“T” is for Txakoli

Phonetically pronounced “Chak-hul-ee”, apart from being hard to pronounce and worth a huge numbers of points in scrabble, the main thing to note is Txakoli (or Txakolina) is not a grape, but a wine style.  Never heard of it? I wouldn’t be surprised.   Even today many of these wines are…

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“S” is for Sangiovese

I suspect that the theme for this blog may be met with a nonchalant shrug by many. The name sounds vaguely familiar, you think it sounds Italian but aren’t really sure?  If, however, I was to say Chianti then I think the response would be more one of recognition.  Yes,…

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“R” is for rosé

An A-Z of wine wouldn’t be complete without looking at rosé – for no other reason than to keep friends (who shall remain nameless and) who drink gallons of the stuff, happy! Rosé wines are made all over the world although it has for a long time been driven by…

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“Q” is for Qvevri

Following on from my post on oak, when I touched on the fact different vessels are used for both fermentation and/or maturation of wine, I wanted to look at an entirely different type of vessel – one that dates back to the beginnings of winemaking in fact – the Qvevri.…

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“P” is for Picpoul de Pinet

I could have chosen so many things for the letter ‘P’ but have decided to go with Picpoul de Pinet as it’s not a wine that is drunk widely, and given the lovely warm weather we have at the moment, it is a perfect accompaniment for alfresco dining (for those…

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