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 importance of learning from each other

The importance of learning from each other

By Dirk Niepoort I love true vignerons - they are rare but they still exist - mostly in France, though there are a few in Germany and other places in the world. True vignerons believe in terroir, they have usually learnt from the previous generation, they probably have not travelled much and they are not specialists in anything because they do everything:        they tend the vineyards during the year,       they make the wines at harvest time,       they oversee the ageing of the wines,      …Read more