India is a country with an ancient wine-making tradition and a new and emerging wine-producing industry. Vineyards are multiplying, quality is rising, and urban Indians are slowly but surely turning to wine over the traditional beverage, Whiskey. However, the first vines were planted long before the 20th Century. As incredible as it sounds, wine-making has […]
10 Grape Types You Probably Never Heard of Grape Varieties continue to play an essential role in the wine’s language, which is why ‘varietal labeling’ has become so common. We could even say that the shift of emphasis from place to grape has been the most significant factor in making wine accessible to the curious […]
Pinot Noir was put on this earth to frustrate winemakers and excite oenophiles. In the best years and from the best sites, aficionados of the grape expect (but don’t always get) an exquisite marriage of heavenly perfume and a silky, come-hither fruit quality. There is an unspoken contract between the buyer and bottle: the experienced […]
Which wines and cheese pair best together? No foodie topic is more open to debate, disagreement, and subjectivity than cheese and wine pairing. Local cuisine, different cultures, and personal preferences make what seem perfectly acceptable wine and food combinations to some, appear utterly awful to others. Our own feelings on this subject are almost schizophrenic; […]
After a period of bartender and consumer indifference, vermouth is now achingly trendy again. “Me pones un vermut,” or “give me a glass of vermouth” is a phrase you’ll hear constantly in Spain. Indeed, there is nothing more in vogue than sipping vermouth in tapas bars across the Iberian peninsula, while the Italians have long […]
What could be more romantic that enjoying glorious autumn recipes in cozy surroundings, paired with a glass of something spectacular, of course? For as the days shorten and the temperature drops, our thoughts turn to hearty, rich dishes like venison and guinea fowl, roast chestnuts and that most decadent of gastronomic indulgences – truffles. Indeed, […]
The Best Wine Glasses to Drink Wine with 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. The simple fact is that wine is not a […]
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 […]
Unless your tastes run only to bottles sealed by screw cap or bag-in-the-box Merlot, cork will have played a major role in your enjoyment of wine. Indeed, cork has been a defining feature of the wine industry for over 400 years; only since the opening decades of the 21st century has cork technology been seriously […]
Fifty years ago, your wine selection was generally limited to perhaps Burgundy, famous Bordeaux names, German Riesling and a few bottles from Rioja or Tuscany – if you were lucky! Fast forward to 2017 and there have never been as many choices for the oenophile; more wines from more countries, better wines, and wines made […]
There probably isn’t anyone who hasn’t heard of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc – two noble white varieties that have been grown, with great success, the world over. But what about Chenin Blanc, the great hero of the Loire Valley? You would hear a pin drop in the room for the embarrassed silence. Perhaps it’s a […]
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