GRAPE VARIETY: FOCUS ON BRACHETTO FROM PIEDMONT, ITALY

Brachetto is a black-skinned Italian wine grape variety grown predominantly in the Piedmont region, where it has been cultivated since ancient times. The Brachetto grape has regular production but not very steady due to its sensitivity to the virus. Brachetto is not normally blended with other grape varieties, and is responsible for sweet, frothy Brachetto […]

WINE LEGEND: Bartolo Mascarello Barolo 1995

The 1995 vintage was good enough in Piedmont and some great wines were made. The 1995 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo DOCG is a perfect example to introduce today. Barolo is one of Italy’s greatest wine appellations. It is often referred to as “the king of wines, and the wine of kings” because until the mid-19th century […]

GRAPE VARIETY: FOCUS ON CABERNET FRANC

Cabernet Franc is a black-skinned French wine grape variety grown in most wine producing nations. The variety is most famously known as the third grape of Bordeaux and can be found in many of the world’s top Bordeaux Blend wines. It can also be vinified alone. Outside France, Cabernet Franc is grown in Italy, New […]

WINE LEGEND: Insignia 2002

The summer months of 2002 were consistently warm and promoted remarkably strong colour and flavour vine development in Napa Valley. It helped healthy vineyards withstand the September heat wave and ripen to full maturity. The 2002 Insignia is one of the stars born that year. This is a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, […]

GRAPE VARIETY: FOCUS ON Hárslevelü

Hárslevelü is a native Hungarian grape variety, known for producing excellent white wines. It is the second most commonly planted grape variety in Hungary after Furmint, and makes up approximately 18% of the vines in Tokaj. Outside Hungary, Harslevelu is grown in Germany, Slovakia and a little in South Africa. The name Hárslevelű translates as […]

WINE LEGEND: Château La Conseillante 1999

The 1999 was a difficult vintage in Bordeaux because after a successful summer it rained a lot during harvest. However, the top estates were able to produce wines of very good quality. And today, we are delighted to introduce one of them – Chateau La Conseillante 1999. The name of La Conseillante appears in the […]

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 […]

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, […]