Posts Tagged Pinot Blanc


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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Wines I’ve Been Drinking


I’ve never thought myself a seasonal drinker. I’m just as happy sipping a ballsy red at a summer barbecue as I am when the temperatures plummet, and a crisp, aromatic dry wine cheers me up no end when it’s cold, windy and wet outside. But recently I’ve tried two very contrasting white wines that have been very evocative of crisp late autumn days and dark evenings when the clocks have gone back.

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Getting Down With The Wine ABVs


Once upon a time, in a galaxy far, far away, it wasn’t unusual to find wines with ABVs (alcohol by volume) of around 11%. Maybe 11.5%. ¬†At least it wasn’t unusual on our dinner table when I was growing up in the 70s. With an Italian father, there was always wine with a meal, and always from Europe. But then the world got hotter. Viticulture and vinification improved. New World wines began flooding the Northern European market. And we started developing a taste for fruity, more powerful wines with ABVs of 13%, 14%, 15% and beyond. (more…)

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