Posts Tagged Chardonnay


Unlocking The Door To Chablis


You’ve got to hand it to Chablis. A name even those who claim to know nothing about wine can trot out when asked what they like.

But with this brand familiarity comes a huge amount of ignorance. I’m not talking about people who say they hate Chardonnay but love Chablis.

I’m talking about me.

Before my recent visit to Chablis, about the only thing I really knew was the grape, location and soil. The taste? Lean and steely, of course. The rather lush one I stock in my shop had to be an anomaly.

Now, after tasting my way though 100+  Chablis over three days, I may not be a Jedi Master, but I can now feel the force. (more…)

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Franciacorta’s Coming To Town


It’s a crisp October night and I’m on a coach hurtling through the industrial hinterland of Brescia. The destination: dinner at a winery. None of us coach passengers know which one. That’s part of the surprise. All we do know is that the winery makes Franciacorta, the local sparkling wine. (more…)

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Wine Every Mountain


Gewürztraminer can be a pungent, viscous and overbearing beast. At the hands of Cantina Tramin’s winemaker and technical director Willi Stürz though, it is a different animal altogether. Aromatic, yes. But with a purity and comparative lightness that belies its high alcohol level. The 2010 Nussbaumer – its flagship Gewürztraminer line – has an intense aroma of rambutan, the less floral relative of the lychee, with clean blossom and tropical fruit flavours. It is utterly delicious. (more…)

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Russian River Wine Roaming


We had it all planned out. A day touring vineyards in the Russian River Valley in Sonoma, where I think some of California’s loveliest wines come from. But a client’s mini-crisis, the promise of a scorching day and an *ahem* late night at the Dry Creek Kitchen in Healdsburg conspired against us. We left late and the siren call of a cooling pool was too loud to ignore. (more…)

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A Leaf-Kicking Wine


What’s the best way to describe a wine?

It seems there are now two schools of thought. (more…)

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Cava Cava Cava’s A Chameleon


When it comes to wine, I like to think I’m quite adventurous. But matching a white cava with a slow-roasted leg of lamb was a new one on me. And guess what? It works!

Of course the Catalans have, like, known this for ever. Which is why I was trying this combination at a Codorníu Wine Barcelona Supper Club held in London. (more…)

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Every Good Girl Deserves Faiveley


Bordeaux or Burgundy wine: Which do you prefer?

I found myself pondering this really inconsequential weighty question when I was invited to a tasting and dinner with Burgundy producer Domaine Faiveley – the very week the Bordeaux en primeur circus hit London.

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Our Mutual Friends In Wine


The Wine Society’s chief executive Oliver Johnson is the first to admit that his organisation isn’t for everyone. “You’ve got to have an interest in wine,” he told a group of bloggers invited to tour the Society’s HQ in Stevenage, a few miles north of London. (more…)

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Let’s All Get Naked


Just before Christmas, I bought another pair of gloves – to replace the two pairs I’d lost within the week. At the shop till, there were vouchers for Naked Wines offering £40 off a case (I think). Anyway, good enough to tempt me to go online and finally order from Naked Wines. Except I didn’t. (more…)

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Summer Lovin’ From The Wine Society


As the impact of the new duty on wine sinks in, there was a timely reminder today of how you can still drink well within a budget – and not resort to supermarket “offers”. (more…)

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