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 : Alsace, Part 2

If you missed it, last week I started my 2-part piece on Alsace, beginning with the history, geography, climate and soils of the Alsace region, and this week I will discuss the grape varieties, winemaking, legislation and how the trade is organised in this historically-contested and neither French nor German region. The grape varieties grown…

Friday Focus : Alsace, Part 1

I started writing a piece on Alsace, and quickly realised that to cover it properly and distil out the important information, I would need to split my piece. So, in part 1 I will write about the history, geography, climate and soils of the Alsace region, and next week in part 2 I will cover…

Canada

Now when I ask you think of a classic wine region, what would most likely come to mind would be warm, rolling green hills- warm, dry and lush. Now, think of Canada; you’re most likely thinking of cold wind and ice- do these two things gel together? Most people would think definitely not, however there…

Wachau, Austria

Austrian wines are in the midst of a global renaissance; these days it’s not unusual when you walk into a funky wine bar or Asian-fusion restaurant to see at least one Austrian wine on the list. Think back a few years- did anyone know what Blaufränkisch or Grüner Veltliner was in 2010? For a relatively…

New York State, USA

Yes, you read right- there is a fairly bustling wine industry in New York! In fact, New York state recently became the 3rd largest producer of wine in the USA, behind Washington state and the wine giant that is California. New York state has a wine making history dating back to the early 1800’s, assisted…

Mosel, Germany

The wines of Germany have in the past suffered from an identity crisis. Being the 4th largest European wine producer and with an incredibly long history of winemaking, Germany is very serious about wine (they’re serious about a lot of things), however in the 1970’s a huge percentage of their wines were sold as bulk,…