Cote des Blancs, Champagne

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

Nahe, Germany

Today we journey to a region small in size but mighty in influence situated in one of the norther-most sections of the winemaking world; Germany’s Nahe region. Over the millennia, Nahe has undergone periods of boom and bust; expansion and contraction of vineyards as well as success and failure of the wines made here make…

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…

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…

Sachsen, Germany

Today we journey to one of the northern-most wine regions on earth, a little-known place which also happens to be the only official wine appellation in the former East German state known in German as Sachsen however you may know it by its translated name, Saxony. This is a cold, isolated wine region, one of the final…

Willamette Valley, Oregon

Today we venture to the Land of the Free, and more specifically to the Pacific Northwest, to a wine region known as the Willamette Valley in the state of Oregon. Whilst southern neighbour California accounts for near 90% of the wine made in the USA every year, Oregon is the quiet achiever, standing in big…

Carneros, California

A report was released in April 2017, showing that in Californian wineries, business is booming. California wine shipments throughout the U.S. reached an estimated retail value of $34.1 billion in 2016, up 4.6% on last year. This equates to shipping an all-time high of 238 million cases of wine all across the U.S., up 2% from the…