“A” is for Acidity

Acids form one of the four key components of wine, along with Alcohol, Tannins and Sugars (Sweetness). The nirvana for a winemaker is getting all these components in balance, the result, is usually a great wine!  I should start by saying that technically speaking, all wines are acidic, by which I mean they have a natural pH between 2.5 and 4.5 (a pH of 7 is neutral), but some grapes are naturally more acidic than others, and all lose…

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Bored and looking for a short diversion? This A-Z of wine may be just the answer

In this time of enforced isolation and with only so many jobs that can be done around the house, I thought it would be a good opportunity to use the time to create some bite size wine related blogs that will literally take just a few minutes to read.  Starting tomorrow, for the next 26 days I will be posting an A-Z of wine: useful snippets of information, ranging from grape varieties to methods of production, winemaking terms to…

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Wine Reviews: Clare Valley Rieslings

Last weekend I had a bit of an urge for Riesling and opted for two very different expressions of the grape. I’ve waxed lyrical in the past about my love for Riesling and its inherent versatility (see my Spotlight Riesling post) and I think the two wines reviewed below perfectly demonstrate it. I took two wines – they were both 100% Riesling, they both came from the same country (Australia) and the same region (South Australia), zone (Mount Lofty Ranges)…

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Review of Lyme Bay Pinot Noir 2016 and much more…

Having spent many a summer holiday in my youth down in Lyme Regis and only fleetingly being aware of Lyme Bay Winery predominantly as producers of fruit wines and ciders, imagine my surprise and delight at the recent Wines of Great Britain Trade and Press Tasting to discover this winery offers so much more... A range of sparkling wines: from the finely nuanced Pinot Noir dominant Classic Cuveé 2013 - which was fresh and citrussy with lovely honeyed brioche…

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A 101 ON THE WINES OF ITALY (PART 2: Southern Italy and the Islands)

Firstly apologies on the radio silence on the blog front, things got a tad busy, but I’ve finally found a window of opportunity to get something done! In my last post I talked about the wines of Northern and Central Italy – home to many of the most well-known Italian wines and wine regions…think Chianti, Barolo, Amarone, Soave….the list goes on.  Having said that, for me (and I stress this is very much a personal thing), I am more excited…

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