Vinosity: latest news and events from the world of wine

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 …

Still Wines from Champagne – Fizz’s Final Frontier

12 May, 2021

A wave of new releases from some of Champagne’s most famous houses – and growers – is shifting attention away from the region’s fizz and on to its still wines. Essi Avellan MW explores the world of Coteaux Champenois Charles Heidsieck cellar …

New Kids on the Roussillon Block…

12 May, 2021

Vineyards with a backdrop of the Canigou. Photo credit: Conseil Interprofessionnel des vins du Roussillon The vinous landscape of Roussillon has changed enormously in the last 20 years or so, and it’s now finally beginning to emerge from the shadows …

Bordeaux 2020

27 April, 2021

James Lawther MW gives the background to Bordeaux’s latest vintage ahead of the En Primeur tastings this April Ten years on, will the 2020 vintage, alongside 2019 and 2018, make it another golden treble for Bordeaux, emulating 2010, 2009 and …

‘Grapetionary’ – A Wine Grape A–Z

31 March, 2021

Quick, name a wine grape that starts with the letter ‘Q’. How about ‘Y’… or ‘J’? Remember Julie and Julia (2009), the book and movie in which a food writer cooks every recipe in Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of …

In memoriam: Steven Spurrier

31 March, 2021

May 1976. My diary for the week starts with having dinner with Steven and Bella in Paris at their charming apartment in Rue de la Cerisaie on May 23rd. After regaling us several delicious 1961 clarets, Steven announced that we …

Explaining the Wine Flavour Tree

31 March, 2021

The Wine Flavour Tree developed by Sam Caporn MW. It provides an essential, easy-to-use guide for wine drinkers as to the sorts of flavours that are typically found in a selection of 40 popular grape varieties. Among wine professionals it …

Burgundy in the time of Covid

26 February, 2021

Pruned vines in Meursault Robin Kick MW counts herself lucky to taste the 2019 Burgundy En Primeurs For many, this past year has been a succession of what might be viewed as perpetual working ‘staycations’, peppered with travel bans and …