Oak is a term that is fixed in the vocabulary of wine. Everyone is familiar with it, however, the term ‘oak aged’ is very broad and at times can be misleading.
You may think of wine as being very traditional not ‘cool’. Over the last few years wine has been completely outshone by beer as craft brewers have radicalised the very traditional and declining beer market. Not to mention spirits, notably
When it comes to wine there are three types of wine drinker: The Bores, the Posers and the Geeks. A Wine Bore will tend to pontificate about wine, knows the names of the last ten wines he has drunk (I say ‘he’ because most bores
It general the wine industry does not communicate well with customers. For a product that is consumed in so many different scenarios, most of the time finding the ideal wine for a particular moment can be a lottery
The sun shines, grape ripen and wine is made. Why do some wines become wine superstars, command huge prices such as Vega Sicilia from Spain, Screaming Eagle from California, Domaine de Romanée Conti from Burgundy or Chateaux Margaux from Bordeaux, to name a few? What
Many people say stupid things about wine believing them to be correct. Sometimes half truths take on a lives of their own and become accepted as truths. Here are some common expressions about wine…
The wine list can be a very good way to judge a restaurant. Just be glancing the wine list, without being a wine expert, you can get a sense of the restaurant’s creativity and enthusiasm. In most restaurants wines are normally subject to a huge
Wines discovered in shipwrecks, often hundreds of years old, have been found to be very well preserved. Which raises the question, does the sea hold the secret to ageing great wines?
This is a question that often comes up in the world of wine. While it cannot be proved scientifically that the wine made from old vines with roots embedded in granite, schist, limestone, clay or sand, tastes of the soil, most seasoned wine tasters
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.