Wine Gang News May 2015

May Issue Now Published

There’s growing interest in organic and artisan wines and winemaking, so we turn to organic specialist retailer  Vintage Roots this month as well H2Vin, Alliance Wines and The Wine Society who boast than their fair share of this category. Also in the spotlight are the latest from competing high street giants Aldi and Tesco, and we taste a whole range of Champagnes as well as wines from the blue-blooded Philippe de Rothschild stable. In his Editorial, Tom reports from inside a 200-year-old vineyard as he considers the properties of 'Old Vines' wines.

Winter Wine Festivals On Sale Now

Wine Gang members enjoy special prices of course, but everyone can take advantage of fantastic Early Booker discounts on tickets for our events in Bath, London and Edinburgh this winter, saving a minimum of £6.50 per ticket on Britain's best, friendliest and most informative wine events. See our Facebook Events page for dates, details and discount tickets.

What Did The Gang Do Last Month?

What did the five members of the Gang get up to in April?  Well Tom travelled to the rarely-seen Sannio DOP appellation of Campania in southern Italy, where Falanghina and Aglianico are the white and red kings of the region. He also visited one of his favourite, and most beautiful wine regions, the Douro in Portugal, to discover why red and white table wines are becoming increasingly important to these traditional Port wine vineyards. He'll be telling that story soon on his online magazine.

Meanwhile, Jo sped off to Barcelona to talk with Richard Geoffroy, chef de caves of Dom Pérignon, and Ferran Adrià, chef of the legendary El Bulli restaurant (due to reopen in 2017), about their new three-year research partnership. During an evening billed as This Is Not A Dinner, she ate 29 “snacks” cooked by Ferran and served with Dom Pérignon 2005. She’s the first to admit it’s a hard life.

Jane has been busy too, preparing for forthcoming projects including London Wine Week, Taste of London and her next book (watch this space). This week she has been judging across a range of categories at the Decanter World Wine Awards as well as skipping through Suffolk's rapeseed fields while filming for Saturday Kitchen Live, on which you can catch her this weekend on BBC1.

Awards were very much on Ant'smind in April. As a panel co-chair for Australia at the Decanter World Wine Awards, he spent a week in London’s Docklands supervising the panels judging over 1000 Australian wines. With Jane on his panel one day, this was the first (and no doubt last) time Ant has been handed official licence to have Jane under his thumb for the day.

And also on the judging circuit, David took part in the judging of the World's Best Wine Lists awards with the World of Fine Wine magazine. Results are still under wraps, but he can confirm that the USA – and New York City in particular – is by far the most exciting place in the world for drinking wine in restaurants.

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