In honour of one of my best-selling white wines, Ferrum Albariño , let's take a look at the Albariño or Alvarinho grape and why Albariño wines are becoming increasingly popular . I latched on to this grape variety (pronounced phonetically as Alba-reen-yo) several years ago and have been slowly converting people over to its wines; in my opinion, Albariño, especially from the Rías Baixas DO,
Some time ago one of my lovely newsletter subscribers asked me to cover the wines of Catalonia in one of my blog posts. It's a huge area with 10 recognised wine regions and difficult to generalise so I will split the subject of Catalan wines into more than one blog post. This first will focus on perhaps the best known wine region of Catalonia, Priorat,
I am sometimes told that many wine bloggers and wine retailers don't give any thought to vegetarians when making food and wine pairing suggestions. I try to come up with some vegetarian dishes when I write suggested pairings for each of my wines
but I guess, since I am not vegetarian, that I just don't have a sufficiently wide range of vegetarian dishes at the
Looks positively glorious doesn't it? Beautiful clear skies, sunshine and heat, surely the perfect weather for wine grapes? But is it? Temperatures in Continental Europe in summer 2017 have been regularly above 40° Celsius; the continental climate is known for being extreme, with very hot summers, but this year it seems that it is hotter than ever. The heat wave, nicknamed Lucifer, is wreaking havoc
Do elaborate descriptions of wine make us think a wine tastes better?
I was drawn to an article in The Independent which reported a study that concluded that elaborate descriptions of wine on labels can make us think that a wine tastes better - and make us spend more on wine. The article suggests therefore that this is a clever marketing trick.
To write well about wine, to engage with an audience and do that consistently over many years is no mean feat. These days, many aspire, but few are chosen. Hugh Johnson has been at it now for 55 years. His latest book, subtitled Good Bits from 55 years of Scribbling, does exactly what it says on the tin. Right from the start, he grasped that
Some facts about New Zealand Wine
The New Zealand Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc ocean
There is more to New Zealand wine than Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and yet Sauvignon Blanc still accounted for 72%* of New Zealand wine grapes harvested in 2016 ; most of those came from Marlborough. Amazing especially when you consider that the grape was only planted in Marlborough in the 1970s.