Wine Tips: 5 things every wine lover should know


I’m currently posting articles here about wine appreciation in the middle of this pandemic when apparently online wine sales are booming, and everyone has a golden opportunity to learn, understand and appreciate some of the finer things about wine, especially tasting and collecting. Not all of the articles are my own; I read magazines, journals … Continue reading Wine Tips: 5 things every wine lover should know

52 Books Challenge: #28 French Wine Uncorked


This book by Neal Atherton fits neatly into my constantly repeated expression “it’s not about the wine”. French Wine Uncorked is a beautifully written book describing the authors visits to some places where wine is made, meeting some people who make the wine, who talk about the history and culture of their endeavours, while he … Continue reading 52 Books Challenge: #28 French Wine Uncorked

Wine Tips: How do you like your Chardonnay?


So how DO you like your chardonnay, with or without malolactic fermentation? Or to put it another way, do you prefer your chardonnays buttery and creamy, or would you rather have them crispy and fruity? It’s a serious question, because the market has literally flip-flopped over this issue for the past 20 years, beginning with … Continue reading Wine Tips: How do you like your Chardonnay?

Wine Masterclass #6 Improve your understanding of wine aromas


Did you know that there are THREE types or sources of aroma in that glass of wine you are drinking? Some come directly from the grape itself .... “naturally” you might say! But others arise from chemical reactions taking place during fermentation.... and once again, you might say “so what”! And then there is the … Continue reading Wine Masterclass #6 Improve your understanding of wine aromas

Wine Masterclass #5 More science of wine aromas


Do you like the smell of Methoxypyrazine or do you prefer Beta-ionone? Or maybe Diacetyl is more to your “taste”? These are just 3 of the chemical compounds found in Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay respectively and might just say as much about YOU the consumer as it does about the wine and the … Continue reading Wine Masterclass #5 More science of wine aromas