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

The wine with the musk-like taste!


I wonder if anyone knows what is the wine that is actually named “the wine with a musk-like taste”? It’s French, and unusually, in fact uniquely, the wine is not named after the grape as in Alsace, or as per the appellation as in the rest of France. It’s a white wine, quite dry, and … Continue reading The wine with the musk-like taste!