Burgundy’s legendary blackcurrant liqueur Every gastronome, sybarite, and bon viveur owes Burgundy a monumental debt of gratitude. No other region has given so much in return for so little. No other French wine region takes the art of winemaking and gastronomy more seriously. From Dijon to Chagny, Burgundy is a food and drink paradise, not […]
The unsung diversity of Italian sparkling wine A leading winemaker once proclaimed to Cellar Tours that “Italy is one of the great unsung heroes of the sparkling wine world.” Such a statement is deserving of intense scrutiny, yet there is undoubtedly some truth to the idea that Italy deserves to be better known for its […]
What’s the difference between Burgundy and Bordeaux? In 2015, esteemed wine writers Jancis Robinson MW and Hugh Johnson hosted a landmark event in London: Bordeaux Vs. Burgundy. The debate was lively, robust, and enlightening, with strong arguments put forward underlining the relative merits of both regions. The Bordelais and Burgundy establishments have similar arguments on […]
The 1855 Bordeaux classification: the creation of an elite In 1855, the Bordeaux Chamber of Commerce took an unprecedented step that would transform the Medoc region’s fortunes. After much debate and disagreement, it was decided that the area would benefit from a formalized classification. The impetus was the upcoming Paris Exhibition – the Bordeaux establishment […]
Best Irish whiskey brands Twenty years ago, proselytizing about Irish whiskey was an endeavor fraught with problems. Any list of top Irish whiskeys would be depressingly easy to compile – until the turn of the Millennium, Ireland’s whiskey industry was severely lacking significant players and new investment. In particular, Irish single-malt whiskey was almost a […]
What is the most famous grape of Piedmont? Piedmont and Nebbiolo. The two are as inseparable as Burgundy and Pinot Noir; a noble and longstanding marriage between grape variety and terroir. Planted across the Langhe hills to the south and east of the river Tanaro, Nebbiolo is grown to perfection by the best producers, who […]
Top 10 French desserts paired with wine Is France Europe’s ultimate culinary Mecca, a land of superlative gastronomy that has no equal? The answer is not so clear-cut as the French would have us believe – in recent years, the best Italian and Spanish chefs have been winning countless awards and challenging the notion that […]
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 […]
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