Rose Champagne bubbles Rose champagne is enjoying high demand and not just because of Valentine's Day. Rose Champagne, or Pink Champagne as it is more commonly known, if not a little mincing, has become increasingly vogue over the last few years. Indications are that its popularity is becoming more entrenched and it is easy to see why, with an appealing bouquet of fresh ... read more >
The Sampler - Wine Machine Our UK Correspondent, Alistair Scott, grapples with tasting protocol, wine-voyeurism and ravaging the credit card at, The Sampler, the dynamic north London wine merchant fast-making a name for itself for seducing palates on and off the premises. Sip, spit or slurp? Difficult decisions at The Sampler So does one sip, spit or slurp? The etiquette for wine tastings in usually ... read more >
Chester Osborn d'Arenberg Winemaker, Australia South Australian grenache is all you need on a winter's evening. The only way to better it is to fly to Adelaide and drink it with an excellent meal. With the shortest day of the year past and the winter monsoon bringing its unwelcome message from Siberia, the drinking mood has changed to cuddly reds. ... read more >
Cheap Wines Cheap wines doesn't necessarily mean cheesy in the world of reds. Internationally relegated to quaffing status, the wine world is finally starting to give grenache the respect it deserves. I doubt that grenache devotees are that concerned. Sometimes it's best not to say anything about a bargain. Whether you are a serious wine buff or just enjoy the odd glass, ... read more >
Champagne, Bubbly Beauties It's time to put some fizz into the holidays - without flattening your bank account. Why do bubbles captivate us so much? Watching my daughter gleefully chasing soapy bubbles, I wonder if this is where the fascination begins. The tiny bubbles scrambling into a fine bead in a Champagne flute share the allure and sparkle of diamonds. ... read more >
Soave Wine, Italy Pieropan has shown just how great this white wine can be and what good value it is. Autumn is upon us and hopefully the last of the rains will give way to clear sunny days and pleasant evenings. This is a time when evening meals and Sunday lunches of fish or prawns grilled on the barbecue and served with crisp ... read more >
Pfaffenberg vineyard, Austria An Austrian wine is poised to leap to a wider acceptance. If you are looking for the best value for money in white wine, it is more than likely to have an unpronounceable name. Easily misinterpreted as a tropical disease, or a robust German sausage and sauerkraut dish, Austria's indigenous grape, gruner veltliner, is actually not that difficult to pronounce (groon-er vealt-lean-er) and ... read more >
Gigondas Domaine Raspail Ay, France A supposedly second-division wine is finally earning the respect it deserves. Internationally relegated to quaffing status, the wine world is finally starting to give grenache the respect it deserves. I doubt that grenache devotees are that concerned. Sometimes it's best not to say anything about a bargain. But if we were issuing a tutorial on how excellent wines can be ... read more >
Grape Wall of China Bordeaux wine tasting, Shanghai The world is already awash in wine. But it appears almost inevitable, given the explosive growth of China's vineyards, that western producers face competition from yet another lucrative class of exports: bulk wines, which China is gearing up to make in vast quantities at costs far below what traditional vintners can match. Already, at least one Chinese vintner has announced ... read more >
Judging Wines The perils of rating wines are many and, well, perilous. Can it be that the educated palate isn’t educated at all? Is this an oenological dirty little secret? A four-year study in the United States, made public last week, showed that only 10 percent of wine judges were consistently able to give the same wine the same rating twice, to ... read more >
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