Friday Focus; Vosne-Romanée

Originally just known as Vosne (pronounced Vonne), this small village chose to add the extra name on the end in 1866 to advertise the fact that this tiny little commune is home to one of the most highly regarded pieces of vineyard on this earth; La Romanée. This tiny piece of land has been synonymous…

Friday Focus; Pfalz, Germany

The second-largest wine region in Germany was once only known for mass-production, sweet whites, however today is one of the most exciting regions in the country with a strong focus on dry Riesling and, unusually for such a northern European region, red wines (30-40% of annual production today!). So what makes the Pfalz tick? What…

Friday Focus; Pouilly-Fuissé

Not to be confused with Pouilly-Fume in the central Loire Valley (I used to always mix them up!), today we travel to one of the lesser known corners of Burgundy, France; the Macon. A not so glamorous AOC usually associated with entry-level and easy to drink whites, within the Macon one can discover smaller regions…

Friday Focus; The Barossa Valley, Part 2

“The Barossa Valley is the heart of the Australian wine industry, the most famous wine region in Australia and the one in which most wine is produced” The Oxford Companion to Wine, 4th ed. Jancis Robinson. A region too famous and too large to fit into one Friday Focus, I’ve decided to split the region…

Friday Focus; The Barossa Valley, Part 1

“The Barossa Valley is the heart of the Australian wine industry, the most famous wine region in Australia and the one in which most wine is produced” The Oxford Companion to Wine, 4th ed. Jancis Robinson. A region too famous and too large to fit into one Friday Focus, I’ve decided to split the region…

Friday Focus; Galicia, Spain

When I think of Spain, the first images that come to my mind are the sunny, hot and dry beaches and small yellow-brick towns of south and central Spain, however today we journey to the region known locally as the ‘green corner’ of Spain; Galicia. Located in the very north west of the Iberian Peninsula,…

Friday Focus; Puglia, Italy

Today we journey to the oldest of the Old World, a place with a history of grape growing and wine making that dates back thousands of years; Puglia. The origin of the name is Roman; a-pluvia means ‘lack of rain’, an adage which holds true today. The regions is located in the very south-east of…

Friday Focus; Fronsac, Bordeaux

This week we head to one of the lesser-known regions of the wine-producing behemoth that is the Bordeaux region of France. Just a few miles west of the better known (and more expensive!) region of St Emilion and literally across the road from the tiny but mighty Pomerol region sits the appellation of Fronsac. Within…

Friday Focus; Quarts de Chaume, Loire Valley

In the dead centre of the Loire wine growing district, half-way between the region’s two major cities Nantes and Tours, sits an unassuming, tiny wine region of only 35 hectares that produces some of the most powerfully rich and sought-after sweet wines in all of France. Now, you may not have ever heard of this…

Friday Focus : Alsace, Part 2

If you missed it, last week I started my 2-part piece on Alsace, beginning with the history, geography, climate and soils of the Alsace region, and this week I will discuss the grape varieties, winemaking, legislation and how the trade is organised in this historically-contested and neither French nor German region. The grape varieties grown…