In Focus: Chardonnay

Ok, I probably ought to point out first up that I used to be a fully paid up member of the ‘ABC’ (Anything but Chardonnay) Club. Why? Chardonnay (particularly New World Chardonnay) had by the 1990's become a victim of its own success: the fashion being for rich, ripe and…

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Wine Review: Dereszla Tokaji Furmint, 2016

Less common in the UK than it probably should be is the Furmint grape. Most people know it or have possibly drunk it without realizing, for this is the main grape of Tokaji which is mostly seen on our shores in its sweet form.  However, Furmint is more than capable…

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Negotiating the restaurant wine list

We’ve all done it, gone to a restaurant and treated the wine menu rather like a hot potato, passing it round and round the table – “you want to pick the wine”, “no, please you pick it”, or “I’m easy I’ll go with whatever you think”. Why do we do this?…

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In Focus – Sauvignon Blanc

Possibly no grape divides opinion as much as Sauvignon Blanc – loved by consumers if not universally by the critics. Just what is it that makes this grape so divisive? Yes, it can be pungent: “Cats Pee on a Gooseberry bush” is just one descriptor often used! Yes, a generalisation…

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Wine Review – Domäne Wachau Classic Riesling Federspiel 2016

From the same producer as my recent LIDL find, I've included this wine despite it not readily being available on the UK High Street as I wanted to show there is far more to Austria than their signature variety Grüner Veltliner. This elegant Riesling is a great example of the…

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