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Missed this tasting. Darn. Here are the wines <link>:

1. Taittinger, Prélude Grands Cru NV
2. Taittinger, Brut 2002
3. Heidsieck & Co Monopole Silver Top 2002
4. Veuve Clicquot 2002
5. Charles Heidsieck Brut Rosé Millésimé 1999
6. Domaine Sigalas, Barrel Fermenented, Santorini 2007
7. Biblia Chora Estate, Ovilos, Pangeon 2007
8. Rabl, Schenkenbichl Riesling, Kamptal 2007
9. Pazo de Señorans, Selección Añada, Rias Baixas 2003
10. Terredora, Greco di Tufo ‘Terre degli Angeli’, Campania 2007
11. Spy Valley Wines, Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough 2007
12. Viña San Pedro, Reserva Castillo de Molina Sauvignon Blanc 2007
13. Lomond, Pincushion Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2007
14. Elgin Vintners, Sauvignon Blanc, Elgin 2007
15. Tokara, Stellenbosch 2006
16. Glen Carlou, Chardonnay, Paarl 2007
17. Peter Lehmann, Reserve Riesling, Eden Valley 2002
18. Peter Lehmann, Margaret Semillon, Barossa Valley 2002

19. La Châsse du Pape, Vin de Pays d’Oc 2007
20. Domaine de le Baume, La Jeunesse, Syrah, Vin de Pays d’Oc 2007
21. Domaine Arguti, Le Grand A d’Arguti, Côtes Du Roussillon Villages 2006
22. Château Rouquette sur Mer, L’Absolu, Coteaux du Languedoc 2007
23. Château Estoublon, Cuvée Mogador, Baux-de-Provence 2005
24. Cave de Tain, Marks and Spencer, Hermitage 2005
25. Marchesi di Gresy, Gaiun Martinenga, Barbaresco 2001
26. Cascina Bongiovanni, Pernanno, Barolo 2004
27. Michele Chiarlo, Cerequio, Barolo 2004
28. Tenuta L’Illuminata – La Morra, Tebavio, Barolo 2004
29. Podere Sapaio 2005
30. La Spinosa, Chianti Colli Fiorentini 2005
31. Bodegas Peique, Seleccion Familiar 2004
32. Iñaki Nuñez, Pago de Cirsus Selección, Navarra 2003
33. Bodegas Pinord, 7, Priorat 2005
34. Bodegas Castillo de Sajazarra, Digma, Rioja 2004
35. Kanonkop, Pinotage, Stellenbosch 2004
36. Engelbrecht Els, Proprietor’s Blend, Stellenbosch 2005
37. Kanonkop, Paul Sauer, Stellenbosch 2004
38. Buitenverwachting, Christine, Constantia 2003
39. Elgin Vintners, Shiraz, Elgin 2006
40. Cederberg, Shiraz 2006
41. Viña Falernia, Syrah Reserva, Elqui Valley 2006
42. Philip Shaw Wines, No 17 Merlot/Cabernet Franc/Cabernet Sauvignon, Orange 2006
43. Philip Shaw Wines, No 5 Cabernet Sauvignon, Orange 2006
44. Vasse Felix, Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River 2005
45. Glaetzer Wines, Anaperenna, Barossa Valley 2006

46. Klein Constantia, Vin de Constance, Constantia 2002
47. Patricius Winery, Tokaj 5 Puttonyos, Aszú 2002
48. Harveys Fine Old Amontillado Sherry
49. Bodegas Hidalgo, Palo Cortado Wellington (Vos), Sherry
50. Carlo Pellegrino, Passito Di Pantelleria, Sicily 2007
51. Bodegas Hidalgo, Pedro Ximénez Triana, Sherry
52. Cockburn’s, 20 Year Old Tawny Port NV
53. Ramos Pinto, 30 Year Old Tawny Port NV
54. Taylor’s 40 Year Old Tawny Port NV

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As we holiday in Northwest Tuscany  fairly regularly (but outside the Chianti region) and we’re off there again in a month, this article by Jancis Robinson in the FT on Chianti caught my eye. <link>

Apparently, this is the first year that “white wine grapes have been outlawed” from the making of Chianti Classico.  Up until 2006, Chianti was a blend of white (mostly Trebbiano) and red (mostly Sangiovese) grapes. I knew white grapes were used in Rhone wines but didn’t realise they were used in Chianti.

I really recommend the article and the column. It’s always a very good read. Here’s Jancis’ list of recommended 2006 Classicos.

Taste of Tuscany: Classic Classicos

●Badia a Coltibuono
●Carpineto (£)
●Collelungo (£)
Principe Corsini, Le Corte (£)
San Fabiano Calcinaia
●Villa Calcinaia

●Castello di Ama
●Castello di Meleto (£)
●Casanuova di Nittardi

●Il Poggiolino (£)

●denotes a particularly traditional, lively style
(£) denotes especially good value

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If you’re looking for the best wines in the world, you should find them here –

“ is Europe’s largest online wine database for the world’s best wines, ranked 90 or more by the true connoisseurs. Today the site attracts wine lovers from allover the world, seeking just that information they can’t find as complete anywhere else.”

Here’s their list of “perfect scores” <link>

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