WINE TRAVEL: Exploring Tokaj, Hungary

Tokaj is Hungary’s most famous wine region, located in northeastern Hungary and southeastern Slovakia. Tokaj, the oldest classified wine region in the world, has been legally protected as a ‘historic landscape’ by UNESCO since 2012. Named after the village of Tokaj, the region is made up of 28 towns scattered along rolling hills and nestled […]

Wine course with a special discount for Valentine’s Day

Take a wine course as a couple at Eleanor Wine Academy and get a special discount for Valentine’s Day! We offer certified WSET wine courses in the city center of Amsterdam in a beautiful location by the Amstel canal. We explore the wine from its roots to its taste by providing wine tasting! We invite […]

GRAPE VARIETY: FOCUS ON VIDAL BLANC

Vidal Blanc, a cross between Ugni blanc and Rayon d’Or, is a hardy, thick-skinned white grape variety. Created by Jean-Louis Vidal in France during the 1930’s, Vidal Blanc can be used to produce both dry and sweet wines. It’s a very versatile grape – it can be aged in wood, left on the vine for […]

WINE LEGEND: Clos du Val Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1995

Clos Du Val estate was founded by the Goelet family in 1972 in the Stag’s Leap District of Napa Valley, USA. The winery owns 320 acres and specializes in Cabernet Sauvignon, a favourite of the region. In the history of North American winemaking, the Cabernet Sauvignon produced by the estate in 1972 is legendary. It […]

WINE TRAVEL: Icewine from Niagara Peninsula, Canada

Niagara Peninsula is the largest and most productive wine region in Canada, located on the south-western corner of Lake Ontario. It’s well known for producing world-renowned Icewines, more Icewine is made on the Niagara Peninsula than anywhere else on Earth. The climate is unique in that the summers are hot enough to ripen many grape […]

GRAPE VARIETY: FOCUS ON CARRICANTE

Carricante is an Italian white wine grape variety planted primarily in Sicily. Carricante has been growing on the slopes around the ancient stratovolcano Mt. Etna for centuries. This late-ripening vine is the main variety used in the Etna DOC. Etna’s volcanic soils and altitude infuse Carricante with racy minerality, pure aromas of lemon, and a […]

WINE LEGEND: Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 1999

An exceptional wine for ageing. The 1999 northern Rhone weather brought on one of the best vintages of the decade. A warm, sunny July and August supplied large quantities of highly-concentrated, sweet Syrah grapes which gave the 1999 Chave Hermitage bold flavours and tannins. The ample yields allowed the Chave family to be very selective, […]

WINE TRAVEL: Agiorgitiko wine from Nemea, Greece

Nemea is the Greek wine region located in the north of the Peloponnese peninsula, just an hour from Athens. Winemaking in this region dates back to at least the 5th Century BC. The altitude together with prevailing winds create a cooler climate than in an inland area. Winters are quite cool but the summers are […]

WINE NEWS: WSET LEVEL 3

The first WSET Level 3 Award in Wines course will start on March 04th 2020 at the Eleanor Wine Academy! The WSET Level 3 course gives a detailed understanding of grape growing, wine making and the key factors influencing style, quality and price of the principal still, sparkling and fortified wines. Over 10 weeks, students […]

GRAPE VARIETY: FOCUS ON Müller-Thurgau

Müller-Thurgau, a white wine grape variety, is a cross between Riesling and Madeleine Royale created in 1882 by Swiss botanist Hermann Muller (from the canton of Thurgau). The intention was to combine the intensity and complexity of the Riesling grape with the ability to ripen earlier that the Silvaner grape possesses. Although the resulting grape […]