It was my first time stepping into Sofitel So Singapore and I certainly wasn’t prepared for this elegant blend of city modernity and classic French refinement. As I strolled into the lobby I felt the understated sophistication instantly; but gladly it wasn’t the stuffy kind, but instead a warm, comforting kind of welcome.
Barbaresco is a wine region situated in Piemonte, Italy’s North West, just to the south of Torino. It is the sister wine of the better known Barolo and is similarly made entirely from the indigenous grape Nebbiolo.
The other day I found myself contemplating the question of how Australian wine lost its footing after being so popular for so long, and what it could do to recover. I'm not close enough to the wine trade to have my finger on the pulse of what people say when they're perusing the aisles of wine stores and are pointed in the direction of Barossa Shiraz by a clerk. Clearly they're not as amenable to that suggestion as they have been in the past. Australian wine sales have fallen significantly in the US (and in the UK) over the past...
Our final stop in Germany was, of course, the Mosel. None of the pictures prepared me for the sheer beauty of these vineyards. Steep slopes dug into rock with little but rock for soils in the best sites. Iconic German architecture reminiscent of Oktoberfest in quaint villages tucked along the stunning, swiftly flowing river was a sight to behold.
Wine bloggers and communicators need to raise their game and become more professional or risk becoming “dinosaurs” and out of touch not only with the wine trade but with the consumers they are trying to talk to.
Part One is a book review of Alder Yarrow's new book, which was published thanks to a successful crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter.com. In tomorrow’s post, we’ll look at what this example says about the state of wine publishing today.
Maybe you just walked by some wild-eyed dude, on a rant about how you should drink bubbles all year long. [...] at the risk of drawing friendly fire, Iâ€™ll posit that now is not an ideal time for Champagne. Homegrown bubbles have been a sleepy corner in recent years, in part because the equipment required to produce sparkling wine was expensive and in short supply.