Want to understand more about why some wines made from the same grape can be so different? Want to feel more confident when visiting a vineyard and during a wine tasting? Then here’s the key to it all: understanding a little about grape varieties is basic level knowledge for wine appreciation, but it is only through considering the defining elements of “terroir” and their affect on any grape (and therefore the finished wine product) that your wine appreciation will rise to greater heights.
How a bottle of Greek wine evoked memories of a holiday in Athens many years ago, reminding me of The Parthenon, Delphi, The Plaka, and street food such as kebabs, grilled octopus and moussaka.
An easily understandable description of how our brains interpret personal taste in wine, especially how it is “smell” rather than “taste” that makes the greatest contribution. Your personal wine tasting and wine appreciation will never be the same once you have discovered the secret of retronasal smell.
Family wine tastings are a bit of a challenge at present with Coronavirus preventing buying a wine and then the risk of the family coming together. The first of these, buying a wine, is not a problem to this family since we all have large collections built up over many years of visiting vineyards across … Continue reading A Zoom virtual wine tasting beats Coronavirus!
Dry December: The First Wine Competition It’s just over a year now since I spent an evening in Manchester tasting 40 or so wines as a judge in the annual People’s Choice Wine Awards. It’s a different type of wine assessment in which wines from supermarkets are tasted and judged for their quality and suitability … Continue reading The first EVER wine competition