for many years, something which was made easier  by having a local importer just down the road in the form … Continue reading

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A trio of Volnay

I don’t drink much Burgundy, but recent NEWTS tastings have included 2 good Volnays; the Maison Roche de Bellene 2009 Volnay 1er Cru, Clos des Chenes (~£23) and the superb Domaine Comte Armand 2009 Volnay (~£31). Last week I had a … Continue reading

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Night of the Premier Crus

September seems like ages ago now but David Whitaker gave the NEWTS a tasting that will stay in memory for a long time with a selection of fine and rare Burgundy Premier Crus. Dave had made connections in Burgundy Wines … Continue reading

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Bordeaux , a whistle stop tour

As I discussed in my Bordeaux, a History piece the region I chose for my second NEWTS tasting isn’t one where I’ve had any personal knowledge of experience of. The main reason I ended up standing in front of August’s … Continue reading

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