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Blog Snippets: Around The Wine Blogs


Plenty happening around the wine blogs over the last few days with tasting recommendations taking centre stage :
One wine you should look out for, especially if you have not tried the style before is the Peter Lehmann ‘Black Queen’ Sparkling Shiraz 1998. Winorama writes that this is a ‘marvellous example of this unique Barossa […]

Grape Radio Wine Quizzes


There are never enough hours in my day to listen to all the wine related podcasts, let alone read all the wine-blogs that are now available.
If I had to pick just two, I would recommend WineCast run by Tim and Grape Radio.
The latter site has a series of wine quizzes set up, which are a […]

Chocolate and Food with Wine: Decanter Tastings


If you are lucky enough to be in the UK on the 18/19th November you should make a b-line to the Landmark Hotel and the Decanter Fine Wine Encounter.
Here one of Britain’s top chefs and a chocolate expert will be hosting two masterclasses.
The first, hosted by Michelin-starred chef, Raymond Blanc is a Wine […]

Wine and Food Matching From Olive Magazine


The Ready in 30 section of the latest issue of Olive Magazine (October 2006) offers a selection of recipes with which they suggest a specific wine.
Even if you do not intend to slavishly follow the recipes the wine recommendations can be viewed as wines to try (they are generally under a fiver so no […]


Mike Dunne of the Sacramento Bee recently felt the wrath of those who love their chardonays oaky after writing that no-oak chardonnays were gaining in popularity. In a debate whose intensity seemed more fit to a discussion of important social issues, Dunne heard from many of his readers:
A couple of them were irked […]

Call It English Wine, not British!


English Sparkling Wine is coming of age. It may not have huge distribution outside these shores, production maybe small, and prices a touch on the high side but quality wise many are excellent. They can certainly hold their own against Champagne soil and growing conditions are very similar.
I am not totally enamoured with the […]

Wine Making Techniques use factor 35!


Aaron Pott, winemaker at the Californian Quintessa vineyard, has let slip a little secret to the Times he uses a moisturiser to protect his grapes.
Far from dabbing a little Oil of Ulay over each of his prized Cabernet grapes he uses a spray that contains small amounts of aloe vera and yucca - ingredients […]

Ruinart Champagne for Wine Blogging Wednesday


Ruinart Brut Ros Champagne, NV, France.
Widely available for around 30/US$70.
Everyone needs friends who come a-visiting brandishing a bottle of bubbly! This being a rose and one delicate in colour, aroma and flavour. Delightful. Gorgeous colour light peach with an edge of pink roses and a strawberry, biscuity edge to the flavour. A little cream… […]

Bordeaux Primer Part 2


The following is part 2 of a cellar diary/travelogue written by my friend Morgan Peterson. A Masters of Wine candidate and future winemaker, Morgan is currently in Bordeaux continuing his hands-on wine education. His father, Joel Peterson, is the winemaker and co-founder of Ravenswood.
Part 1 can be found over at the Capozzi Winery blog.
As one […]

Grown-Up Stuff


One of the pleasures of being a “grown-up” is that we get to have grown-up parties. Although potlucks are fun, so are wine tasting parties. In the recent issue of Blueprint magazine, there is a terrific piece on throwing a wine-tasting dinner. As the tagline promises, “If you can shop and toast […]