Category Archives: Alsace

Wines of Alsace

In the 18 months or so that I have been blind tasting, I have occasionally seen a (generally more-experienced) taster stick their nose into a glass and exclaim, “Smells Alsatian“. They then have a taste, swirl the wine around their … Continue reading

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Six wines for summer

Summer is for sparkling and fresh and fruity whites (amongst other things!).  Here are six wines we had at a recent “summer wines” blind tasting. Prosecco Valdobbiadene Extra Dry N.V. (Vettori). Sparkling wine, Veneto, Northern Italy. Very pale lemon in … Continue reading

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Primum Familiae Vini – Part 2

“When you buy wine, don’t buy one bottle, buy six or twelve.” – Sound advice from Christophe Brunet, especially when it comes to these wines; if only your budget can stretch that far… Following a tour through Champagne, Burgundy, Tuscany … Continue reading

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Acidity, Alcohol & Sugar – the Wines

To illustrate the structural elements of acidity, alcohol and residual sugar in wine, we tasted eight different wines in four pairs. A  Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine is an archetypal bone dry, light-bodied French white. Made from the Melon de Bourgogne grape, this … Continue reading

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