Posts Tagged Rose


Rosé Tinted Glasses


Eric Kurver’s dream was quite simple – to make the best rosé wine in the world.

Although he jokes about how he thought making wine would be an easy life after a career in advertising, the Dutchman had planned to start small when he bought Domaine de la Grande Séouve, in Provence.

But then he realised his dream would remain just that, unless he thought bigger. That meant hiring good people to manage the vineyard and the cellar, and not just having a go himself. It meant analysing what he liked and didn’t like in 30 different bottles of rosé, and having his winemaker try to meet that brief through making different wines and blending them. (more…)

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A Disappointing Rosé


My name’s Paola and I’m a rosé avoider. Can’t help it. Too many bad experiences of nothing but pink acid or strawberry syrup.

Of course, there have been exceptions that have temporarily turned my head. Generally, though, when the sun comes out, I’d rather chill a red than go near a rosé. (more…)

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Go Ahead – Make My Wine


Nicole Rolet is living the dream.  Specifically, she’s living my dream.

Owning a vineyard in a gorgeous, sunny location. Living in a centuries-old stunning house. Producing beautiful award-winning wines.

But hearing Nicole tell the story of getting Chêne Bleu wines up and running,  it’s clear this hasn’t all been rainbows and unicorns. (more…)

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A Toast To Martinborough


One of the greatest thrills when visiting a vineyard is when the winemaker invites you to sample the wines as they mature in barrel. Especially when the wines are from Escarpment Vineyards‘ premium Insight Series and the man making the wine  is Larry McKenna. But here we were in the bunker-like barrel room at Escarpment in Martinborough, New Zealand, tasting the progress of the Kupe Chardonnay and Kupe Pinot Noir from grapes picked earlier this year. (more…)

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Kings Of The Vine Frontier


Along with most other wine lovers, owning a vineyard must be my ultimate fantasy. Just a small parcel of land would do of course. Preferably attached to an attractive old house. Near the sea if possible. But while it remains a dream for me, it’s a reality for former Cornish fish merchants John and Kim Coulson, who own Polgoon Vineyard in Penzance. (more…)

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I’ll Be Bacchus… For The Wine


It’s mid-September and we’re sitting in glorious early evening Cornish sunshine tasting wine at the Camel Valley vineyards. It was supposed to reach 17 C in this part of the world today. According to winemaker and owner Bob Lindo, it reached 24 C, which must make him a happy man just a fortnight or so from harvest. (more…)

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