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California Calling

Of all the wine regions I visit, this is one of my favourites and it's so thrilling to witness some really exciting new wines and winemakers coming out of the Golden State.

A trend towards more elegance and balance in California wines can only be a good thing. I couldn't wait to get out there and find out what people are up to and how they are achieving this. Oh, and after talking to Joel Peterson, I got a little carried away with old vines too!

Sarah Knowles MW

Sarah Knowles MW

  • date April 2017
  • location California
  • people Sarah Knowles MW

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Experience trips to other countries with our buying team

Argentina: the present and the future


Argentina: the present and the future

Argentina's malbecs, with their softly alluring, fruit-forward charm, are deservedly in vogue. I've been buying South American wine for over two decades and have been excited to see the increasing variety and nuance.

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Growing Beaujolais

Beaujolais 2017

Growing Beaujolais

It’s not often that we examine the economics of wine regions, but it’s crunch time in Beaujolais with many growers going out of business. Buyer Toby Morrhall reports on changes taking place to transform the landscape and fortunes of this region and gets under the skin of Beaujolais’ top crus.

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On tour in Tuscany

Tuscany 2016

On tour in Tuscany 2016

News editor Joanna Goodman and buyer Sebastian Payne MW get under the skin of the sensitive sangiovese grape in its spiritual homeland of Tuscany

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Austria 2016

Discovering Austria

The Society’s digital copywriter Martin Brown joins buyer Sarah Knowles MW on a tour of Austria, where they enjoy the fruits of the excellent 2015 vintage and blend a new Society wine.

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