Wine in brief

29 June, 2007

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.

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a limited period, non-members can enjoy 15 days' free access to the

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to Wine. The trial will also include access to the site's members' forum.

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its history and read detailed texts

about those working in the cellar

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