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!

Wine Lovers Masterclass: #1 The Neuroscience of Wine Tasting


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.

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!

Picture behind the story #28 Do YOU have a favourite watering hole?


Our Favourite Wine Bar I guess we all have a favourite pub, bar, wine bar, watering hole? My favourite pub is in the village of Broughton in Cumbria, The Manor Arms. My favourite wine bar however is in Beaune in Burgundy, France. Situated right in the middle of Place Carnot their wine list is extensive, … Continue reading Picture behind the story #28 Do YOU have a favourite watering hole?