Regional profiles:

German pinot noir – the pursuit of elegance

Published on September 16, 2009

Top German spätburgunder (pinot noir) producers from the Ahr to Baden came to London to present their wines at a Master of Wine Masterclass on Sept 11, 2009.

Bordeaux and cabernet sauvignon

Published on September 14, 2009

Cabernet sauvignon is the kingpin grape variety in Bordeaux, even though much more merlot is planted in the region. It provides the backbone and core of the region’s wines, and has led to plantings all over the wine-producing world. But cabernet sauvignon is not simply cabernet sauvignon.

Marche reds

Published on September 9, 2009

One from the archives, but still plenty of relevant content about the red wines of the Marche, which account for about two-thirds of plantings in the region. They tend to get a little lost in the shadow of the region’s more famous white sibling – verdicchio.

Bordeaux wine tourism, part 2 – the right bank

Published on August 28, 2009

Bordeaux’s right bank, and the rolling countryside of the Entre-Deux-Mers have more to them than wine production, though I wouldn’t want to detract from that. Wine touristic gems are there for the discovery, and the area is heavily-laden with cultural heritage.

Austria’s grüner veltliner ageing gracefully

Published on August 24, 2009

Grüner veltliner (grooner velt-leaner) may not roll easily off an anglophone tongue, but wine made from this indigenous Austrian grape variety will liven up said tongue with some delicious flavours, both in youth, and, as explored here, in graceful age.

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.

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.

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.

Lower Austria

Published on June 6, 2009

Lower Austria – mainly the Wachau, Kremstal and Kamptal – is home to some of the best, longest-lived white wines to be found on the planet.


Published on June 4, 2009

Priorat in the north-east of the country is the source of some of Spain’s most sought-after red wines.

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