V for Vino

Why you should try Spanish Wines It doesn’t matter whether you are a beginner or advanced wine lover, I am determined to convince you to try Spanish wines. Why? Because at the moment they offer the best value for money of all the countries, beating even Chile, plus they are delicious. Don’t get misled by

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The G is Garnacha

Why you should (re) discover Grenache Grenache, or also known by its original name Garnacha, is one of those grapes most people have tried, but not many remember, mostly because it is usually found in blends rather than on its own. The grape originates in Spain, which is still its major producer, and once was

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Saigon Grand Cru, a Possibility?

The undrinkable world of Vietnamese wine Just a few weeks ago, the owners of the iconic Chateau Lafite (DBR), one of the top 5 Grand Cru of Bordeaux, announced its first Chinese wine, Long Dai, which will be released this year and distributed by Pernord Ricard. With so many countries that already have a great tradition, as well as ideal soil and climate

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Wines of Argentina

Argentina is the ffth largest wine producing country in the world and it makes some outstanding wines Argentina is an amazing country—the people, the various landscapes, and the extreme in weather—and so are its wines, which are generally overlooked by consumers. I first came across Argentinian wines when I was living in London. A friend

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Beach Time Wines

The perfect beach wine is refreshing, thirst quenching and drinkable There are no such things as “wines to drink on the beach,” or, at least, not yet. If you live by the beach you are likely to have similar, while different, wine drinking patterns than those living in the countryside or city. However, most of us,

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Store & Serve

How to store wine in a tropical climate Quite often someone approaches me with the following question: “Hey, I just came from Europe/USA/Australia and I brought some nice bottles of wine, how long can I keep them and should I put them in the fridge?” The answer is, “it depends.” If you don’t have a

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The Magic of Old Vines

Age before beauty in the world of viticulture Every now and then a bottle of wine reaches the market with a label that says “old vines”,“vinas Viejas”, “Vignes vielles” or “alte reben”, depending on where the wine comes from. But, how does the age of the vines influence the taste and/or quality of the wine? In the wine world, there is

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Same Same or Different

Aside from making your food shine, a well balanced wine list can inject individuality and boost your bottom line Every now and then I am hired as a consultant to design a bar and restaurant’s wine list. What all my clients have in common is that they all want to have an outstanding wine list, and they all want to be successful

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New Wave Whites

Spain is doubtless a red-wine country, but don’t dismiss the country’s other white wines If you’ve ever had Spanish white wines, it’s likely that they were made from one of the three better-known Spanish grapes. If you had a white Rioja, one of the most internationally popular Spanish white wines, you were enjoying the juice

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