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The team tasted six Georgian wines under the guidance of Sarah Abbott MW. Tim Bradley reports.
Bourgogne de Vigne en Verre (or BVV, for short) was co-founded by a group of small growers in the 1980s, in order to pool marketing resources and allow the growers to do what they do best: nurture vines to produce quality wines.
The key takeaway from this tasting was that, despite the challenges of the 2021 vintage which was beleaguered by frost and poor weather, Pascal and Laurent Borgeot continue to approach their wines with the perfect balance of calm consideration and joyful exuberance, which defines their wines.
We knew that our exam results were due on the 5th October. Leading up to the day, I became increasingly agitated, the quiet hum of anxiety in my mind growing louder and louder. I was not expecting good news, as along with the anxiety, a feeling of pessimism had also descended on me. Could I cope with another year at Stage One of the programme? More importantly, if all the 4:30 alarms, pages and pages of notes, flashcards and timed essays weren't enough to get me through, then what exactly would be enough?
Becka jumps at the chance to visit premium English wine producer, Danbury Ridge, on a recent trip to Essex.
Our spirits specialist, Tom, talks us through our spirit of the month, Mezcal AmarÃ¡s Verde
The lead up to the Master of Wine Stage One Assessment was marked, for me at least, with a lot of stress. There seemed to be an endless amount of ground to cover, the questions for the theory part of the assessment being drawn from any of the last ten years' worth of exams. What's more, the presence of a compulsory question among the three we would be asked meant that we really felt we had to learn EVERYTHING. Of course, we (well, at least I) couldn't do that, and was relying on a certain amount of luck.
This week, we were delighted to be joined in the Zoom room by Leonidas Hatzimichalis, second generation at Domaine Hatzimichalis in the Atalanti Valley, Greece.
Retail manager, Katy, takes us through some of the top native Greek varieties.
Wine advisor, Rebecca, takes a look at the history of the symposion and the Ancient Greeks' epic love of wine.
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