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…

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…

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…