Tag Archives: chardonnay

Regional Food and Wine Pairing in South Australia

Readers of this blog will know I have a lot of respect for Australian wines. While the image of Aussie wines in the UK is often associated with bottom-of-the-barrel supermarket specials, the country produces quite incredible wines at all price … Continue reading

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The Visual Guide to English Wine

I came across this wonderful infographic recently that conveys the essence of the English (and Welsh – and soon to be Scottish!) wine industry. While viticulture in England dates back to Roman times – with vineyards found as far north … Continue reading

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Top 10 wine grapes

What are your top ten grape varieties? It’s an academic question but one that throws into focus why it is we like the wines we like. My consideration of the question is split into whites and reds available on the Rambling … Continue reading

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Champagne: The lie of the land

by Neel Burton and James Flewellen Last week’s post gave a historical overview of champagne. In this article we cover the geographical nature of the Champagne region including grape varieties grown. Next week we will focus on the method of champagne production. … Continue reading

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Champagne in a nutshell

My friend and colleague, Neel Burton, has posted excellent summaries of the history of Champagne, the geographical organisation of the region and the way in which champagne is made to his Outre Monde blog. Please use the links to reach … Continue reading

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Exploring the Margaret River

I’ve been most impressed with the Margaret River region in Western Australia. The region has a pleasant climate – much cooler than most of the rest of Australia at this time of year. There is beautiful scenery to be seen … Continue reading

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Champagne: greater than the sum of its parts

Champagne is a wonderfully complex wine. Firstly, the champagne-maker has the option of using a blend of three different grape varietals (two of which are black grapes) – Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay. Secondly, the winemaker must take into … Continue reading

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