Viré-Clessé, Burgundy

Today we work our way south through Burgundy, to the southern-most point of the region, the Mâconnais. This is the warmest and driest part of Burgundy, and is known mainly for its Chardonnay (which is responsible for around 85% of annual production), which tends to be drink-now, fruit-forward and less expensive compared to its northerly…

Mercurey, Burgundy

This week finds us in Burgundy once more, moving south through the home of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir into the dead-centre of not only the Côte Chalonnaise, but of the whole Burgundian region. The Mercurey appellation is a key cog in the makeup of the Côte Chalonnaise, so much so that the whole section was…

Pernand-Vergelesses, Burgundy

This week we’ll be travelling further south through Burgundy to the Cote de Beaune, to a section known mainly for its red wines. However this appellation I’ve chosen does the opposite, as it is most famously known for its white wines! The region of Pernand-Vergelesses is surrounded by vineyards known across the globe for producing…

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, Canterbury, New Zealand

With neighbours Marlborough to the north and Central Otago to the south- the 2 most famous regions in New Zealand- it’s easy to overlook the comparatively small region of Canterbury in the central north island. But there are wines coming from this region showing an individuality of style and a quality that is worth a…

Montagne de Reims, Champagne

The Champagne region has been considered the pinnacle of sparkling wine production for centuries, imitated in wine growing regions across the globe with varied success. Whilst imitation of French wine is nothing new, I believe that Champagne is the truest example of a product that is head and shoulders above its replications; it is heavily…

Russian River Valley

In the heart of the Sonoma Coast region of northern California, sits a small, but very important wine region known as the Russian River Valley AVA (American Viticultural Area). The region takes its name (funnily enough) from the river that runs along its northern border, which took its name from the original Russian settlers who…

Puligny-Montrachet

Today we touch on a region known for the production of the epitome of wines made from the Chardonnay grape, a region winemakers the world over covet, and a style of wine they attempt to imitate. The village was originally called just Puligny until 1879, when the Montrachet section was added in homage to its…

Yarra Valley

Not many people may know this, but Victoria’s Yarra Valley was one of the first vineyard areas established in Australia. The Scottish-born Ryrie brothers ventured into the Yarra Valley as they moved their cattle south from Sydney (quite a trip by horseback I reckon!), and ended up settling in the area- first setting up a…