Types of wine

How to choose sparkling wine (2)

How to choose sparkling wine (2)

This is a handy guide to understanding terms like in-bottle fermentation and traditional method that you often see on sparkling wine labels. Actually the biggest clue to what a sparkling wine is going to be like when you taste it can be found in these terms describing how the wine has been made. This is…

How to choose sparkling wine (1)

How to choose sparkling wine (1)

Fizz is in fashion and there is ever more choice lining the shelves of supermarkets and wine shops, so how to choose a sparkling wine that suits your taste and budget?  Champagne is often the first thing that comes to mind, these days closely followed by Prosecco,  but let’s face it, Champagne and Prosecco are wines…

English-Spanish Sparkling wine glossary

English-Spanish Sparkling wine glossary

The idea behind this handy English-Spanish sparkling wine glossary is to help you understand foreign sparkling wine labels or for use by anyone studying wine. Comments and suggestions are very welcome. Blanc de Blancs A wine made only from white grapes, often 100% Chardonnay. Blanc de Blancs Un vino elaborado solo con uvas blancas, con frecuencia…

Sparkling wines for the festive season

Sparkling wines for the festive season

It’s that time of year again when we all get into a flurry of Christmas shopping, seasonal cooking and planning for the perfect Christmas and New Year celebrations. Sparkling wine for the festive season features high on the shopping list and there’s an ever bigger range to choose from. So here’s a handy guide…

Vinoteca walkaround tasting

Vinoteca walkaround tasting

The golden glow of the late afternoon sun and deep blue backdrop of the Pacific Ocean provided an inviting ambience for the Vinoteca walkaround tasting Noche de Copas at the Sheraton Miramar in Viña del Mar on Friday. Summer-clad locals and tourists strolled from stand to stand, tasting a broad range of wines. The…

Weekend wine: Maquis Cabernet Franc 2012

Weekend wine: Maquis Cabernet Franc 2012

I confess to being a closet Cabernet Franc fan.  Living in the shadow of its big, brash, ostentatious and sharp-as-a nail son, Cabernet Sauvignon, the lighter-bodied Cab. Franc with its understated elegance and smooth sophistication just tends to get left there on the shelf, the “also ran” of the wine world. Think Fred Astaire…