The New Face of Dão

Alongside Chianti fiasco, Franken bocksbeutel and Rioja wire netting, Dão’s jute wrapping must be one of the most distinctive and instantly recognisable wine bottle designs in the world. Dão

The Burgundian Exception

Everyone knows by heart that Bourgogne is all about Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Hawk-eyed oenophiles may add Gamay, Aligoté, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc to the list, whereas

The Hessian Mountains

Possessing merely 462ha of vineyards (source: Deutscher Wein Statistik 2017 by Deutsches Weininstitut), Hessische Bergstraße is the smallest of Germany’s 13 wine regions by both hectarage and production,

The Alpine Bastion II

(Continued from “The Alpine Bastion” on 30 March 2018) The Swiss Confederation comprises a total of 26 cantons, sharing amongst themselves 4 official languages, namely German, French,

Sweet Art

With sugar as Public Enemy No. 1, sweet white wines are becoming less and less popular in the world. Even less popular in China where white wines are

The Temple of Kamptal

Niederösterreich is Austria’s largest wine region, comprising a total of eight subregions, namely Carnuntum, Kamptal, Kremstal, Thermenregion, Traisental, Wachau, Wagram and Weinviertel. Of the octet, Wachau, Kremstal and

The Alpine Bastion

Switzerland is a distinct anomaly in numerous regards: situated in the heart of Western Europe and the only country that borders the three largest countries on the continent

The New Pinnacle of Spain

Possessing the most vines and vineyards amongst all wine-producing countries in the world, Spain is, somewhat counter-intuitively, just the third largest by volume. This curious discrepancy is largely due

The Ceylonese Palm

Strategically located in the central-north Indian Ocean, the Island of Sri Lanka has perfect access to the Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea – little wonder that

The Ebullient North II

(Continued from “The Ebullient North” on 21 July 2017: The northern Italian region of Emilia-Romagna is in fact an amalgamation of two historical regions, namely the substantially larger

The Standard-Bearers of Württemberg VII

In comparison with other major wine-producing countries in Europe, Germany possesses a notably high number and indeed proportion of aristocratic and ecclesiastical estates. Somewhat unsurprisingly, Rheingau and Mosel

The Palatine Idyll II

(Continued from “The Palatine Idyll” on 29 December 2017) German wine laws are notoriously complicated, and those governing the VDP (Verband Deutscher Prädikats- und Qualitätsweingüter)

From Raspberry to Yangmei (杨梅)

With Chinese New Year comes the biggest annual movement of population on the planet, being the most important time in Asia for family gatherings. It is the time

Organic versus biodynamic

In the past twenty years organic products have become a selling point, as customers are more and more conscious of their well-being and the need to “make the

The Standard-Bearers of Württemberg VI

(Continued from “The Standard-Bearers of Württemberg V” on 8 December 2017) Amongst Germany’s 13 wine regions, Württemberg stands out as an anomaly on two counts. First, it

Good Buy II: Where To

Following our previous chapter about critics, we can extend this contempt to wine competitions and other gold medals, the results of which can be questionable. This can

The Tropical Spirit

Covering some 28,000 sqkm and with a population of 1.4 million, the Great State of Hawai‘i is the 50th and youngest one of the US of A. Hawai‘i

Good Buy I: The Critics

Here comes the delicate moment of choosing and purchasing a wine. Our last chapter about deciphering wine labels is part of the process, and now several more ways

Label Deciphering

Choosing a wine based only on its label can make you feel like an explorer in front of an unknown civilisation. This applies particularly to wines of the

The Palatine Idyll

With some 23,000ha of vineyards, Pfalz is Germany’s second largest wine region, marginally smaller than Rheinhessen, which has approximately 26,000ha. Formerly known as Rheinpfalz (or Rhine Palatinate in

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