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As the weather warms 1 in 3 British drinkers don’t know you can chill red wine

In the survey commissioned by Cono Sur, 36% of British drinkers thought that chilling a red wine was completely wrong.
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As the weather warms 1 in 3 British drinkers don’t know you can chill red wine.

In the survey commissioned by Cono Sur, 36% of British drinkers thought that chilling a red wine was completely the wrong thing to do.

The ideal temperature for red is often considered around 18°C but when the temperature gets higher all wines can be lightly chilled. However some wines can be chilled even lower, to 12-15°C. Often these wines are lighter in tannins, which become quite harsh as the temperature drops.

The best red wines to chill include many Pinot Noirs, cheaper Beaujolais, Valpolicella and Tawny Ports. Many of the cheaper red wines found in supermarkets often lack tannins to make them more appealing to as many people as possible, so if you like tannins in wine you can try chilling these too.

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International Wine Challenge (IWC) Trophy awards

International Wine Challenge (IWC) awards were announced this week. Along with a huge range of trophy wines and award-winning businesses, a few of the awards stood out.
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International Wine Challenge (IWC) awards were announced this week and, along with a huge range of trophy wines and award-winning businesses, a few of the awards stood out.

Neil McGuigan of McGuigan Wines has been awarded White Winemaker of the Year, making McGuigan the first Australian winery in history to achieve this award four times.

The IWC Champion White Wine was an Austrian Riesling from Kamptal -
Weingut Birgit Eichinger Riesling Ried Zöbinger Gaisberg Erste Lage Kamptal 2017.

The IWC Champion Red Wine was a Languedoc blend - Gerard Bertrand Château L'Hospitalet Grand Vin La Clape 2017.

And finally, the Champion of Champions’ Trophy 2019 was awarded to a Sherry - González Byass Tio Pepe Cuatro Palmas Amontillado.

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Ridgeview Wine Estate listed in World's Best Vineyards

The list is created by the World’s Best Vineyards Academy and ranks Ridgeview as 36th of 50 top vineyards in the world and the only UK entrant.
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Ridgeview Wine Estate in Sussex has been listed as one of the world's best vineyards.

The list is created by the World’s Best Vineyards Academy and ranks Ridgeview as 36th of 50 top vineyards in the world and the only UK entrant.

Founded in 1995, Ridgeview was one of the first wineries to be devoted to the production of English sparkling wine and was crowned the International Wine and Spirit Competition Winemaker Of The Year 2018.

The list goes beyond just the wines and looks at the whole winery experience: the restaurant, tour, ambience, staff, the view, the price, reputation, accessibility - everything that makes a vineyard visit a valuable and rewarding experience for visitors.

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Climate change causes major changes in Bordeaux and Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Bordeaux and Châteauneuf-du-Pape are changing their grape varieties to help combat climate change.
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Bordeaux and Châteauneuf-du-Pape are two old wine regions who trade on their history. However, as in the past, the grape varieties used are changing once again.

Bordeaux has announced that seven new and foreign grapes will be allowed in their blends to help it cope with climate change. Bordeaux AOC and Bordeaux Supérieur, which make up 55% of Bordeaux production or 384 million bottles, will be allowed to include 4 new red grapes and 3 white grape varieties.

The reds include the Portuguese grape Touriga Nacional, plus the lesser known Castets and Arinarnoa. While the whites include Alvarinho, Petit Manseng and Liliorila.

Meanwhile in Châteauneuf-du-Pape red wines have struggled over the last decade to maintain balance in the increasingly hot Southern Rhone. To add acidity and lower the alcohol to the wine, an increasing number of producers are planning on adding more white wines to their red blends. Adding white wines to their reds has always been allowed, but when Domaine de la Charbonnière, saw alcohol hit 16% abv in its Cuvée Les Hautes Brusquières 2016, the need to lower alcohol and increase freshness has become essential. There has been an increase in planting of white grape varieties Bourboulenc, Picpoul, Picardin and Clairette, in order to blend into red wines.


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Eurostar limits the UK booze cruise

Eurostar has changed its policy limiting travellers to bring wine to the UK aboard.
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Eurostar has changed its policy limiting the amount of wine travellers can bring back to UK.

In response, Twitter was ablaze with the revelations that new rules banning spirits and limiting wine and beer to “four bottles/cans of beer or one bottle of wine per person” may cause wine trade professionals to find other means of transport to get to wine events. The ban limits travellers bringing back cheap French wine into London unless they pay a £30 fee to transport it as cargo.

The rule change had been slipped into the T&Cs last year without anybody noticing, but it would seem Eurostar is not enforcing it too severely at this stage, but they “reserve the right”.

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Russia up to old trick of banning Georgian wines

Anti-Russian protesters cause Russia to ban Georgian wine.
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Russia is up to their old trick of banning Georgian wines as anti-Russian protesters cause Russia to impose a fresh ban.

Russia has banned the sale of Georgian products, including wine, for public safety grounds. A Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said that the controls were “not politically motivated”, and he then said that the ban would be removed “once Georgia returns to a non-Russophobic vector”.

70% of Georgian wine is exported to Russia and Russia banned imports in 2006 over a similar public safety concern to pressure Georgia to change its alliance to the west and NATO.

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