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Day 1 ends – and Day 2 begins – MW trip to Peru and Bolivia, Welcome to the Ica Valley

The dinner at Huaca Pucllana was fabulous. We got to meet some of the principals from the two major wine (and pisco) producers supporting this stage of the trip, our flying visit to Peru, Tacama and Santiago Queirolo. Apologies in … Continue reading

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Day 1 continued – MW trip to Peru and Bolivia

After a fabulous three and a bit hours at Astrid y Gaston, Igor suggested we walk to Huaca Pucllana, an ancient site within Lima. Thirty minutes later and still nowhere closer to finding the site, with various instructions along the … Continue reading

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Day 1 – MW trip to Peru and Bolivia – “Why do hotel rooms have such bad lighting?”i

My flight from Buenos Aires was due to land at 9.50pm, but in the end we landed a few minutes early. That did not really matter, because it took almost forty minutes for our bags to appear. A flight from … Continue reading

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From the cellar

Glenguin Individual Vineyard 1998 Semillon Hunter Valley Fabulous. A wine that initially retailed for around $18 (less by the case), the last bottle I had was around eight or nine years ago and was still lean and mean. I opened … Continue reading

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After a while, you can work on points for style

One of the highlights of this year’s Central Otago Pinot Celebration came on the final morning. Earlier editions of the Celebration had apparently incorporated a feature tasting of a major overseas Pinot Noir region. This year it was the turn … Continue reading

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The wines of Cantina Terlano

In September 2013, I was very fortunate to secure a spot on the first official visit of the Institute of Masters of Wine to the Sudtirol, or Alto Adige. The Alto Adige is a semi autonomous region in northern Italy, … Continue reading

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A Message to You, Rudi (Central Otago Pinot Celebration Day 2… and a chunk of Day 3 as well)

Our day concluded with winemaker dinners, at different restaurants all around Queenstown and, once again, I lucked in. I got Rudi Bauer, mind behind Quartz Reef wines, as my host. As we were walking away from the hotel, he caught … Continue reading

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