Sparkling wine

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…

Tasting French wine – Loire Chenin Blanc

Tasting French wine – Loire Chenin Blanc

Always refreshing and hugely versatile, it’s surprising that Chenin Blanc wines with their aromas of apples and pears and honey are so under-appreciated. Apparently this variety used to be planted in many parts of the world. However it’s an obligingly easy-to-grow variety that, if left unchecked, produces masses of rather dilute grapes lacking in aromas and flavours. Many…

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

  It’s that manic, end-of-year period when we’re all running ourselves ragged finishing up work, cleaning the house, buying gifts and stocking up on food and drink like we’re expecting a siege …If you could do with a few last-minute ideas for wines for the festive season, feel free to check out the following articles or send me…

Budget Chilean Sparkling Wine Tasting Results

Budget Chilean Sparkling Wine Tasting Results

It’s that cork-popping time of year when many of us choose to celebrate special meals and the arrival of the new year with sparkling wine. We all know that Champagne is cool, of course, while English and Welsh sparkling wines titillate our tastebuds with equal finesse and at a similar cost. Prosecco is an…

Dairy-free chicken liver pâté

Dairy-free chicken liver pâté

Homemade pâté is a really great starter or appetizer and it goes beautifully with sparkling wine or sweet white wine. It took me a long time to find a pâté recipe I liked. A lot of recipes use obscene amounts of butter or cream and I’m dairy intolerant.  Also I wanted something that tasted sinful but…

Chilean organic sparkling wine producer

Chilean organic sparkling wine producer

I recently read an article by a woman who argued that starting a business beyond the age of 40 is just too tiring and risky. I was thinking about that as I met Chilean organic sparkling wine producer Daniel Raab, who has bucketloads of entrepreneurial spark despite being a silver-haired grandfather. Let’s face it: whatever…

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 BlancsA wine made only from white grapes, often 100% Chardonnay. Blanc de BlancsUn vino elaborado solo con uvas blancas, con frecuencia 100% Chardonnay.…

Sparkling wine tasting panel results

Sparkling wine tasting panel results

A group of 10 people of 6 different nationalities recently got together to blind taste 6 different Brut/Extra Brut wines retailing at under 10,000 Chilean pesos (£10 / US$15) and score them out of 10.  We then calculated the average score for each wine to determine their ranking. Here are the results: All photos courtesy of Alexandra…