Sparkling 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…

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…

A cheeky wine to mark a big challenge

A cheeky wine to mark a big challenge

Here in Chile, the wineries are hard at work getting in the first of the harvests, the early ripeners like Chardonnay. Meanwhile, I too am in a flurry of activity: 19 March is the official start date of the 2-year online WSET Diploma course I’ve signed up for. It’s a hardcore course aimed at professionals of the…