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country house hotels: Ballathie in Perthshire, Scotland

The latest in our series looking at country house hotels and restaurants with rooms finds some seriously good cooking in rural Perthshire

Part II of Tom visit to Franiacorta in Italy now added

Six more producers profiled, plus notes on Franciacorta wines back to 1979 - and a video of the live disgorgement of that 35-year-old bottle

weekly wine round-up of newspaper columnists for Monday 14 April 2014

Weekly round-up of wine recommendations from all the major UK newspaper columists. Print out the page as you wine shopping list

wine of the week: Trapiche, Pure Malbec 2013, Argentina

Celebrating world Malbec day later this week, an unoaked Malbec from Argentina

Tom visits Franiacorta to discover Italy's finest sparkling wines

It's profile may still be low in the UK, but Franciacorta is widely regarded as the best sparkling wine of Italy. Tom visits to discover more about the place, the estates and wines

Tom tastes three nice wines from a small independent merchant

the supermarkets may be a convenient place to pick up a bottle or two, but Britain's small independent merchants can still deliver on quality and price

wine quiz number 17 is here! test your wine IQ with 20 tricky questions

Our wine quizzes are immensely popular, used in wine schools and hospitality colleges around the world, and enjoyed by tens of thousands. No googling - and how many points can you score?

new competition: Win a Rioja Alta Luxury Case worth 165 GBP

One lucky person will win this fabulous case of rare Rioja wines from one of Spain's top estates. There's also the chance to sign up for competition sponsor Armit Wines' mailing list and save 10% from your first purchase from their amazing wine portfolio.

monthly wine news for March

Budget Blues, Prosecco Sparkles, California Zooms, Languedoc does Edinburgh

Four of the best: pick of February's wine tastings

Tom chooses his favourite wines from February's tastings, in four price brackets: La Moneda Sauvignon Blanc, Amalaya Blanco, Guigal Cotes du Rhone and Yabby Lake Chardonnay

new poll: does a wine's alcohol content sway your buying decisions?

Do you look for lower alcohol wines? Wines with a bit more alcohol? Does the alcohol make no difference to your buying decision? Cast your vote in our poll

a massive update for the UK wine tastings and events diary

our listings of wine tastings, wine dinners and other consumer wine events across the UK extensively updated

market report: Port powers, DRC overstretched?, First Growth trade falls

Update on the fine wine markets and wine investment courtesy of Liv-ex.

major update to the BYO list - our community-built BYO guide

Our guide to restaurants offering BYO for you to take along your own wine now has over 500 locations listed, from the Isle of Wight to Aberdeen. An essential resource.

30 Second Wine Advisor: Natural value

In my part of the world today, the greatest rivalry since the fall of the Iron Curtain reaches its zenith in the game of college basketball. It doesn't get much more competitive than this. Except, of course, in the great debate between the partisans of "natural wine" and those who favor extracting flavor by any means necessary.

30 Second Wine Advisor: Wine value: $20 or less?

A few weeks ago, reporting on a good $10 French red wine from Ventoux, I recalled with nostalgia the long-gone days when you could take your pick from a bunch of really good wines for $5 or so. Nowadays this species is just about gone, although not forgotten ...

WebWineMan: The Enchanting Grape

Richard Fadeley's go-to wine in the cold days is often a brooding and earthy syrah. He got his tasting panel together to taste a selection of syrahs (or shiraz, as it's known Down Under).

30 Second Wine Advisor: Aging wine overnight?

Remember the old commercials where burly, bearded Orson Welles would intone, "We will sell no wine before its time"? Most of us had no idea that the brand he was hawking - Paul Masson - neither required nor would benefit from cellar time. That didn't stop us from yelling "It's time!"

Vino e Cucina d'Italia: Cantina Giardino - The Touch of Excellence

The best Aglianico wine from the Campania region of Italy? It may be the wines produced by a small six-person winery called Cantina Giardino, in the town of Ariano Irpino, says Neil Duarte. He recently paid them a visit.

