Welcome to Mark O’Neill’s Wine Blog

June 2018

Having ‘looked’ and ‘sniffed’ the wine then we taste. Our palates enable us to identify the different characteristics of the wine; the dryness (totally, semi or sweet), body or weight (light, medium or full), acidity (low, moderate or sharp), with red wine the tannins (soft,

Demystifying wine and making it easier for readers to discover different styles of wines is the main aim of this weekly column. Albert Einstein said that, ‘things should be made as simple as possible but not any simpler’ and it is the case with wine.

Garnacha is a Spanish grape variety known as Grenache in France. It is often overlooked and not held in the same esteem as the illustrious Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Syrah. However, in the hands of good winemakers around the world superb wines are