Vinosity

Vinosity is our free online magazine that brings you the ever-changing wine world, which never ceases to surprise or delight. These articles, with new ones published every month and written by a global network of writers, will be a valuable addition to your own personal journey through the wonderful world of wine.

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Time to Reflect on Provence in Times Past

1 April, 2020

I am in lockdown in my house in southeast France, and, like so many of the wine trade, unable to get out to taste and visit vineyards. So I am doing what I never have time to do, going through …

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Tribute to Michael, from Simon

23 March, 2020

(From left) Simon McMurtrie, Valerie Smallwood, Michael Broadbent and Bartholomew Broadbent at the Académie du Vin Library launch party, celebrating Michael’s new book and his 92nd birthday.   When I was a young publisher at Mitchell Beazley (I was 25 …

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Breaking the Merlot-Cabernet Hegemony

23 March, 2020

Château d’Haurets vineyard. Photo credit: Jonathan Ducourt @jonathanducourt Bordeaux’s massive red vineyard is dominated by the Merlot-Cabernet axis. Of the 98,888 hectares (2018 figures) of red plantings (89% of the total AOC surface area) 66% are planted to Merlot, 22% …

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Chateau Musar

23 March, 2020

‘Wine is not human life, but it is real life all the same.’ – Serge HocharChateau Musar, The Story of a Wine Icon Serge Hochar’s skills as a winemaker were legendary. He not only crafted wines under the most difficult …

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Memories of Michael Broadbent

19 March, 2020

How does one remember someone who was a role model in the wine world and a benchmark as a teacher and communicator?  Michael has been part of my life since I first met him at Christie’s in 1966, soon after …

The Harbour Family: Colleen, Madeleine, Jack and Nicholas

The Burgundian Dream…Still Flourishing

12 March, 2020

The Harbour Family: Colleen, Madeleine, Jack and Nicholas Burgundy is mecca for many wine collectors and lovers. From its rolling vineyards flow mineral-driven, ethereal wines that enchant. Understandably, this magic comes at a price. According to SAFER, the agency that …

Theewaterskloof Dam Before and After the Drought.

The Cape Climate Change Experience

11 March, 2020

Theewaterskloof Dam Before and After the Drought. Photo Credit: www.dailymaverick.co.za Climate change has become the most pressing social, economic and political issue of the 21st century, with the wine industries of the world implicated in several ways. They are held …

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Mexico

11 March, 2020

Geography: Located north of the 30th parallel, Baja is Mexico’s major wine region with 4,000 hectares devoted to wine varieties. The climate is Mediterranean, and the dry, arid growing season is tempered by morning fog and cooling breezes from the …

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Piemonte

28 February, 2020

Piemonte Geography: Located in the northwest corner of Italy, Piedmont borders west with France. It is surrounded by large Alpine masses (north and west) and the Apennines (south) that influence the typically continental climate, characterized by wide thermal excursions between …

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Greece

26 February, 2020

Geography: Located between the 34th and 42nd parallels, Greece has a true Mediterranean climate and is surrounded by four different seas, with more than 3,000 islands. According to the Wines of Greece Association, there are nearly 1,300 wineries, 61.5 thousand hectares of …

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Eat, Drink and Be Sherry No 4

26 February, 2020

There is usually a valid historical reason why some wine regions in Europe produce sparkling or fortified wines, or indeed spirits, instead of regular wine styles. In most cases it is because the ensuing wine is not very good. Champagne’s …

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Mexican Wine: A New Beginning

25 February, 2020

The five partners of Madera 5 in Baja California In The Wines of America (1972, revised 1985), wine historian Leon Adams devotes several pages to Mexico. After verifying that Mexican wines began in the 1590s, making them the oldest in …