Tag Archives: Reign of Terroir

Greybeard’s Corner – January 2011

Where did January go? After the excesses of Christmas and New Year the month seemed to fly by with barely a growl, at least in my corner of the world. There were a few interesting news stories which, for a … Continue reading

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Greybeard’s Corner – Winter 2010/11

A warm welcome to 2011 and there’s a whole new year ahead but, as we move into a new decade, here’s one final look back to 2010 as Greybeard’s Corner reviews the run up to Christmas and New Year. Winter … Continue reading

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Fabrique En Chine – Château Bolongbao

Vincent Debien is a long way from home, although that’s nothing new for this young Bordelais. At 26 he already has vintages from Lebanon, Corsica, Bordeaux, Australia, New Zealand and Switzerland under his belt (including such names as Smith Haut … Continue reading

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The Wines, They are a-changin’? New EU Regulations

How familiar are you with the terms Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) and Protected Geographical Indication (PGI)? These are two of the European Quality schemes for agricultural products and have been in common use since 1992 for food (primarily cheese), … Continue reading

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Château Musar – Unique from Vine to Glass

Château Musar is neither the Lebanon’s oldest or biggest winery – both those titles belongs to Château Ksara which was founded 1857 and contributes two thirds of the countries production – however, since it was exhibited at the 1979 Bristol … Continue reading

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Wine buying in the U.K. (Chapter 3 – Specialist retailers)

We’ve previously covered Supermarkets where wine is sold along with the weekly Grocery shop. This section covers the dedicated wine stores and on-line retailers whose livelihood is predominantly wine and spirits. Oddbins has been around since the early ‘60s and … Continue reading

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Wine buying in the U.K. (Chapter 2 – Other Supermarkets)

As discussed previously Tesco, ASDA, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons are the big 4 in U.K. Supermarkets, and offer a good wine selection, but for some of the better wine ranges (in terms of variety and quality) then you need to look … Continue reading

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Wine buying in the U.K. (Chapter 1 – Big Supermarkets)

I’ve heard people say options for buying wine vary significantly between the U.S. and Europe, and from my excursions on U.S. dominated internet forums it is clear that inter-State shipping laws are, at best, chaotic and, at worst, woefully restrictive … Continue reading

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