The Spanish Principality

Covering just over 10,000 sqkm and with just over 1 million people, Asturias – officially the Principality of Asturias (Principado de Asturias) – is one of the smaller

Tasting I

Now that we have Wine tasting involves three out of our five senses: sight, smell and taste. Or from up to down: eyes, nose and mouth.

The Standard-Bearers of Württemberg IV

(Continued from “The Standard-Bearers of Württemberg III” on 4 August 2017) Amongst Germany’s 13 wine regions, Württemberg has a particularly diverse portfolio of grape varieties, contrasting with

Wine Pairing

From time to time when you are in a restaurant with friends and everyone has ordered food, there is an awkward moment when it comes to ordering wine.

The Patriarch of Germany

With 3,200ha under vine, Rheingau constitutes merely 3 percent of all vineyards in Germany, but reputation-wise, it is arguably primus inter pares (first amongst equals) and the spiritual

The Confidante of Cognac

Cognac is to brandy what Champagne is to sparkling wine, and its prominence is as such that it often overshadows other worthy spirits, e.g. Armagnac from southwestern France,

The Standard-Bearers of Württemberg III

(Continued from “The Standard-Bearers of Württemberg II” on 7 July 2017) By the 2nd half of the 20th century, Baden-Württemberg has developed into one of the Four

Carafe versus decanter

Oxygen has a very important role in the wine process; from production, through ageing in the bottle, to consumption. Oxygenation, allowing the wine to “breathe”, can totally transform

The Ebullient North

For its fame, price, stature and ceremony, Champagne can be overbearing at times, overshadowing other worthy sparkling wines not just in France, e.g. various blanquettes, clairettes, crémants and

Wine Service

A very important part of enjoying your wine fully and understanding the etiquette, is how to serve it well.  The first step is to make sure your

The Standard-Bearers of Württemberg II

(Continued from “The Standard- Bearers of Württemberg” on June 9 2017) Affectionately referred to by locals as the Ländle (literally: Little Land), Swabia (Schwaben) is a historic,

Wine Storage

Allow me to start with what might be breaking news, and which took me several years to convince my dad: a wine that is older does not necessarily

The Southwestern Sweetie

Named after the eponymous commune, Monbazillac was amongst the very first batch of appellations to be granted AOC status by INAO (Institut National de l’Origine et de la Qualité)

An Italian Play

When you study wine and open the Italian chapter you can expect to have a few sleepless nights since this is probably the most complex wine producing country

The Standard-Bearers of Württemberg

One of Germany’s 16 Federal States, Baden-Württemberg covers some 35,750 sqkm and has a total population of just under 11 million. If Baden-Württemberg were an independent country

Old World versus New World

The wine world is divided into two main categories: The Old World (basically Europe and a part of the Middle East) and the New World (Chile, Argentina, the

The Gentry of Rheinhessen

Demarcated clockwise by the Rhine in the north and east, the Haardt Mountains in the south and the Nahe in the west, Rheinhessen is situated on the left bank

Sparkling World

Sparkling wine has this charm that it can please as much new drinkers as wine connoisseurs. It’s probably the most cheerful of the wines and some could almost

The Austrian Hotsprings II

(Continued from “The Austrian Hotsprings” on April 7 2017) The viticultural and winemaking history of Thermenregion can be traced back to more than 2,000 years ago, when

Wine making

Quality wine in the world is roughly produced between 30 and 50 degrees latitude. While you could probably grow grapes in Macao the final result will give a

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