Once dismissed as a passing fad, today there is no doubting the massive relevance of rose to the global wine category. There have been numerous articles, blogs and opinion pieces dedicated to exploring rose’s rise to prominence; the celebrity factor, its newfound popularity with men, the transformation from summer tipple to year-round indulgence. Yet the […]
Difference between Scotch and Irish Whiskey Like a match between two prize-winning boxers, the subject of Irish versus Scotch whiskey arouses and inflames the passions. The quickest way to commit social suicide, would be to enquire in a Scottish bar – “Do you have any Irish spirits for a change? Much better quality, aren’t they.” […]
What is Barolo Chinato? Barolo. It’s a word that elicits instant excitement from sybarites and collectors – Nebbiolo finds its most dazzling expression in the Langhe hills, on the calcareous soils found east of La Morra and surrounding the village of Barolo itself. At its best, Barolo is a tannic masterpiece of finesse and balance; […]
The Best of Spanish Dessert Wine Most wine regions, and indeed wine nations, have their surprises and unexpected turns. Even seasoned Bordeaux aficionados are often surprised to learn that Sauternes, a region famous for sweet wines, also makes some of Bordeaux’s most appetizing dry white. Tuscany, hallowed and sacred ground for red wines, also makes […]
What is Dijon Mustard and how is it used? What is the sacred trinity of the Burgundian culinary tradition? Many would argue that it is beef, red wine, and cheese – the red wines of Chambertin, Musigny and Volnay are as highly prized as the legendary dish Boeuf Bourguignon, particularly if it is made using […]
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; […]
Cassis White Wines At first glance, there are few surprises left in French viticulture. The wines of Bordeaux, Burgundy and indeed Provence are globally renowned – Pauillac, Blanc de Blancs Champagne and Provencal rose are as much cultural icons, as they are wine styles. Yet, with real effort, there are still undiscovered regions and terroirs […]
White Burgundy Wine The status and reverence given to the superlative white wines of Burgundy are arguably under threat. California, Australia, New Zealand, and other European regions have proven that you can coax great class and refinement out of Chardonnay grown all over the world. It is simply undeniable that Burgundy no longer has a […]
Top Cognac Brands Cognac is as much a cultural icon as it is a luxurious brandy. Even before you have sampled any of the local firewater, there is a gorgeous, historic town to get to grips with, comfortably situated in the sorely underrated Charentes region of France. There, you’ll discover ancient cellars and traditions, gourmet […]
Provencal Food Guide What is Provence’s inimitable quality, which lures back the same discerning travelers year after year? Many would argue that it is the gorgeous natural setting – few can resist the rolling lavender fields, adorable villages, vine-covered hills, and azure blue skies. French artist Henri Matisse, a former resident, famously said that it […]
Michelin Star Restaurants in Lyon The question of Lyon’s gastronomic credentials is the cause of much consternation in fierce rival Paris. That city lays claim to being the food capital of the world, and it is certainly true that Paris boasts more Michelin stars than any other French city. Yet many people, including respected food […]
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 […]
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