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

The Progenitor of East Asia

Since the invention – more likely to be accidental than intentional – of grain-based beer, fruit-based wine and grain-based cereal wine predates written history, it falls on the

The Vinous Bel Canto

Covering just under 22,300 sqkm and with a total population of approximately 3.75 million, Tuscany (Toscana) is the fifth largest and ninth most populous amongst Italy’s 20 regions.

The Magic Ring

Each of Germany's 13 wine regions has its own chapter of Verband Deutscher Prädikats- und Qualitätsweingüter (VDP), formerly Verband Deutscher Naturweinversteigerer, established in 1910. The Mosel region – until

The Champion of Nahe

If Bordeaux’s Grand Cru Classé wines are the vinous equivalent of Hollywood, the A-Listers of Germany would resemble European cinema – the lack of bankable stars is more than

The Art of Eclecticism

Same as its northern neighbour Mosel, Nahe is the name of both the river – a tributary of the Rhine running parallel to Mosel – and the wine region. The

The Quintessence of Purity

Mosel is the name of both the river – a tributary of the Rhine running parallel to Ahr – and the wine region, one of Germany’s largest, most important and

The Heart of Rhine

Mittelrhein (literally: Middle Rhine) is one of the few UNESCO World Heritage Sites that are simultaneously wine-producing regions, other prominent examples being Douro (Portugal), Tokaj (Hungary) and Wachau (Austria). With

The Revolutionary Precursor

Without any national unity to speak of until its unification in 1861, Italy began to have its own national wine legislation – modelled after the French appellation system – only

The Danubian Spirit

The German-speaking area of Europe – from east to west Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Alsace – are revered for their noble Riesling; less well-known is their fine Schnaps, the majority

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