Romania: getting back on its horse

Standing at the baggage carousel in Timişoara Airport in western Romania, I was approached by a friendly fellow traveller. “You here for the IW Conference too?” he said. “Erm… International Wine?” I speculated, surprised that I hadn’t heard of it. “No, International Welding” he replied. Fortunately I wasn’t; I was there to explore some of Romania’s principal wine regions and take the pulse of…

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Mr Vine September Panel Tasting: the results

September’s panel tasting took place at Winemakers Club, a wine bar/shop/events space that occupies the site of the original Oddbins shop in some dark, atmospheric arches under the Holborn Viaduct in central London. Four out of five of the winners were Italian this time round, but all very different in style. First place: Luigi Maffini ‘Kratos’ Fiano 2014 (Campania, Italy; 13.0%; £14.50,…

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