Bright, young South African wine industry

Published on August 17, 2009

South Africa’s 350-year-old wine industry has been revolutionised in the last 15 years, as planting restrictions have been removed, and new areas planted up with early successes.

Oak influence on white wine

Published on August 10, 2009

Oak, especially new oak, is one of wine’s most influential moderators of flavour, texture and ease of appreciation. Here’s a quick view of the fundamentals.

E. Guigal

Published on August 3, 2009

Guigal is one of the foremost producers in the Rhône valley, making everything from estate wines, wines from bought-in fruit and blending wines from bought-in wines. Third generation Philippe, the company’s general manager, explained it all.

Bordeaux wine tourism, part 1 – the city

Published on July 30, 2009

The city of Bordeaux has transformed itself into much more than a stopping-off point on the way to vineyard properties. It is now a destination in its own right.

The Wine Society

Published on July 27, 2009

The Wine Society is something of a retail institution that runs under many people’s radar. It shouldn’t. Anyone who enjoys wine can join the club, and there are no arcane entry rituals.

Light-struck wines?

Published on July 24, 2009

We are used to being star struck, but what about our beers and wines being light-struck? What degree of fault is this?

Smoke tainted wine

Published on July 19, 2009

Smoke taint is a complex issue. Bush fires near vineyards can cause smoke compounds to be taken up by the fruit and these persist through fermentation into the wine. What can be done?

Roussillon: a region for all seasons

Published on July 13, 2009

In the far southern Mediterranean corner of France lies Roussillon, from where some of France’s best, under-rated reds emerge.

Thai food with wine

Published on June 26, 2009

Thai food offers several challenges for the discerning gastronome. Should wines appeal to the theme and mood of the meal rather than with one or two dishes?

The fountain of wine knowledge

Published on June 16, 2009

MW, MS, WineMBA, AIWS. Acronym soup, or a useful measure of wine knowledge and expertise.

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