GRAPE VARIETY: FOCUS ON Torrontes, Argentina

Torrontes is a white grape variety grown almost exclusively in Argentina, where it is used to create fresh, aromatic wines with moderate acidity and a very smooth texture. In terms of drinkability, Torrontes wines are most similar to those made from Muscat grapes. There are three types of Torrontés: a highly aromatic Torrontés Riojano, Torrontés […]

WINE TRAVEL: EXCELLENT CHARDONNAY FROM NAVARRA, SPAIN

Navarra is a wine region surrounding the city of Pamplona in northern Spain and well-known for its rose wines. A feature of the Navarra is the extraordinary diversity of its climate and landscape which spread across more than 100 kilometres. The regions proximity of the Bay of Biscay in the north and the temperate influence […]

GRAPE VARIETY: FOCUS ON SAVAGNIN BLANC

Savagnin Blanc is an ancient white wine grape grown almost exclusively in the Jura in eastern France. This variety ripens very late, and may be picked even in December. Small-berried, thick-skinned Savagnin has been cultivated in France for at least 900 years. And today much known for two of France’s most idiosyncratic wines, the “sherry-like” […]

WINE TRAVEL: White Pinot Noir from Casablanca Valley, Chile

Casablanca Valley is one of Chile’s most famous, recent and rapidly developing wine regions. It’s only 30km from the Pacific Ocean, with cool Mediterranean climate and pronounced maritime influence. Cooling ocean breezes and the icy Humboldt current bring temperatures down while morning mists provide moisture and shelter grapes from overexposure to the sun. First vineyards […]

GRAPE VARIETY: FOCUS ON MUSCAT

Muscat is the name of one of the oldest grape families on the planet. The grapes have been used in winemaking since the times of the ancient Greeks. Today over 200 different varieties of the Muscat grape family exist and it is planted in many significant wine regions. Muscat prefers warm climates and thrives in […]

WINE LEGEND: Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc 2010

“The phenomenal wine from the Cathiards.” – Robert Parker Although Bordeaux is well known for its red wines, the region produces equally decent white wines. Normally made in small quantities and rightfully considered the most age worthy in the world. The best whites come from Pessac-Leognan as a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. Although […]

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. […]

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 […]

GRAPE VARIETY:​ FOCUS ON GEWÜRZTRAMINER

Gewürztraminer is an aromatic wine grape variety with the particularity to have a pink to red skin color, giving a golden color to the white wine.  This variety has high natural sugar, which gives a white wine, usually off-dry, tends to be full-bodied with a rich oily texture, low to medium acidity and high alcohol. […]

GRAPE VARIETY:​ FOCUS ON CORTESE

Cortese is an Italian white grape variety mainly grown in the wine-growing region of Gavi, south-east of Piedmont. This grape needs a long slow maturation to develop its naturally high acidity and floral character, which is why Cortese is grown in hills influenced by altitude. The wines are labeled as Gavi DOCG or Cortese di […]