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…

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…

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…

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…

Marsannay, Burgundy

No, this is not the home of the Marsanne grape variety in the south of France- quite the opposite! In one of the very northernmost corners of Burgundy there is a very unique region that not many people know about. The Marsannay appellation is a part of the Côte de Nuits sub-region of Bourgogne a.k.a….

Central Otago, New Zealand, Part 2

So last week I started part 1 on the history and terrior of Central Otago, realising quickly that there is simply too much to cover in one week, so today I’ll be finishing off by talking about the variety that put this region on the map, as well as a quick summary of what makes…

Central Otago, New Zealand, Part 1

What is it about this region that has taken it from relative obscurity 20 years ago to one of the premiere Pinot Noir producing regions on earth? Well, it seems the answer is rather complicated, so I’ve split my piece in two. This week I’ll look at the significance of the history of this region…

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…