Tag Archives: Reign of Terroir

The Rise of Grapevine Trunk Disease

Vine Diseases are not my specialist subject, in fact before last week I knew practically nothing about them, but for some reason a casual reading of a blog post from Jim Budd set me off on a major tangential internet … Continue reading

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Greybeard’s Corner – Winter’s Hold 2011

The year is winding its way towards the Christmas and in the northern reaches of England winter’s icy touches are already starting to be felt, but as Europe and America’s wine now sits in tank and barrel there’s still plenty … Continue reading

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Greybeard’s Corner – Harvests End

By the time you read this harvests all over the Northern Hemisphere will have ended or be well on their way to finishing. 2011 has been a challenging harvest in both Europe and America but for different weather related reasons. … Continue reading

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Die Riesling Manufaktur

Johannes Schmitz isn’t your typical Moselian, his Rebenhof winery on the southern edge of Ürzig is testimony to that. In contrast to an otherwise traditional Mosel village his glass, steel and concrete monument to the 21st Century proudly pronounces the … Continue reading

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Greybeard’s Corner – June 2011

The 2011 harvest in both hemispheres dominates the recent wine news while Germany fills up a large part of my own wine experiences in this month’s Corner post. Wine News: Let’s get the bad news out of the way first. … Continue reading

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Greybeard’s Corner – May 2011

With the Rapture due to decimate the world on May 21st it hardly seemed worth researching this article, but luckily the end of the world has now been postponed until October 21st so we have a few more months to … Continue reading

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A Taste of Germany…a NEWTS tasting

Over a year ago I put my name down to give one of the monthly tastings at the North East Wine Tasting Society (NEWTS) and chose Germany as my theme. If you mention German wine to a random group of … Continue reading

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Greybeard’s Corner – April 2011

Spring takes hold in the wine world with the unsurprising news that Bordeaux is superb again, Oddbins goes through its final death throws and California sees the resurrection of an historic name. The big news of last month was En … Continue reading

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Greybeard’s Corner – March 2011

“Oddbins, the Demise” would be a fitting sub-title to this month’s post, for what a month it’s been for arguably the most popular wine retailer in the UK. Founded in 1963 by Ahmed Pochee, run through the 1970s by Dennis … Continue reading

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Greybeard’s Corner – February 2011

I thought January was quiet, but February passed by with barely a whimper here in the North East of England, as can be seen by the world wine news making up most of this piece! Every month I try and … Continue reading

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