The Garden of France

Meandering some 1,000km from source (Massif Central) to mouth (Saint-Nazaire), the Loire is the longest river in France, and possibly its sweetest and most pedestrian, punctuated by château

The Austrian Hotsprings

One of the nine Bundesländer (Federal States) of Austria, Niederösterreich – or Lower Austria – completely envelops the capital Vienna, and is administratively subdivided into four regions: Waldviertel

The Hollow of Broadbay

In the ever-expanding universe of alcoholic beverage, Ileach single malt is no doubt one of the most peculiar and instantly recognisable, on a par with Tokaji Eszencia, vin

The Pride of Peru III

(Continued from “The Pride of Peru II” on 10 March 2017) Pisco is, in a nutshell, a double-distilled grape must-based aguardiente, i.e. brandy. The term Pisco originated

The Valley of Green Grass

Of the 100 or so operating single malt distilleries in Scotland, Glenfarclas stands out as a little rarity. In a world increasingly inundated with NAS (no age statement)

The Pride of Peru II

(Continued from “The Pride of Peru” on February 17, 2017) The jewel in the Spanish crown, the Viceroyalty of Peru used to be amongst the most prosperous

The Ampelographic Paradox

On a per capita basis, Portugal is probably the most ampelographically diverse wine-producing country in the world. Home to numerous indigenous varieties, each going by various synonyms in

The Monastic Heritage

Speaking of monastic influence on viticulture and winemaking, Burgundy is probably the most obvious example, but it is not the only one. Germany’s historic wine regions have their fair

The Pride of Peru

Situated in central-western South America, Peru – officially the Republic of Peru – neighbours Colombia and Ecuador in the north, Brazil in the east, Bolivia in the southeast

The Sicilian Emblem

Nero d’Avola has for years been, by some distance, the single most important and widely planted red variety from the island of Sicily. Nero d’Avola literally means “black

The Roman Province

Situated at the northern tip of the Latin Arch, Provence is the only wine region in Southern Europe whose rosé wine constitutes a majority in its wine production. For

The Effervescent Eagle

German wine legislation places heavy emphases on standardisation and thoroughness, so much so that most of the country’s vineyards are delineated into and registered as ca. 2,600 Einzellagen (literally:

The Innovative Spirit

Not for nothing is Australia – officially the Commonwealth of Australia – called the Island Continent. Covering just under 7.7 million sqkm, Australia alone is equivalent to around

The Gold Standard

With approximately 120,000ha under vine, Bordeaux is quadruple the size of its great rival Burgundy, or indeed equivalent to all German wine regions put together. Comprising some 10,000

The Progenitor of East Asia II

Continued from “The Progenitor of East Asia” on 8 December 2016) Although “huangjiu” literally means “yellow wine”, it is not quite yellow in colour, but more like

The Vinous Bel Canto II

(Continued from “The Vinous Bel Canto” on December 2, 2016) Tuscany’s indigenous grape variety goes by different names in various places, e.g. Sangiovese in Chianti, Prugnolo Gentile in Vino

The Rhodanien Time Capsule

Students and drinkers of Generations X and Y know by experience the complexity – at times confusion – of EU law with regards to education and wine. At

The Holy Spirit

One of Germany’s 16 Bundesländer (Federal States), Freistaat Bayern (Free State of Bavaria) is no doubt one of the most powerful and characterful. Covering some 70,500 sqkm – equivalent