Wine Mentors
Life

A GLASS RAISED TO WINE MENTORS LOST

The recent passing of one of the wine world’s legends, Gerard Basset, has been on my mind a lot recently. Not because I knew him personally, though I wish that I had had that privilege. It was the remarks…

house wines
Education

7 HOUSE WINE STYLES TO ALWAYS KEEP IN STOCK

The ultimate wine lover’s dream is a large wine cellar – with perfect temperature and humidity conditions – laden with treasures from around the wine producing globe. Unfortunately, not all of us have the space or the budget to…

wine headaches
Education

WHY WINE IS GIVING YOU HEADACHES

One of the main questions I get asked when I mention my profession is: why do I get headaches from drinking white or red wine? Before I have a chance to answer, the asker generally presents me with a…

skip dry january
Life

5 GREAT REASONS TO SKIP DRY JANUARY!

It’s an age-old scenario…we overindulge in December and then spend all of January repenting. Whether it be to atone for our excessive behaviour or simply to detox the body, Dry January has become a highly popular New Year’s Resolution…

premium sparkling wines
Reviews Wines

PREMIUM SPARKLING WINES: BEST IN SHOW 2018

New Year’s Eve is around the corner. It’s time to loosen our purse strings (and belt buckles…) and indulge in the finer things in life. And everybody knows that premium sparkling wines help to make the season bright! Premium…

sparkling wines
Reviews Wines

SPARKLING WINES: THRIFTY SHOPPER’S GUIDE 2018

Back by popular demand, my thrifty shopper’s guide to sparkling wines! I bring you 10 great value recommendations to help you glide merrily through the holiday season without breaking the bank. Last year, I covered the basic styles of…

alcohol in wine
Education

HOW ALCOHOL IN WINE SHAPES FLAVOUR

Alcohol in wine…you may think that its only redeeming quality is the mellowing effect it has on us after a hard day’s work. While this is important (in moderation, of course), alcohol actually plays a far more important role…

value-wine-recommendations
Reviews Wines

TOP 10 VALUE WINES OF THE MONTH

Studying for the Master of Wine and writing about wine involves lots of…you guessed it…wine tasting! Though you may picture me sipping wine while chatting and nibbling from cheese boards, there is a little more to it. Professional tastings…

pinot gris pinot grigio
Education Reviews Wines

Perplexed about Pinot Gris(gio)?

Photo Credit: Trentino vineyards, G. Blisson If you drink white wine you have definitely had Pinot Grigio. It is the king of by-the-glass wine options in bars and cafés around the world. Why? Because even the cheapest versions are…

global wine production
Education

WHERE IS ALL OUR WINE COMING FROM?

Have you ever wondered how much wine is actually made in the world, where it is all coming from, and who is drinking it? Well lucky for you, the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) tallies the numbers for…