Albariño - crisp white aromatic wine: what's not to love?

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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,

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All you need to know about tannins in wine

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Is it just me or do you think that wines generally are becoming less tannic? I don't think my subconscious is pushing me away from more tannic wines when I taste and buy red wine. After all, in the right wine and when in balance with other elements of a wine, tannins are a good thing, providing character, structure, body and longevity ( see

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Wine Ratings; what's the score?

A critique of the wine critics

Woman-tasting-red-wine.jpg There are many people who review and score wine; I am often asked which of these wine critics I rate . So below are those wine critics at the top of my list and why - plus some information on the different ways they rate wine . I include what I think are the minimum scores that you should

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All you need to know about the wines of Priorat

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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,

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Lovely vegetarian summer recipe

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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

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Why very hot weather is bad news for wine

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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

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Detailed wine tasting notes - trick or treat?

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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.

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In praise of Pinot Noir

What's the deal with Pinot Noir & why is it expensive?

My recent wine blog post, A Quick Guide to New Zealand's Wines, made my mouth water for Pinot Noir so I thought I would pour myself a glass and write about this tricky grape and its amazing wines.

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Pinot Noir was a very unfashionable wine for many years when the market favoured

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Guest Blog Post from Paul Howard of Wine Alchemy

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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

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Guide to New Zealand Wines

Some facts about New Zealand Wine

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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.

So the

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