Monthly Archives: June 2013

Seyval blanc 6 weeks after budburst

I am continuing to remove flowers and, as the canes develop, am gradually selecting a number from which to choose those to retain, later on, for next year.

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Sparkling wine – South Africa

What Sparkling wine was pioneered by Simonsig Estate in Stellenbosch, in 1971, using the traditional method, here known as Methode Cap Classique (MCC) – directly analagous to the methode traditionelle of Champagne, but neither of those terms is legally permitted since the 1990s. … Continue reading


Sparkling wine – Washington

What A state in the Pacific North-west that is gaining a reputation for its quality sparkling wines. It has a common viticultural area with Oregon – the Columbia River Valley, which serves as their border.  There is one major producer, the rest … Continue reading

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Sparkling wine – Oregon

What A cool moist climate region for grape growing – ideal for champagne varieties.  Small volumes from artisan producers – sounds like grower champagne.  Unfortunately it is difficult to locate these wines in the UK. Where The region is called … Continue reading

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Sparkling wine – California

What Sparkling wine production was started in California in the 1890s, by Korbel Bros.  Then, the charmat method dominated, using a wide range of grape varieties.  After World War 2, the transfer method took over.   In the 1970s, lack … Continue reading

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Mailly GC, Brut, 2006

Mailly GC, Brut, Millesime 2006 Produced and bottled by the Mailly Co-operative (CM), 75% pinot noir, 25% chardonnay; brut 9g/l; mushroom cork closure, 12% abv. Widely available, about €30 from the Mailly boutique.  They make the Berry Bros and Rudd … Continue reading

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Ch. Caronne Ste Gemme, 2005

Chateau Caronne Ste Gemme, 2005, Cru Bourgeois, Haut-Medoc Blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot and petit verdot, natural cork closure, 13.5% abv. widely available, about £15 inc vat. WSET style tasting note Appearance – deep intensity ruby, showing tears. Nose – … Continue reading

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