Archive for October, 2010:

Malolactic fermentation


Published on October 29th, 2010
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Good bacteria exist in wine as well as in probiotic formulations. Their greatest vinous contribution is the malolactic fermentation (MLF or ‘the malo’).

Shifting the shores of Champagne


Published on October 25th, 2010
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Studies and appeals into the expansion of the Champagne appellation area are ongoing. Here is the background and status quo of the situation.

Piedmont under the spotlight


Published on October 21st, 2010
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A tasting seminar of Piedmont wines, presented by respected author Stephen Brook, was hosted in London. The main focus of attention was the weighted trio of barbera, dolcetto and nebbiolo.

Champagne bottle sizes


Published on October 17th, 2010
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Is this the definitive list of bottle sizes for Champagne?

New world pinot noir – a blind tasting tour


Published on October 13th, 2010
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A blind tasting of pinot noirs from Australia, California, Chile, New Zealand and Oregon revealed less national identity than might have been hoped for.

Serious stuff from the south of France


Published on October 9th, 2010
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A high-profile panel of trade buyers and writers recently whittled down, by blind-tasting/judging, a selection of so-called icon wines from sunny Languedoc and Roussillon. Of those selected, here are my favourites.

Guide to winetasting – part 7


Published on October 5th, 2010
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Part seven of an eight part guide to wine tasting, written for France magazine. This month is light-bodied reds.

Reverse osmosis


Published on October 1st, 2010
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Bits of viticulture and winemaking stuff explained.

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