For a sliver of time, during a recent long holiday weekend, I found myself spelling happiness differently from anyone else — varying letters strung together to form the name of an ancient Etruscan hilltop town that, for three days, for me, became...
Decades ago when we first became interested in wine, one of our favorite staples was a Cotes du Rhone from Guigal. At $8 a bottle, it was affordable enough to buy by the case and versatile enough to sip as an aperitif or serve alongside pasta and hamburgers.
A PLAYBOY politician whose tax cuts made Hong Kong the biggest wine auction market on the planet may have to abandon an attempt to become the city's next leader as officials investigate whether he illegally built an underground palace beneath his...
Chateau de Beaucastel, Domaine de la Romanee Conti, Chapoutier…Famous biodynamic wine estates have all learnt from her books and annual sowing and planting calendars. Maria Thun, « grandmother of biodynamics », died at nearly 90 years of age. She had recently published « When Wine Tastes Best: 2012«
'Morning,” said the gentleman who greeted me in Corney & Barrow’s offices near Tower Bridge on an icy morning two weeks ago. He picked up a glass, poured a small quantity of red wine into it, swirled, and tipped it out. “Just doing a little pinot rinse,” he said. “No matter how clean the glass, you just sometimes get a little taint.”
LITTLE did I expect to be taken to task when I was giving praise, but Alsace growers were a little irked when I categorised their wine as Germanic. It was only right, therefore, that I accept their offer to demonstrate how short that term sold them.
In a recent psychological study, researchers at Brock University in Niagara found that people were willing to pay an average of $2 more for a wine based purely on the sound of its name. Specifically, they tended to favour a tongue-twisting brand versus one they could more easily pronounce.
In the past couple of years, Sydney's drinking scene has undergone huge changes, with the explosion of small bars throughout the city run by young, switched-on proprietors. In restaurants, a quieter revolution has occurred.
A few weeks ago, in a recent interview from the UK Decanter Magazine (read here « Chapoutier pours scorn on natural winemakers »), Michel Chapoutier was highly critical of people who defend so-called “natural” wines. He has added to the natural wine debate by denouncing natural winemakers as out-of-touch hippies making defective wines. Today Michel Chapoutier shares his thoughts on what is a « natural » wine and discusses what ethical principles a « natural » winemaker should respect.
As my boots crunch through snow, Pierre-Marie Luneau hands me a chunk of serpentinite rock in his vineyard on La Butte de la Roche. Like all the best Muscadet producers, Luneau is obsessed with how soil affects a wine’s quality.
IN Italy, you get the best of both worlds. If you’re into the traditional style of wines, you’ll find many a producer still making DOC wines from indigenous or local varieties, under strict rules, and using traditional vinification methods – wines aged in large oak casks rather than the small oak barrels.