At a recent WSET course a student asked me ‘What is tannin?’ We talk about it a lot when discussing wine because it is one of the key elements in wine, but what does it do and how do we know it is there?
In just over 40 years, first commercial vineyards were planted in the 1970’s, New Zealand has achieved more than most wine regions have done in a century. Wines from New Zealand are predominately made from Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, the two iconic grape varieties from
How we choose wine and art that we like are similar. The other day a friend of mine mentioned to me that while he understands that there are differences in flavours and profiles between Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo Garnacha, Pinot Noir etc., when it comes to
There is no other grape that can make wine lovers go crazy with excitement or be a huge disappointment as Pinot Noir. It is the Picasso of the grape world; genius, subtle, beautiful, dramatic, dreamlike. Many, like me, love it others just don’t get it.
There are hundreds of grape varieties to make but the 4 Classic Red Grape Varieties of the World are:
Bordeaux surpasses all other wines, the elegant aromas of blackcurrant, plums, black cherries, cedar wood, and cigar box. It is a grape that has travelled
The Rugby World Cup has just ended with the New Zealand All Blacks beating Australia in the final to be crowned World Champions. You many not be aware that the top rugby playing nations are also some of the finest wine producing countries in the
Last week I had a productive three days of tastings in London, where you can find the widest choice of the finest wines from around the world. With so many trade tastings at this time of year it is important to be very focussed on
February and March may be cold and gloomy but for me these are exciting times as many of the important buying decisions of the year are made. Wine professionals around Europe are now tasting the new releases and new vintages. As always there are
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