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Vineyard stories: the wines of CVNE

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Vineyard stories: the wines of CVNE

I've a little story about Rioja and the wines made by three sister properties in CUNÉ, Viña Real and Contino which I've come to know and love over my years in the wine industry. In early 2008, I was very lucky to go on a trip to vist the winery of the Compania del Viticulture del Norte de Espana... or 'CUNÉ' for short. They are based in the heart of the historic town of Haro in Rioja, right next to Muga. They have been making wine since the 1870s when winemakers from France went in search of vineyards free from Phylloxera, the mite that...

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The Wines of Angelo Gaja

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The Wines of Angelo Gaja

Simply put, Angelo Gaja, is one of the best winemakers in the world, and is often considered to be the best winemaker that Italy has ever produced. I have known these wines for about fifteen years and rate them as some of the best I've ever been lucky enough to drink. Gaja is famed for his wines made in the Piemonte communes of Barolo and Barbaresco, which is where he lives, but in the 1990s, he branched out into Tuscany. The wines are definitely pricey and don't always conform to the local way of doing things (two of his famed ex-Barolos...

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Thinking outside and "inside out" of the box

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Thinking outside and "inside out" of the box
Thinking outside of the box and bringing new life to old wine boxes before they're recycled.

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What's your favourite wine? Here's mine.

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What's your favourite wine? Here's mine.
When someone asks me what my favourite wine is, I often go, "hrrmm". But certainly, of my favourite wines, the Win Win Riesling has got to be up there.

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Regional focus: Rioja

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Regional focus: Rioja
An introduction to Rioja, Spain's most important wine region.

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