Taylor Eason: White wines from the Rhone Valley: Looking for love in all the right places

Americans "are finally moving in the right direction," writes Taylor Eason. "Many people are reaching for and craving something out-of-the-ordinary - authentic, well-made wines made by people who actually care." Such as Rhône whites.

From Hugh Johnson's 2013 Pocket Wine Book

Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book is an indispensable reference for the wine lover. Updated annually, this handy guide packs an incredible amount of information into a pocket-size volume.

Oxford Town Wines: Anderson Valley: A hidden gem

When John Juergens visited California's Anderson Valley, he was overwhelmed by the natural beauty - and found some excellent wineries.

Favorite Wine Links: Wine Grape Varietal Table

Here's a direct link to Steve De Long's delightfully geeky new wine-grape chart, a must-have gift for the serious wine hobbyist on your list. - Wine of the Day

2012 The Black Chook Shiraz / Viognier

2012 The Black Chook Shiraz / Viognier
Deep garnet-purple in color and replete with lifted notes of ripe blackberries, freshly crushed blackcurrants and fresh mint with hints of pepper and aniseed, the full-bodied 2012 Shiraz Viognier has plenty of exuberant and juicy, blackberry flavors well supported by lively acidity and a medium level of rounded tannins. It finishes with good length. Drink it now to 2018. Importer: Epicurean Wines, Seattle, WA; tel. (206) 923-1376
Rating: 90  Estimated Cost: $14-$20

CellarTracker Tasting Notes (all notes)

Important changes to CellarTracker RSS feeds

In an ongoing effort to defeat the unscrupulous scrapers of the world, we have introduced some changes to the CellarTracker RSS feeds.

Gary Vaynerchuk

[Infographic] Pinterest Sells! Here’s How to Do It

Interior design, food photography, weddings, and MASON JARS! This is how you take advantage of the strong intent to buy present in so many Pinterest users. I’ll also add that putting up a board full of awesome infographics works pretty well too

[Infographic] Getting Weird on Vine

If you’re talking to teens or people in their early 20′s, Vine is an absolute MUST. Get on there and get weird. You’ll be noticed for it.  

[Infographic] You Can Win on Google+ and Here is How

Google+ isn’t just for Google employees! It’s the perfect place to show off your high-res photos and… ok it’s great for nerds, too.

[Infographic] What Works on LinkedIn? This Does.

LinkedIn: Log on. Make decks. Get money.

[Infographic] How Snapchat Fits Into Your Existing Social Strategy

I’ve had crazy success using snapchat to push CTAs out to my followers. It’s something every marketer should at least be familiar with!

[Infographic] #HowTo Produce #Content for #Instagram

Keep calm and use more #Hashtags. Instagram might be the single best platform for reaching Millennials.  

Build the Steak, not the Sizzle

I have no doubt that there are many people who, upon their introduction to me – whether it was at a conference, or through a video I made online – didn’t necessarily like me. Or maybe they liked me and thought “this guy is full of it.” The cynicism around me and my brand is pretty high, and I’m very aware of it. But I love it. The reason I love this is because I know that once you look under the hood, I deliver. You can market your ass off, but if your product sucks, you’re dead. Your steak can sizzle and look crazy appetizing, but if it doesn’t taste any good, your customers aren’t coming back. In order to build a functional business that can take on a life of its own, your product just has to be real....

[Infographic] How to GIF Your Way to Success on Tumblr

Is it a .gif? It better be. Tumblr is where the cool kids hang out. It’s fast-moving, trendy, and doesn’t make any sense if you’re not talking the talk. Get animated, get weird, and get noticed!  

Why I’m Not Allowed to Help with Hiring Anymore

Ok so maybe I get kind of caught up in the potential. But to be fair, it’s worked pretty well so far, hasn’t it? Catch the rest of this Q&A session here.  

[Infographic] How to Use Twitter Like an Expert

It’s not all about how to get more followers! Get in there and have a conversation (and post an image or two while you’re at it).