With all the parties and festivities at this time of year, I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to take a look at the world of sparkling wine. Not all sparkling wine is the same. Different grapes and production methods, different levels of sweetness and fizziness together create a varied and delicious category. Here are some of the highlights.
It’s that time of year again – time to loosen the waist bands and sit down for Thanksgiving dinner. Turkey, stuffing, cranberries, yams, pumpkin pie – there are so many flavours happening. Is there a wine that can work with such a diverse spread? The answer – of course there is.
Greece - a country of oceans and mountains. A country of ancient mysteries. A country of incredible beauty. A country beset by economic turmoil. Into this crazy world I went wandering through the mountainous region of the north-west Peloponnese – Achaia (Ah-hi-ya).
Pizza – a staple in university. Pizza – still delicious. But what if you want to have something other than beer with your “za”? Should you open up that bottle of 2000 Grand Cru Bordeaux? Probably not. But there is a multitude of other wine choices out there.
In her most recent book, “Wine Grapes”, Jancis Robinson MW describes 1,368 distinct grape varieties. This, however, is not an exhaustive list, as there are over 2,000 varietals in Italy alone. How many different grapes have you enjoyed a glass of? How many different countries’ wines have you tasted?