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Tokaj, Hungary - Unesco World Heritage Site.

Once known as “the wine of kings” the difficult to spell wine appellation Tokaji (Toke-eye) dates to the early 18th century, but the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Tokaji-Hegyalja of northeastern Hungary and southeastern Slovakia had been an established wine region hundreds of years before then.

A blend of 90 Cabernet Sauvignon and 10 Cabernet Franc with 15.1 ABV, only 24,000 bottles of Ao Yun 2013 were produced, with each initially selling for US$250. Photo: Moet Hennessy

China may be the world’s fifth-largest consumer and producer of wine, but most of the wines that have been produced in the country have yet to come close to those from more established Old and New World wine regions.

Until now, that is.

The new products include the top-end Garzón Pinot Noir Single Vineyard 2015 from the Single Vineyard range, and Garzón Albariño Reserve 2016 and Tannat Reserve 2015 from the Reserve selection.

Bodega Garzón showcased five new wines to the trade at Imbibe Live. The Uruguayan producer, which first appeared in the UK market two years ago, has extended its range in order to give the UK trade an increased selection of entry points to the Uruguayan wine category.

The second largest AVA in Texas, Texas High Plains covers 8 million acres in the state’s panhandle around Lubbock.

They say that everything’s bigger in Texas, and while the state’s wine industry may not be quite bigger than California’s, or Washington’s, or Oregon’s, it certainly has come a long way in a short amount of time. In fact, the multi-billion dollar Texas wine industry vies for fourth place in size with New York from year to year, despite the fact that a wine lover is far more likely to find a New York State wine in their shop than one from Texas.

With over 400 years of winemaking experience, Gosset specialises in a non-malolactic style.

Imbibe Live Wine Ambassador, Xavier Rousset MS, joined Bertrand Verduzier from Champagne Gosset for a fascinating masterclass in the ageing potential of non-vintage champagne. With over 400 years of winemaking experience, Gosset specialises in a non-malolactic style. ‘The no-malo helps to keep the non-vintage wines fresher for longer,’ explained Rousset.