Tavel, Southern Rhone

Today we’ll be travelling to a very small yet influential appellation in France’s Southern Rhone region. Tavel is located just north of regional capital Avignon, and is surrounded almost entirely by regions that produce nothing but heavy, rich red wines from the classic GSM (Grenache/Syrah/Mourvedre) blend all along the Rhone as it meanders south to…

Corbieres, France

So first of all, this article marks my 100th Friday Focus! Hard to believe this has been running for over 2 years now! Again my thanks to all of you who read my piece which would have petered out into obscurity without your support and kind words. But enough of that and onto the important thing-…

Algarve, Portugal

Today, I thought it pertinent to write about a region known for sun, sand and sea as well as much as vines- an ideal summer holiday destination! The wine region of Algarve is driven almost entirely by tourism, which makes it very unique- so let’s get into things! First up, location; the Algarve is the entire…

Ahr, Germany

Today I will be digging into one of the northern-most vineyards in the world, Germany’s Ahr region. At this time of the year in this chilly region, the snows should well and truly be falling in the lead-up to Christmas- hopefully as you read this you can visualise yourself there as we swelter away in the…

Lodi, California

Now when I ask you to think of the wines of California, it would be no shock if your mind goes directly to the elegant, oaky wines of the Napa Valley or the powerful yet classy Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays of the Sonoma Coast, however the reality is that these oft-romanticised regions only produce a…

Navarra, Spain

In the very north-east of Spain, on the outskirts of the city of Pamplona- most famous for the yearly near-suicidal tradition of running with huge horned animals- is an oft-overlooked wine region with a long, interesting history, unique varieties and a diverse set of climates and soils. Today we’ll be delving into the region of…