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Anthony Rose writes a column about wine for The Independent.

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Anthony Rose: 'Sauvignon can transcend its hallmark characters if grown in the right spot'

I'm not the world's greatest fan of sauvignon blanc. But, as with any grape, if grown in a location suited to its character, sauvignon can transcend the one-dimensional nettle, asparagus and gooseberry characters that are its hallmark.

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Anthony Rose: Hardly a week goes by without an English fizz winning honours

When English Wine Producers showed their wines to the press and trade in May, it prompted no less a grand fromage than Hugh Johnson to tweet: "A score of truly excellent English bubblies [with] the buzz of a historical moment; something unstoppable". And I overheard an Italian wine merchant saying to a German sommelier: "I am surprised they are so good. They really can compete on quality with the French".

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Anthony Rose: The Wine Gang have picked their 50 best wines for the London Wine Fair

I mentioned last month how the London Wine Fair had moved from the wastelands of the Excel Centre to its old, comfier home at Kensington Olympia.

Anthony Rose: The London Wine Fair put on a vintage display this year

The London Wine Fair went back to its roots this year and took place, once more, in London's Olympia – and a vintage display they put on, too. One of the biggest successes was a new section called Esoterica, with 62 boutique companies specialising in native and rare grape varieties from a diverse set of countries.

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Anthony Rose: There are more reasons than ever for wanting barolo and barbaresco

There are some who call barolo Italy's red burgundy. And while wine comparisons are often fatuous, in this instance the similarity's too strong to be ignored. Both reds rely on the climate of the northern vineyards where they grow –and both have exquisite scents and subtle flavours.

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