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Chateau Cardboard on a clothesline, gooning and a short story of Australian wine

Chateau Cardboard on a clothesline, gooning and a short story of Australian wine

Goon-of-Fortune Did you ever hear of a goon bag or goon sack? I didn’t until recently an Australian guy told me about a drinking game called Goon-A-Fortune, when I actually asked him a question about the domestic market for Australian wine. Pardon my ignorance, but […]

Argentina goes global: from the country that made Malbec truly famous

Argentina goes global: from the country that made Malbec truly famous

As the world does become ‘smaller’ one wonders what history precedes the Argentinian wines I recently tasted at ProWein. I was quite impressed by the two wines Tim Atkin had chosen to represent the new quality based style of Argentinian wines. But let’s start at […]

The “je ne sais quoi” of Eccoci, the Catalonian wine of Tiffany designer Elsa Peretti

The “je ne sais quoi” of Eccoci, the Catalonian wine of Tiffany designer Elsa Peretti

Every once in a while you stumble on a wine that has this special “je ne sais quoi” – a pleasant quality that is hard to describe- and more often than not it has a memorable story to match too. A six wine storytelling event […]

Time has built tradition and tradition has produced the incomparable Madeira wine. Madeira, part one.

Madeira, named after the island and the demarcated wine region of Madeira where it is produced, is like no other wine in the world. Madeira, a fortified Portuguese wine comes in a variety of styles, ranging from dry to very sweet, and is a very robust […]

Port styles. Port is bursting with rich, intense flavours & aromas. Port, part 5.

Port styles. Port is bursting with rich, intense flavours & aromas. Port, part 5.

There is a set of categories that identify the different types of Port Wine. The different types of red Port vary in colour from deep purple to light gold, with a range of intermediary hues. Also white Port comes in various shades from pale yellow, […]

Port ageing, the last time the wine is racked is just before bottling. Port, part four.

Port ageing, the last time the wine is racked is just before bottling. Port, part four.

There are several distinct styles of port, but all ports are fortified. A neutral grape spirit or brandy is added during the fermentation process to stop the fermentation, the adding of grape spirit or brandy also augments the percentage of alcohol. The fact that the wine becomes fortified […]

Making of port, what makes port different from table wines is fortification. Port, part three.

The making of vintage port differs enormously, depending on a lot of variables, like the ripeness of the harvested grapes, the winemaker, facilities of the winery and preferred style of port. The same is true for the method of fermentation. The method used varies according […]

The surprising wealth and intensity of the Port grape varieties. Port, part two.

Port wine can be made from more than 30 to 90 different local indigenous grape varieties. The typical vineyard in the old days would have around 15 to 70 varieties all planted together. The varieties were also fermented together, but these times are mostly gone. […]

Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin’s 2004 vintage rosé champagne is the perfect sparkling charmer

Want to drink a delicious rosé champagne with plenty of character? Put the Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne 2004 Vintage Rosé Brut to a taste. This 2004 vintage rosé is elegant, fresh and complex at the same time. The colour is a salmon pink and it […]

It all starts with taste, slow food needs slow wine; Carlo Petrini’s gourmet life in Slow Food Story

This week I read in a local newspaper a word I didn’t know: the happiness command. A new word that assumes that one can enforce happiness or can exercise direct authority over one’s happiness, but we are not very good at knowing what makes us […]

Sparkling wine fit for a President: Schramsberg Blanc de Noirs “white from red grapes”

Who doesn’t like the “pop” of the cork of a bubbly bottle and to watch the strings of bubbles rise in the glass to tingle your nose and taste buds with wonderful aromas? It’s all in the glass and this vintage 2007 Californian Schramsberg is […]

Pascal Bellier’s Cour-Cheverney 2010, fans of Loire wines will find a lot to like here

If you really want to drink something off the beaten path, dwell no further. Today I tasted for the first time ever wine from the exceedingly rare Romorantin variety only found in one French AOC called Cour-Cheverny, a tiny sub-appellation of Cheverny in the Touraine […]