The Andean Stripe

Stretching 4,300km from north to south but merely 160km – or 350km at the widest point – from east to west, Chile has to be one of the instantly recognisable

The Little Unsung Hero

For as long as there has been wine, there has been pomace. Grape pomace refers to the skins, pulp, seeds and stems etc. after pressing the fruits. The (re-)using of

The Guardian of Autochthones

Each and every wine-producing country in the Old World would have its proud list of autochthonous – i.e. indigenous – varieties, some of which are so time-honoured and distinctive that

The Southern Kaleidoscope III

(Continued from “The Southern Kaleidoscope II” on 1 July 2016) The wine classification systems of Burgundy and Germany are notoriously complicated, but perhaps necessarily so, considering their hierarchical structure as well

The Aragonese Dynasty

If vitis vinifera were an empire, grape varieties would be its constituent kingdoms, duchies and principalities. There are aristocrats and noble grapes, however arbitrary or contentious the concept. Prominent members

The Alpine Relic

Sandwiched between Switzerland and Austria, the Principality of Liechtenstein is one of the only two doubly landlocked countries in the world, the other being Uzbekistan. Lichtenstein is one of Europe’s

The Southern Kaleidoscope II

(Continued from “The Southern Kaleidoscope” on 17 June 2016) By production volume the single largest wine region in France, Languedoc-Roussillon produces more than twice as much wine as the second-placed Bordeaux

The Genesis of Gin

Due to gin’s classic combination with tonic and the prominent position it occupies in the realm of cocktail, it is tempting to assume that gin is a British invention from

The Southern Kaleidoscope

With approximately 16,000ha under vine, Sud-Ouest (literally: South West) is by production volume the 3rd largest wine region in France. One of the oldest wine-producing areas of France, it prospered

The Quintessence of Japan VI

(Continued from “The Quintessence of Japan V” on 20 May 2016) Traditionally, Japanese sake is measured by portions of 180ml (a “go”). Comprising 4 such portions, a standard sake bottle contains

The Valley of Mistral II

(Continued from “The Valley of Mistral” on 6 May 2016) Vallée du Rhône (Rhône Valley) is one of the oldest wine-producing regions of France, with its long history dating back to

The Fiery Water

The term brandy sensu lato includes any spirit obtained by distilling alcoholic drinks fermented from grapes, fruits or pomace with or without ageing, colouring and flavouring. Cognac is no doubt

The Quintessence of Japan V

(Continued from “The Quintessence of Japan IV” on 25 March 2016) Hierarchically, the designations of tokubetsu honjozo (special house brew) and tokubetsu junmai (special pure rice) may at first sight appear

The Firstborn of New World

Covering some 1.2 million sq km (more than France, Spain and Portugal combined) and with a population of 55 million (just 10 percent less than Italy), South Africa is a

The Valley of Mistral

After the prolific Languedoc-Roussillon and mighty Bordeaux, Vallée du Rhône (Rhône Valley) is by volume the third largest wine-producing region of France. Often overshadowed by the BBC (Bordeaux, Burgundy and

The Carpathian Linden

Situated in the centre of the Carpathian Basin and surrounded by the Carpathian Mountains, Hungary covers some 93,000 sq km and has a population of just under 10 million. The