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Sicily for Circle Update

Sicily for Circle Update

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Articles on Sicily's wine regions by Circle of Wine Writers
Articles on Sicily's wine regions by Circle of Wine Writers

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Circle Update
July 2013
IN THIS ISSUE: CWW goes to Sicily Wine Grapes seminar The 2012 vintage in Bordeaux
Circle Update July 2013
Membership of the Circle of Wine Writers (
) is open to accreditedwine journalists and other professionals communicating in the media about wine. As such, it iseditorial policy to give the editor and each writer for 
Circle Update
freedom to express his or her views. It must therefore be stressed that the Circle as an organisation does not formally associateitself with the opinions expressed by contributors, except where this is specically stated.
© Circle of Wine Writers 2013 www.circleofwinewriters.org
Circle Update
is the newsletter of the Circle of Wine Writers
It is published ve times a year: March, May, July, October andDecember Editor: Jim Budd
34 Frobisher Court, Sydenham Rise, London SE23 3XHtel: 020-8699 3173 Skype: gymbudd email: budmac@btinternet.comDeputy editor: Liz Sagues liz@sagues.force9.co.uk
Circle Update
is available to external subscribers for £60 a year. TheCircle’s membership list is available in various media from £95. A special joint package of the membership list with frequent emailed updates throughthe year and a year’s subscription to
Circle Update
is available from£135. These options can be viewed at www.circleofwinewriters.org. For more information, please contact Andrea Warren (see below). Membershipenquiries should also be directed to her.
Circle Ofcers
Stuart Walton
(Chairman) 01803 296903 stuartwalton@hotmail.co.uk
Tom Lewis
(Treasurer) 07753 149360 tomsk71@hotmail.com
Lindsay Oram
(Secretary) 01895 633052 lindsayoram@blueyonder.co.uk
Angela Reddin
(Membership Secretary) 020 8704 1573angela.reddin@gmail.com
Jenny MacKenzie
(Webmaster) 020 8878 0044
Committee members
Jim Budd, Michelle Cherutti-Kowal, Michael Edwards, Vivienne Franks,Jamie Goode, Richard James, Anne Krebiehl, Hervé Lalau, StevenMorris, Angela Reddin
(tastings co-ordinator)
Andrea Warren
(Circle administrator)01753-882320 andrea.warren@btinternet.com
July 2013 Issue 113 
While Circle Update is copyright of the Circle of Wine Writers, copyright of each individual contribution remains with its author (writer or photographer).Members who wish to send copies of articles in Circle Update to non-subscribers arerequested not to forward the full issue. Pdf ‘offprints’ of specic articles plus cover and contents page are freely available on request from the deputy editor, Liz Sagues.
Cover photos by Matt Wilson, July’s featured photographer (see Matt’s photos of theCWW Sicily trip pages 7-27). Front: Vines at Cottanera; back: red wine at Firriato
Stuart Walton:
chairman’s words on Englandand CWW nances
Jim Budd:
£4.5 million fraudsters convicted
4Members’ news 5-6Circle members report on memorableexperiences in Sicily:
a passion for wine heritage, combinedwith modern practiceWith photos by
Matt Wilson
7-27The CWW
Wine Grapes
Richard Bampeld MW 
reports onthe LIWF event
Tom Lewis
offers his view
Bordeaux 1 - Terroir, and cash, is the key:
John Salvi MW 
assesses thedifcult 2012 vintage
33-38Bordeaux 2 - Grands Crus Classés:
Gilbert Wineld 
nds classic pleasuresin 2009 and 2010
39Bordeaux 3 - Haut-Brion’s special birthday:
Tom Lewis
 joined in the party
40-41A surprise from Argentina:
Gilbert Wineld 
discoversSusana Balbo’s touch with Torrontés
42A tale of two seasons:
Jim Budd notes remarkable contrastsin Champagne
43-44Will the time ever come for saké:
Gilbert Wineld 
argues the case
45Books 1: It’s free and easy:
Stephen Quinn
on iPublishing
46Books 2: We’ve been here:
Jochen Erler 
on a wine guide to Sicily
47Books 3: Another Kickstarter project
Neville Blech
appeals for support,plus new and forthcoming titles
48-49Other news:
including the Roederers short list
50-51Noticed on the net:
New Zealand winebeneath the waves,
French co-op classiedas ‘national heritage’ and more
52-53 Your diary 54-55
3Circle Update July 2013
From the chair: Stuart Walton
Will 2013 be a classicvintage for England?
ack in January, speaking to a wine-tasting group keento know more about English wines, I declared thatwhat we desperately needed in the UK now was a decentsummer. And lo, six months later, the country is basking inofcial health warnings, soaring pollen counts, estimatesof the numbers of dead, and other such jollity. We arereminded again that air-conditioning is still in its infancy inour country, while the advice to Londoners to remember tocarry bottled water with them when they get on the tubewill be accompanied before long by the injunction to carryoxygen too. Still, the grapes are ripening, so we may be oncourse for a classic vintage.Earlier this month, your committee met in the swelter and addressed, under the guidance of our new treasurer Tom Lewis, the thorny question of the Circle’s nances. Thesteady decline reported to the AGM is obviously somethingthat we can’t continue to live with, and we have undertakento work henceforward within annual budget projections thatwill enable us to plan what we are going to spend, and thenstick to the budget as far as is possible. There will of coursealways be contingencies, and we will continue to planaround the big-ticket events such as the Cyril Ray dinner and the Christmas party, but we must inevitably take closer control than we have in recent years. As I indicated at the end of last year, Jim Budd and LizSagues will be stepping down as editor and deputy editor of 
Circle Update
in the latter half of 2014. In due course,we’ll run an advertisement for the two posts, and hope tocoordinate a smooth transfer of editorial responsibilities,Jim and Liz having kindly indicated that they will be on handto show the new appointees the ropes. We expect to beginthe process of nding their replacements from within themembership this autumn, and so I’d like informally to askyou all to give some thought as to whether you might liketo take on one of these jobs.
remains our agshippublication, and will continue to play an important part inrecording the activities and discussions of the Circle in thefuture.In June, we received an update from the chief executiveof the Benevolent, the drinks industry charity for whichthe Circle has long been a corporate partner. There arechanges afoot in the approach the organisation takes incases of hardship, which often include severe povertyand even homelessness, as well as serious illness anddisability. The intention in future is to take a more localisedgrass-roots approach to individual cases which, it is hoped,will enable the charity to offer relief to beneciaries withintheir local communities. It is rewarding to know that our continued involvement with the Benevolent is contributingto this important work.

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