“O” is for oak

Wood has long been used as a vessel for wine, historically more as a form of storage, but as understanding of the influence wood can have on wine became known, so wood, and oak in particular, has increased in importance. While some wines are fermented and aged entirely in relatively…

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“N” is for natural wine

I thought I’d include natural wine in this A-Z as it’s a topic which really divides opinion.  I know many wine professionals who scoff, but for every sceptic there is a loyal follower and in today’s day and age where provenance, sustainability and the environment are increasingly important to consumers,…

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“M” is for Madeira

If pressed to name my favourite type of fortified wine it wouldn’t be Sherry, it wouldn’t even (despite loving these wines too) be Port, it would in fact be Madeira…and its not even close!   I suspect Madeira is probably the wine most people pass over when perusing the aisles of…

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“L” is for Lambrusco

This once popular and since maligned frizzante red wine is now making something of a resurgence, and quite rightly so.  The 1980s saw the heyday for this wine, with huge success in America and also across parts of Europe. Lambrusco came in a variety of different guises during this heyday…

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“K” is for Kosher wine

The letter “K” proved slightly problematic, but then I remembered, a while back when I was working for a major wine merchant who had just taken on an Israeli producer, it was while doing the marketing for those wines that the question of 'Kosher' came up. To anyone of a…

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