Vinho Verde, Portugal

As we swelter away across the country through one of the hottest few weeks on record, I thought I would bring you a piece that would transport you to a far away green, lush land that is famous for a wine tailor-made for stinking hot summer evenings; the partially frizzante, light, low alcohol, crunchy and…

Pomerol, Bordeaux

Now when I think of Bordeaux, several things come immediately to mind; I think of tannic wine, made mostly from the ‘King of grapes’, Cabernet Sauvignon along with its distinctive blackcurrant, leaf and graphite aromas. I think of opulent Chateaux and I think of archaic classification systems. In the west of the Bordeaux region however,…

Barbaresco

The tiny appellation of Barbaresco is located in the state of Piedmont (which translates to ‘foot of the mountain), in the very north-west of Italy. The village of Barbaresco is located on the eastern banks of the Tanaro River, and all vineyards sit just outside this tiny village. Several centuries ago, the hill where the…

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; 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…