Texas, USA

Now most of you may not be aware of this, but one of the most watched programmes of the year is on Sunday the 6th of February- the American Football Superbowl. This year the game is held in Houston, Texas (unlike the majority of our major sports, the venue changes every single year, totally independent…

Walla Walla, Washington State

Today we journey to the Pacific Northwest of the USA to Washington State- not to be confused with Washington DC, the Capital city on the Atlantic East Coast where Mr Trump has just taken up residence. A region undergoing a period of unprecedented growth over the last 20 years; what makes it significant? The AVA…

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, 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…

Friday Focus; India

Didn’t think a sub-continental country located just north of the equator could grow wine? Well, it turns out not only are they able to, but the industry is growing at breakneck speed- and some of it is pretty good! Looking back through history, grapes have been grown in India for centuries; it is believed they…

Aconcagua Valley, Chile

Today we visit Chile, seen as a relative newcomer to the global wine scene, but with a surprisingly long history; vines were first planted here by Spanish migrants in 1550! It was the French influence in the first half of the 19th century however that had the most profound effect on the quality of Chilean…

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…

Martinborough, New Zealand

At the southern tip of the North Island of New Zealand sits the Martinborough wine region- not to be confused with the Marlborough wine region, which sits at the northern tip of the South Island, just across the Cook straight. Whilst only responsible for 3% of total New Zealand production, a significant 9% of winemakers…

Mendoza, Argentina

Now many of you may not realise this, but Sunday the 17th of April is World Malbec day, and to celebrate, this Friday I will be focusing on the world’s biggest Malbec producer, Argentina, and more specifically, its largest, best-known and most popular region; Mendoza. Wine production in Argentina dates back to Spanish colonisation in…