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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 …

The Wine Women of Bandol

22 June, 2021

The next time you gaze at the wine wall in your local supermarket, imagine each bottle as a person with dreams and aspirations. In the Provençal wine region of Bandol, a lot of those people are women, who may work …

Montalcino Bio-Tree Planting

21 June, 2021

Montalcino has more land under forest now than it did in the late 18th century. Photo credit: Monty Waldin At a virtual meeting held online on 3rd May 2021 winemaker members of Montalcino Bio, a body founded in 2015 to …

A Frosty Start to 2021 – Don’t Blame it on the Bougie

27 May, 2021

Bougies lit at Raimes Vineyard. (Photo Credit Raimes) In recent weeks, vineyards across Europe have been battling to protect their burgeoning vines from obliteration. The culprit is not a pest, nor is it a pandemic related threat. It is in …

Wine Statistics

13 May, 2021

What do wine statistics tell us about the world of wine? Admittedly, compared to the thrill of discovering a new winery, the perfect food pairing, or going back in time with a taste of a decades-old vintage, stats are a …

Bandol Rosé: A Wine of Many Pleasures

13 May, 2021

In France, as we emerge from the shadow of a pandemic unsure of how to interact with others, an old friend on the sunbaked Mediterranean coast anticipates our return. Nestled among the garrigue and olive groves are the vine-covered terraces …