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 Lovers Masterclass #4 Terroir and The Burgundy Effect


An entertaining way of increasing your understanding of the concept of “terroir”. We begin with a little history of what has become known as The Burgundy Effect and how the search for the right environment around the world to grow Pinot Noir and Chardonnay created a revolution. Then, we follow with a movie following seven Burgundian winemakers across the four seasons of a single year with their families as they strive to achieve perfection in their wine.

Wine Lovers Masterclass: #2 The Chemistry of Wine Tasting


Ever wondered why you “think” you taste blackcurrants in a Malbec or gooseberries in Sauvignon Blanc? Or why some people taste liquorice and cigar box in some wines and you don’t? Here’s the answer to those flavours in wine tasting ..... a little understanding of chemistry will show you that NONE of these fruits etc actually exist in a wine, and that an inability to detect them should NOT discourage you from visiting vineyards, exploring new grapes, new wines, new countries. Travel the world of wine at home too ..... try something different!

Finding a winemaker you trust


Most of us are creatures of habit, we buy food from the same store regularly, we buy sirloin steak rather than rump, we travel the same route to work and do the same things every day when we arrive. We do this because we like familiarity and build up a level of trust or comfort … Continue reading Finding a winemaker you trust

A Chablis wine tasting with a Flying Winemaker!


The Coronavirus is obviously curtailing travel, and we are really missing our vineyard visits, especially to France where we regularly visit Pommard, Chinon, Alsace and Chablis. So, after last weeks virtual wine tasting of Chablis via ZOOM with our daughter and her husband it has stirred me to repost the last visit to that famous … Continue reading A Chablis wine tasting with a Flying Winemaker!