“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 lucky enough to have gardens during the current lockdown that is). The grape Picpoul is actually a family of grapes: Picpoul Rouge (Red), Picpoul Gris (Rosé) and the one…

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“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 inert vessels such as stainless steel or concrete eggs, other wines are fermented in and or aged in oak. Why oak?  It is strong and supple and importantly for…

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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, this ‘movement’ is only likely to grow. What is natural wine?  Essentially it takes winemaking back to basics, back to how wine ‘used to be made’, eschewing the use…

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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 the supermarket for a bottle of something fortified, which is a huge shame and the reason why the letter “M” is dedicated to the fortified wonder that is Madeira!…

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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 with producers trying to cash in on it’s appeal by releasing a number of (thankfully short-lived) alternative styles including white and pink versions. But it is in its original…

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