Bride Valley Vineyard and the future of English sparkling wine

Bride Valley Vineyard and the future of English sparkling wine

By Steven Spurrier Probably the most recent entry to wine categories around the world, barely quarter of a century old, is that of English Sparkling Wine.  Made in the traditional method and mostly from the three ‘Champagne grapes’ Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir, its success has been remarkable and investors with deep pockets have been boosting the acreage under vines across southern England at the recent rate of 240 hectares – one million vines based on an average of 4,000 vines a hectare – over the past three years.  Over the last…Read more
How to fall in love with Carignan

How to fall in love with Carignan

By Miquel Hudin Growing up in California you are indoctrinated with the idea that our "Golden State" is at the center of the world when it fact it's at the very end of it. After the second dot-com crash, I realized that all that glittered was not gold and started traveling more, finding that each trip away from my birthplace got successively longer. At one point, it became impractical to live in California anymore as my career in wine writing started growing and so in 2012 I arrived to Barcelona with the intention…Read more
Wine marketing: listening to the consumer

Wine marketing: listening to the consumer

By Juan Park I must confess that I know of hardly anyone who voted for Brexit or Donald Trump. I live in London; I have dual British-American citizenship, but there were no signs. No conversations within my circle of friends, with my work colleagues, or on Facebook or Twitter gave an inkling as to what was to occur in 2016. I woke up a little shocked, as many did. Despite the polls indicating it was neck and neck, particularly in Britain, the fact that no one thought that result was possible is interesting.…Read more
Winemaking in the Danube area in the early 19th century  and its effects on today

Winemaking in the Danube area in the early 19th century and its effects on today

By Michael Moosbrugger Summary: This essay is a reflection of the experiences made in the past 15 years since 2001, when the winery started to produce wines related to the first half of the 19th century. A comparison is made between modern and traditional way of winemaking as well in terms of oenological differences and results. Different aspects in that respect are addressed regarding perception and the role of the winemaker hence and now. The content of this essay is a reflection of the experiences I made in the past 15 years since…Read more
The Fascinating World of Green Tea

The Fascinating World of Green Tea

By Nina Gruntkowski Although there are just two varieties of tea plants (Camellia sinensis from China and Camellia assamica from India), there is many many different terroirs in many different countries which produce thousands of different styles of tea. What makes it even more complicated, or, depending on ones viewpoint, even more interesting, is that the preparation method has a very big influence on the taste of the tea. Factors such as which water is used, the temperature of the water, how much tea is used, which teapot the tea is prepare in, which…Read more
The Opinion by Iñaki Lz. De Viñaspre

The Opinion by Iñaki Lz. De Viñaspre

The Txuletón in Basque Cuisine. The story of an old, fat cow The origins We don’t know exactly since when Txuletones have been eaten in the Basque Country, we do however know that since the XVIII century it has been a whole gastronomic and festive event in certain rural areas of Bizkaia and Gipuzkoa. Bovine animals, both female and male, had a very clear role in the economy of the homestead: females would dedicate their lives to give birth and most of them to produce milk. This would be done in micro-exploitations, meaning…Read more
Spanish Wines in the United States

Spanish Wines in the United States

A conversation with Eric Solomon, founder or European Cellars -What is the current state of Spanish wines in the United States? Curious but cautious. -Curious? How? More and more Americans are traveling to Spain and there is an increasing interest in Spanish cuisine and regional wines. When I meet people who have returned from Spain, they tell me that they had no idea that it was such a large country – it’s more like four countries when you travel from Galicia to Barcelona with different languages, foods, traditions and wines. It seems that…Read more
Jerez: pleasure & frustration

Jerez: pleasure & frustration

By Jens Riis I admit to having a major weak spot for sherries (and other fortified Spanish wines). Over the years I’ve had many chances to enjoy these great wines; but, the low level of interest I perceive in Spain makes for serious concern & frustration. The saying “nobody is a prophet in their own land” defines it to perfection; from what I can see, sherries continue to out of sync with consumer preferences in this country. I seldom see people ordering a fino in a bar or restaurant; that said there have…Read more
Jacques Thienpont on Pomerol – An interview for Vila Viniteca

Jacques Thienpont on Pomerol – An interview for Vila Viniteca

How would you describe the Pomerol landscape? You can divide Pomerol into three distinct zones. There is the highest point of Pomerol, the plateau, which includes all of the top estates –Pétrus, Vieux Chateau Certan, L’Evangile, La Conseillante, Le Pin, Trotanoy and Eglise Clinet; then you have the slopes that go from the plateau down to the plain where you find excellent chateaux such as La Croix de Gay, Gazin, Feytit Clinet, Nenin and finally there are the chateaux which are on the sandier soils such as Clos de Réné, Chateau de Sales,…Read more
Robert Parker, the most significant phenomenon in the fine wine trade for the past 50 years

Robert Parker, the most significant phenomenon in the fine wine trade for the past 50 years

By Christopher Cannan My relationship with Robert Parker dates back to 1981 when I received a phone call requesting we organize a visit to Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe in Châteauneuf-du-Pape for Mr. Parker, a lawyer and author of a little known local wine newsletter near Baltimore in the U.S.A. Little more was heard about Bob Parker until early 1983 when he claimed the 1982 vintage in Bordeaux was the vintage of the century and must not be missed by any serious collector and lover of Bordeaux wines. Robert  Finigan, the most influential wine…Read more
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