Grape varieties: Introducing the Great Whites

Bunches - Shoes on Wire (Justus Hayes)
Bunches – Shoes on Wire (Justus Hayes)

The wine world has an immense palate of wine grapes to draw on to making incredibly interesting and exciting wines. Italy alone has over 1,000 different grape varieties that are peculiar to its’ wine industry. However not dissimilar to our typical weekly diet, there are a few key grapes that fly under the banner of  ‘noble grape varieties’ that are very highly regarded and are planted all over the world. Today I’m introducing the key white varieties; namely Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling.

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How does soil influence wine quality – some thoughts

How does soil influence wine quality?

Soil indirectly influences the quality of wine by influencing the vines growth processes and thus the degree of maturity of the fruit. The significance of soil can sometimes be under-rated due to the hypotheses of ill informed ‘terroirists’ who erroneously argue that specific characteristics in wine can be directly attributed to a particular soil type. Continue reading How does soil influence wine quality – some thoughts

Wines to enjoy over Easter

Lamb seems to get top billing for the traditional Easter lunch and the great news is that as it is high in fat youthful red wines and wines with firmish tannins will really shine. There really are an immense number of options. The tradition has been Bordeaux, historically predominantly high in Cabernet Sauvignon, hence firm tannins or Rioja which can often have some firm oak tannins. The safest rule of thumb if you are going the succulent lamb route is to focus more on the old world wines. Continue reading Wines to enjoy over Easter