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Chile fires: 100-year-old vines lost in ‘national catastrophe’

Written for Decanter, January 2017 Century-old vines have been destroyed and up to 100 vineyards damaged in wildfires that Chilean authorities have declared the ‘worst forestry disaster in the nation’s history’. The viticultural fallout of the forest fires still raging in Chile has begun to emerge, with century-old vineyards burnt to cinders and small producers worst affected. So far, more than 100 vineyards in Maule … Continue reading Chile fires: 100-year-old vines lost in ‘national catastrophe’

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North America 2016 Harvest, Decanter October 2016

Written for Decanter.com North America’s 2016 vintage saw advanced harvests across the board, with some of the earliest picking dates on record. Despite the early start many regions experienced cooler ripening periods, and drought was less of a defining characteristic than last year. California A warm spring jump-started the Californian season up to a month early, similar to 2015. June was hotter than normal and … Continue reading North America 2016 Harvest, Decanter October 2016

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Top wine, sustainable practices, and an army of geese

Written for The Guardian newspaper, April 2016. Part 2 of 4 part feature When you walk through the Cono Sur vineyard in the morning, it feels like you might have stumbled across a movie set. A low-lying fog slowly fades away to reveal dozens of abandoned bicycles: resting on the vine rows; leaning against the walls of the winery; stacked up at the gate. But … Continue reading Top wine, sustainable practices, and an army of geese

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When it comes to wine, there’s nowhere quite like it

Written for The Guardian newspaper, April 2016. Part 1 of 4 part feature Looking out from under the shade of an ancient Peumo tree, the view ahead of lush green vineyards framed by undulating hillsides could be anywhere in the Mediterranean – or perhaps even England on one of those rare, warm summer days. But it isn’t England, nor even Europe. This is Chile – … Continue reading When it comes to wine, there’s nowhere quite like it

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Chile’s most powerful winemakers? The Top 10 in numbers

Written for The Drinks Business, Sep 2016 What they are making, is most likely what you are drinking. These ten winemakers command two thirds of the bottled Chilean wine exported in the last year. Their daily decisions in the vineyard and winery impact the wine that eventually meets your glass, and for that fact alone these men are some of the most powerful, or influential, … Continue reading Chile’s most powerful winemakers? The Top 10 in numbers

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Uruguay: More than Tannat, Decanter October 2016

A vast array of soils and terroirs gives this diminutive but plucky nation the tools it needs to forge a strong identity of its own, says Amanda Barnes. And it’s the growing reputation of Uruguay’s white wines that’s grabbing the attention… Read the full article here, Decanter October 2016   Read more on Uruguay on 80 Harvests The essential guide to Canelones Wine travel guide … Continue reading Uruguay: More than Tannat, Decanter October 2016

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Chile Harvest Report 2016

Written for Decanter April showers hit the Chile 2016 vintage, with some producers describing conditions as more like those on France’s Atlantic coast and overall production down by a fifth versus 2015. With wine regions spanning over 1000km, the Chile 2016 vintage was always going to have regional variation. But, most areas experienced a cooler and wetter year, with some reporting high humidity. This resulted … Continue reading Chile Harvest Report 2016