Wine

You’ll find everything from individual wine or producer reviews to reports from tastings or winery visits in this section. Here is a selection of recent posts about wine:

Everything you ever wanted to know about New Zealand wine WRV_120_MARLBOROUGH_HUNTERS-WINES-0-548-365-365-ffffffI admit it, I’m not an expert when it comes to New Zealand wine, despite having enjoyed a fair number of bottles over the years. I love the intensity of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, even if the style has become a little clichéd – and I wouldn’t kick the Pinot Noirs of Martinborough or Central Otago out ...

Orange wines – Significant or not? Gravner's Breg - liquid of the godsThis is the title of a  workshop I’m presenting at Vinisud on 25th Feb 2014. Here’s a short introduction to the topic, relevant if you plan to attend or equally if you’re an Orange wines fan and just want to know more. What’s in a name? First, some nomenclature: The term “Orange wines” is a crude descriptor, however it’s ...

Out with the alt, in with the nieuw Selektion Burgenland - Photo courtesy http://www.alleliebeneisenstadt.at/A few days before the end of 2013, I said goodbye to Eisenstadt, the tiny Austrian town that has been my home for most of the year. New adventures in Amsterdam are calling – but this blog isn’t supposed to be autobiographical, so let’s get back to the wine. Eisenstadt may be small, but it’s culturally ...

My High Alcohol Epiphany – Elegance above 14% asti vineyardsApologies, dear readers, I’ve been rather absent for the last six weeks (moving countries, if you must know). Here’s my latest column from Palate Press – lots of exciting content coming here in the next couple of weeks. Hangups? I’ve got plenty, but don’t worry – I’m not about to start using this column as therapy. ...

Seven reasons why I love Moscato d’Asti Ca' ed Balos bottleLook, I’m not after anything serious. Let’s just flirt and enjoy each other’s company – we don’t have to be relationship material do we? We both know it feels good . . . oh but it does feel good. I love your undemanding effervescence, your fresh, charming yet captivating perfume – mmm, elderflowers, grapes, peach blossom. Well ...

The red badge of honour IMG_8100Lukas Plöckinger picks me up in Eisenstadt at 6.30am prompt, on a chilly October morning. Lukas is the winemaker and vineyard manager at Weingut Tinhof, in Austria’s red wine heartland Burgenland, and he’s my teacher today as I pop my grape-picking cherry. Why am I doing this? Because I’m hoping that a day’s physical immersion ...

Seafood Grillo, Barraco style Antonino "Nino" BarracoIt’s a gorgeous late summer evening on Sicily’s west coast. But instead of admiring the sea, our group of wine writers and bloggers are looking slightly perplexedly at what appears to be a patch of weeds. Actually this is Antonino “Nino” Barraco‘s prized hectare of coastal Grillo, practically growing on the beach and preciously handed down ...

Seven reasons why I love Beaujolais Vineyards in Moulin-a-ventGamay, you are a charmer. That deceptively simple yet elegant perfume, your lightness of touch, and supple texture. Yes, you went a bit girly during your “nouveau” phase (circa 1980s), but that’s all water under the bridge now. Now you’re all grown up – mature and assured, and that much more attractive. I know you’ve spread your ...

Does Riesling need a revolution? Despite being the darling of the wine trade for what seems like decades, German Riesling still has an image problem in the UK. Why is it that we can’t get the abominations of Liebfraumilch, Blue Nun and Black Tower out of our heads? Perhaps we’re simply too attached to our folk memory of the 1970s ...

Great places to buy wine: Park and Bridge “I would never have done this if I hadn’t started writing a wine blog”. So says Paola Tich, ex-journalist, blogger, communications supremo – and now owner of Acton’s newest independent wine merchant, Park and Bridge. Paola’s blog Sip Swoosh Spit is well known and well loved. Her writing is unstuffy and consumer focused. Paola explains that she ...

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