GRAPE VARIETY: FOCUS ON ARINTO

Arinto is a white grape variety planted primarily in the wine regions surrounding Lisbon, Portugal. It produces vibrant wines with lively, refreshing acidity and gentle flavours of apple, lime and lemon. Traditionally, Arinto-based wines have a slight sparkling sensation that enhances their freshness. They can age well for over 7 or more years developing flavours […]

GRAPE VARIETY: FOCUS ON TANNAT

Tannat is a black grape variety, historically grown in Madiran, France and is now one of the most prominent grapes in Uruguay. About 25% of the vineyards in Uruguay are planted with Tannat. It is also grown in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, the USA, where it is used as a blending grape, adding colour and tannin. […]

GRAPE VARIETY: FOCUS ON BONARDA

Bonarda (Charbono) is a black grape variety with a complicated history. Originally from Savoie, eastern France, it is now mostly planted in Napa Valley, California, where it is known as Charbono, and in Argentina, where it goes by the name Bonarda. In the vineyard, Bonarda is usually one of the last varieties to be harvested, […]

WINE LEGEND: Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon 1991

Far Niente Winery was established in Napa Valley, California, in 1885 by John Benson. Today, the winery focuses on producing only the two varietal wines – Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. They have been growing and making Cabernet Sauvignon for nearly four decades, starting with the first Cabernet vintage in 1982. Their extensive experience has led […]

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 […]