Author: Arthur Coggill

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Tasting at Tenuta Le Calcinaie

May 24th 2018

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The prospect of a wine tasting at Tenuta Le Calcinaie on a Monday, the day after our wedding, seemed a little foolhardy as we drove past San Gimignano, especially given the tasting was deep in the Tuscan countryside down a winding track that I’d never driven down before at 3pm in the afternoon. Thankfully any worries I had with regards to our enthusiasm or this being a poor idea were immediately dispersed by Simone Santini’s warm welcome, vivacious spirit, and frankly delicious wines.

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Plenitude versus Plentitude

October 27th 2016

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Rebranding anything is difficult. People are conservative by nature and even when something has a terrible name to start with, like “Oil of Ulay”’s change to simply “Olay” or “Opal Fruits” to “Starburst”, there’s the feeling that something’s been lost. Dom Pérignon’s chief Chef de Cave Richard Geoffroy certainly had that fear when he took the audacious step in renaming Dom Pérignon’s late cellar release, the Oenothèque, to the more ornate, Plénitude. However, at a recent tasting of the Dom Pérignon Plenitude (P2) Rosé 1996 he was happy with his decision.

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The Merits of Twitter

May 31st 2013

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For those who say Twitter is good for nothing and a waste of time, I am going to have to disappoint you. On the 17th, courtesy of Château Brane-Cantenac and the vinous blog 12×75.com