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 […]

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 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, […]

WINE TRAVEL: Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, USA

Napa Valley is a renowned Californian wine-producing region north of San Francisco, USA. It’s the most famous and prestigious wine region of the New World with hundreds of vineyards. Its wineries range from small, family-run estates to landmarks. Climate, geology and topography are three essential components in what makes Napa Valley a first-rate viticultural area. […]

WINE PAIRING: Hungarian goulash and natural Kadarka

Goulash, a rich meat stew, is one of the national dishes of Hungary. It can be prepared with beef, veal, pork or lamb and is seasoned with paprika and other spices. We chose the pork version for today. Cut the pork into 2cm cubes. Heat the olive oil in a large pan over a medium […]

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 […]

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 […]