I have just taken delivery of the first Wines With Attitude port, a beautiful Crusted Port
, just in time for Christmas. A good time therefore to look into port and all its different styles.
All port is produced in a similar way to still wine up to the fermentation stage; during that process grape-based alcohol is added to interrupt fermentation, effectively killing off the
I'll show my hand upfront - I love a good Chardonnay though I have not been shouting about it in recent years as Chardonnay has not been a very popular wine for some time. Remember the "Anything but Chardonnay" or "ABC" era in the late 1990s? This was almost certainly in part a backlash against "Nothing But Chardonnay" being served. It was just everywhere and
There are some people who have strong views about the type and shape of wineglass that should be used for each wine and we'll write about that subject in a future blog. But regardless of the type or shape of glass you use, to appreciate a good wine a really clean glass is required . This may seem blatantly obvious but it can make a
It would be rude not to give it a try!
At a couple of our recent blind sparkling wine tastings, participants voted for their favourite wine of the evening and in both instances English Sparkling Wine came out on top, pushing aside certain well-known and reputable vintage and non-vintage champagne brands (not stocked by Wines With Attitude). This might come as a surprise to
Corked Wine - the only true wine fault
You may wonder what on earth an article on wine faults has to do with this photo...
Well, the smell of a wet dog is often associated with the wine fault, cork taint or corked wine . Other terms used to describe it are damp cellar, wet cardboard, mushrooms, wet newspaper, musty and mouldy. Cork taint
The lesser evils - minor flaws in wine
Contrary to popular belief there is only one true wine fault, corked wine or cork taint. There are a number of other faults that fall into a grey area because what is one person's fault in a wine might be considered a "characteristic" of the wine to others . And some things considered "faults" are not
Wine provenance: clues to look for on the label
You may not pay too much attention to the specific origin of your wine other than looking for a geographical indication or appellation; that is a good starting point but did you know that in some countries regulations allow wine producers to declare a wine is produced in a certain region when only a
Vintage champagne is often talked about in much revered terms
and the prices it can sell for suggest a far superior product to non-vintage champagne but is it so much better than non-vintage?
First let's look at the differences between the two.
Non-vintage champagne is produced year on year in a consistent house style and to achieve that consistent style champagne houses have to use