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New World Wine Maker

If Only the Grapes Were the Whole Story

It’s no simple task. Unlike processed foods, wine is not required to have its ingredients listed on the label. This contributes to the belief that any wine is elemental, like fruits, vegetables and…

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Rosè Wine Sales Up 10%

Rose now accounts for a record one in eight bottles of wine bought in supermarkets and off-licences, up from one in 40 in the year 2000.

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The Seven Habits of Highly Ineffective Wine People

What is it about wine that makes so many otherwise intelligent, interesting and ambitious people cling to habits and patterns that simply no longer work? To paraphrase from the best-selling business b…

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Here’s to the Winemakers!

In the winery, winemakers decide whether wine is fermented in steel, oak or clay amphora. They keep an eye on the yeast fermenting the wine and stop bacteria from turning it to vinegar. They decide wh…

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All dressed up, but nowhere to go with your wine?

“If I was a winemaker and I made wine that tasted the same five years in a row, I would consider myself a failure.” This statement was greeted by a soft gasp of shock and then an uncomfortable sil…

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PET wine bottles – Plastic is fantastic

I was absolutely horrified when I saw the new Backsberg “Tread Lightly” in a supermarket recently. I mean we’re still trying to get our heads around cork versus screw cap, now the wine industry…

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