GRAPE VARIETY: FOCUS ON MELON DE BOURGOGNE

Melon de Bourgogne is also called Muscadet or Melon Blanc. As its name suggests, this white grape variety is native to Burgundy and was cultivated until its ordered destruction in the early 18th century. It was planted in the Loire in the 17th century following an intense frost and the decimation of most red varieties. […]

WINE LEGEND: ORNELLAIA 1995

« The faithful expression of unique terroir developed in harmony with nature »  Ornellaia 1995 is an exceptional wine from Ornellaia winery located in Bolgheri, a wine region known mainly for deeply colored, supple yet age-worthy red wines. The vineyards lie hidden in the foothills, from 50 to 120 meters above sea level facing the Mediterranean coast. […]

WINE TRAVEL:​ THE DIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE HILLS

Adelaide Hills is one of Australia’s most diverse wine regions in terms of climate, soil and topography, producing grapes with a complex and refined flavor profile. The first vineyard in southern Australia was planeted in 1836 by John Barton Hack in North Adelaide. The vines are planted in altitude, more than 400 meters from the […]

THE TOP 3 WINES OF THE WEEKEND: ROSÉ FROM CÔTES DE PROVENCE

We will explore Côte de Provence, the largest appellation in Provence, by discovering 3 of its wonderful rosés from vintage 2018. Here, the vines grow in a varied landscape, with prominent ranges of hills offering protection from the Mistral winds. We choose the vintage 2018 due to its cool, wet spring followed by higher than […]

WINE PAIRING:​ BACALHAU WITH A REFRESHING​ VINHO VERDE

Today, we will discover what to pair with the famous Portuguese dish, bolinhos de bacalhau. These fried marvels are made with mashed potatoes, bacalhau (codfish), eggs, parsley, and onions. Bacalhau has been popular in Portugal since the Age of Discovery when navigators took the unrefrigerated salt-preserved fish on their long voyages, leaving traces of it […]

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Do you want to boost your expertise on wine with a group of friends? Eleanor Wine Academy offers special prices for groups (min. 5 ppl)! Throughout the lessons, you will understand the impact of each stage of viticulture and winemaking, and you’ll be acquainted with different types, styles and characteristics of wines.  From theory to […]

GRAPE VARIETY:​ FOCUS ON AGLIANICO

Aglianico is the most prestigious black grape of southern Italy. Its vines prefer warm and dry conditions for their cultivation, which is why this grape is mainly found in the regions of Campania and Basilicata, both producing wonderful full-bodied red wines. We will highlight DOCG Taurasi, a red wine appellation in Irpinia, a sub-region of […]

WINE LEGEND: LOUIS ROEDERER CRISTAL 2008

“If respecting Nature is the key, Man’s work is the mechanism.” The Louis Roederer champagne house Let’s dive in the Champagne world with the outstanding Louis Roederer Cristal 2008! This sparkling wine is the most famous wine from Louis Roederer, it was created in 1876 to satisfy the demanding tastes of Tsar Alexander II, the […]

WINE TRAVEL: EXPLORING PUGLIA, THE PRIMITIVO REGION

Puglia is an extended wine-growing region in the extreme south-east of Italy’s “boot”. Here, the vines take advantage of the Apulian terroir to ripen. Indeed, this region offers a warm Mediterranean climate with persistent sunshine and sea breezes creating an almost perfect environment for the viticulture of black grapes, including Negroamaro and Primitivo. The vineyards […]

THE 3 TOP PICKS OF THE WEEKEND:​ OUTSTANDING DRY RIESLING FROM GERMANY

Riesling was born in the Rhine wine region of Germany where the first reference to the wine was made in 1435.  Nowadays, Germany is the country producing the highest concentration of world-class Rieslings. Its cool continental climate determines a slow ripening of grapes and high levels of acidity of the wines. Wines made from Riesling […]