Cava, Spain

Today I’ll be taking you through the (mostly) Catalonian region of Cava, one of the world’s most successful producers of sparkling wines. This is a region with an interesting history full of colourful characters, innovative inventions and constant evolution- so let’s learn some more about Cava! Cava is a fairly large region located in the…

Sancerre, Loire Valley

The ancestral home of the now-ubiquitous Sauvignon Blanc variety, today we travel to the appellation of Sancerre, to find out more about its chequered past, terrior and why it is one of the most significant and well-known regions of the huge Loire Valley region. Sancerre is located in the ‘Central’ section of the Loire valley, which is…

Bío Bío Valley, Chile

Now I’m guessing that with the popularity of Chilean wine that many (if not all) of you have tried a wine from this South American country before. And following on from that, you would most likely have tried an entry-level, fruit-forward wine meant for near-immediate consumption. If so that’s completely understandable, because Chilean wine, much…

Corton, Burgundy

One of the most picturesque parts of the whole Cote de Beaune (in my opinion anyway) is the hill of Corton. Where most of the top vineyard sites in the Cote d’Or (the ‘Department’ which contains both the Côte de Beaune and the Côte de Nuits) are on east-facing slopes, the hill of Corton, and…

Savioe, France

Now unless you have had the great pleasure of spending time on the alpine slopes on the southern shore of Lake Geneva, you may have never heard of the region of Savoie (pronounced “Sav-wah” and often anglicised to Savoy). A mountainous, isolated wine region with a handful of rare, light-bodied varieties. I have spent the…

Chambolle-Musigny, Burgundy

So I have a rather selfish reason to be writing this piece today- I will be in the region I am writing about in a few days! I fly out to Burgundy tomorrow night, and will be spending 10 days checking out how the 2017 vintage is shaping up as well as seeing how some…

Abruzzo, Italy

Today we journey to a place which has been making wine for an estimated 3000 years, to a region located on the mountainous west coast of central Italy, the ancestral home of some of Italy’s most widely-travelled and versatile varieties, a region with ideal growing conditions that make it the 7th-most productive state in Italy….

Madeira Part 2

So in the previous piece I kicked off our study of Madeira by getting across its history and how the wines are made, so to round it all out, I’ll go into where exactly the island is, the grape varieties used in the wines, and the different styles of wine made here. So let’s get into…

Madeira Part 1

Did you know that it wasn’t Champagne, Burgundy or Bordeaux that was used to toast the signing of the American Constitution in 1765, but the now little-known wines of Madeira? Now many of you have probably heard of this wine (usually as an ingredient in Madeira cake), but many have never seen or tried it….

Priorat, Spain

In the far north eastern corner of Spain is the state of Catalunya, and within this state there is a region which, despite its relatively new appearance, unfashionable grape varieties and near-inhospitable environment, is one of the two top-tier Spanish quality classifications (the other being Rioja), whose wines demand prices higher than almost any other…