Wine in brief
Guy Anderson Wines is extending its offering from Bordeaux with a new partnership with the Ducourt family. The link-up will see both Château and Ducourt brand wines introduced to the market from Bordeaux, Côtes de Castillon and St Emilion, with prices ranging from £5.99 to £20, including Château Larroque Bordeaux Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and rosé. The Ducourt family owns 12 Châteaux and has 440ha in AOC Bordeaux, Côtes de Castillon and St Emilion.
Viña Doña Paula Malbec 2005 was judged the best Malbec with Pork in
the third and final heat of Wines
of Argentina's Malbec for Meat competition. Twenty wines were whittled down to eight by six judges, with the Oddbins wine judged the best match. WOA's UK director James Forbes said: "Any idea that Malbec
is somehow too powerful for delicate food flavours was completely blown apart by this tasting." The wine plus
four runners-up will be judged against 10 other finalists in the beef and lamb categories in the grand final at the Gaucho restaurant in Piccadilly on
Sept 12. The competition has been organised by WOA in conjunction with OLN's sister publication Wine & Spirit, the Hotel du Vin & Bistro and Gaucho Restaurant groups.
The four winners of South West Wines' competition to win two cases of wine (OLN, May 18) are Stephen Lau (London), Paul Quinn (Cumbria), Jennifer Docherty (London) and John Jaswilowicz (London). The winners correctly identified the principal grape varieties used to make Cahors AOC - Malbec (aka Côt and Auxerrois), Merlot and Tannat. SWW will contact each winner direct to arrange delivery.
Wine lovers are being offered a
15-day trial of the members areas
on www.jancisrobinson.com. For
a limited period, non-members can enjoy 15 days' free access to the
"meat of the site" - including tens
of thousands of fine wine tasting notes, with ratings and suggested drinking dates, insider tips and exclusive access to the new, third edition of the multi-award-winning Oxford Companion
to Wine. The trial will also include access to the site's members' forum.
To find out more, visit www.jancis
Domaine de Chevalier is rolling out
a website featuring an RSS feed that sends news updates automatically to registered users. At www.domainede
chevalier.com visitors can also watch film sequences that show daily life
at the estate, hear commentaries on
its history and read detailed texts
about those working in the cellar
and the vineyards.