WINE TRAVEL: Pinot Noir from Patagonia, Argentina

Patagonia is Argentina’s wine region well-known for 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 dry classic desert climate of warm days and cold nights extends the growing season in the region, slowing ripening in the grapes and […]

GRAPE VARIETY: FOCUS ON Torrontes, Argentina

Torrontes is a white grape variety grown almost exclusively in Argentina, where it is used to create fresh, aromatic wines with moderate acidity and a very smooth texture. In terms of drinkability, Torrontes wines are most similar to those made from Muscat grapes. There are three types of Torrontés: a highly aromatic Torrontés Riojano, Torrontés […]

WINE LEGEND: Vin de Constance

Vin de Constance is a piece of living history. The naturally sweet wine is made from Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains, and produced in Constantia Valley, the oldest wine region in the southern hemisphere. This legendary wine was a favorite of the courts of Europe in the 19th century, and is mentioned in the literature […]

GRAPE VARIETY: FOCUS ON Zweigelt, Austria

Zweigelt is the most planted black grape variety in Austria. The crossing of St. Laurent and Blaufrankisch was created in 1922 by professor Fritz Zweigelt. From St. Laurent it gets its bright, cherry aromas and the ability to create silky, elegant wines. From Blaufrankisch it has taken a certain spiciness and good acidity. As both […]

WINE TRAVEL: Exploring Constantia, South Africa

Constantia is the oldest wine producing region in the southern hemisphere with an uninterrupted history of winemaking since 1685. It’s located in the southern suburbs of Cape Town in the Western Cape of South Africa, where Constantia’s estates stretch from low ground all the way up the south-eastern sides of the Constantiaberg mountain. Both the […]

WINE LEGEND: La Rioja Alta 904 Gran Reserva 1998

The La Rioja Alta 904 Gran Reserva 1998 is one of Rioja Alta’s finest wines in the 90s. This memorable Rioja with style brings out the best of the vintage. The La Rioja Alta 904 Gran Reserva 1998 is a blend of 90% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano aged in American cask for four years. The […]

WINE TRAVEL: Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand

Marlborough is New Zealand’s largest wine growing region, accounting for three quarters of the country’s wine production, 70% of its vineyard area and 85% of its wine exports. Lots of sun, cool nights, low autumn rains and free draining alluvial soils combine to make Marlborough one of the world’s great wine producing regions. Most of […]

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 […]