“X” is for Xinomavro

First things first, I expect most readers are wondering how on earth you pronounce it? It is actually quite easy...phonetically it is pronounced as “See-no-mav-ro”. Second main point: Xinomavro is a grape not a wine. About the grape – Synonymous with Greece, in particular the northerly Naoussa region, this red…

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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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“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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Spotlight – Riesling

This is one of my favourite grape varieties and luckily for me, for some strange reason - aside from wine critics who adore it - the general public appear to be rather adverse to its charms and as a result it offers terrific value for money.  I say “for some…

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SPOTLIGHT – FORTIFIEDS (Part 1)

Over the next couple of weeks in the run up to Christmas I wanted to talk about Fortified wines (by which I mean Sherry, Madeira and Port) as well as Dessert wines. It seems Christmas is often the only time of year when many of these wines get a run…

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