The Vinous Future – in the Laboratory

There are numerous institutions that provide higher education on viticulture and winemaking, but very few are first-class wine producers per se. Prior to the destruction wreaked by the

The Vinous Future – in the Winery

When the green shoots of organic wine began to appear in the 70s and 80s of the past century, it was sniffed at as nothing more than marketing

The Land of the Eagles II

(Continued from “Land of the Eagles” on 12 February 2019) To this day, the flag and coat-of-arms of Albania still prominently feature those of Gjergj Kastriot Skanderbeg’s. Indeed, the

The Oriental Republic II

(Continued from “The Oriental Republic” on 15 February 2019) Lying between the 30th and 35th parallels north, indeed latitudinally on a par with the leading wine-producing regions in Chiles,

The Vinous Future – in the Vineyard

The organic movement can trace its roots back to the early 20th century as a reaction against industrial and intensive farming, which was made possible by the Industrial

The Land of the Eagles

Covering some 29,000sqkm and with a population of just under three million, the Republic of Albania is one of the only three countries/regions in Europe wherein Muslims constitute

The Oriental Republic

  Sandwiched between Argentina and Brazil on land and bordered by Río de la Plata and the Atlantic Ocean, Uruguay is situated in the richest and

The Stateside Spirit IV

(Continued from “The Stateside Spirit III” on 25 January 2019) Tennessee whiskey is, in a nutshell, a regional style of Bourbon whiskey. Tennessee whiskey is subject to

The Stateside Spirit III

(Continued from “The Stateside Spirit II” on 18 January 2019) Bourbon as a whisk(e)y style is not to be sniffed at – that is a common mistake

The Stateside Spirit II

(Continued from “The Stateside Spirit” on 11 January 2019) True to the American spirit, the development of bourbon was the result of private enterprise rather than imperial

The Stateside Spirit

Comparatively unchained by customs and traditions, the great U.S. of A. boasts arguably the widest range of whiskey styles anywhere on earth. Having said that, bourbon remains the

The Rhodanien Analogue

Even if bestowed with singular character and outstanding quality, many grape varieties nonetheless remain at the regional level rather than becoming international varieties; not that becoming one is

The Stature of Alsace

Governed by Institut National de l’Origine et de la Qualité (INAO), France’s world-renowned Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system is primus inter pares in Europe, predating its opposite numbers

The Great White North

The second largest country in the world by total area (land and sea areas combined), Canada seems significantly larger than China and the US on the standard world

The Nomenclatural Exception

In the timeless tragedy Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare wrote “ rose by any other name would smell as sweet”. This generally applies to grape varieties – even

The Super Umbrian; or, Lamborghini

Covering some 8,500sqkm and with a total population of just under 900,000, Umbria is one of the smallest and least populous regions of Italy. This landlocked region, one of

The Margravial Legacy

Baden and Württemberg are the two constituent regions of Baden-Württemberg, but they remain two distinct wine regions due to historical reasons. For one thing, they have rarely shared

The Spanish Spirit II

(Continued from “The Spanish Spirit” on 16 November 2018) In the world of wine, both maturation in barrel and ageing in bottle are conducive to improving quality

The Spanish Spirit

Spanish brandy is possibly the firstborn of Europe, and definitely a proud tradition unto itself. Various forms of distillation may have been attempted in the Near East, South

The Thorny Issue

The use of caramel colour is probably the single most controversial subject in the world of whisky. Unlike sulphite in wine, which can be naturally occurring, caramel colour

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