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The Po River basin is the food bowl of Italy, in its heart is the region of Emilia Romagna and it is here you will find ‘Il cibo di re e angeli’, (the food of [...]
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Les Années Folles “But Paris was a very old city and we were young and nothing was simple there, not even poverty, nor sudden money, nor the moonlight, nor right and wrong, nor the breathing [...]
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For a great many centuries, ever since their origins on the silk road as a snack to go with Yum Cha, (literally drinking tea) the small morsels of delicious food known as Dim Sum have [...]
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In 2013, the tranquil little expanse of lawn in front of the National Museum and beside the Royal Palace was transformed into its ceremonial function as a funerary complex called Veal Preah Meru, the sacred [...]

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The Po River basin is the food bowl of Italy, in its heart is the region of Emilia Romagna and it is here you will find ‘Il cibo di re e angeli’, (the food of […]

Natural History -part 2. A Hegelian Dialectic

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  “Nothing great in the world was accomplished without passion.” ― Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel Consumer preferences in wine are a bit like hem-lines in the fashion industry, just as sure as they will rise, […]

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La Boheme – Act 1

by Darren Gall in Wine Articles 1

The Opera La Boheme is an opera in four acts by Italian composer Giacomo Puccini, to an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa, based on ‘Scenes de la vie de Boheme’ by Henri [...]
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Rising, Yara Valley, Pinot Noir, 2017

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Pure Joy, a cool-climate pinot noir that rides a fine line between ‘wild-n-free’ and ‘restrained-complexity’, there is an artistic elegance and finesse here and there is terroir and mother nature unbridled; both accents brought together by a vibrant line of acidity that swirls through the wine like a trapeze artist. Its more than the marriage of two vineyards, perhaps its also the marriage of two winemaking philosophies?

You begin wanting to contemplate its organoleptic nuances and end up just wanting to slurp down its deliciousness. There is ripe, supple black cherry, plum and wild strawberry fruit and then there are whiffs of the wilder stuff that blooms in the undergrowth of a damp forest floor, leafy notes, spices, truffle and shroom. There is also, (importantly) lovely structure, firm and vibrant, keeping the wine focused and giving it length, allowing its natural beauty to dance across the palate.

Winemaker Tom Belford has masterfully given full expression to the fruit and with some of it coming from the Christmas Hills this is indeed a rare and beautiful gift.

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