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Languedoc

25 September, 2019

[hmapsprem id=5] Geography: Large vineyard area lies on the Mediterranean coast. The region has Mediterranean climate with lots of sunshine, warm summer, mild winter and low, annual rainfall. Tramontanen (northern wind) brings cool air from the mountains. Grape varieties: Carignan, …

England

25 September, 2019

[hmapsprem id=7] Geography: The majority of England’s vineyards are located in the south. The climate is maritime with high summer rainfall. Over the years, climate change has contributed to the success of English winemaking. Grape varieties: Chardonnay, Bacchus, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier …

Tuscany

25 September, 2019

Geography: Located in central Italy. The climate varies from Mediterranean on the coast to continental inland influenced by the Apennines. Wide variation in day and night temperatures. Grape varieties: Sangiovese, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Trebbiano Toscano, Vernaccia Significant DOCGs: Chianti, Chianti …

Steven’s September Update

24 September, 2019

Exactly this time last year I was lunching with Hugh Johnson and Ben Howkins at their Club in Saint James’s and was bemoaning the fact that modern wine books were either well-written but weighty reference books or buying guides with …

Chianti: The Art of Wine

19 September, 2019

Peter Femfert, the German owner with his Venetian wife Stefania of Fattoria Nittardi, is an artist. He would not think so, for his main profession consists of running Die Galerie, Frankfurt’s leading art gallery specializing in modern painting and sculpture, …

China

19 September, 2019

Geography: China is a large country with a range of climates and soils. Inland has a continental climate with hot summers and extremely cold winters. Near the coastal areas the winter is milder but the humidity is high in the …

Loire

19 September, 2019

Geography: Climate varies from maritime (Nantais) to cool continental (Upper Loire) Grape varieties: Chenin Blanc, Melon de Bourgogne, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Franc Regions: The Nantais (Muscadet), Middle Loire (Anjou, Saumur, Touraine, Vouvray, Chinon), Upper Loire (Sancerre, Pouilly-Fumé, Menetou-Salon, Quincy, Reuilly) Style of wines: White: …

Chile

19 September, 2019

Geography: Located between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes. Over the years the vineyard area has expended from the fertile Central to the North and the South. Chile has Mediterranean climate with warm summers, rainfall mainly in the winter. Temperatures …

Champagne

18 September, 2019

[hmapsprem id=3] Geography: Champagne has a cool continental climate, spring frosts are common. Chalk soil (Kimmeridgian clay in Côte des Bar) provides good drainage throughout the region. Grape varieties: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier Viticulture: The Comité Champagne (CIVC) sets …

Eat, Drink and be Sherry No 3

17 September, 2019

I have just purchased one of the earliest books about tasting wine, Professor George Saintsbury’s classic Notes on a Cellar-Book published in 1931. Today’s wine enthusiasts may be surprised to note that of the five chapters it devotes to wine, …

Loire: Five Top Restaurants

16 September, 2019

La Promenade Restaurant If I am asked for a really good Loire restaurant, here are five that I would always recommend. One is in Anjou, three are in Touraine and one in Chavignol by Sancerre. They are favourites because they …

California: The Happy Valley

16 September, 2019

Winemaker Joe Webb punching down Pinot Noir Mendocino’s Anderson Valley, once dismissed as too ‘remote’, ‘sparsely populated’ and ‘laid back’ is now arguably the most exciting New World region for Pinot Noir. What happened? Located over 125 miles northwest of …