I’m forever making Bubbles

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Bubbles

I’m forever making Bubbles. Making Bubbles is a popular Wine Alchemy event; how different ways create sparkling wines. Each has advantages and disadvantages. Wine comes from the alcoholic fermentation of freshly picked grape juice. We regard this as straightforward chemistry nowadays. However, that understanding is relatively recent. We know now that yeast digests the sugar in the grapes, producing alcohol and carbon …

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Ca La Bionda Casal Vegri is one excellent Valpolicella

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Ca La Bionda Casal Vegri

Ca La Bionda Casal Vegri is one excellent Valpolicella Recently, I returned from an inspirational trip to Valpolicella. Amarone has firmly re-established the reputation of this region. But what of Valpolicella itself, a lighter red wine made from the same grape varieties as Amarone? If you want an excellent example, try Ca La Bionda Casal Vegri. The Valpolicella challenge Valpolicella can …

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Eddie Shepherd’s Walled Gardens Supper Club

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Eddie Shepherd, Walled Gardens Supper Club

Eddie Shepherd’s Walled Gardens Supper Club Vegetarian chef Eddie Shepherd describes his Walled Gardens Supper Club as “an underground restaurant serving innovative modern vegetarian food in an informal, sociable setting”. Yes, it is. But my description afterwards was simpler: it’s brilliant. Here’s why. Supper Clubs are where people sit down to eat in the homes of strangers. These are also …

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England, My England. Aka The British are Coming!

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Denbies Vineyard, England © Ian Capper

England, My England. Aka The British are Coming! While still a small industry, the quantity, and quality of the wines made in England and Wales are increasing. It’s getting hard to remember that English wine is only a recent success story. The death of English and Welsh wine In 1920, the last commercial vineyard in Britain was abandoned, finally ending a …

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What is terroir and does it matter?

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Terroir

What is terroir and does it matter? Terroir is a French word without a simple English translation. The Oxford Companion to Wine devotes a couple of pages to it. However, my favourite explanation is from literature: “For nitrates are not the land, nor phosphates, and the length of fibre in the cotton is not the land. Carbon is not a man, nor …

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Discovering Dry Sherry, Part 2. May the Flor be with you

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Discovering Dry Sherry Part 2

Discovering Dry Sherry, Parte Dos Manzanilla, Manzanilla Pasada, Amontillado and Palo Cortado In Parte Uno of discovering dry Sherry, we met Fino and Oloroso. These are two completely different wines yet they originate from the same base wine. The essential difference between them is that their creation is either by ageing biologically with flor or by ageing with air. But dry Sherry …

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Discovering Dry Sherry, Part 1: Fino and Oloroso

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Discovering Dry Sherry

Discovering Dry Sherry Parte Uno: Fino and Oloroso Britain has enjoyed Sherry since the 14th century and was primarily responsible for its popularity around the world through trade. It comes in all sorts of dry and sweet versions. This piece focuses on Discovering Dry Sherry, the Vinos Generosos, Spain’s great gift to the world. Part 1 of this article covers …

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What is Franciacorta?

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Franciacorta Report

What is Franciacorta? Q: What is Franciacorta? A: A world-class sparkling wine region in Lombardy, Northern Italy. Franciacorta is the only real alternative sparkling wine region to Champagne. Their sparkling wine is world-class. I’m a huge fan and visit as often as I can. It’s a tiny area (map), of immense natural beauty, nestled between Bergamo and Brescia in Lombardy and …

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What does a Wine Writer do?

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What does a wine writer do?

What does a Wine Writer do? What does a wine writer do? Sometimes you don’t need words. Here’s my version of the well-known meme “what I think I do and what others think I do”. The meme originator was artist Garnet Hertz. Read more at Hyperallergic. If you like this, then check out questions I wish you would ask me and …

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Harry’s Bar in Venice. After Hemingway and Moorcock

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Harry's Bar

Harry’s Bar in Venice. After Hemingway and Moorcock “The Cipriani family ran Harry’s Bar in Venice for 81 years. Many of the great and the good graced the tables at Harry’s Bar, which invented the Bellini cocktail and Carpaccio. Ernest Hemingway had his table in the corner as a regular patron. He made frequent reference to it in his book, Across …

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