Learn To Loudpeaker Your Wine

Wine glass producer, Riedel, are celebrating the launch of their latest collection by hosting a sensory wine tasting in London later this month. The new Performance Range has already been described as a loudspeaker for fine wines and features a unique optical effect on the bowl of the glass. The new glassware range is not…
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None Too Chablis

Some things go off quicker than others. House guests, like fish, go off after three days (or so Benjamin Franklin advised), whilst an opened tin of yellow bean paste I have in my fridge has been prodigiously enhancing my Chinese stir-fries for the past year. Earlier in the summer a friendship with an Antipodean blogger…
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Douglas Blyde: Whine Wine Whine

Despite the insistence by my overpaid, non-journalist friends that they surely are ‘drinking holidays’, wine press trips can prove to be compact, intricate endurance tests. Yes, I can hear you all now as you go to your store rooms to locate the world’s smallest flight case, carefully extracting from it the world’s smallest violin to…
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Celebrate Australia Day with Hardys Wine

Ditch the barbie, beers and pavlova and create your own Antipodean experience with inspiration from Australia’s number one wine brand, Hardys. THE WINES Hardys Stamp Sparkling Pinot Chardonnay Chardonnay: regrettable name for a girl, but a rather undervalued white wine at the moment. Each glass delivers fresh lime with hints of nectarine and apricot and a…
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Basement Bargains: Austria’s Loisium Wine & Spa Resort

If you mention Austrian wine to the average British drinker, you might be met with a blank look, followed by some dark mumblings about Blue Nun, the Anschluss and fully-furnished basements. Indeed, the UK’s prejudice for French, Spanish, South American and even German wines is so abiding that the lederhosen-wearers never get a look in.…
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John Graves – Our Vintner of Discontent

So what have you been doing for the last 15 years? Time certainly does fly, especially when you’re a very successful wine trader and bon viveur, like wot I am. So what have you been doing for the last 15 years? Time certainly does fly, especially when you’re a very successful wine trader and bon…
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John Graves – Our Vintner of Discontent

‘I don’t know much about wine, but I know what I like.’ Here’s an opposing theory. No, you sodding don’t. Or as they say in Hull: “ooo I doo layk a glass of drey waat whane, it’s terribly civilyzzzed”. Music to the ears of any vendor of wine in establishments from a white tablecloth restaurant, to a…
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Wining Poms: World’s Most Expensive Wine

The world’s most expensive wine is from Australia. And doesn’t pair with Vegemite. At all. Probably the crème de la crème of fine wine, the 2004 Kalimna Block 42 Cabernet Sauvignon is being celebrated by those passionate Aussies in a most attractive fashion. Upholding their reputation for innovation and experimentation, Penfolds are presenting to the…
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John Graves – Our Vintner of Discontent

Most LUSSO readers are bon viveurs and sybarites to a man and lady. That much is obvious. You wouldn’t be reading now if you were some undiscerning peasant only interested in Jeremy Kyle reruns and the yellow sticker reduced to clear shelf at Lidl. However, we can’t all be Renaissance Men with total mastery over…
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