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 […]
The very best Chilean wines: It is incredibly easy to fall in love with Chile – the landscape, its gregarious people, and, of course, the excellent wines. Nothing can prepare you for your first glimpse of the snow-capped Andes: serrated blades of rock and ice which separate Chile from its Argentine neighbor, providing an unforgettable […]
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 which would transform the fortunes of the Medoc region. 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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; […]
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 […]
Best Burgundy Red Wine 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, […]
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 […]
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