Warm Up: The Douro. Portuguese Wine from the Douro Valley is inextricably linked with trade and the strategic location of the Douro River. From Oporto, the Douro's mouth to the Atlantic, wines could be easily shipped to England. The 1386 Treaty of Windsor initiated the strong connection between Portuguese and English trade. Strengthening the treaty's meaning, Portuguese King John married Philippa of Lancaster, the daughter of an English Duke. The treaty and the marriage solidified relations between the two kingdoms, and specifically, merchants from both countries could conduct equal business in either country. Trade increased both ways, and within a century, established trade...
Whatever one thinks of the Platter Wine Guide these days, the announcement of the year’s crop of five star wines, White, Red and Winery of the Year, probably generates more excitement than any other awards. This year is no exception, with the 83 Five Star laureates receiving their certificates earlier this evening at a function…
Warm Up: Jerez de la Frontera. The wine legacy of Jerez is linked directly to the region's strategic location. Jerez sits on the Atlantic, just in front of the Straight of Gibraltar, and over the millennia the region has attracted many merchants. During the height of seafaring years, the city of Cádiz became extremely important as one of the major ports in Europe. Ships passing into the Mediterranean would pass by Cádiz and could resupply; ships passing out of the Mediterranean could stop and trade their wares. Ships heading west to the Americas could stock up for the Atlantic journey before heading out, without entering...
ere was justifiably a bit of a social media to-do within the New Zealand wine industry following wine journalist John Saker’s article that the head of the national wine body had said “he scolded his wife if she spent more than $15 on a bottle of wine. Even $8 will buy you something good,” at a recent conference.
A Brief Video Lesson in Champagne Disgorgement. Compared to normal still wine production, Champagne winemaking gets pretty complicated. Once you've made a still wine, you put it into a bottle with a mix of yeast and sugar and let it ferment for a second time...
Earlier this autumn, Andrew Jefford wrote a short piece about 'how to write tasting notes'. It was - rather like a good tasting note - short, to the point and full of useful advice: Go easy on the 'fruit salad' descriptors, talk about structure and balance as well as flavour, let us know whether you like it, etc.
Loyalty marketers have long recognized that perception matters when it comes to getting consumers to consolidate their share of wallet with a specific brand or product. It’s all about understanding what makes those target consumers “tick” and tapping in the underlying emotional benefits that guide their purchase decision.
In the second extract from our new book, Exploring & Tasting Wine, Chris Pollington – Italy Specialist – describes how the arrival of French grapes in Tuscany produced a clutch of new wines – and helped to spark a revival of the region’s indigenous varieties.
Tokaji has an identity crisis. You may have never heard about wines from this area of eastern Hungary. They are white wines and mostly all are sweet. And sweet wines are hard sell. Yet the Tokaji wines remain fresh, with bright acidity — even after years of aging.
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