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 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 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 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 […]

WINE TRAVEL: Exploring Jerez de la Frontera in Andalusia, Spain

Jerez de la Frontera, the town in Andalusia, Spain, is well known for producing fortified wines, Sherry. Sherry, one of the world’s oldest wines, has a long history. Over the centuries, the drink has been influenced and helped by a number of different civilizations and cultures from the Phoenicians to the British. Sailors always brought […]

GRAPE VARIETY: FOCUS ON GRENACHE BLANC

Grenache Blanc is a popular white grape of Spanish origin. This is a very late ripening variety, which can fully ripen only in warm climate areas, where sunny weather and accumulated heat are guaranteed for a long period, particularly during the ripening period. That’s why it’s mostly grown in the valleys of the Rhone region […]

WINE TRAVEL: Chenin Blanc from Elgin, South Africa

Elgin district is part of the Western Cape wine region of South Africa. It’s located in south-east of Cape Town and surrounded on all four sides by mountains. This unusual geography makes it ideally suited to growing high quality wine grapes. It’s the South Africa’s coolest wine region with lower average temperatures over summer and […]

WINE TRAVEL: PINOT GRIS FROM TASMANIA, AUSTRALIA

Tasmania,  cool climate Australian wine region, lies 240km off the coast of Victoria. It’s the coldest wine land in the country, the climate there is temperate with a maritime influence provided by the Tasman Sea, the Bass Straits and the Indian Ocean. As Australia’s most mountainous state, Tasmania has multiple mountain ranges criss-crossing the center […]

WINE TRAVEL: EXPLORING PUGLIA, THE PRIMITIVO REGION

Puglia is an extended wine-growing region in the extreme south-east of Italy’s “boot”. Here, the vines take advantage of the Apulian terroir to ripen. Indeed, this region offers a warm Mediterranean climate with persistent sunshine and sea breezes creating an almost perfect environment for the viticulture of black grapes, including Negroamaro and Primitivo. The vineyards […]

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 […]