Archive for December, 2012:

Skinny – a new era for Aussie chardonnay?

Published on December 30th, 2012
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Forget skinny lattes, skinny is a new model for Aussie chardonnay – lean, maybe a bit mean, very clean, even edging to green. The style has been around for a while, as Tom Carson, winemaker at Yabby Lake in the Mornington Peninsula explained “these wines have been here in Australia but they didn’t have too much of a voice. Now, everyone is talking about these wines, and how fine they are.”

Sparkling berries

Published on December 26th, 2012
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A revelation of carbonic maceration.

Vine burial in Russia

Published on December 22nd, 2012
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Not some ancient rite of passage for dead vines but a way to keep vines alive during the -26 to -27°C winter temperatures

How to love wine – a memoir and manifesto, by Eric Asimov

Published on December 18th, 2012
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This is a sort of a “Feel the fear and do it anyway” book. Asimov discusses fear of wine (wine anxiety, he calls it) in the USA but I struggle to imagine the anxiety is much different in the UK for those not wanting to embarrass themselves by choosing the ‘wrong’ wine to go with their dinner, or not spotting a faulty wine in a restaurant.

Domaine Nathalie et Gilles Fevre

Published on December 14th, 2012
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Nathalie and Gilles Fevre make outstanding wines from their 43 hectare Chablis property, and I was keen to get the low-down on Chablis and minerality from these top-quality guys.

The Finest Wines of Germany, by Stephan Reinhardt

Published on December 10th, 2012
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For a lover of cool climate wines I’m already pre-disposed to want to like this book.

Vineyard Joggings

Published on December 6th, 2012
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(aka the jog blog – thanks @thewinebird). Having taken up (very slow) jogging again in the summer of 2012, I thought it might be fun to share some microclimatic observations.

Bourboulenc at Château d’Anglès

Published on December 2nd, 2012
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Château d’Anglès in the Languedoc has made something of a specialty of its old white bourboulenc grape variety, making tasty, fresh wines worthy of bottle-age.

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