Simplify wine tasting notes without the salad bingo!

I am constantly baffled by wine tasting notes I come across written either by professional wine tasters or by well meaning bloggers who write a post about a wine they have just drunk! Both types of writer seem to want to indulge themselves in a kind of Fruit Salad Bingo where you get to win … Continue reading Simplify wine tasting notes without the salad bingo!

Wine Wednesday: It’s Rose Time!

Summer is knocking on our doors, time to clean off the barbecue and stock up with …… plenty of Rose wine for the season! The range of Rose from different grapes and parts of the world has grown tremendously in the last couple of years, and whether you merely want to be “on trend” or finding some great bargains, it can help if you know a little more about how Rose is made and the scale of variety available to you. Sweet, savoury, or dry and fruity are the three styles you’ll come across so you need to experiment and shop around to find what suits you; then there’s the light Rose of Provence and the dark to deep red Rose of Tavel, both from France. In each case it’s also a question of grape variety, Cinsault, Syrah, Pinot Noir, Mourvèdre, Malbec, Grenache ……! But the whole world is making Rose so plenty to choose from so why not have a Rose party/barbecue with bottles of differing style and from different parts of the world? This reblogged post from San Antonio Vino tells you all you need to know ….

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Rose’ is super trendy right now and for good reason! Not only does it come in various festive shades of pink that signals the coming of summer, but it also comes in a variety of styles. From delicate and thirst quenchingly crisp, sweet and fruity patio pounders, to rich and savory sippers perfect for pairing with BBQ. But was is rose’, exactly? Read on to find out everything you ever wanted to know followed by some recommendations for classic examples of each style and/or region.

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Italian Wine: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly!

A short post on the Decanter blog a few months back alerted me to the existence of The Wine Century Club where membership is based on having tasted a minimum of 100 different grape varieties. I was immediately hooked ....... how many had I got? Having trawled through my old log book of 35 years … Continue reading Italian Wine: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly!

Friday is International Sauvignon Blanc Day!

Did you know that Friday, 4th May, is International Sauvignon Blanc Day? As far as I know it’s a day driven by the New Zealand wine industry to promote as well as celebrate, but of course Sauvignon Blanc is grown around the world. In Marlborough specifically they will be having many events, and there’s one … Continue reading Friday is International Sauvignon Blanc Day!

Summer fizz without Prosecco or Champagne?

Social Media has an “on trend” flavour these days towards all things Prosecco, seeming to proscribe anything that ISN’T Prosecco. Well personally, just like I won’t join Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or any other unsocial media these days I won’t pay through the nose for overhyped fizzy wine or suffer indigestion from crudely acidic cheap stuff! … Continue reading Summer fizz without Prosecco or Champagne?