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Urban Wineries

17 September, 2021

Blackbook winery under the arches in Battersea in London Urban wineries are a growing trend. The earliest were started up in the United States, particularly in California, about 20 years ago, but are now to be found all over the …

Emulating Greatness

17 September, 2021

History repeats itself, we are told. If this were true for wine, however, we would immediately lose the magic that captures our imagination and keeps us coming back year after year to taste wines made in special places to debate …

Reaching the Eternal – an interview with Aubert de Villaine

16 September, 2021

What three words would you choose to describe the wine of Romanée-Conti? If you’ve never had the opportunity to taste this iconic wine, expressions of chagrin such as ‘far too expensive’ or ‘not my league’ might come to mind. When …

Let us be Franc

26 August, 2021

Global plantings of Cabernet Franc cover around 60,000 hectares, with just over half of these total vineyard holdings seen in France. Although the grape variety’s origins purport to Basque heritage, most will associate Cabernet Franc with one of the many …

California Wine: It’s All a Dream

24 August, 2021

A 50th Anniversary is a big deal not only for couples and businesses but also for California wineries. Throughout 2022, neither fires nor earthquakes will prevent two dozen wineries from celebrating their 50th harvest. In 2023 and over the following …

Napa Valley’s Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars: 50 years of Iron and Velvet

29 July, 2021

Warren Winiarski on a tractor at the first plantings There’s an old black-and-white photograph of Warren Winiarski planting Stag’s Leap Vineyard (forever known as SLV)  exactly half a century ago. He’s on a tractor, a big Ford 4000, but he’s …

Canadian Wines – It’s Their Time to Shine!

28 July, 2021

Without a vested interest in Canada, one may not realize the extent to which the wine industry has exploded in the last 40 years. A common yet antiquated belief that Canada is most known for ice wine is quickly slipping …

A Toast to the Happy Couple

28 July, 2021

There are thousands, maybe hundreds of thousands of couples whose weddings have been disrupted by the pandemic, and now restrictions are lifted they are all scrambling to book their venue, caterers and photographers. ‘Weddings are not just happening at weekends …

Life After Nouveau: The Rise of the Beaujolais Cru

28 July, 2021

Over the past 30 years, I have watched the wave of Beaujolais Nouveau rise, crest and break in Japan. It used to be the cultural norm for Japanese adults to drink Nouveau from plastic cups on the third Thursday in …

Intricacies of Sherry: A Tasting and Talk with Ben Howkins and Tanners

6 July, 2021

Join legendary sherry expert Ben Howkins and Robert Boutflower from Tanners as they taste and discuss the fine wine that is sherry. Date: Thursday 29th July at 18.30 BST Book tickets through Eventbrite at https://bit.ly/3x7mhAn About the event Sherry is …

Why Super-Tuscans Have Fallen from Fashion

22 June, 2021

In the 1980s, the wine world was in thrall to the Super-Tuscans. These pioneering Bordeaux blends took the market by storm, quickly commanding stratospheric prices. But while once hailed as a driving force behind the modernisation of Italian winemaking, today the …

Jason Tesauro’s ‘Grapetionary’ – A Wine Grape A–Z. Part 2 – D, E, F

22 June, 2021

Welcome back to our wend around the alphabet of wine grapes! Last time around, we departed from the usual list of known varieties and detoured through a fantastic trio of indigenous whites: Aligoté (France), Bical (Portugal) and Coda di Volpe …