Millions of Champagne corks will be popped between now and the end of the year. The appeal of Champagne, unlike other wine regions, is not based on quality alone but also on the illusion of luxury. It is interesting that while the region of Champagne
Do you know how to safely open Champagne or Cava? As I observe people trying, most of the time incorrectly, it occurred to me that there should be instructions on what to do. There is a danger that if not done properly someone or something
Nowadays there is so much choice of wine from all over the world that the traditional way of thinking about wine by region Rioja, Ribera, Bordeaux etc is changing. So when it comes to choosing a wine here are 7 things to know about wine.
We know that the taste of wine is influenced by how we are feeling, if relaxed and happy wine will taste smoother and fruitier whereas if we are tired and stressed wines will tend to taste more bitter. Likewise with food, the flavours of the
Sparkling wine is a normal wine with the bubbles, that occur naturally during fermentation trapped inside. To make wine you need sugar, from the ripe grapes and yeast. During the fermentation process the sugar is converted to alcohol and carbon dioxide. There are various ways
Recently I wrote an article about why wines are blended. It came as a surprise to some that some wines are a blend, such as Rioja, which is a mix of several wines made from different grape varieties. I can understand the confusion given that
What makes Champagne so special? It is the most prestigious sparkling wine in the world made only from grapes grown on the chalky soils in Champagne, the most northernly of France’s wine regions, about an hours drive east of Paris. Only three grape varieties are
I went to visit my friend Chimo in his allotment or ‘huerta’ on the outskirts of Valencia, close to where I live. He has a plot of about 50m2 and everyday he goes there to attend his crops. Like many people I like the idea