Anthony Rose

Anthony Rose writes a column about wine for The Independent.

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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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Anthony Rose: Why aren't more half bottles of wine available?

I'm puzzled as to why a more extensive selection of half bottles aren't available on retailers' shelves and in British restaurants and bars. If I'm driving through Champagne, I like to detour via the Aube region to pick up a 24 half-bottle case of Drappier's delicious rosé Champagne. Having halves on hand is just the ticket for theatre intervals, apéritif time and for birthday gifts for the hard-to-buy-for people. If I lived alone, I'm sure I'd be grateful for more half-bottles, too, but for some reason, you can't seem to find them.

Anthony Rose: Life is tough for Asda when it comes to selling plonk

You have to feel sorry for Asda. Squeezed between the devil of the discounters and the deep blue sea of Waitrose, M&S and Majestic, life is tough for the middle-ground supermarket when it comes to selling plonk.

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