The respective merits of Cognac and Armagnac Ask any resident of Gascony which is better: Cognac or Armagnac? “Armagnac, of course,” they will chant. “It slips down just as smoothly as the more heavily produced and marketed Cognac to the north.” That may well be true, however, there are key differences between these two noble […]
Thinking of Buying Wine While in Bordeaux? Bordeaux is more than a wine. It is an interconnected universe of interests, all focused on producing the finest red and white wines in the world. An army of growers, winemakers, researchers, cellar masters, owners, global investors, and consultants dedicate their lives to the transformation of grapes into […]
In the space of just over twenty years, a remarkable resurgence in the quality and quantity of luxury Spanish wine hotels has ensured that Spain is now at the forefront of global wine tourism. Pioneers like Marques de Riscal, Abadia Retuerta, and Castilla Termal have given the industry a much-needed boost with their natural talent […]
Beautiful scenery, superlative gastronomy, vibrant culture and, of course, world-class Riesling – Alsace has it all. A signposted Route du Vins takes a meandering course the whole length of the Alsace wine country, calling at some of the prettiest wine towns in the world. Between the villages, the high-trained vines block out the view along […]
Cream, apples, and seafood may form the holy trinity of Norman cuisine, but the region’s signature cheeses are the main reason gastronomes flock to this part of France. The former French President Charles de Gaulle, expostulating on the inability of anyone to unite the French on a single issue after WWII, famously grumbled: “You cannot […]
It’s no secret – at least in Normandy – that Calvados is one of the world’s greatest spirits. An apple brandy indigenous to the French region of lower Normandy, Calvados has for centuries been an essential part of the social and gastronomic life in this part of France. Indeed, no feast in Normandy is complete […]
The revolution that has swept through the cocktail world over the last 15 years is nothing short of remarkable. Once regarded as a largely conservative sphere, today’s emphasis on story-telling and sensory drinks would certainly surprise any time-traveling mixologist from the 1960s. So too would the sophisticated execution and design of modern cocktail concepts; the […]
To the uninitiated, the hype and furor surrounding red Burgundy and its legendary vineyards must be quite mystifying. Indeed, 21st-century collectors will pay (almost) any price for rare vintages at auction – the wines of Chambertin, La Tache and Musigny often sell for crown jewel prices. The Chinese elite, in particular, has gone crazy for […]
Some of the attention paid to wine are frivolous, some of the rituals absurd. They, unfortunately, help to reinforce the idea of wine enjoyment as pretentious and a mere affectation, which could not be further from the truth. For the simple fact is that wine is not a solitary drink. It is essentially sociable, and […]
The term ‘icon wine’ is ubiquitous in the fine wine trade yet difficult to precisely define – what makes a wine truly exceptional? An ensemble of different elements is required – namely outstanding terroir, winemaking and historical pedigree – bound together in perfection, in order to forge something far greater than the sum of its […]
Fine wine is an extremely lucrative business and one that seems impervious to any financial storm. Over the past ten years, despite the economic uncertainties of our time, demand continues to grow for the rarest bottles, with collectors clambering over themselves to fork out astronomical sums on top vintages, their avaricious appetite for luxury wine […]
Today, most of us are well acquainted with the ‘celebrities’ of wine – the Chardonnays, Merlots, Shiraz and Sauvignon Blancs of this world. Indeed, ask most white-wine drinkers what they fancy after work, and more often than not their response will be, ‘I always go for a glass of Sauvignon Blanc.’ Or perhaps a glass […]
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