Postmodern winemaking, by Clark Smith

Published on August 16, 2013

The book is founded on a collation of Clark Smith’s magazine columns. He does not readily define postmodern winemaking, but includes under its umbrella “micro-oxygenation, lees work and a sophisticated understanding of oak.”

Saint Chinian

Published on August 6, 2013

St Chinian, 20 miles north-west of Beziers, and deep-set in the Languedoc foothills of the Black Mountains, is a complex and appealing appellation.

Bollinger reserve wines

Published on August 1, 2013

One of the added quirks of making non-vintage Champagne is the use of reserve wines saved from previous years. Here’s what Bolly does with its reserve wines.

Muscadet vats

Published on July 27, 2013

The typical, underground, glass-lined vats used in the Nantais.

Dry Loire valley chenin blanc

Published on July 22, 2013

Chenin blanc is at the heart and souls of the Loire river, where it makes some of the best dry wines around.

Sweet, Reinforced and Fortified Wines, edited by Fabio Mencarelli and Pietro Tonutti

Published on July 17, 2013

With a title like this and a price tag like that, this book is going to appeal to the seriously nerdy, and indeed, the winemakers, vineyard managers, oenology students etc., at whom the briefing document says it is targeted. Keen MW students might be in that list too.

Describing minerality

Published on July 12, 2013

Since the first Drinks Business piece on minerality was published in 2009, research into the subject has been gathering pace, with new findings emerging.

Volatile sulphur compounds and thiols

Published on July 12, 2013

Table showing various VSCs and thiols with their chemical and quotidian descriptions

My 3,000th twitter follower

Published on July 7, 2013

My 3,000th twitter follower (@NMollard) makes wine. How wonderful is that? They even sent me a bottle to taste, so I thought I’d write it up here.

Coates and Seely

Published on July 2, 2013

Ex-city financier Nick Coates and Christian Seely, of AXA Millesimes managing director pedigree, first met over a quarter of a century ago. They got back together in 2008 to create the Coates and Seely English sparkling wine label.

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