World wines

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…

The lowdown on the Mendoza wine region

The lowdown on the Mendoza wine region

Responsible for 70% of the wine made in the world’s 6th biggest wine-producing country, Mendoza is unsurprisingly Argentina’s most emblematic wine region. What’s all the more remarkable is that this is an area in a semi-desert with insufficient rainfall to keep vines alive. So why is Mendoza such a powerhouse of wine production?  Like most historical wine…

How Cabernet Sauvignon wine is made

How Cabernet Sauvignon wine is made

Have you ever wondered how a bunch of freshly harvested grapes like this…..       gets made into a bottle of wine like this?           Well this is how the Mendel winery in Mendoza makes their Cabernet Sauvignon wine.     The grapes arrive at the winery in these…

Artistic shades of pink: rosé wine

Artistic shades of pink: rosé wine

Given how versatile it is, it’s surprising that we don’t pay more attention to rosé wine. Perhaps prejudice makes us see rosé wine as less serious than white or red wine? Or maybe it’s because we’ve all, at some time or other, tried one of those awful cloyingly sweet, sickly pink beverages and decided rosé wine…

Tasting French wine – fruity white Alsace wines

Tasting French wine – fruity white Alsace wines

You know how you build pictures of places you’ve read about but never seen? Well, when I think of Alsace and sniff the pure fruity aromas of its wines, I visualize a Sound of Music type of landscape, all green mountain meadows and blue skies, maybe even Julie Andrews skipping among the vines. I expect…