Understanding the wine list
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UNDERSTANDING THE WINE LIST IN 2020

Wine is a complex subject that has impressed and intimidated its drinkers since time immemorial. Understanding the wine list, or even a sommelier’s spiel about a restaurant’s offerings, has long driven fear into the hearts of diners. The number…

wine tasters sense of smell
Education Reviews Wines

A WINE TASTER’S SENSE OF SMELL

A wine taster’s sense of smell is their most vital faculty. I remember reading once that Robert Parker’s nose was insured to the tune of one million dollars. Fan or not, it is hard to deny the global influence…

Southbrook Vineyards
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THE SUSTAINABLE STORY OF SOUTHBROOK VINEYARDS

Photo credit: Southbrook Vineyards Re-printing of an article published on JancisRobinson.com  Bill Redelmeier does not believe in half measures. “When I was a kid, I loved collecting things like baseball cards and fossils. Now, I collect certifications” he chuckles. Indeed,…

cool climate wines
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COOL CLIMATE WINES…WHAT ARE THEY?

Photo credit: Domaine St. Jacques If you have spent any time chatting with wine geeks lately you may have heard them refer to certain wines as being “cool climate” in style. Perhaps you found yourself wondering, what are cool…

drink south african wine
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IT’S TIME TO DRINK SOUTH AFRICAN WINE

It’s Time to Drink South African Wine The Covid lock-down has been hard on wineries all across the globe. Months of sale revenues from winery tasting rooms and restaurant clients lost, stocks of unsold wines piling up. The situation…

Wine region stereotypes
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Wine Region Stereotypes: A Sancerre Story

Wine Region Stereotypes: A Sancerre Story Photo credit: Domaine Joseph Mellot The sheer volume of wines being produced from an ever-increasing number of countries and regions is enough to leave even the most wine savvy shoppers feeling overwhelmed. Especially…

affordable wine finds
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Affordable Wine Finds from Portugal

Shopping in stores is a stressful business these days. The line ups, the distancing, the masks, the fear of touching anyone or anything…  The days of browsing liquor store aisles at a leisurely pace, hunting down great, affordable wine…

drink local wine
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Drink Local Wine This Week-End

Photo credit: Stratus Vineyards The imperative to drink local wine has never been stronger. Lock-down has deprived our wineries of two huge revenue streams: their on-site tasting rooms and their restaurant accounts. Sadly, whereas most country’s around the globe…

old vine vineyards
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THE IMPORTANCE OF OLD VINE VINEYARDS

Photo credit: Jim Hunneyball, Old Vine Project (South Africa) Great wine is made in the vineyard. Ask any producer with fine wine aspirations and they will agree. A vine in balance, producing healthy, optimally ripened grapes boasting complex, concentrated…

wine discoveries
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THE GREATEST (ACCIDENTAL) WINE DISCOVERIES

The art of winemaking dates back over 8000 years. One would think, given this long history, that the skill would have been mastered long ago. But the diversity of grape varieties, styles, regional characteristics and so forth ensure a…