The lesser evils - minor flaws in wine
Contrary to popular belief, there is only one true wine fault and that is 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
Geographical indications on wine labels
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 certain percentage of grapes originates from
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
What is happening to Cava?
There has been a quiet revolution happening in the Penedès region of Northern Spain . The main reason has to be the success of Prosecco in recent years, positioning itself as the "value" alternative to Champagne in many markets including the UK. Cava has been fighting back on the quiet and is now pushing ahead a little more noisily in
Which wines will keep & for how long?
More than 95% of all wine produced is intended to be drunk young , within 1 to 2 years of bottling, so is at its peak when released for sale. If you prefer a fruitier wine style then you can safely stick to younger wines. But for those that appreciate more developed flavours some wine can be
Storage of unopened wine bottles
In an ideal wine world we would all live in houses with cellars because cool cellars are the ideal environment for storing wine . But in this slightly less than ideal wine world where most of us aren't lucky enough to have a cellar, how and where should we store our wine?
I am a strong believer in storing wine
With Mother's Day approaching and Easter hot on its heels, this tried, tested and much loved recipe for Lemon, Ricotta & Almond cake would be the perfect treat for a family celebration .
I cannot remember the exact origin of the recipe having torn it out of a newspaper many years ago; you can find may iterations on the internet. This cake/ dessert has been
Someone once said to me that you can't go wrong with Rioja and I often recommend it as a wine to pour at parties, mainly because it is one of the UK's favourite red wines . Although white Rioja is growing in popularity it is still only a fraction of the red wine produced in the Rioja region so this blog focuses on the reds.
Despite being in the top 20 most planted grapes in the world, Cabernet Franc may not necessarily be one of those grapes that you seek out when looking for wine. It tends to keep a low profile - more of a bridesmaid than the bride. But, for years overlooked, Cabernet Franc is reckoned to be on the upward trend .
The Cabernet Franc grape characteristics