GRAPE VARIETY: FOCUS ON POULSARD

Poulsard is a red-skinned French grape variety that is a specialty of Arbois in northern Jura. The grape has very thin skin with low amounts of colour -phenols and produces very pale colored red wines, even with extended maceration and can be used to produce white wines. Because of this, Poulsard is often blended with […]

WINE LEGEND: Quintessa 2016

“Quintessa is a temple to a single Bordeaux-style Rutherford wine.” – WINE SPECTATOR Quintessa Estate is located in the Rutherford AVA of Napa Valley, California. It makes just one wine from its 113-hectare estate, a Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend that consistently rates highly by critics. There are plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot […]

WINE TRAVEL: Pinot Noir from Patagonia, Argentina

Patagonia is Argentina’s wine region. As a desert region with its cool, dry climate, it’s well suited to producing elegant red wines from Pinot Noir and Malbec. Vineyards are located between 300 and 500 meters above sea level in the higher lands. The classic desert climate of warm days and cold nights extends the growing […]

WINE NEWS: High pass rate of Eleanor Wine Academy

We would like to thank all students of our academy for the efforts and enthusiasm that they show doing WSET courses with us. According to the WSET Examiners’ Report for WSET Level 1-2 qualifications for the 2018-19 academic year, the pass rate of Eleanor Wine Academy is significantly higher than the global average! We have […]

GRAPE VARIETY:​ FOCUS ON VERDICCHIO

Verdicchio is a white wine grape variety cultivated primarily in the Marche region of central Italy. It grows best in well drained soils of sand and limestone, has high acidity and typically a delicate bouquet. Marche has two DOC titles for Verdicchio wines: Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi and Verdicchio di Matelica. Verdicchio is a […]

WINE LEGEND: Lynch Bages 1989

“What a great vintage of Lynch Bages!” – Robert Parker 1989 was unanimously agreed upon as being the finest Bordeaux vintage since 1982. An unusually warm and dry growing season in Bordeaux, 1989 saw an early harvest throughout the region and produced wines full of potential for aging, with acidity, fruit and tannins in harmony. […]

WINE TRAVEL: Exploring Alsace, France

Located on the border between France and Germany, Alsace stands out from other French wine regions thanks to its strong Franco-Germanic influences. The region has a truly exceptional setting for making wine. The Vosges Mountains shelter the vineyards from the winds and the lack of clouds results in sunny summer and dry autumns. The climate […]

WINE PAIRING: Pepernoten with Sparkling Tea

Have you prepared everything to celebrate Sinterklaas next week? Are Pepernoten in the list? That Dutch cookie-like confectionery, traditionally associated with the early December Sinterklaas holiday in the Netherlands and Belgium? 🙂 Pepernoten are light brown, round shaped, and made from rye flour, sugar and anise, and sometimes also cinnamon, and clove. They will definitely […]

GRAPE VARIETY:​ FOCUS ON RIESLING

Riesling is an aromatic white wine grape variety of German origin. Riesling grape is characterized by its green skin, round shape, and moderate size. The flavour and sweetness or dryness of Riesling depending on the climate, vineyard location and soil, and production methods. It’s grown in Germany, France, Austria, Australia, New Zealand, The U.S. and […]

WINE TRAVEL: Rosazzo wines from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy

Rosazzo DOCG is a white wine produced in a small area in Friuli-Venezia Giulia, northeastern Italy. The appellation was created in 2011 from the Rosazzo subzone which was part of the appellation Colli Orientali del Friuli DOC. The territory of the appellation develops on a hilly area, characterized by having a friable and not very […]