Wine News 25 November – 2 December

December already?

An ancient technique of grape cultivation has been given UNESCO World Heritage status. About 30 growers on the island of Pantelleria, 85km off the southern coast of Italy, still practice it, using dried Zibibbo grapes (a.k.a. Muscat of Alexandria) to produce Passito di Pantelleria.

I’m not certain we should be telling you that C******** Jayne is being taken to court by Champagne lawyers. We might all get sued for even discussing it.

Ever wondered what ice wine is? If you don’t know, head over to VinePair and read up, because it’s a dessert wine you might want on your table this holiday season.

On Matching Food and Wine, Fiona Beckett gives you eight spirits and liqueurs perfect for gift-giving and holiday celebrations. I’ll admit there are quite a few on here I didn’t know, and now I’m curious!

The founder of the West London Wine School is launching the North London Wine School next month. If you live near Kilburn, you’re in luck.

Finally, the results of Riesling Masters 2014 have been released. We’re fans of Riesling, and the list was surprising — not that we’re complaining. So many wines we didn’t know just means that many more interesting Rieslings to try!

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